My wife and I stayed overnight at the Gurong Hotel while visiting Dali, based on the Tripadvisor reviews. We agree that this is an ideal location near the old town, and the grounds are nicely landscaped and quiet. However, we found other things to dislike, and would say this is only an adequate place to stay for a Westen tourist. For starters, front desk staff don't speak English.
Be aware this is a two story "motel-style" facility with exterior corridors. While the lobby is large and pretty, the rooms are in other buildings with no elevators. The Internet is free, but is wired. Bring a travel router if using an iPad or similar gadget. We did, and the connection was fine. The television had lots of channels, but I couldn't find a single one in English, not even CCTV News! So don't expect CNN or any international channels.
In terms of the room, the carpet was stained in many places, the furniture of mediocre quality, and the bed quite hard. What I liked the least, though, was the way lights, TV, and even the alarm clock are controlled. A confusing ultra-modern console on the nightstand had buttons for all of that, but it's in Chinese and hard to understand how to use. I had to have a hotel employee come to the room to show me how to turn on the TV, and change channels. I'm not a gadget Neanderthal either. This button console is too cute by half, and we were afraid the alarm clock could go off at 3 AM given this confusing setup. Luckily it didn't,
The breakfast buffet was good, and the price for our stay was reasonable. Again, it's a pretty facility in a good location. Just don't expect too much with the room and you'll be fine.
Upstairs away from street would be quietest.
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