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The Linden Centre

3.5 of 5 No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Linden Center is a beautifully restored compound in Xizhou village. The staff are extremely friendly. The setting is picturesque. The compound is pristine and serene. We were in Xizhou for only two nights and wished we could have stayed two weeks. Our granddaughter loved Nala, their labrador retriever. Our first evening we were delighted with an hour of authentic... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came out to the village of XiZhou to have a quiet relaxing time. The terrace was a great place to look at the view and walking around the village, a lot of villagers said hi to me and seemed very friendly. The food is very good, so is the service and the bed was very comfortable. The room was... More

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

We wish we could promise all guests that dancers will be performing upon their arrival. While we do regularly host such fun activities, we can promise to all guests that they will be met with genuine smiles and helping hands. The dancing is one example of how we try to incorporate the local villagers into our hotel experience. We also... More

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We (both being 52y) had the short-stay package; a 3 nights stay with activities and dinner included. Room: spacious, comfortable Bathroom: also spacious, good shower. For those not (yet) used to it: toiletpaper has to be thrown in the bin, not in the toilet. If you travel through China, you will notice this is the case in many places. Activities:... More

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for words of support! We are so happy that you enjoyed the food! We purchase our food every morning at the local market, and do not use any MSG or artificial additives. We want guests to experience the natural tastes of the food and not drown them out with chicken powder, hot sauce, etc. (Virtually all of China's... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Nothing to add, the reviews are all spot on. Tragically we only booked one night, so much to do locally and this is the place to stay. What did we do after dinner, sat in the beautifully appointed English a Clubby style library, I go absorbed in a book on Chinese calligraphy, my wife on local history.

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for highlighting one of the aspects of The Linden Centre that I am most proud of- our library. My wife and I have pursued graduate degrees at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of California and University of Illinois. Cultural curiosity has always been our greatest inspiration. Books have covered the walls of our past homes, and we have personally... More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Linden Centre is one of the most atmospheric boutique hotels we have stayed in. Brian Linden (one of the joint owners) has refurbished the hotel and yet maintained its original architecture - the structures, the facade, the balconies etc give you a genuine feel of the place as if you were living with an aristocratic Chinese family circa late... More

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review. You are the type of guests that make this whole venture worthwhile. We admired your curiosity, energy and kindness to our staff. You are missed by all of us. We are so proud that you highlight our team. Yes, attracting English-speaking staff to any hotel in China is difficult, let alone to a small... More

Cordova, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The LInden Centre is what every traveler to China hopes for. From restored courtyards and charming rooms to the engaging staff and range of activities on offer we were delighted. Brian is a superb host who is both knowledgeable and respectful of local culture. We were enthususiatically invited along on his insider's antiques tour withing minutes of our arrival We... More

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

Your review arrived on my birthday, helping to make it a very special day.... Thanks! I loved exploring the antique shops with you both. Our village is still one of the few places where one can consistently find original pieces. Many of our Xizhou neighbors scour the countryside looking for antiques in areas that are being demolished to accommodate new... More

Sacramento, California
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Linden Center is a unique, special place. The vibe, for us, was like a combination of staying in (1) a quaint, boutique bed-and-breakfast + (2) a relative's home + (3) a small, noncommercial museum. Our rooms had clean, comfortable beds, bathroom and floors and a large dressing area. It had the amenities of a 4-star hotel such as fresh... More

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

We have always struggled to articulate what The Linden Centre is. In many ways, you captured some of the most important aspects of our mission. Our historic complex, one of the only nationally protected buildings open to overnight visitors, evokes elegance and sophistication. Another owner may have turned our place into an upscale/luxurious hotel without concern about preservation and interaction... More

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Brian's Linden Centre was the most remarkable and relaxed hotel on our China trip. The staff was friendly and extremely proactive service oriented. We met Yeling who guided us to the Lake for the fisherman, the market, cooking our lunch and Dali old town. She became a friend and we hope she will ever visit Holland. The rooms are clean... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This place was a fantastic base for exploring the surrounding area (hikes, tea plantations, cormorant fishing...) and also a fun place to hang out. My kids (8 and 10) were in heaven with the free babysitting hour in the evening, as were we as we got to spend time on the patio watching the sunset overlooking the rice paddies. We... More

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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

We remember your children fondly and hope that you all will be back again in the near future. We believe that our soon-to-be-opened third site- The Linden Commons- will provide families with even more excuses to spend a longer time with us. That site, also housed in a national relic, will have ceramics and painting classes for children, cooking courses,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Food is good. Rooms are filled with culture, yet cleaned and well kept. Amazing view of the paddy field on the terrace. Beautiful 4 courtyards. Building is well restored and properly maintaining, with beautiful manicured gardens. Extremely peaceful and relaxing. Truly a sanctuary.

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Address: No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
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Location: China > Yunnan > Dali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Linden Centre 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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