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“A serene, cozy place in the bustling old town” 5 of 5 stars
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Zen Garden Hotel (Wuyi Yard)
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.36 Xingren Alley, Wuyi Road, Dayan Town, Lijiang 674100, China   |  
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Ranked #8 of 677 Hotels in Lijiang
Jakarta, Indonesia
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15 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A serene, cozy place in the bustling old town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I stayed at the Zen Garden for 3 nights recently and agree with the positive comments. It's an artistic, clean, 16-room guest house in a great location (a secluded area very close to the old town's center). The staff are really friendly and speak enough English. The rather small rooms has comfortable beds, pillows and white linens. The small bathroom comes with complete amenities (and you can ask if you need anything else such as a hairdryer). The breakfast, served beautifully in small refillable portions, consists of: cereals, toasts, fruits, muffins, congee + boiled eggs, tea & coffee. They also serve free tea & snacks afterwards - which is quite a treat after spending the day out. From the rooms at the top floor you can see the mountains and the temple atop (which is lighted at night). The hotel also provides free wifi and luggage service between the hotel and main street which takes about 5 minute walk.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We loved this place and the staff were excellent, gave me ginger tea and an extra duvet when I got a touch of altitude sickness. setting is charming with great views from the balcony around the upper floors. we like the little cobbled streets leading up to the hotel but were grateful for the guide's help with bags. spend some time in the courtyard looking at the fish and soaking up the atmosphere. sound from the town can be heard but things quieten down after midnight.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Qingdao, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Lijiang was a bit touristy, loud and crowded for us, but the Zen Garden Hotel made our trip there worth the while. It has a beautiful little courtyard and a location convenient to the shops and bars of Old Town. The rooms are cozy and the beds are comfortable (for Chinese beds). My favorite part of every day was enjoying their complimentary breakfast while chatting with other travelers and listening to the live zither music - the kinda feel foreigners unacquainted with China expect to find (but usually don't). The staff was very nice too. On our last day we had to catch an early flight and the gal at the front desk served us breakfast 30 minutes early.

One caveat: Bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper and want any sleep before 11pm when the bars start to quiet down.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Zen Garden was a highlight amongst our recent 3-week tour allover China. Tucked away a few feet from the primary pedestrian street int he Old Town and near the area's squares and other attractions, this well run, visitor-friendly hotel was a great base for 4 days. Charming atmosphere,small but lovely room, pleasant daily breakfast and eager to please staff. If it's hot, make sure you grab one of the fans via the front desk. I am an a/c freak and we didn't need it, but would have been tough without the fan (which made it pleasant at nights) and there aren't enough for every room. You can use the hotel's kitchenette, fridge, etc. if you need to, freely 24 hours a day.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was part of a small group tour around China. Our leader and trip organizer had stayed at the Zen Garden and told us she thought it would be a highlight of the trip and it was. The property is owned by a Naxi woman who has taken great care to make the hotel peaceful, serene, warm, and accommodating. The staff is most helpful. The accommodations are simple, but ample. Breakfast is more than adequate and there is always, at any time, plenty of tea! It is in the center of the old town and that is a treat. You are right there in the thick of things. The views from the second floor during the day and night must be seen! This is a wonderful choice if you find yourself in Lijiang!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Found this hotel completely by accident. In center of Old Town Lijang, yet very peaceful setting.
Charged 350 RMB for a room with two single beds including breakfast on a walk-in basis. There are lots of Botique hotels in old town Lijang and this one is competitive.

Very courteous staff. Nice tea and cookie afternoon snacks. We stayed one night and left to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge for one night before returning for a second night. Staff was helpful in arranging transportation to the Gorge, giving advice on bike rentals, and booking over the phone our next hotel stay for our journey beyond Lijang.

Sustain
- Ok internet connection
- The staff let us store an extra bag there without charge while we hiked Tiger Leaping Gorge and stored our bags all day until we caught a taxi back to the airport
- Good breakfast

Improve
- Price is a bit steep. You can find mre affordable guest houses in Old Lijang, but there may be a question of quality.

Room Tip: - ask about how to get to Tiger Leaping Gorge and a staff member can escort you to the main road whe...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Encinitas, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Spent a week at Zen Garden, and it felt like home. Staff is superb, especially in helping to arrange travel and drivers, which is very important for non-Chinese speaking visitors. The breakfasts were great. The "lobby" and courtyard are the best. The rooms are comfortable. There were many non-Chinese guests to talk with, which is good for foreigners. I agree with all the other reviewers.

Room Tip: ask for second floor which has a great view of the city
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Zen Garden Hotel (Wuyi Yard)

Address: No.36 Xingren Alley, Wuyi Road, Dayan Town, Lijiang 674100, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Lijiang
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lijiang
#5 Family Hotel in Lijiang
#14 Best Value Hotel in Lijiang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Zen Garden Hotel (Wuyi Yard) 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ZENGARDENHOTELS LIJIANG Wuyi YardZengardenhotels Wuyi Yard in Lijiang China offers you two very beautiful Naxi-Style courtyard hotels, carefully originally designed as traditional timber construction and natural stone wall and pavements. All the rooms have a little balcony with seats which are orientated to the open green yard where you can enjoy the sunshine.The Zengardenhotels Wuyi Yard is very well situated in the center of the Old Town of Lijiang, next to the Si Fang square and the stone bridge. It is a little hidden gem with a wonderful view over the roofs of the Old Town Dayan to the Wang Gu Lou Pagoda on the Lion Hill. Especially in the night you have a very scenic view over the illuminated Old Town from the 2. level of Wuyi Yard.Entering the gate into the peaceful and relaxing teahouse of Zengardenhotels Wuyi Yard you are surrounded by lovely orchids, bonsai trees, Koi-fish-pond and cozy sunshine places. You can listen to the music from ancient Chinese Gujin instruments and sense the Chinese traditional atmosphere and culture while the bubble sound of the fishpond calm down the hectic rush of normal life. A very tasteful aesthetic atmosphere has been created from a collector of art and crafts who leads you into the fine art of ancient China with its skillful design works. Therefore the reception and the teahouse in Zengardenhotel Wuyi Yard are very well decorated with high class Chinese antiques furniture, vases, paintings and fine art wood carvings from the Ming and Qing Dynasty. You can drink the best blends of the famous and healthy PU-ER Tea while you can enjoy the privacy of the relaxing Zen Garden reading some books from the library or improve your calligraphy skills the owner can teach you how to use the brushes. Listening to the Chinese music you are also invited to burn some incense on our little private Buddhism altar. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the individual high class private atmosphere of our teahouse. If you like to book the complete house for your private company’s event we like to arrange all the things you need. The Zengardenhotel Wuyi Yard is a private owned Boutique Hotel with in total 16 rooms on two levels. We provide 14 x Standard Rooms and 2 x Special Rooms. • 14 x Deluxe Standard Double Rooms 20m2, with Twin beds 2.00 x1.0m luxury mattress (can be combined to one big bed), are comfortable and well equipped with modern toilet and separated shower, hair-dryer pp. sideboard with flat screen TV 24”, telephone international open line, ADSL Lan-cable, W-Lan.• 2 x Special Rooms 22m2, with Antique Chinese Wedding bed 2.00 x1.60m are comfortable and well equipped with modern toilet and separated shower, hair-dryer pp. sideboard with flat screen TV 24”, telephone international open line, ADSL Lan-cable, W-Lan.The Zengardenhotel Wuyi Yard offers a public business corner with two Desktop PC’s for surfing the web, free of charge. If you bring your own laptop or wifi mobile you can use our W-Lan for free. ... more   less 
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