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“Interesting place to stay but slightly dodgy service and a bit far from town” 3 of 5 stars
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Silk Road Lodges - The Vines
Muna'er Road, Muna'er Village, Turpan, China   |  
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Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Turpan
4.5 of 5 stars 21 Reviews
Beijing, China
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“Interesting place to stay but slightly dodgy service and a bit far from town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a really nice location in itself - set back from the road in the middle of the vineyards. The breakfast is pretty good too. But it's about 30 mins walk from the centre of town. A previous reviewer has highlighted the Faulty Towers-esque service, particularly the friendly if ineffectual Osman. Rooms are clean but not spectacular. The tours the hotel offers are way over-priced; we recommend Tahir who is in the Lonely Planet instead.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Raziyanmu, Manager at Silk Road Lodges - The Vines, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are glad that you liked your stay, overall. Regarding locally arranged tours, we do try to offer a top end service with the tours we offer. We use only drivers we know and trust, who usually speak some English. We use higher end cars that are modern, with functioning air conditioning and seat belts that work. As you may expect this does also place us at the higher end of the cost spectrum. I suggest that if guests place a greater emphasis on the price of the tour, they advise us of this when arranging the tour and we can source cars and drivers more suited to their budget. I have now requested staff to ask future guests about this, prior to booking the tour.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Early morning breakfast in the courtyard, retreat to your luxury, spacious and air conditioned room in the heat of the day or evening views from the roof top ... what a pleasant place to retreat to. Imagine cold drinks in the fridge in your room, free internet (if you must) such a beautiful setting of this lodge among the grape vineyards. We had the pleasure of three nights at the Silk Road Lodge and the history tours in the area with Raziya each day.

Our trip to the Urumqi and Turpan area was a little bit of a break before starting our business trip back east in the industrial cities. We went with little research into the area and was not expecting the depth of history and geography we were able to learn so much about with the help of Raziya.

Raziya not only manages the Lodge, but also has a restaurant just down the road called Gu li orchard restaurant with such good food.

Room Tip: All five rooms are good
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shanghai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Recently spent 3 nights at this lodge - I agree with the previous reviewers - more like a B&B (ie homely) and somewhat quirky. That said I loved it and enjoyed the company and humour of the hosts, Nic and Raziya and the 'Manuel-like' antics (think Fawlty Towers) of their employee Osman. I loved the location amongst the vineyards, welcomed the chilled local wines sourced by Nic, enjoyed their nearby restaurant immensely and especially enjoyed the village - Muna'er. What was especially helpful was that Raziya arranged a car and driver who was very familiar with the local attractions (he was in fact a tour guide proficient in Japanese) who collected us at Urumqi and dropped us back there 4 days later. I would request him (Mamutjian - he has a little English and is very attentive) if you find yourself traveling to Turpan. The food at the restaurant was delicious (Raziya's cousin the chef) and the best we had during our 9 days in Xinjiang. The only improvement needed is perhaps the breakfast offerings - more a training and supply issue. Yoghurt would be good (I think that would be available locally?), milk to have with coffee (we had to ask), a muesli (rather than just oats) and perhaps eggs done on request rather than the hard boiled variety. Breakfast offered both Chinese and Western options but the western options needed a little improvement. The fresh nan was the best (fresh and moist) we had ever had though and the fruit bowl was always replenished.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good - only 5 so be sure to book ahead.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Raziyanmu, Manager at Silk Road Lodges - The Vines, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thank you for your review, and we are glad you enjoyed your stay at The Vines.

We have noted and acted on improvements to the breakfast - insomuch as we can source product locally (western cereals are harder to obtain up here!) and focussed its presentation to the guests we have booked.

We hope to see you again in Turpan, and Osman(uel) sends his regards!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

A lovely little place that's more like a "Bed & Breakfast" than a hotel. It's in a traditional-style building with only five guest rooms. It has its quirks; it doesn't have the polish of a big hotel (it's quite new, and I get the feeling that they are still working out how best to do all this), but the staff makes up for it by trying very hard to do all they can for their guests. They are happy to help with special requests for hired cars, food brought in, etc. It's lovingly decorated (in a quirky eclectic style, with many plastic flowers), and has a lovely courtyard and roof terrace with patio furniture that's pleasant for lounging around. The lady owner and another gentleman there both spoke good English, and usually one or the other of them was around if we needed anything. It's in a very nice quiet location surrounded by vineyards (fairly near the famous Emin Minaret); however, it was about a half-hour walk into central Turpan, which is a bit of down side. In all, we very much enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Raziyanmu, Director of Sales at Silk Road Lodges - The Vines, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you very much for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.

