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Old Theatre Inn

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Duanjiadeng Village, Shaxi Town, Jianchuan County 671302, China (Formerly Dragonfly Guest House)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Shenzhen, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a quiet place to go to with our 7 month old daughter and found the Old Theatre inn by accident. We stayed there for 8 nights and we had the time we were looking for. The staff was so caring, always there, gave perfect advises where to go and what to see, they even cooked special... More 

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a China that is really exploding with domestic tourists, the old theater inn is really a place where you can relax and experience the land and the people of China. We have been there only for 1 night and that was absolutely to short. The rooms of the old theater inn are very comfortable and made with natural materials.... More 

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beijing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a vacation spot where we could escape baking hot Beijing, and we remembered the cool mountain valleys of Yunnan. We've been to Lijiang and Dali, and this time we wanted someplace more low key but equally interesting. Five nights at the Old Theater Inn near Shaxi, halfway between Lijiang and Dali, turned out to be just... More 

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have just had the absolute pleasure of spending seven nights at the Old Theatre and I was sad to leave. I heard about it as I have visited Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, it's sister hotel, several times and loved it there so I had high expectations. The Old Theatre surpassed these. The building itself is just beautiful, gently restored and... More 

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UndertheMoon, Owner at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Jane, We so loved having you here, as did our other guests. It's really affirming for us when guests like yourself appreciate the peaceful and ecological setting we've created in an authentic Bai style. We're so happy you took advantage of hiking nearby trails and walking through the villages into Old Town, and biked around all without the use... More 

Shanghai Region, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Shaxi is such an interesting town and the Old Theatre Inn a great place from which to experience it. The Inn is located on the outskirts of a village in the middle of the rice fields with a fantastic view of the mountains and village. The old theater within the Inn is so interesting. It is a small inn with... More 

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UndertheMoon, Owner at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dearest Jane, Thank you for your kind review and we hope to have you and your friends from Shanghai back soon! We really appreciate your praise for our local team, as everyone is doing their best to learn more English and provide personalized service for every guest. We looking forward to having you with us in the Fall, when the... More 

Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

With only 5 rooms, it's definitely among the smallest places I've stayed in. The courtyard on the other hand is quite generous for the amount of guests and the dominating 200 year old theater is a gem. It's absolutely no problem to spend an entire day only in the courtyard and relax. The rooms are nice and adequate. Since I... More 

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Beijing Fan, Thank you so much for your generous comments and for taking advantage of all we have to offer here. We do understand about having little kids in and out of the room. For the little ones, it's really fine if they have their shoes on around the courtyard and in the room. What we want to avoid... More 

Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I stayed for a week at the Old Theatre Inn. A gorgeous accommodation. Quiet rooms, rustic, delicious breakfast and meals. Very friendly and helpful staff. Take a bicycle and explore the villages in the vicinity. A perfect spot to de-stress.

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Joye, We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! It was especially nice to see your words, "A perfect spot to de-stress," as this is the environment we seek to cultivate. We like to give a lot of options for guests, whether dining or reading on the terrace, upstairs on the balcony or even on the ancient theatre... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

- if you want to get away from all the hussle and bustle, and get over your jet leg - this is the perfect spot - most perfectly laid out in the landscape. - lovely and clean - make sure you order your meals clearly. We did not want European - as they cater for, but they will make you... More 

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Reinette, Thank you for your kind words and for sharing suggestions with other travelers. We so appreciate your words, "Lovely and clean...a serene quietness," which is a very important environment for us to provide for all guests. We like to offer privacy and peaceful areas where everyone can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and heritage buildings. As for cooking,... More 

Dali, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I stayed at the Old Theatre Inn only one night and wished I could have stayed longer. It's a wonderful, quiet hotel with really nice and comfortable bedrooms with all the Western comfort in the middle of rural China. Two thumbs up. Sipping a beer or taking breakfast with view on the ancient theatre stage provides a unique experience. The... More 

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Gaetan, For someone like yourself who is one of the most experienced Western travelers in Yunnan, your praise for Old Theatre Inn means a lot to us. Our mission is to preserve the historical buildings and environment while making rooms and guest areas feel like a 5-star hotel experience. When you say, "All the Western comfort in the middle... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We were recommended to stay here by Lijiang Guides. I endorse the other reviews about the great location, decor, and rooms. We only stayed for one night which was enough to enjoy its unique features. We ate in Shaxi so cannot comment on the meals. Breakfast was O.K. One word of warning - they only accept Union Pay credit card... More 

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