The hotel is far away from Dali airport and taxi rates are quit high. Be aware, Dali knows it’s prices. All attractions ask high entrance fees (Pagodas 121 RMB (!)). No taxi driver will accept to drive by the meter, so we called the hotel for information about the price. Hotel staff was not able to give us an indication but the price fell immediatly anyway.
We were so happy to have chosen a hotel away from uninteresting new town and overcrowded old Dali. The village of Xizhou is really nice (visit the market) and the hotel is a beautifull mansion right in the middle of the rice fields. Rooms are small but comfortable and the fact that there is no hot water in the middle of the day and the fact that you can’t flush your toiletpaper through the toilet, did not bother us. Although expensive, this is still the best place to stay in the region.
Breakfast was basic, but it is ok and included in the room rate. Drinks and food are good and really not expensive. We did not bother finding an other place to eat. You can use the restaurant but we preferred the cozy bar.
The last day we drove to Lijiang by taxi. The hotel arranged a driver from Lijiang. This is not a good idea since the driver already made the 4 hour journey to the hotel the same morning. We had to wake him up during the ride. So always demand a driver from Dali. We hope the hotel will give some more attention to transportation since they failed to inform us correctly twice.
But something is wrong with this place. The local staff members are working hard and are truly friendly. Most of them seem to work in housekeeping, maintenance, cooking and serving breakfast. They have no or just basic knowledge of the English language. Good guys. There are also effective and efficient people who know the hospitality business. They are friendly but keep a sound distance. These guys speak English very and give reliable information. They run the place and make it all work. But there is also a group of staff members who use the hotel as an experience. They speak English very well. They have no respect for the local staff members and they constantly ask for attention. ‘Oh, I worked in X,Y,Z. Now I try to find out what to do next…’. They do know little about Dali. They look like smooth touts for some Beijing art company. They are dressed as if they come from some hostel in India (These are InterContinental prices we pay, so at least shave yourselves and wear long trousers). They exploite their local slaves, they exploite their guest and hosts. They behave like classic American snobs loud, ignorant, superior. Get rid of them, nobody will miss them. Even when we tried to pay our bill, one of them kept reception staff from it’s work by needing immediate attention.
We like to end this review on a more possitive note. We talked with Jane. Her collection of banknotes proved to be the start of an interesting and relaxing conversation. If you have the time…
Soon the Aman hotel will open. If we were to recruite our staff, we would know where to look. Because we are sure that we will not be able to afford the Aman hotel, we would choose The Linden Centre again for a next visit to Dali.
- Also Known As:
- The Linden Centre Hotel
- The Linden Centre Hotel Dali
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Linden Centre is a meticulously restored courtyard mansion in the pristine Yunnan village of Xizhou. Great care was taken to preserve the beautiful indigenous architecture of this nationally protected cultural relic, while up-scale modern conveniences were added to ensure guests a comfortable and absolutely unique stay. In this elegant setting, connect with the local ethnic cultures that make this part of China so special. ... more less
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