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“Comfortable, delicious, value for money, unique, thumbs up!” 5 of 5 stars
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Secret Garden Boutique Hotel
Jiuxian Village, Yangshuo County 541900, China   |  
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Ranked #3 of 300 hotels in Yangshuo County
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“Comfortable, delicious, value for money, unique, thumbs up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The hotel is tucked away in a small village which is surounded by mountains. Our initial worring regarding its distance to yangshuo town turned out to not be a problem as they have a local taxi service available for the guests throughout the day. Plenty of walks around the village. Views on the way to yangshuo twon is more than delightful.
Through out our stay there it's their outstanding retuarant dishes and its family like atmosphere strike me the most. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
On behalf of the whole Secret Garden family, thank you for your kind words. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in future.
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Hong Kong, China
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14 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This place is truly somewhere unique. A glorious old building restored tastefully in a traditional village and rural setting. So quiet and relaxing with fantastic food and the friendliest service we have ever had in China. The perfect break from the city, we went cycling and exploring. Cannot recommend it enough.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thank you so much from the whole Secret Garden family for your wonderful review. We are so happy you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Spent two nights at Secret Garden (SG), booked a suite out of no choice, I never regretted it. The hotel itself is professionally managed, clean, friendly and helpful staff, tasty food (especially pancakes) etc. Without a luxury executive lounge but it has gardens for you to unwind and enjoy fresh air. No front desk or concierge, SG staff almost know everything.

My suite is on the ground floor, very spacious, comfortable beddings, firm mattress, clean. The only downside for me & bf is - we lived on ground floor. There was one morning guests lived on the second floor left at 6am ...we got wake up and you can guess the rest. Suite is value for the money, even for two people. We had a comfortable stay at SG and highly recommend for others.

Room Tip: Suite on second floor if possible
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thank you. We are glad you and your boyfriend had a comfortable stay with us. Our staff are happy they could help provide all the information you needed.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We spent 2 nights there and it was great. Staff was wonderful, they helped us organize activities and made good recommendation. The kids loved the location, with the old buildings and fields around us. We rented bikes and biked in the country side up the river and then took a raft back down. Food was great, the family room was perfect with the kids. We went to Yangshuo for one evening and just loved the fac we did not have to stay in the city.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
All our staff are happy they were able to help make your family's stay with us one of your highlights in China. Thank you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We spent three nights at Secret Garden, which is perfect. It was like being with friends arranging everything, from pickup at the airport to cars at our disposal whenever needed. We biked along the Yulong river through villages with people working in the fields and building houses. Being at Secret Garden was the closest one comes to the real life in China. The houses are 200 years, but with all modern facilities, large rooms and bathrooms. Very beautifully done. The kitchen was wonderful, a large menu, with both Chinese and Western food. We already miss the people working there, like Faye and the one we christened Sunshine. Getting breakfast from her made our day!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you for your wonderfully kind words. Faye, 'Sunshine' and the rest of your friends at Secret Garden fondly remember your whole family. We hope we can have the pleasure of meeting you all again in future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Our two nights here, from being collected from our cruise boat to being dropped off at the bus station, were among the highlights of our China trip. We thoroughly enjoyed walks in the countryside, meals (particularly breakfast), friendly helpful staff, prompt service, quaint room, comfortable bed, working wifi, and great activities. The hotel is well organized and staff helped with advice and booked activities for us, including the Sanjie Liu night show and bamboo rafting.The only downside is that there is no easy transport access and you have to rely on the hotel drivers to go places. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: The rooms have flower names. Jasmine was good.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
We are all so happy that we were able to make your time with us one of the highlights of your China trip. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We spent 4 days at this place and we really enjoyed it. I like this one more than Tea Cozy, after staying there too. The location is perfects and is more isolated from touristy places and the road.
And the food is great.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ian F, Owner at Secret Garden Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
On behalf of all the Secret Garden family, thank you so much for your kind words. We always try our best in everything we do.
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Address: Jiuxian Village, Yangshuo County 541900, China
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Location: China > Guangxi Zhuang > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #3 of 300 hotels in Yangshuo County
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secret Garden is a boutique hotel with restaurant and art gallery, near the Yulong River in the beautiful Yangshuo countryside. We aim to preserve the beautiful Ming Dynasty buildings of this rural village; conserve the surrounding environment; and help develop the local community. If you are looking for a unique and inspirational environment in which to relax or explore, the Secret Garden Boutique Hotel is the perfect place for you. ... more   less 
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