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“West Lily hotel for 70 rmb budget, alternative to room in hostel.”
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West Lily Hotel
Ranked #136 of 450 Yangshuo County B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 December 2012

Stayed at room #401 for 6 nights from Oct 29 for 70 rmb/night. Booked through HostelBookers though really it was not necessary since it is the off season. This hotel is really a great deal when you compare this to a room in a popular hostel for 110/night. However it is located in a lane full of local hotels(budget) and not in the touristy river area. Having said this, the swanky New Century Hotel which is popular with foreign tour groups is just located facing the carpark.

What I liked about the place:
1. Room cleaned everyday, the cleaners do a good job.
2. strong in room wifi (a terminal is available in lobby)
3. Hot water and kettle for making your own drinks
4. Only 5 mins from bus station behind the swanky New Century hotel , 10 mins easy walk from river with plenty of restaurants, supermarkets very convenient
5. Bike rental from 10 rmb onwards
6. Not pushy with selling tours
7. Most luxurious toilet paper
8. either Stephen or Lily is always available to answer your questions

What I did not like (at this price, I am really nitpicking)
1. No elevator
2. you have to wake up staff if you want to leave the hotel before 7 am
3. Insufficient tourist information, you have to know what to ask for. However there is a tourist office located in the carpark where you can get good(free) maps
4. This is an interesting street, if you turn right leaving the hotel. However it should not bother you if you are not looking out for this.
5. It is not a hostel where you socialise in the reception area

Tips for Yangshuo:
1. You can get a Li river raft to Fuli for 100 rmb
2. Check out the popular claypot restaurant from 10 rmb (basic) to 16 rmb(choose 2 meat and 2 vegetables)
Top this with a fried egg(2 rmb) Delicious !
3. Outdoor clothing shopping on West St, check out the shop with no signboard opp the McDonalds and Goretex shoes (at Keen Shoes) Bargain hard, the male proprietors are reasonable
and prices are better than Beijing silk market and Shanghai.
4. Day trip to XingPing, take a bus ride for 7 rmb
5. Bicycle ride to Yulong River and Moon Hill

Room Tip: Choose a quiet room at the back, through the large window you can view the karsts which look great...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

So at 70 yuan this budget hotel represents good value.
The double room we had for 6 nights was small but had tv and aircon .
We arrived by bus so was very easy to find the hotel from the bus station , just a 5 min walk, with West Street and all its bars and restaurants just a 10 minute walk away.

However............................we had to ask to have the room cleaned after 3 days and after 5 had to demand that they change the bedding!
On our last night we had to be up the next morning early (7 am) for a flight from Guilin so asked if it was possible for a wake up call, we were told by the "helpful" owner perhaps we should use a mobile phone with an alarm as the staff would probably be asleep!? Hence a bad nights sleep before a long day travelling across half of China.
We also used the laundry service after 2 days which wasnt worth paying for.

I was dissapointed after reading all the good reviews on TA but actually feel that because we like to do things independantly and not go on "tours" which the hotel tried to sell us, they more or less werent bothered , even though we booked in for 6 nights.

Looking around Yangshuo there is loads of accommodation easily available for the same price so would probably look elsewhere next time.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

We stayed in the West Lily hotel for three nights while travelling through China. It is a well kept hotel with comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms, very helpfull and friendly owners. They went out of their way to help you with anything you needed, tours, bike rental or just general information. Just a 5 minute walk from the main town center, shops, bars and restaurants. In a perfect location to start a cycle tour to the mountains. They arranged cooking classes for us just outside of the town, which was amazing and the food was really good. The hotel is three or four stories high and doesn't have a lift, but that wasn't an issue for us. Great dumpling restaurant in the street and a little market just down the road. Would definitely go back if we're ever in Yangshuo!

Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We wish ta say thank you to the hotel management for marvelous arrangement during our stay.

Kudos to the cleanliness, extended help in time of need, and the room which is always cooling and feel such relaxed after in very warm day outside.

Room Tip: higher floor
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

At RMB70 a night for 2 of us, it was a real bargain. Its clean and comfortable even though it was a no frills option. Having said that, it is definitely better staying there than at a hostel because of the privacy (including the ensuite bathroom) it afforded. But to me the best thing about the stay was to meet the delightful young couple who ran the hotel. They gave us a lot of local information. They arranged for us to go on a bamboo raft "cruise" on Lijiang river from Yangdi, which included puting us on a local bus and arranging for someone to meet us at the end of the journey. They also arranged for us to be picked up to watch the Liu Sanjie show one evening and to observe commorant fishing on another. Their prices for all these excursions were very reasonable and well affordable. On the day of our departure, they arranged for a taxi to take us back to Guilin airport. It is not always that you encounter such attentive and helpful hospitality in China and we were blessed for having met them.

Room Tip: The front rooms faciling the road are slightly larger.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Ceciltong
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Address: No.49 Billian Lane, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
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Ranked #136 of 450 B&Bs / Inns in Yangshuo County
Price Range: €8 - €13 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17

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