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The Linden Centre

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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12 helpful votes 12 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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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A really wonderful hotel to stay in. The location is great, a village just outside Dali set in rice fields. The building is a beautifully renovated village house, full of antiques and catering for everyone. The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful (on the way to the airport they rang us to tell us we had left a... More

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

The sun is shining again in Dali, something that unfortunately did not happen as often while you were here. Even with the rain, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We have a team of 50 staff working our 16 guest-room hotel. We are doing this not only to provide personalized attention to all our... More

Shanghai, China
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

Thank you for the very gracious words. I hesitate to make any comments beyond a few small corrections: 1. Our Centre has 16 guest-rooms. It is is easy to feel that there are fewer rooms than there are because we have dedicated so much of this national relic to common space for our guests. Unlike other hotels, even so-called 'old... More

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22 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

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

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Address: No.5 Chengbei Village, 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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