My second stay in Yangshuo and stayed in the same hotel. Why change when I a very good experience during my first stay. In general the Village Retreat is a convenient, warm and professionally run hotel with an excellent location.
It's not in the hustle and bustle of the tourist center (which is far too noisy, busy) but as close as one can get to it. It is close enough to the center to walk to but it is very nice to have a free shuttle service which took us in and out of town several times in just 5 minutes. They also picked us up for free when we arrived from the Li-river boat cruise and the transfers to and from the light show were a treat from the hotel which was a nice touch.
Staff was very friendly and helpful and all our tours were very well organized (with a personal touch, not the kind that put you in a bus and wish you good luck). We particularly enjoyed one of their guided village tours through small little old villages and rice paddies on trails we would never have found ourselves.
Our superior deluxe room was spotless clean, spacious, with a very good hot shower and a most comfortable bed which is quite unusual in China. From our bed we could watch the lush green mountains through large windows.
Food of the restaurant is very good and inexpensive, great coffee with breakfast and excellent choice for Belgian beers and South-African wines which is nice after a day exploring the area.
All in all, we wish one day to enjoy the Village Retreat and the beauty of Yangshou once more and we will recommend staying here to everyone. Many thanks to Flower, Helen, Sunny,… for yet a wonderful stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Yangshuo Village Retreat, an established 4-star Belgian-Chinese family retreat in the beautiful and peaceful countryside near Yangshuo, Guilin, China. We provide a free shuttle service to town all day per comfortable mini-van that takes you to the heart of Yangshuo in 5 minutes. For longer stays we offer every 7th night free of charge! Located in a quiet village, nestled in between mountains, rice paddies and citrus trees, our Yangshuo hotel offers the perfect base to explore the countryside, its rural features and amazing scenery, and provides the ideal environment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the idyllic landscape Yangshuo is famous for, with the comforts of home. And with only a beautiful walk along the Li-river bank to Yangshuo’s main shopping and entertainment area, the Yangshuo Village Retreat might have the best location of all Yangshuo hotels… ... more less
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