The intention with the Lodge is indeed to provide something more fitting to the area than the "standard Chinese hotel" and to do so in a personalised, and local Uighur style. In order to achieve this we have had to locate in a Uighur village slightly outside the main town centre, but transport options are good.

Thank you for staying with us, and safe travels in future.
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paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This lodge is a traditionnal-looking uygur building and contains 5 huge comfortable and perfectly equipped rooms (including great mattresses, not so easy to find in chinese hotels !) Easily 5-star level. It is located in the outskirts of town, in the middle of the grapes and the traditional houses of an uygur village so the surroudings are quiet are pleasant for a walk. Although you are not directly in the center of town, it can be easily reached (bus 1 or 102 in front of the lodge, 1 yuan) This is maybe the only (very minor) drawback of the place as there is very little animation at night and not many restaurants or shops just around. On the other hand, you won't find this atmosphere of village life in the center of Turpan.
The place is held by Raziya, who used to work as a guide for foreign tourists and therefore speaks good english and can provide useful advice and help you with your travel arrangements. The lodge owns a restaurant 200m away (good food, nice place, average prices but a bit empty) and they should serve breakfast in the lodge soon (not available during my stay, but the equipment is there)
In summary, definitely a place that has a spirit (unlike regular chinese hotels) and where you feel at home. The lodge opened a few months ago only, which explains the lack of reviews.
Quite expensive but this level of quality does not come free. And don't forget to book (very few rooms).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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RaziyaK k, Director of Sales at Silk Road Lodges - The Vines, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Thank you for your review - very much appreciated.

To expand on travel to/from town. This can also be easily and cheaply arranged by taxi, bicycle (hired from the Lodge) or - for something unique - local donkey cart. Book these through the Lodge.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

It is rare to find a high quality boutique hotel in this part of China. It fills a hole at the upper end.

Large rooms (40sm+), luxurious fittings, courtyard, lounge and roof relaxing areas (rather like a Morrocan Riad) and a great location with uninterrupted views over vineyards. I was encouraged to wander the vineyards and sample the grapes!

Located in a genuine Uighur (minority) village on the outskirts of Turpan, the Lodge has been designed to mirror Uighur way of life outside - but with top Western comforts inside. A feat really - given the (lack of) local infrastructure!

A good touch was the free beer and water in the room fridges. Free internet (cable).

The restaurant is set in a vineyard courtyard location (brilliant setting) and serves some of the best (and inexpensive) Uighur restaurant food I have tasted.

Does not have all the add on's of 4 star hotels (no pool, no kareoke, no bar), but for ambience, local cultural immersion and yet safe and secure quality lodgings there would be nothing in Xinjiang to match it.

Room Tip: All rooms are large and around a central courtyard. Any one (of 5) is good.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Muna'er Road, Muna'er Village, Turpan, China
Location: China > Xinjiang Uygur > Turpan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Turpan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vines Lodge offers the comfort and service of a first class boutique accommodation is an oasis of quiet and rest. The Vines Lodge lies in a green vineyard setting, in the middle of a traditional Uighur Village.The Vines offers 5 large (40sm) luxury rooms with Western-like home-like comforts.The 5 rooms are all ground floor and accessed from the enclosed courtyard. Each room has an en-suite, work desk area, large wardbrobe, flat screen TV, tea coffee making facilities, sitting area, with all amenities and minibar, and internet connected by LAN (free).In addition there are common areas to relax in - a well appointed roof area, the shaded courtyard, and a sitting room with local reading material, drinks fridge and large wide screen TV and computer.The Gu Li Orchard restaurant serves excellent authentic Uighur food at reasonable prices in a grape covered courtyard setting. Bicycle hire available for seeing the village, or amongst the vineyards. You are welcome to wander around either uof these and soak up the atmosphere. Experience Uighur rural life as it has been for centuries, from the safety and security of a modern, well equipped boutique Lodge. ... more   less 
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