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“Fantastic Staff and Good Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Bird of Paradise Inn
No.7 Donglang Jinlong Street, Dukezong Old Town, Shangri-La County 674400, China   |  
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
“Fantastic Staff and Good Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The most friendly hotel staff ever. Makes you feel comfortable and warm. We went during the cold winter and late last year and they were really helpful and made a difference. Most buses and public would not or could not drive into the 'Old Town' and they practically walked out to help us carry our luggage and walk us in during the cold winter night.

The hotel facilities are decent and commendable and the location is just right. Situated in a quiet corner but close enough to amenities and attractions. Right opposite you have two eateries which serve decent food with decent pricing.

Will definitely return to stay if we visit Shangri-La again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We are from New Zealand and we stayed in the hotel during the disastrous fire broke out. We were so lucky that none of us got hurt. The hotel itself survived from the fire. The staff were supportive and kind. We shared dinners by the fireplace. We played games and chatted in the candle light. We really enjoyed our stay there. Definitely we will go back again.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We booked the hostel only one day in advance but were picked up at the airport without any problems. The staff of the hostel is extremely friendly and even shared their dinner with us and assisted us for hours to organize the further trip.
The rooms are clean, decorated very neatly and have a heating mat available for colder nights as the floor heating is not fully enough to heat up the room in winter. The bathroom was clean and fully equipped. The location is quite in the center of Shangri-La next to Baiji Si temple and the romantic streets of the old town.
We had a very nice stay, thank you again!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chongqing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

When we arrived shangri-la it was very late but staff from hostel they still arranged a car to pick up us at the bus station and We were so touched. We stayed there for four nights and had a very good experience!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Riga, Latvia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We spent three nights at the Bird of Paradise and the location couldn't have been better. Right in the heart of the old city, we were able to explore the cobble-stoned lanes at our leisure. Terrific Tibetan restaurants were just around the corner as was the excellent Shangri-la Handicraft Development Center. From the upper deck of the hotel, there was a stunning view of Guishan Temple.

The hotel was very clean and the rooms were snazzily decorated with lots of bright colors, animal prints and sequins. Our room was quite large, although we booked the deluxe family suite. Our bed was incredibly hard, even by Asian standards. The bathroom was cramped, especially since the door opened into the sink.

A big negative for us was the lack of a heat source in our room. We visited in mid-April and the weather was damp and chilly. It would have been great to return to a heated room every evening. There were lots of blankets on the bed, and an electric heating pad, but still it was very cold. Hot water in the shower also wasn't dependable, and the lack of a shower curtain meant that water went everywhere.

The front desk staff is friendly and helpful, if a little slow moving. We had to ask three times before they called for a taxi to take us to the airport. They also weren't always sure of directions which was surprising given Shangri-la's small size.

Buildings next door and across the street were being renovated during our stay, but to their credit, the hammering didn't begin until 8am and things had wrapped up by 6pm.

Overall, it was a decent place, and probably pretty good by Shangri-la standards. But we have stayed in much nicer places in China for around the same cost. If we had it to do again, we would have paid more for a fully heated hotel.

Room Tip: We booked the "deluxe family suite" which was much larger than the standard rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

We were greeted at the airport and at the reception desk by a friendly welcome. The guy, who seems to man the front desk at all days of the day and night, speaks rudimentary English, but is extremely helpful and wrote us notes to find and navigate our way around the town and to arrange onwards travel.

The old town itself is far less impressive than Lijiang, but I am conscious that my impression may have been clouded by a bout of food poisoning. There were a couple of English friendly cafes; otherwise, it definitely felt like we had found somewhere off the beaten tracking, with a foot in Tibet.

Stayed May 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This was our second visit to shangrila in 2 years and we booked the happy garden inn as we stayed there the last time and were so happy there especially with Helen and her team. Naturally we booked the same inn but were so disappointed to find that Helen and her staff had left and it had a new management. We booked the inn for 4 nights but were so upset with the run down state that we checked out after 1 night. Looking around we found the bird of paradise inn . After checking in ,lo and behold we find Helen here and were so happy to hear that this was her new hotel. Knowing her management and capabilities we are not surprised to find that everything is really great here. The room we are staying in is very tastefully designed and extremely comfortable. The attached bathroom is impeccable with continuous supply of hot water and a good water pressure . All the staff are extremely efficient with a friendly touch and above all everyone speaks English. We stayed 4 nights here and will return in a few days to spend our last 2 night before flying out of shangrila . We have truly had an enchanting stay.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.7 Donglang Jinlong Street, Dukezong Old Town, Shangri-La County 674400, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Shangri-La County
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Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Shangri-La County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
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