Back in 2000, Michael's House was my dream, when our family almost moved into a Hutong ourselves. However, Michael's House is much better than I envisioned. He created a weather proof covering for his courtyard, which manages to keep inclement weather and pollution (including noise) out.
My husband and I rendezvoused here and it was exactly what we were looking for...a little of "old China" and away from the gaudy, same-o/same-o hotel chains. Our expectations were fully met at Michaels.
Michaels is in a typical Beijing neighborhood just south of Beijing Normal University (which specializes in training teachers- very well known and well established university). Our taxi driver groused over the location (try and make a copy of the map from the website before you come, or have a cell phone handy to get directions)
Stepping through the lovely double Chinese doors, you enter an enchanting "other world" experience. The goldfish pond and fountain creates a tranquil environment from the bustle of Beijing. The sumptuous courtyard is lined with rooms of varying appointments...one cheap dormitory style room, one "emperor's suite" and the rest incredibly affordable in this over-priced city. All the rooms are decorated in Chinese style with comfortable beds and stylish decorations. The electric water pot is even in a Chinese design.
We particularly enjoyed our sweet helpers, one who seemed sad all the time, but Sally was a delightful and encouraging presence. She made us feel at home.
The breakfast did have eggs and bacon, but we would have appreciated a few more known fruits. The establishment was particularly accommodating when some guests came in late from the train and extended the breakfast hour for them.
All in All, this is a Five rating for the right people who want this kind of experience. If you aren't that interested in a local experience, you might rank it a 4, but we give it a 5 for the whole package.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- enjoying a convenient location,the hotel offers you traditional ambiance and modern facilities with guestrooms to suit all budgets.decorated with a variety of main colours, all rooms have individual styles.enjoy the afternoon tea with your friends under the glass roof and feel as if you are going back in time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Michael`s House Hotel Beijing
- Michaels Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Michaels Hotel