We stayed at the Pine Ridge Lodge for only one night and after staying there, I can safely say that you cannot go wrong if you choose the Pine Ridge Lodge as your base for exploring Huangshan.
As I have never been to Huangshan before, and given our very tight timeframe, I was initially anxious about planning an intense one day trip there. The owner of the lodge, Wayne, who is fluent in English, was invaluable and helped me organise everything through email before I even left for China. He helped arrange a driver to pick us up from the airport (despite our arrival being at a very inconvenient time) and booked the accommodation for us, all at a very reasonable price.
On the day, our plane was delayed by more than half an hour, but we were not charged any extra fees by the driver, who was extremely polite and courteous. The staff at the hotel helped us process our check-in at close to midnight when we arrived, and despite the lateness, took the time to explain to us a suitable one day route for climbing Huangshan (and gave us a map).
We were shown to our room by a very polite lady who even turned on the heaters in our room before our arrival. We were in a garden room (for 3 people) which was quite basic, but clean and comfortable.
Free breakfast was included with our room rate. You can request a western breakfast if congee, pickles and egg is not your cup of tea in the morning. The hotel organised a driver to drop us and another couple to the bus station (only 2 mins away) from where you can catch transport to take you up Huangshan. It was all very seamless and convenient.
On the way down from Huangshan, the staff had already told us to tell the bus driver to stop at the South Gate where Pine Ridge Lodge is, so we were only just across the road from the hotel. The lodge appears to be the first stop outside the Huangshan scenic area so very convenient.
The lady at the hotel organised for the kitchen to prepare for us a delicious meal which I still remember fondly today - delicious crisp and sweet fresh bamboo shoots picked fresh from the mountain. Again all for an incredibly reasonable price.
As we had descended Huangshan quicker than expected, we were still early. The staff advised us that taking a public bus to the train station (which was our next stop) would be cheaper than using their private driver. We were incredibly impressed that the staff weren't trying to tout or push their services and make more money out of us, unlike everywhere else in China. Instead, they really had our best interests at heart. Once we finished eating the lady had already organised for the public bus to wait for us right outside the lodge. Again, incredibly thoughtful and seamless!
Overall, from start to finish, the service and friendliness of the staff, and their generosity made us feel like we were part of one big family. We went to many other parts of China, and never did we feel such warmth and enthusiasm from the staff. Staying at the Pine Ridge Lodge has really made our trip to Huangshan all the more enjoyable and memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arrive at Pine Ridge Lodge and find yourself surrounded by acres of wooded hillside, at the most secluded area adjacent to the South Entrance of HuangShan Scenic Area. Contemporary design where you are offered privacy, personalized service and quality—from international standard house keeping, interior design with the grace and ease of home, and gracious services. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pine Ridge Hotel Huangshan