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The Linden Centre

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No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Linden Centre is a historic hotel surrounded by rice paddies in a small village about 20 minutes outside of Dali. If you are looking for posh accommodations, this is not the hotel for you. If you are looking for a genuine cultural experience in rural China with better amenities than you would get in other rural areas, then Linden Centre... More 

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

We have struggled to ensure that our guests are aware of what the Centre is before making a reservation. Your comments help explain our hardware to future guests. However, I want to correct some of the minor mistakes, explain why we do the other things (toilet paper request), and remind guests that it is the software- the spirit of our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Everyone in the hotel is very helpful, they are all very nice too. The centre is not far from anything. The hotel is surrounded my farms, and the view at the terrace is spectacular. I strongly suggest that people should visit this amazing place.

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

Having established our three hotels in some of China's most pristine and grand examples of pre-revolutionary architecture, we find it extremely difficult to expand. How do we top these structures?! How do we find equally hospitable and culturally important villages?! The weeks you spent with us, your daily interaction with the villagers, your genuine people-to-people diplomacy ensure that future guests... More 

Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A great place for a trip! It is at an ideal location, with a nearby town square with many great shops and restaurants. The renovation of a very classic and old type of building, transformed into a very beautiful hotel. So much to do in the hotel and out in the village. Was a great trip! Will definitely come back!

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

Wow.... your review coincided with the printing of four others from your group. We are so happy that your whole team enjoyed spending the extended time at the Centre. The villagers and our staff already miss you all! Thank you. More 

Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Linden Center is by far the best hotel I have visited. It does not have the superficial glamour of the Shangri-La or the Hilton. It is more rustic, but the accommodations and food are just as nice, if not better. It is a beautiful place ov

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

All of the decorations are superb and living in the hotel is like living in a museum. Accept with better service, better food and definitely better air! The rooms provide great sheets and supplies to still be in touch with the world and the breakfast is a great way to start the day. I look forward to going to this... More 

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

We are always flattered by such superlatives from our guests! Thank you for your compliments. While you kindly highlighted our 'hardware', I believe that what resonated with you and your colleagues was the spirit of the Centre. This foundation of learning, of interaction and exchange, is what inspires my team to work so mellifluously. We are proud of our guests,... More 

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