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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 Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 

Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Linden Centre is simply amazing! I enjoyed every aspect of it from the lovely courtyards to the breathtaking views from the terrace. It is a perfect place to visit and stay! I would recommend everyone to stay there!

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

As the garlic fields slowly turn to rice paddies, I remember you sitting on the terrace overlooking these fields and thinking of how nice it is to have clear blue skies, unobstructed views of mountains and forests, and silence. I will think of you and your colleagues as the water starts to flood our surrounding fields, turning the Centre into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Linden for a week, at the beginning of a five-week independent journey across China. It was an excellent "soft entry" to the country. It's a stunning facility, set in the unspoiled village of Xi Zhou, which has the perfect balance of attractions for visitors (places to eat, things to see) while retaining the feel of an authentic... More 

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

Throughout the past 18 months, I have been overseeing the restoration of one of China's most stunning examples of residential architecture. This 1920s merchant's home, located less than ten minutes by foot from our two other nationally protected complexes, has required non-stop attention and oversight. It is a love letter to China's cultural traditions... I have not taken a day... More 

Shanghai Region, China
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I live in Shanghai and travel around China on business a lot, staying in 5 star hotels. I'm reasonably fond of marble and glass, infinity pools and buffet breakfasts, but the Linden centre just blows all this away. The 5 star hotels provide you with comfortable but sterile isolation from China. The Linden center helps to gently introduce and immerse... More 

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

Thank you for your very special review! I want to assure you and all our future guests that, even with the compliments, my team is always trying to improve the experience we give our visitors. Last week we hired an experienced GM, Ms. Wang, to help manage the daily operations of our hotels. This will enable others within the company... More 

Kunming, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Friendly, courteous staff. Beautiful courtyards. Breathtaking scenery from balcony. Enjoyed the village tour. Had fun trying the local food. Great food at the Centre. Easy commute to old town Dali. Rooms are comfortable (heat) with clean bathrooms and hot water.

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

One of the unique aspects of the Centre is our free daily tours. Because we are so proud of our historic structure and the village of Xizhou, we offer a free walking tour of the morning market, pointing out the architectural landmarks of our village and stopping in to see some of our neighbors. Guests can buy some of the... More 

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