We stayed here for 3 nights and had a great time despite a couple of minor issues.
The location of the hotel is fantastic, right next to all the tourist spots, the water cave with mud bath and hot springs literally across the road, Assembling Dragon Cave a bit further 5 minutes walk to Moon Hill, easy access to Banyan Tree and bamboo rafting on Yulong River.
One bit of advice, if you need money changing do it before getting to Yangsho as the only place to change money is in the town which is about a 15 minute drive. The hotel driver kindly took us there and on the way back took us to the stop for the bamboo rafing. He picked us up 2 hours later at the end and took us to the water cave with the mud bath and hot springs. He then took us into the town that night to West Street which is a few streets full of bars,restaurants and shops. Some people said it's too touristy, but past 7-8pm in the hotel there was noone around so we wanted a bitof life in our holiday too! For all these little trips it cost us 130 yuan which we thought was good value.
We hired bikes from the hotel for 20 yuan each for the day and we rode down the main street andtook a turn off a little dirt track and ended up in some great countryside into a little village with people living which was great!
We upgraded our room for an extra 120 yuan per night so we could have a view which was 100% worth it despite the weather not being too great, the scenary is stunning, although please be carefulas there is also a Mountain View Retreat which has views over the Yulong River which I think some people may get confused with as I had thought from pictures we would have river view, but I still wasn't disappointed.
Couple of cons;
Noise from the road was quite loud in the morning as it is very close to the road and buses/trucks/cars seem to constantly be beeping their horns which did get quite frustrating.
Airport pick up - they knew we were only 2 people but sent a minibus to collect us which was an extra 100 yuan, not a bigdeal but not sure why they didn't just send a car when they knew there's only 2 people. There is an advert on their websitefor free airport pick up but this is only for bbookings done through the hotel site. On leaving we arranged an airport run only to get up to find they had booked us a taxi. Maybe this was because it was early morning but we were a bit disappointed they had just ordered a taxi without letting us know as we still had to pay the full price of 300 yuan for the car :(
Overall fantastic little hotel in a great location for extremely good value, we would definitely return if ever in Yangsho again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mountain View Retreat is a newly opened, family run retreat. Situated in the beautiful countryside amongst the amazing Karst peaks of Yangshuo. We have 24 luxury villas all decorated in Chinese style but to high western standards.Our adjoining farms provide produce for our organic restaurant where you can enjoy both Chinese and Western food. You can venture into our strawberry fields and pick strawberries to enjoy with chilled champagne in your private whirlpool bath. Or take advantage of the passion fruit vines overhanging our restaurant.We have extensive travel services and local knowledge, bike rental and a pool and table tennis table. If you're looking to escape from city life, Yangshuo Mountain View Retreat is the perfect getaway. Perched near the Moon Hill Park and surrounded by towering limestone peaks, you'll experience views that have inspired poets and artists for millennia. Built with great considerations for feng-shui, here you can enjoy the beauty of nature, tradition and local culture in harmony. We can help you organize activities like cycling, hiking, rock climbing, bamboo rafting, Chinese cooking lessons, kung fu and Tai Chi lessons, and lots of other excursions. Our staff can arrange taxis, tickets to the Sound and Light Show, as well as train, bus and plane tickets.No matter how small the detail might be, we are here to make your experience at Mountain View Retreat one that you will want to come back to and to tell your friends about. ... more less
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