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Maple Leaf Inn
D4-3 Yanliu Road, Shuhe Town, Lijiang 674100, China   |  
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Ranked #11 of 677 Hotels in Lijiang
4.5 of 5 stars 96 Reviews
Hong Kong
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“We will definitely come back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

This was a discovery trip for us to see if its worth bringing the whole family over. The answer is overwhelmingly yes.

The rooms are clean, the staff are attentive and the location is perfect. Combine this with a very reasonable price and a family atmosphere makes this place stand out.

We were very glad to have chosen this place based on previous reviews and would encourage others to follow our lead.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dianalund
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2011

This place has a killer location in the heart of the old town in Shuhe, a beautiful old city, great eating and just a couple of km from Lijiang - Simply put: BEAUTIFUL!! The service was great. Friendly, warm and welcoming hosts and staff. They can set you up on all the trips you want to go on in the area and book any plane, bus or other ticket for you. I can recommend the "Tiger Leaping Gorge" trip. Our guide for the day, Justin, did a great job.
The rooms are great, good beds, nice western style toilets, hot water and it's clean!!! They have free WiFi - YES!! You'll have everything you need while in Shuhe, Lijiang.
Breakfast and Dinner is also very good and after a long trip their coffee/espresso is heavenly ;^). I can warmly recommend Maple Leaf Inn, the hosts Will and Anna and their staff! With them you will have a great base in Lijiang

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

Whenever I read reviews that focus more on the hotel owner than the hotel, I become a little suspicious. After all, I may not get along with the owner as well as others. But the reviews extolling Wil, and Anna are deserved. This hotel was heart warming. Where else will I ever spend an evening singing songs with the owners? Where else will I, upon departure, start thinking of ways to get my friends to the hotel?

Location: Shuhe is nice but I suggest you also consider a night in Lijiang. The hotel is a little noisy in the morning with groups entering the town at around 730am, but I expect other places in the heart of Lijiang or Shuhe to be similar.

Rooms: It is a hostel so don't expect a first rate room or bathroom. Both are sparse--the shower has no wall to separate it from the rest of the bathroom.

The courtyard setting is a wonderful gathering location, but it may also bring unwanted noise.

Having traveled around Asia, I can be particular about my travel arrangements. Anna is willing to accommodate all my requests like a pro. I would definitely recommend them to arrange trips based on how they handled the unexpected.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2011

A four-night stay at Maple Leaf Inn in March 2011 was a highlight of our recent 15-day trip to China. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. It was affordable, clean and helpful beyond imagination.

The Inn's location at the south end of Shuhe Old Town is a perfect getaway from the louder and busier tourist area of Lijiang Old Town (which is about a 10 minute drive to the SE of Shuhe). Shuhe Old town is a great village to explore by foot the moment you step outside Maple Leaf Inn.

The Inn's owners (Wil and Anna) were incredibly helpful from the moment we contacted them via email prior to our trip. They arranged our transportation to and from the airport and made us feel like family the moment we arrived, even giving us an introductory walking tour of Shuhe Old Town.

Aside from positive reviews on TripAdvisor, a major reason we chose Maple Leaf Inn was because Wil and Anna both speak english and offered to help arrange our day-trips to Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Lijiang Old Town (they can help arrange other side trips as well). Their recommendations and expertise arranging our mini-buses, drivers, etc. was perfect. Wil and Anna even offered us their cell number to contact them if we needed emergency help while out on the day-trips.

For dining options in Shuhe, Wil and Anna gave us the inside scoop on the best places to get noodles near the hotel. If you'd like, they also offer made-to-order meals in their own kitchen at a very fair price. We thoroughly enjoyed Wil's egg breakfasts and Anna's fried rice for dinner. Make absolutely sure to get a slice of Anna's fresh-baked banana bread in the afternoon!

Last, but not least, the hotel's accommodations are clean and comfortable. There are electric kettles for hot tea, wifi (which works best in the downstairs garden area closer to the router), and a TV (we didn't use). While the Shuhe area feels very safe, the Inn also offered to help us store any valuable items in a secured room. The bathroom shower is operated by an in-unit water heater and works great.

One note of caution... The temperatures in Lijiang in early March can get very cool in the evening and at night given the time of year and the elevation. In the rooms, the temperatures also drop and the only help to stay warm is the bed covers (and extra blankets which can be provided). I personally wore a couple layers of thermals at night to help stay warm.

In summary, Maple Leaf Inn is a good, affordable hotel in a great location run by amazing people who went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing time.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Maple leaf is located in the original old town, 5 Km from the main town, very easy to cycle or bus it there but no need as Shuhe has everything you want. You are living amongst the Naxi people, an amazing quirky beautiful town. The hotel was beautiful, it had a lot of Character. The rooms were really nice and spacious. The breakfast was lovely, amazing home made bread and all the tea you could want to warm up your hands. You have amazing views of the dragon snow mountain where ever you walk in the ancient town.It is also easily accesible to the Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangri-la by bus. Also a big thank you to Anna and Will for making us feel so welcome and a special thank you to Jason who helped us any time we needed it. So Good food, good location, good sight seeing, fantastic family. We loved it.. I was sad to leave. Thank you Maple Leaf Inn

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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ANNAWIL X, Public Relations Manager at Maple Leaf Inn, responded to this review, February 14, 2012
What a cool comment! Thanks a lot for it! We love the Naxi people and the culture so much here. We are glad you enjoyed it too! Aways glad to hear people mentioned about our favorite banana bread! Thanks so much for your very kind review! We wish you all the best!!
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Penang
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

We found Maple Leaf through tripadvisor and went by the reviews (as we do for all our hotel bookings), and we were not disappointed in the least. We corresponded with Will, the owner of the hotel and he recommended a travel itinerary for us because we were not familiar with Yunnan at all. Through our emails, he patiently put our fears to rest with his suggestions and arranged for a pick up when we arrived at the airport. Anna his beautiful wife was at the hotel to welcome us when we arrived and the rooms were spotlessly clean and lovely. It felt like home, quiet and yet allowed us to enjoy the pleasures of Shuhe sightseeing and shopping. Anna even took time off to show us around! I must also commend their soft spoken staff Jason who is so helpful and speaks English as well. If you are going for a one day tour and can speak Mandarin, ask for their driver Mr. Herr who was so kind and helpful in every way. They all made our stay in Lijiang a very beautiful memory.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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ANNAWIL X, Public Relations Manager at Maple Leaf Inn, responded to this review, February 14, 2012
Thanks so much for your comment! We are very happy that you had a beautiful memery of Lijiang! It is our honor to show you around and we love to show you this loving place too! We wish you all the best!
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Rhenen, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

The Maple Leaf Inn is located in the lovely ancient town of Shuhe, near Lijiang.

The hostel itself is quiet and peaceful. The staff is very friendly and willing to give you all the help you need, from arranging daytrips to bargaining a cheap trip to the airport. The food is excellent! They serve Chinese meals, but also Western style breakfast with delicious banana bread and french toast.

The rooms are clean, spacious and well furnished. And there is a free wireless internet connection.

When you visit Lijiang or Shuhe, this is definitely a great place to stay!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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ANNAWIL X, Public Relations Manager at Maple Leaf Inn, responded to this review, February 14, 2012
Thanks so much for your comments! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and our breakfast! I myself love the banana bread and french toast too!!! You are always very welcome to come over again!!
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Address: D4-3 Yanliu Road, Shuhe Town, Lijiang 674100, China
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Location: China > Yunnan > Lijiang
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #11 of 677 Hotels in Lijiang
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Number of rooms: 4
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