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The Linden Centre

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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Shanghai, China
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Linden Centre offers the rare opportunity to appreciate a Chinese village experience without giving up modern comforts. Though technically located in the backpacker mecca of Dali, this hotel is about a half hour's drive from that city's tourist-packed 'Old Town' in the much quieter (but no less historic) village of Xizhou. Renovated from the courtyard house of one of... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is magic. I came here in March for a photography tour and met some amazing folks. The accommodations are top notch, the food is fabulous, and they really cater to making you as comfortable and happy as possible. The hotel is located on the outskirts of town, surrounded by fields with the foothills of the Himalayas as a... More 

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Linden Centre offers a down-to-earth experience with the old China. This renovated Chinese home is basic, but tasteful with many antiques throughout. It is not a cookie-cutter 5-star hotel. No spa, no glitz. Rather a peaceful place to relax and a home-base from which to explore Xizhou and the surrounding area. The success of the Centre emanates from Brian... More 

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

Thank you so much for the kind review. Many guests come to the Centre with very high expectations. Some of these expectations pertain to our hardware and others to our service and spirit. The latter, which you highlight, should never disappoint a guest. I work so hard to ensure that our team follows my lead and makes every guest feel... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't add to all the rhapsodic reviews, except to agree? Not posh? I think that was meant positively. Very nicely thought out amenities--plenty of outlets, water carafe (not plastic bottles), immense and comfortable bed, deep quiet, even made-in-Wisconsin Kohler bathroom fixtures. We arrived tired, felt as if we'd reached a combination of an attraction, an exhibition, a refuge, and a... More 

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

We too are disappointed that your stay with us was so short. This is something that visitors should remember: our average stay is 3-5 days and those staying less time often reluctantly leave vowing to return. With the opening of our cooking school, art classes, children's craft workshop, Asian fusion restaurant, etc (all located on our soon-to-open third nationally protected... More 

Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Linden Centre perfect home-base for exploring Xizhou, Dali and all they have to offer. Brian and the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. We will not consider alternatives when we return to the area. The room was comfortable, the shower was great, the terrace view for meals, sunrises and sunsets was spectacular, the library was amazingly-stocked and great for... More 

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

Even in this summer of drought, we have occasional (far too few) rainy days. To the inquisitive traveler, our libraries, with their nearly 3,000 volumes on China, Asia, and the arts, are one of the most welcomed amenities. Many guests can spend the afternoon sitting in our den-like libraries with a latte or a glass of local plum wine. The... More 

Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first visited the Linden Centre when I was in Middle School. I came with my school for a month long education program called Microcampus at Xizhou, the first of its kind. I was struck not only by the architectural beauty of the Centre (it’s literally like living in a comfortable museum) and the nature that can be found both... More 

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

We have been so honored to have the opportunity to interact at length with guests like yourself. You represent a more enlightened, more noble Chinese traveler: a sojourner who seeks more than just a view of Erhai and a glass of French wine (I would argue that we have better views off our terrace and a great selection of foreign... More 

Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my and my wife's second time visiting the Linden Centre. And I have to say, the place is just as stunning and the experience is just as memorable as it was the first time. I've had the pleasure to travel to many places in China but there is no place as unique and as authentic as what the... More 

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

Let me be honest with everyone..... We are fighting an uphill battle! The charm of Xizhou and our surroundings are constantly being bombarded by outsiders who have their own ideas of what 'charm' means. Too often that charm is nothing more than uplifting coastal city comforts alongside a view of the fields or lake. They sell "100 year charm' in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Very nice and spacious beautifully restored with care and love cort yard house with very frandly stuff and owners, hotel itself located in a midle of the rice pattys and very quiet, facilities are great and very clean, also there is a great patio that overlooks rice pattys, located next to the little village that wasn't yet completely westernized, gesthouse... More 

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

Your review, with its palpable charm, captures the changing needs and desires of the Chinese traveler. The past twenty years have seen businessmen and government invest solely in superficial hardware- Mediterranean style hotels, Disneyfied 'old' villages filled with bars and Che t-shirts, shopping streets selling 'local' items purchased from trade shows in Guangzhou and Yiwu (some 1000 miles away!). These... More 

Aurora, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was my 3rd visit to the Linden Centre in the past 4 years and when it comes time to return home I always have a thought towards "when can i come back again". The Linden Centre provides this amazing mix of great accommodations, excellent food, and a tremendously helpful and enthusiastic staff who are there to help enable you... More 

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

We take pride in responding at length to our guests' comments. We believe that it is our responsibility to address any complaints (we take these very seriously), but, perhaps more importantly, to clearly introduce what the Centre is and is not so guests can make educated decisions before reserving a room with us. We are not solely a hotel. If... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Brain and Jeannie Linden have created a unique and charming hotel in Xizhou village, both close to and far away enough from the hell that is Dali town itself. Renovated from a traditional old house, with three courtyards and decorated with the Linden's antiques, the hotel was largely undamaged during the Cutural Revolution as the Red Guards were billeted there.... More 

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

Greasy food and MSG...... we are so glad that you mentioned our food. To some visitors, especially Chinese, our food is a Westernized-version of their cuisine. This frustrates all of us. We are trying to present Chinese food in a much less adulterated state- no MSG, no chicken powder, less oil, and only fresh ingredients purchased in the market each... More 

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