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Five Elements Hostel Dali

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No.69 Dazhifang Village, West Gate of Dali Ancient Town, Dali 671000, China
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Ranked #2 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Dali
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This was rather hard to find, but if you ask around, they can guide you in the right direction. This place was really clean, spacious, with lots of toiletries. It really didn't feel so much like a hostel. They had nice hand drawn illustrations of Old Dali above the bed which was nice. I didn't eat here, and only ordered... More 

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

Thank you very much for choosing Five elements Hostel in Dali. We hope to server you much better next time. Maybe you can try our food and we prepare delicious food for you soon. Thank you again for your review. Welcome back to Five elements Hostel again. Good luck. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Very comfortable place, with nice lobby, living room. Good food at the restaurant in the place. Clean room and bathroom. The staff was real helpful and helped us with everything we needed, include bus and train, cooking class booking. Very recommended!!

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

It is so nice of you to give us a better review. Thank you very much. We will keep improving our service and facilities to get the best review. We hope you a good time in China and welcome you back to Dali Five elements Hostel all the time. Thank you again for your review. Good luck. More 

Neath, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

For us, this was probably the best thing about Dali. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and after being in China (in Kunming) already for about 10 days, we took advantage of the hostel's Western style menu! A pool table also made it a relaxing place to spend the evening. The staff were so very helpful - and they spoke English.... More 

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

Thanks very much for choosing Five elements Hostel and giving us such best review. We will do our best to make it better and better. Aha, I am sorry that our billiard table is such poor and the bicycle are old. Maybe we need get the new ones. And welcome back to Five elements Hostel again. Thank you again for... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Situated just outside the old city walls. Far away from the road to be very quiet at night. Close enough to get within the walls in 7 minutes. Fluent English speaking staff, very kind also. Helped us book train tickets over Chinese New Year all the way to Guilin. They paid on their card and we gave them cash. Best... More 

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Five elements Hostel and give us a high rating review. All our staffs expect you back again next time you travel in China. The delicious Food are ready for you with enough amount. ^ ^ Thanks again for your review. Good Luck. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The five elements hostel is the absolute perfect place to stay in! Conveniently located 5 minutes walk from the old city, five elements is a clean, friendly, and comfortable hostel. The rooms are spacious, clean, and quiet, the common area is beautiful and cosy- with a pool table, lots of sofas, computers (with VPN!), and cute little kittens running around!... More 

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

Thank you very much for staying Five elements Hostel and giving us such best rating review. It is so nice of you. We are so sorry for that you didn't learn the dumplings making from our dumpling party. Meanwhile, we hope you can get much happy and relaxation from our dumplings party. Thanks again for your review. Good luck. More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We really loved it here. Great atmosphere, good food, nice staff that speaks English, clean and big rooms and super close to the old city. All perfect and definitely recommended. Plus they had two super cute kittens.

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

Thank you for your staying in Five elements Hostel. We hope you have a good time in Dali. Welcome back again next time. In addition, what an unlucky story that one of our cute cats was dead in the traffic accident. Another kitten lost her boyfriend. We hope she can recover from the shadow. Anyway thanks again for your high... More 

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

had a lovely time here in Dali with this hostel, right around the corner from the over trendy Jade Emu that gets overcrowded due to it's Lonely Planet review But the guests here actually all talk to each other- I noticed immediately at the Jade Emu every backpacker had their face in their smartphone the staff speak excellent English, and... More 

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Five elements Hostel in Dali and giving us such high rating review. Thanks very much for your advice about chatting room in smartphone. We should learn from other hostel all the time and improve our service. We hope to offer you a higher value experience next time in our hostel. Welcome back again. Thanks again for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I stayed here for a few nights. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. The beds had electric sheets which were great during the cold nights so I had no problem sleeping. Highly recommended!

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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Five Elements Hostel Dali, responded to this review

Thank you for your staying in Five elements Hostel. We hope you have a warm and relax winter in China. And we all expect your return for other seasons in Dali. Thanks again for your high rating review and welcome back again. Good luck. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I stayed here for 5 or 6days. as soon as I arrived the hostel, I found that here will be nice.(^^) the receptionist, floral, she was smiling and helpful. thank you. I stayed in the dormitory and the bed wasn't comfortable very much, but it's ok. I slept well anyway.haha the hostel gives you good hot shower. what I loved... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here in January 2015 and though we only initially booked for one night, we ended up staying for four because the staff were so helpful and the hostel environment just so welcoming. It's in a good location, under ten minutes walk to the Old Town, near the highway but not so close that the noise of traffic is... More 

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