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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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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sisters were filled with trepidation as our car was stucked in front of a horse cart along the narrow dusty road into Xi Zhou town. I had researched and know that our 3 nights stay will be a wonderful, amazing experience! On the approach to Linden Centre, the sight of the green padi and garlic fields and the Bai-style... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've just returned from a truly outstanding few days at this beautifully restored courtyard inn. From the moment we arrived until our departure, we were welcomed as family. The rooms at the Linden Center are lovely, well-appointed, spacious and impeccably decorated. A perfect mix of historic charm and modern comfort. The Lindens made sure we had everything we needed and... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lindens have created a unique experience for immersion into a small village, stay in a beautiful, authentic mansion, and cultural educational activities. We spent 4 wonderful days there. Every aspect of the Linden Center is well executed. The staff, interns, driver, service and food are excellent. Our family enjoyed talking to and learning from the staff and interns who... More 

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was directed to this entirely magnificent place by the owner of another hotel where I had stayed in the Shaxi Valley and I delighted that this happened although sad that I only had two nights to stay and enjoy. The building and rooms are meticulously restored with an eye to detail as well as to the comfort of guests.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a 4.5 hour ride by car from Kunming to Dali n upon entering Xizhou, both myself n my 2nd sis was wondering why my eldest sis has book us for 3 nights stay in such a rural place as we will be bored. Upon arrival, we receive warm welcome by 3 hotel staff n they help us with... More 

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

Sometimes we are so busy with our everyday responsibilities here that we forget to express the deep gratitude to our guests for the their words of support. We never want guests to feel that their kindness is not appreciated. Your reviews provide us with encouragement to persevere iwith the overwhelming challenges we face in developing a more sustainable model of... More 

Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank you for the kind review. The locals have been known to call me "Mayor", and I believe that this is the best example of how respected our Centre and its team are among our neighbors. We always felt that our guest experience should not be limited to the walls of our hotel. The village, with its gracious Bai ethnic... More 

New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this review

The Centre's theme programs, in subjects such as culinary arts, spirituality, textiles, plein air painting and, of course, photography, are among our favorite times in Xizhou. With 7-14 days to explore the region alongside our team, share the lives of our local villagers, detox on our sun-splashed terraces overlooking the Himalayas, and study with leading mentors and professionals, our theme... More 

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

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 July 9, 2015

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 July 7, 2015

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 

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