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The Bivou

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16 Zhonghe Cun, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Never has a place moved me so much to want to write a review, but The Bivou has been exceptional in making my Lijiang experience one of the best holidays ever. Introduced to The Bivou by a friend who stayed with them previously, I was told about the friendly staff and comfortable communal vibe. Definitely wasn't disappointed! Hwee Ling (manager),... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sometimes I hate to write glowing reviews as I feel it will spoil for me the next time I visit , fearing the place will get too popular. But Bivou deserves it- This small hotel is well designed, efficiently run , good food and does all the little things right. My experiences with Joe and Mao Mao were always positive,... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for 3 nights and were so impressed with this little hotel. -- Rooms were modern and had beautiful bathroom and shower areas. -- They were so thoughtful providing a basket of useful things in each room: maps, restaurant recommendations, hair dryer, converter, honey, and even (blush) adult protection -- Awesome hanging out in the common area /... More 

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2 Thank whyran7
GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou, responded to this review

Dear whyran7 Thank you for this lovely review! We are ecstatic to have been described in such glowing terms in your review! :) I’m so glad that you have enjoyed so many aspects of our hotel as well as the wonderful experience of staying in Shuhe Old Town. In building a safe retreat and ‘home away from home’, we thought... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't get around to doing this review till now, and this is the first review I'm doing for any sort of hotels, because the Bivou deserves it. Many good things have been said (all true), so I'm not going to bother writing more about those. I visited Lijiang and the Bivou in June 2015 with my wife, mother-in-law and daughter... More 

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

Dear LNE1976 Thank you for that first line in your review that means so much to us! We understand from our own experience how penning down a review for any place we have visited very often takes more effort than it looks. So we are really grateful for every one of the reviews we receive here and elsewhere, as well... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are a family of 4. We stayed for 3 nights at The Bivou. The location, in Shuhe Old Town, is so picturesque, with cobblestone streets and tiny restaurants offering a range of dining options. The villa we stayed in was lovely. As it was January it was very cold but we were supplied with heaters that made us all... More 

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

Dear mumanddrmax Thank you for staying with us, the kind recommendation of The Bivou to other travellers and praising the Bivou team! Yes, we too feel that the well-preserved ancient town of Shuhe is really quite special and pretty, the sort of place that one dreams of seeing when planning a trip to China but more often than not fails... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We were very happy we stayed at The Bivou in Shuhe, not downtown in Lijiang. Wonderfully renovated farm house in a charming village. And a great friendly staff! The Bivou staff helped us book tours with a great tour guide and a staff member. Both wonderful tours. The staff saved our trip by helping us resolve unexpected problems. The "problems"... More 

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

Dear wendy5508 Thank you for the strong recommendation of our hotel to other travellers! It means a lot to us and makes what we do worthwhile. Having hosted tens of thousands of travellers from around the world over the years, we understand that sometimes, unexpected situations can threaten to disrupt an otherwise well-planned trip. This could be anything from food... More 

Kunming, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

My husband and my parents and I booked two rooms here for our LiJiang holiday. We fell in love with this place, especially with Joe and the rest of the staff! Service: The staff was quick to make sure we were comfortable, gave us an extra heater when we asked, greeted us with hot tea when we came back from... More 

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

Dear Melissa P Thank you for staying with us and the kind words despite the inconveniences you and your family experienced! We are delighted that you and your family have enjoyed the little extras that we have come up with to allow guests to have the best and most authentic experience of Lijiang and Shuhe possible, as well as to... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

The Bivou is not your typical accommodation. It is a genre of its own, a cross between a hotel and an inn. Nestled in the corner of the Shu He old town, it offers tranquility yet it is not far from the shops and restaurants of the old town. It boasts of all the amenities you would come to expect... More 

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

Dear Paerin C, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a raving review! We are delighted that you and your family have enjoyed what we like to term “The Bivou Experience", one that was conceived to be made up of a comfortable and safe place of rest and retreat, and yet offering more than just that. When... More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

This is a great option for accommodation in the lijiang area. It is in a charming old Chinese village surrounded by mountains with so much to see just footsteps from the hotel; a quick bike ride ( free to borrow at hotel) to quiet baisha village to visit embroidery school; a quick drive to jade snow mountain. We were so... More 

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

Dear han0i10, Thank you for staying with us and recommending The Bivou and Shuhe Old Town as the choice for travellers to Lijiang. Just like you, we were charmed by tranquil 1000-year-old Shuhe when we first arrived 6 years ago. Although tourism has since arrived more apparently in this lesser known, albeit older, UNESCO town, it has fortunately not taken... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Stayed here 2 nights as part of a 23 day motorcycle tour through China. This was just an awesome hotel. They thought of everything. It's a really nice top end boutique hotel. It's not cheap by those standards but it's definitely worth it. Staff ALL speak very good English. They come up to the car park to get your luggage.... More 

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

Dear MJS2210, Thank you so much for this very kind and encouraging review! Delighting our guests and making their holiday, whether it is an exciting cross country motorcycle ride (wow!) or something more regular, something to remember with fondness for a long time is what makes our jobs all the more fulfilling and enjoyable. I am especially proud to share... More 

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