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The Bivou

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16 Zhonghe Cun, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, China
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
44 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Superb location in the old village of ShuHe, about 5km from Dayang Old town and 2km from Baisha ( the 3 locations form LiJiang old town). Plenty of transport to go from one to the other. The Bivou is right at the edge or town, in a scenic spot in the fields. From there you can easily discover everything by... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear topkapitan, It is great to read from the subject that we are seen as “quirky” and “lovely” all at the same time! We love that! It is a side of our personality that is not often mentioned but really nice to know is appreciated by our guests. Thank you! I guess this is probably because members of the Bivou... More 

Shanghai, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mother and I absolutely loved our stay at The Bivou. The service was amongst the best I've ever had a hotel. The staff were extremely friendly and eager to help, giving us detailed suggestions for our walks around Shuhe and Lijiang and good restaurants. The hotel provides lovely hand-drawn maps to help you find your way around. They also... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear coolbritanja, Thank you for taking the time to give us a nice review! We are really glad that you and your mother had a great time at the Bivou. As a small boutique setup catering to a wide spectrum of guests living in China and from all around the world, we are constantly challenged by the need to choose... More 

Munich, Germany
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An really excellent place, worth every minute being here. Overwhelming especially the staff; if you are used to the service standards in China you would never believe that this hotel is in China too. I had a little cold and the staff was really taking care of me special teas etc. to help me getting better. Just a little cough... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear Frank285, Thank you for the very very lovely review! The Bivou team is feeling over the moon knowing that you were so delighted with your stay! Yes, indeed we are in China and the fact that we can be doing our bit (albeit small) in improving the overall standard of service in China on a daily basis, and making... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our overall stay with the bivou was excellent. The hotel is well designed, well located and everything is well thought through. Breakfast was excellent every day. The highlight has to be the staff - every one of the team was attentive, enthusiastic and extremely helpful. The Bivou is great at suggesting itineraries, helping with bookings and generally helping guests get... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear Sarah O, Thank you for your very kind compliments! At the Bivou, we pride ourselves on the delightful fact that so many of our esteemed guests have come from far and wide, from all around the world, and have chosen from among the thousands of options available in Lijiang to stay with us! We do not take this honour... More 

San Francisco, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed with family (4 adults, 2 children) 3 nights in March 2015 and had an excellent/ lovely stay. The hotel is very modern and set in such a picturesque village (we far preferred Shuhe to the larger/ more touristy Dayan Old Town Lijiang), The family room was perfect - and we appreciated the thoughtful amenities including high quality Pu... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear Angela W, Thank you for your very lovely and kind review about The Bivou! It was really nice to host your family and we're really glad you had a fabulous time here too. As we have mentioned in our other responses, WE LOVE SHUHE too! To us, it is the perfect combination of authenticity, picture-perfect cobbled streets, quaint old... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Homely and professional, that was the way the Singapore owner want it. And she and her team delivered. Room is clean and tastefully done. Breakfast options is reasonable and more importantly, delicious. The team is very warm and personal. Joe mapped out our walks through the town while checking off our must-see, must do lists. We booked day trips (Jade... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear Chris-ng_Sg Thank you for your encouraging review about The Bivou! Indeed, our quest to attain the seemingly paradoxical mix of homeliness and professionalism in every aspect of our hotel service sometimes does make us feel quite alone, albeit being in a sea of no less than 3000 other big and small hotels and guesthouses in Lijiang! Nonetheless, each and... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

great hotel in one of the old town lijiang (shuhe), not so crowded as the old town . room is decent size, nice surrounding, great breakfast and very friendly staff . opened by singaporean so you can be relaxed in here as they do really cater for the sporean who like to have the 3in1 coffee/tea mix, kaya jam for... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear Uneques, Thank you so much for your kind review, which really is a great summary of the many points about the Bivou that we ourselves love and which have delighted our guests past and present! Just like you, we love the tranquil location of the old town of Shuhe, which is a bare 15 mins car ride from bustling... More 

Hong Kong
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

In a land where imitation is something of a cultural constant, The Bivou stands alone as a totally unique and inspired design hotel. Combine this with charming service, an authentic country setting and some of the most comfortable beds in China, this cozy place beats even 5-star global chains. The price is reasonable considering the spacious rooms and luxuries amenities.... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear AlistairandJen Thank you for the gushing review that has made all of us here at the Bivou blush with excitement! When we set out to create a hotel that would rival “all that was out there”, we realised that we had to combine the best of both international 5 star hotels (and we ourselves have indeed stayed in many... More 

Verona, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

First of all: yes, if you come to visit Lijiang area and the North of Yunnan, you should stay at The Bivou and there are good reasons for it. The location: Shuhe old town. It is close to Lijiang old town, a 15 min taxi ride, but you avoid the masses and noise of it, because Shuhe kept some of... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear Pat70, Thank you so much for your encouraging review of our hotel service, staff, breakfast, rooms and one-of-a-kind library that has definitely made the day for our team! Everyone is beaming from ear to ear knowing how pleased you are! We are also really glad to know that you have been charmed by the great location of our hotel... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great fushion of local charm with calm design features. The well trained snd kind staff take pride in their dedication. Having an eye to small details they will go the extra mile in this little pearl hotel. Certainly, THE place to stay in the Lijiang region. Forget all the exchangeable 4-5* hotels. The rooms are smart and in a super... More 

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GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear Christian S Thank you for getting to the heart of who we are! Our team of 14 full-time staff, almost half of whom are effectively bilingual (certainly a big number for a 15-room hotel!) certainly enjoy the privilege of working in a small boutique setup, where we can get to know each and every one of guests much better... More 

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