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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
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Cordova, Alaska
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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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24 helpful votes 24 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

Southport, Ct. USA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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 July 3, 2014

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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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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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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