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The Linden Centre

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.5 Chengbei, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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Shanghai, China
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4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was very pleasantly surprised by Linden centre despite preliminary doubts on what it has to offer. The hotel is beautiful, renovated out of traditional Bai houses with ~ 10 rooms outfitted with modern amenities. The decor was tasteful with REAL antiques collected all over China. It was peaceful to sit outside and chill on the beautiful patio overlooking rice... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just to reiterate all the other reviews: after bouncing around China and the uneven experience at staying at Hilton-wantabees, The Linden Centre feels like the place you were hoping to find. It's not like walking into the past--you've got wi-fi, hot water, great service, clean rooms, wonderful views from the rooftop terrace--but there is an awareness here of China past,... More

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

Thank you for your review. We are proud of the steady flow of scholars who fill the Centre's evenings with lectures and bar-side storytelling. This week we will have lectures on the Burning Man and its Future in China and on the Politicization of Chinese Tourism. We have calligraphy classes going on as I write and Xizhou bread making for... More

Southport, Ct. USA
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9 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 5 wonderful days (6 nights) at Linden Center in late June. We came with high expectations and our actual experience was far better than expected. The hotel is about a quarter mile from the center of Xizhou village, and maybe a mile from the Erhai Lake. It is a traditional Bai house, built in the 1940's and renovated... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is nothing more to say actually, but I’ll try. All positives things said are true. I think it is perfectly located, with about only 10 rooms. Quiet, but you can get to Dali quickly if needed, spacious, well equipped and well maintained rooms. Personnel who speak English and who are really interested and will take care (just like the... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for an unforgettable authentic Chinese cultural experience, look no further. I visited the Linden Centre a few weeks ago for the day and was completely elated by the commitment to preserving the authenticity of the culture. The Linden Centre is truly a unique experience of authentic old Chinese culture. I went with a group of six... More

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your cooking class with us. As you may remember, we will open a professional cooking school in December 2014 in Xizhou. It will be housed in a national relic that is even larger and older than our current Centre. The cooking school will focus on local cuisines, including Bai, Hui, Yi, Tibetan and... More

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visted the Linden Centre in Mid-May while on a delegation with a group of architects from the AIA. Created from within the disciplined framework of a historic Bai family compound and perfectly renovated to maintain the sense of place within old country Dali; to stay here for a few days is highly recommended experience. The Linden Centre succeeds in offering... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The location in Xizhou is good, away from Dali old town, the hotel is well designed and nicely restored, and the rooms are pleasant, but there were too many young people running around as part of a school group which detracted from the place and its appeal. Maybe another time.

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Reviews like this one truly help define the type of destination that we are. We are first and foremost a platform for learning and cultural immersion. We are open to everyone: families with children, intrepid explorers and honeymooners. While we occasionally have students at the Centre from some of the world's top universities, these programs are mentored by professors and... More

San Francisco, California
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25 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Linden Centre is really someplace special. If what you are looking for is an authenic, cultural experience in Mainland China, this is the special place to do it. A true "unlike any other" experience because of the family atmosphere that Brian, Jeanee and the entire team have created. The feel is much like a bed and breakfast type inn... More

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

Thank you for understanding the greater mission of the Centre. While some guests come to Dali wanting no more than luxury (why travel to rural China if all you are seeking is superficial comforts?!), experienced travelers like yourself appreciate how difficult it is to achieve a balance between authenticity, sustainability and comforts. China needs the former and less of the... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Staying at the Linden Center was a very memorable experience. I loved the food, laundry service, library, tea room and most of all...roof top deck. This place is awesome for large and small groups alike. #AIAChina2014

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Having lived + toured thru parts of China. This is a soul-rebooting destination + private hotel to vacation at. Do yourself a favour. Lift yourself out-of-the-norm...come...immerse yourself in a unique (former) wealthy merchants home. Now authentically renovated, as The Linden Centre. We came as a group of photographers. Intrepid, global nomads, not a 'precious nor status seeking' individual amongst us.... More

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

What can I say?! Thank you so much for your kind words. We hope that potential guests will heed your advice. We are not interested in the traveler seeking only comforts. While we are proud of the amenities and the elegance of our rooms, we are not able to replicate the luxury of a newly built hotel. You were the... More

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Address: No.5 Chengbei, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
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Location: China > Yunnan > Dali
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Linden Centre 3.5*
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The Linden Centre is a meticulously restored courtyard mansion in the pristine Yunnan village of Xizhou. Great care was taken to preserve the beautiful indigenous architecture of this nationally protected cultural relic, while up-scale modern conveniences including heating and air conditioning were added to ensure guests a comfortable and absolutely unique stay. In this elegant setting, connect with the local ethnic cultures that make this part of China so special. ... more   less 
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