We were the first ever guests at this hotel... in fact, our driver from the Guilin Airport (they hotel had arranged him for us) took us "sightseeing" and then they treated us to lunch at the Yangshou Mountain Retreat. We later learned this was because the furniture was still being brought in! This is why I rated them a bit low on cleanliness and rooms... not that things were dirty or not nice, they just weren't done and we felt a bit like we were in a construction zone (which we were!). I bet people who come later will rate them very high!
While we had a very comfortable bed, the rest of the furniture hadn't really arrived before we left (it arrived on the day we left, which was their official opening).
Having driven through (and even walked briefly around) Yangshou itself, I was delighted that we had opted to stay outside of the city (which was quite loud and bustling). Even better was the fact that we were able to walk out on our balcony (on the front of the hotel) and watch village life. We woke up to rosters serenading the sun, watched the rhythmic motions of a lady washing clothes in a basin, enjoyed the delight of a baby being fed its rice cereal, and giggled at the village trash truck which seemed to be powered by a lawn mower engine. Just out the doors of the Inn was the most fabulous noodle shop, where we breakfasted both mornings we were there--six of us ate for less than 20 Chinese currency (if you take a right on the "main drag" and it is a few doors down on the left hand side).
It makes sense to hire a driver to take you around for at least one of the days. We did that (through the hotel), although our driver tried to renege on the deal a quick call (on our cell phone--the driver wouldn't let us use his and public phones that actually operate are not easy to find) to the hotel resulted in no problems for the rest of the day. Luna and Eric were both full of information and suggestions on what we might want to do, which was fabulous!
We ended up exploring on our own one day (because it was the national holiday and we didn't have the foresight to reserve a driver in advance). That was the best day we had--wondering around the rice fields, wondering if the water buffalo would charge us, and exploring all the different types of transportation China has to offer.
The food around the hotel was fabulous! Just beware that they just chop chickens up bones and all (making you eat much slower than you would if there weren't hundreds of little bone shards in your meal). We had dessert at the hotel one night which was fabulous! Since they weren't open yet we didn't get to sample any of their other foods, but I am sure they will be good (if the brownie sundae was any indication!).
In short, you can't go wrong with this lovely little hotel which offers a respite from the hard sell tourism of the rest of China.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in beautiful Moon Hill Village, just steps to caves and scenic areas, the Yangshuo Village Inn is in its 6th year as Yangshuo's first and premier boutique hotel. The Village Inn features a rooftop Italian restaurant, Luna a full bar and beautiful views of Moon Hill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Village Hotel Yangshuo County