We stayed 3 days in November 2007 at the Yangshuo Riverside Retreat. Shelly, an English teacher by profession, built the house 2 years ago. With its raw brick facade, it's not exactly appealing, but it delivers what it says it does, a nice, relaxed family-style place in a peaceful setting. The house is in a spread out village, but it's wooded enough, so you don't see a lot of the neighbouring houses. It's a peaceful environment compared to downtown, but you're bound to hear the boats on the Li river blowing their (loud) horns throughout the day, and occasional loud music coming from parties in the distance. During our stay it was very silent at night.
Our room on the 3rd floor had a panoramic window, a small balcony, and a glassed bathroom (see pictures on their website [--] or [--]) - fantastic views. The room was comfortable with a good bed and basic furniture. Suggestions: an opaque curtain for the bathroom, and fixing the smell problem from the drains. Maybe bottled water also.
We met Shelly once, but Kate was really running the place - efficiently and with a good command of both English and Western customer expectations. We liked the simple style of the resort kitchen, and its reasonable prices. The resort has 4 bikes for rent, and 2 horses available from the neighbour. Kate picked us up on arrival in Yangshuo. She also arranged for us a bamboo raft trip on the river Li, a drop off at the village of Jiuxian, and tickets + transportation to the Impressions Liu Sanjie show. Everything was priced right, and Kate would always mention the right fare for buses and taxis. She even walked us to the main road to flag down the right bus to Xingping. The only problem was that noone spoke English when she was not around.
Overall we really liked the place, and found our room was priced right at 200 yuan - even with the taxi trips into town at 20 yuan each. We came to Yangshuo to experience both the spectacular site and a bit of rural China, and the Riverside Retreat was a good choice in both respects.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Yangshuo, Riverside Retreat offers you beautiful scenery with western-style amenities. All rooms offer private western-style bathrooms, A/C and modern furniture. Just a short bike ride from West Street, this quiet countryside location gives you the best of both worlds. Relax by the pool or take a cooking class the family atmosphere will leave you with lasting memories. ... more less
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