We were two couples, we stayed for four nights in the superior "balcony" rooms at DRR in May 2014. The price was excellent. I chose the DRR from the reviews here on TA saying that the staff was so helpful. Yes, the staff were amazing. They were SO helpful. Jasmine, the manager, helped us so much with our daily outings. The gals that made us breakfast and dinner were so sweet. And yet, what I had not realized when booking this hotel is that the river here takes a sharp turn and goes away from the road and hotel. You can hear it.. but you cannot see it. If you like setting on your balcony and enjoying the view around you, then pay a bit more and stay next door at the Mountain Retreat. I am sure their staff is lovely as well.
If you do stay at this hotel, be especially leery of the rooms ending in 10. We had 2808, our friends had 2810. The view from our room was pretty good, or as good as it gets at this hotel, but our friends room had a huge electric pole right smack in front of the balcony ruining it all! There room price was the same as ours..no break in the fee due to the ugly pole.
The resort offers free bicycles for your use. We did use the bicycles, problem was, they were mostly in very bad condition. It took us nearly an hour to find four in good enough working order and with seats we could bear to set on, as most of them are very skinny and hard. They are kept outside under a tent cover and in that humidity they take a major hit as they don't appear to be regularly maintained.
As for the included breakfast, it is good but no choices. You can have western or asian. We choose western everyday. They said asian was noodle soup. Western was eggs, bacon, yogurt, and a "baguettee". You were charged for the second cup of coffee and they were small. (they also gave us a beautiful map of the area for each room, but upon asking for a second map per room, there was a charge. Two very small waters per room per day for free, after that a charge, and in fact we had to ask for those, the maids did not leave them).
We ate dinner there two evenings and the food was really very good and we thought a reasonable price. It would have been a pain to go find food elsewhere late in the evening as you are really too far out to go anyplace except next door to the Mountain Retreat. Mind that the dining area has no view of anything. tip: we had several mixed drinks there and we must say that even though it is extremely small there "frozen margarita" was exceptionally good!
We found the room to be clean, beds comfortable, shower acceptable with decent water pressure and plenty of hot water. They have an electric water heating pot in the room, but only tea provided. Other places we stayed in China offered small packets of Nescafe with cream and sugar packets. This would have been nice to set and have coffee early on the balcony. I don't think they have many western tourists here.
Knowing what I know now, I would not stay here again, but only because of the Retreats compromised location in comparison to the better situated Mountain Retreat next door. If you cannot afford a "view" room next door at the Mountain Retreat, then I would stay here in one of their view rooms. It is indeed quite a lot less expensive. So what can you afford?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All rooms with fabulous views on the famous Karst Mountains, big garden to relax, pick up service from the Guilin Airport, western and Chinese kitchen, big rooms with western toilets and 24-hour hot showers. In the countryside at the bank of the beautiful Yu Long River, quiet and clean, only 6 km from Yangshuo Village. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dragon River Retreat Hotel Yangshuo County
- Dragon River Retreat Yangshuo County