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Yangshuo Village Retreat
Shi Ban Qiao Village,45, Yangshuo County 541900, China   |  
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Ranked #12 of 367 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Ghent, Belgium
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“Second stay here and even better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I was looking for a place to stay that was outside of the hustle-and-bustle of the town, and this was perfect. A 15 min. walk and what a beautiful walk it was, especially at night, with the sound of the crickets and the stars in the dark night sky!
They have a book in each room that they put together themselves on numerous activities to do in the area. Very informative.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We spend 4 nights at the yangshuo Village, the hotel is in a perfect location to discovery the city and to bikes trips, the staff is really friendly and professional help us in everything they speak perfect english. The restaurant was very good, you can find wester and Chinese food ! The Honeymoon room was really nice comfortable and with greats views ....you can have Jacuzzi looking the mountains! The only small problem in the bathroom was the shower, it was losing water when we were having a shower ... but apart of that great room great value ! thanks Village Retreat for everything !!! we will came back soon!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Overall our stay in the Yangshuo Village Retreat was like the other reviewers’ – quiet and very relaxing. We got off to a bad start when we were offered a double room which had mould over the ceiling. When we complained to the front desk we were told we would either have to pay to upgrade or get a slight discount. It was only after we found somewhere else to stay that they called the manager and agreed to upgrade us into a deluxe room without mould. The room was huge and if you can afford it, I would definitely recommend going for the deluxe room over the standard double rooms. The rest of our stay was great – nice restaurant and terrace and within walking distance of Yangshuo.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We were two families staying 4 nights at the hotel and had a fantastic time. The hotel is very well placed for trips to the surrounding area and is a 5 minute drive to the town centre. We stayed in the honeymoon suite and our friends in the Family Chalet. Both were comfortable and had plenty of room to accommodate the children. The food was good and offered western choices for the kids and the two girls on reception, Helen and Flower were excellent in arranging tour/activities along with transport at short notice. I have to mention Gerd as well for organising a rock climbing trip with less than an hours notice for our children. Our visit in November didn't have the best of weather but the terrace area on a warmer morning was a great place to start the day with breakfast. We'll definitely be back as there's still a lot of things we need to see and do in and around Yangshou.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kent, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights (Sept) in a spacious room with a comfortable King size bed, balcony with karst mountain views, and bathroom with shower. The room was on the 4th floor with no lift, but this was not a problem for us.
The staff at the reception and in the bar/restaurant were very friendly and helpful.
The owner, Gerd, was exceptionally helpful when we were planning our visit to Yangshuo and promptly answered our numerous e-mails giving us advice on various options for our trip to the Longsheng rice terraces. He arranged for a driver to meet us at Guillin airport and take us directly to the village of Dazhai. We planned to spend one night here and then hike to Pingan on the next day. The driver kept our main luggage so that we were able to hike with only our rucksacks. He met us the following day after our 5 hour hike to Pingan and drove us to the Yangshuo Village Retreat. We were able to hire bikes at the hotel at a reasonable cost and the staff arranged a very enjoyable bamboo rafting trip for us on the Li River. These few days were one of the highlights of our trip to China.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

We Had the pleasure to stay here 5 days.The Penthouse Suite was magnificent.The people working in the hotel and restaurant could not be more gracious. They were attentive, to anything we needed.We ate dinner in the restaurant three nights and enjoyed each meal.The only draw back was the penthouse suite is 5 floors up,but it is worth the 81 steps.
The location of the hotel is perfect for a quiet restful vacation.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Shi Ban Qiao Village,45, Yangshuo County 541900, China
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Location: China > Guangxi Zhuang > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 367 Hotels in Yangshuo County
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Number of rooms: 19
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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