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“Great hotel with a pool.” 5 of 5 stars
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Moondance Boutique Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Fenglou 1 (behind Moon Hill) | Gaotian, Yangshuo County 541900, China   |  
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Ranked #6 of 367 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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“Great hotel with a pool.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We really wanted a pool with our hotel during our stay in Yangshuo so we chose this hotel. It's a beautiful hotel with a lovely atmosphere. They have a lot of bikes that you can use for free. From our balcony you could see moonhill. The location is great. You can bike around to see all the sites. We thought it was a good choice that we did'nt stay in the centre of Yangshuo. It was so busy with tourist in the centre. At Moondance Boutique Resort you can relax for a couple of days.
The hotel has a beautiful garden where you can eat your breaksfast looking out to the mountains and river. All the rooms have a naam. They have about 9 rooms. We stayed in High hopes which is a 2 level room with 2 balconies. From the lower balcony you can jump in the pool.
The food is really good at the restaurant of the hotel.
You won't regret it if you book this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

My husband and l stayed at Moondance in July. I chose this hotel b/c of the great reviews and the location. After spending a few weeks travelling in China it was wonderful to find a quiet hideaway. We stayed in the Moonglow room (b/c of a mix up with bookings- but this turned out to be a positive). The room was very spacious and clean and the view from the balcony was beautiful. The bed was a little hard for us (as mentioned in other reviews) but with the doona taken from the bunks it was comfortable.
The staff were fantastic- always willing to assist us. Orgainising day trips or taxi's was never a problem. They even called daily first thing it see if we could go on a raft down the Li river but unfortunately it was closed due to the flooding.
We had A LOT of rain when we were there, the road out front even flooded. Moondance was the perfect place to spend a few days reading, resting and eating the day away- the food was delicious!!! The village itself is quaint and beautiful, we really enjoyed walking around there. Plenty of photo opportunities. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Yangshou.
We would highly recommend Moondance and would be happy to stay there again

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We stayed with a family of five (three children under 10) in a two-room suite, Moonglow. One room had a bunk bed and a cot, and was separated with a door giving us some privacy from our room. It was clean, spacious, and cool. We loved the area and once we saw Yangshuo were very happy to be away from the traffic and crowds. We did use the tandem bikes some days but when we were traveling farther, because of the age of our kids, our tour guide arranged for a tut-tut (basically a motorbike with a cart on the back, very comfortable with 3 adults and 3 children riding), which allowed us to go on the narrow roads through towns that taxis would not have been able to navigate. (If you would like information on our guide, a local woman who lives in Moon Hill Village who was the first female tour guide in Yangshuo and can take you to many non-touristy sites, plus is wonderful with kids, contact me through TripAdvisor.)

Moondance has a wonderful staff, lovely and reasonably priced food, beautiful outside area on the river to hang out or eat, and a relaxing atmosphere. I could have sat for hours watching people go over the bridge right outside the hotel on bikes, motorbikes, walking, with oxes, doing their laundry in the river, etc. There was a problem with the pool when we were there and so the hotel arranged permission to use a pool in Yangshuo and provided transportation, which I thought was very nice, but from more recent reviews it sounds like the pool problems have been cleared up anyway. We had our laundry done by someone who worked at the hotel for a very reasonable price. Everyone was very friendly with our kids. All in all, it was a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Moonglow was spacious and had two rooms separated by a door. We found it very comfortable for a fam...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The many great reviews of this hotel swayed my decision to refuse the hotel in Yangshou my travel agent had suggested and instead stay at Moondance. I’m glad I did. After the days out in the heat and crowds that is nearly every attraction in and around Yangshou, it was welcome relief to come back to Moondance and the quiet village setting. The hotel is small and with that comes the sense of family rather than being just a name in a room number of a large hotel. While Moondance does not have the facilities of a larger place, the rooms are perfectly clean and comfortable and the setting is relaxing. The food was good although I would have preferred to select from a list of possibilities and build my own breakfast rather than a choice of only two or three set breakfast options. And while the look of the pool was not exactly inviting, we certainly enjoyed it’s cool river waters after the heat of the day. Pity we didn’t come at a cooler time of year and we might have investigated our surroundings more. If you want to get away from the hubbub of the town and you don't mind keeping it simple, this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I went there with my Girlfrd in July. The atmosphere was so good, room is spacious and clean, bed is comfortable. Their staff was kind and helpful. once we settled down we did not want to go anywhere. The breakfast need some improvements, not much of a choice there. over all a Highly recommended hotel.

Room Tip: a must try room '303'
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Deciding where to stay around Yangshou was a hard decision, but we’re very pleased we chose Moondance.

LOCATION: Moondance is a in a quiet location on the edge of the river, and a small village about 15 mins from Yangshou.
The setting is idyllic, with the rooms overlooking the river, and beautiful mountains in the background.
We enjoyed going for a ride in the evening around the local village, the village people were friendly and welcoming (bikes are supplied free for guests of Moondance).

TYPE OF ROOM: We were in room 303 ‘Starry Night’.
This room is a top floor room with lovely views out over the yard to the river. The room is large with lots of space, separate bathroom, separate bath area with glass roof, and lots of windows.
The room per night was approx $120AUD.
We stayed in August, and the weather was hot. Unfortunately the air con unit in our room couldn’t keep up with the heat outside, and the minimum temp we were able to get it down to in the room was 25 degrees, and that was with the air con running all day and night, and all windows and blinds closed.
Breakfast is included in the price, however the selection is small with 3 choices. For the price we did expect a wider breakfast selection.


BATHROOM/SHOWER: The bathroom was large with a shower, toilet and handbasin, and a separate bath tub to lay back in and look at the stars through the glass roof above.


CLEANLINESS: The room was very clean, with nice furnishings and décor.

CLOSET SPACE: As the room was so large there was plenty of space for cases and bags, there was also a clothes rack with hangers to hang clothes on.

TV/INTERNET: The TV in the room had a good selection of channels. Reception staff also offered us the free use of a DVD player, and DVD’s from the DVD library they have, which we thought was really nice of them.
Wi-Fi worked well on all floors.

SERVICE: All of the staff here were lovely. Their English was very good and they were always willing to help or offer suggestions for day trips, or places to ride.

OVERALL: Moondance is in a lovely location. The scenery is stunning and the staff here are very friendly.
Rooms are a great size and nicely furnished.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Georgeville
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21 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We found this hotel through Tripadvisor and booked it on the basis of its location away from the main town, its new facilities and the fact that Roland is Dutch. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised on all counts that the hotel was even better than suggested. Our large room was wonderfully laid out with Javanese design with a sitting balcony.
They had bicycles including tandems which we prefer, and every day, we spent an hour or two wandering the country paths to the river or hill sites, including some of the best scenery in the area directly behind the hotel. And to cool down, we swam upstream in the river that the hotel sits on, and had our dinners on the covered terrace by the water.
Wonderful!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Fenglou 1 (behind Moon Hill) | Gaotian, Yangshuo County 541900, China
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Location: China > Guangxi Zhuang > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 367 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Moondance Boutique Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With twenty-one non-identical suites holding modern private bathrooms, Moondance has the perfect suite for each traveler. Enjoy your coffee on the wooden balcony, take a bath with tremendous views of the surroundings, read a book in your lounge corner and rest like Sleeping Beauty in our self-made King-Size bed. ... more   less 
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