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Five Elements Hostel Dali

No.69 Dazhifang Village, West Gate of Dali Ancient Town, Dali 671000, China
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Ranked #2 of 69 Specialty lodging in Dali
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
John80302 Boulder, Colorado, United States
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Dali four nights, all of which were at Five Elements. We were welcomed by English speaking staff and two friendly golden retriever. The common space is open and airy with plenty of comfortable seating, a pool table, bongo, guitar, and two desktop that have access to facebook and google (Wordpress, also). We stayed in the double room... More

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Hong Kong
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostal is located just outside Dali's old town city walls. Fine, so you don't have the hassle of going into the old town but are still nearby. The very friendly staff speak basic but understandable English. The communal area is convienient with a nice innergarden. Rooms are clean yet simple with a good matress on the floor. (Many Chinese... More

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Xiangkhouang Province, Laos
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hostel is just perfect. We had a (big!) double room with private bathroom/toilet for only 120 yuan per night. The food is correctly priced and good. The hostel organised a movie night, a dumpling course and explained the majong game. There is a good atmosphere, staff is very friendly and helpful. The bus to kunming is only 150m from... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Almost definitely. From the moment we called to get directions, Matt; the receptionist / bar man / manager / all round good guy, was nothing but helpful and gave us plenty of tips on what to do in Dali and options of where to go next. The hostel itself is very clean including the room (doubles with ensuite available), it... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

GReat location as the bus from Lijiang drops you off just a few minutes away. Five minutes walk from the old town. Quiet at night. Is safe and secure and it's fine to walk around at night from the old town. Good meeting place for people. Staff are really friendly and helpful, especially Matt and there's a good atmosphere where... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Rooms were one of the biggest I found in Yunnan. The hotel is nice and doesn't feel crowded. Staff at reception will assist you to book airplanes tickets, buses and else. Good value indeed. Walking distance to the old city. If going to Lijiang, a van will pick you up right at the hotel entrance and drop you where the... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My wife and I had a 2 night stays at this hostel. The staffs speaks good English and are excellent. Room and toilet are clean. Walking distance to the old town and 3 pagodas. From train station, you can take bus No. 8 (last stop). Walk across the opposite road and changed over to bus No. 2 to get here.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I found super helpful staff that I never had before. I used to work in a hostel myself but -calling the clients to make sure they are fine and can find the place -leaving the key outside at night to get in -giving massive discounts for even friends cause I stayed there for couple of nights are things that you... More

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Sydney, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We loved our stay so much at the 5 Elements, we decided to come back to Dali just to stay there again! First time for 3 nights, the second for 2 nights. Incredibly good value (Y120 for a double/twin) considering the room size, facilities, location and the service. The staff (particularly Matt) were the best we've experienced in our 7... More

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

Thank you so much about your review to us and explain the incorrect review by user "385yourmom". We truly appreciate for it. Really hope you guys can come again. There is always a home for you coming back here. Enjoy all your trips in the world! More

Jakarta, Indonesia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

We chose Five Elements because of these good reviews on Tripadvisor and the prompt responses they replied to our queries. At first we only booked one night, later we ended up staying four nights because of San Yue Festival held in April. As other said, this is a very homey hostel. Coming into Five Elements felt like coming home to... More

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

Thank you very very much for making reviews about us. All of our staffs really appreciate it. we will still try our best to help all of our guests to have a really wonderful trip here. we already improved some facilities by suggestions and hope see you next time. Best wishes! from Amy & Matt More

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Address: No.69 Dazhifang Village, West Gate of Dali Ancient Town, Dali 671000, China
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Location: China > Yunnan > Dali
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Being in the convenient place that we are, you can be involved in everything that goes on in Dali without being bothered by the noise at night. We provide clean rooms at a reasonable price, and have a beautiful garden area to relax, read books or chill out with friends. We serve fresh organic food, homemade bread, and also have a bar for those who like a drink. We are fluent in English, Japanese and Chinese. Free wifi is also available for any of our guests and if you don’t have a computer you can use ours. As travelers ourselves we always stay comitted to high standards, cleaningness and the friendlies possible service. nontheless we also comitted to reasonable prices for all types of accomondation and our other services, as well, so you are sure to find all ameneties and clean, nice hostel!Direction: From Xiaguan Bus Station:Expect to pay 40 RMB for a taxi.From Xiaguan Train Station:Catch the No.8 Bus outside the train station. The fare is 1.5 RMB. Get off at the West Gate in Dali Old Town (approximately 30 minutes on the bus. It is the last stop). From the West Gate, cross the highway and turn left along the highway. You're going the right way if you pass the transit police building. Walk about 450m until you see several hostel sign. look for us on the right behind jade roo lily pad. Point the taxi driver to:Five Elements Hostel Dali ... more   less 
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