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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Room are very nice with some authentic furniture.Place is very close to the old town in a very quite street.Few hundred meters there is also market with lot of food. You can also have your luch with the staff of the hotel if you tell them earlier.It is very cheap.It is very easy to reach this place from the train... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Having arrived at Dali at 3am, we intended to stay at another hostel nearby, but that hostel's caretaker told us to go later in the morning. Initially, we tried the Lily Pad to no avail too. But its manager came shortly afterwards and offered us to wait inside until we could check in. Helpful staff to explain the attractions, clean... More 

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Paris, France
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We loved our 3 nights stay at the Lily Pad Inn. It's located in a quiet area, right outside the old city walls (5min walk) and at walking distance from the Three Pagodas. On arrival, we got to chose our room in the annex building - great rooftop double bedroom with views on the mountains. The staff was great during... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We stayed for 3 nights at the Lily pad in. The location is close to the old town however you need to cross a highway. The hostel is simply furnished and the beds are very hard. Twice we didn't have water in the evenings (due to local drought period). We really enjoyed living with the family which cares about you... More 

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Thank JaRa89
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I found this hostel by coincidence and it was really a wonderful experience staying there, especially as a solo traveller. The staff speaks very good English, some of them are students which are keen to practice their English and are great fun to talk to. The hostel offers 'family meals' where guests can join the staff for lunch or dinner... More 

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My wife stumbled into it one evening after dining at the Jade Emu. I guess our karma was good! "Circle," who seems to manage the place, was good enough in English to help us tremendously in enjoying Dali. She was helpful and courteous and diligent. Our room was a mini-penthouse on the third floor that offered privacy and a great... More 

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Chengdu, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

we booked the room the night before at the reception, the second day we were given another room (without tv) after a long check in, I have to say maybe their handwriting booking system should be improved for it lacks efficiency. The family room we had is quite nice and big for the price given, however it didn't have hot... More 

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Shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Pros: check in efficient with English speaking interns/volunteers (I think most of the workers here are teens/twenties). Room is quite large for the price (120rmb/night) and airy. Clean enough, bed is quite comfortable. Cons: breakfast is terrible. Eggs are swimming in oil, "bacon" is actually inedible salted ham with the fat left on, bread is Chinese sweet bread. Coffee is... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Lily Pad Inn is a charming, well-maintained place thankfully located just across the street from the busyness that is Dali Old Town. It's a very warm and comfortable place to come back to after hiking Cangshan or biking around Erhai. The staff is incredibly friendly, and very knowledgeable about Dali. Definitely sign up for one of the group dinners,... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Stayed here on my way back to Kunming, has everything, good local food, great breakfast, helpful staff, good English, stayed in the rooftop double room, great views and quiet location....... just 5 mins outside the old town and a good position for the walk up to Cangshang mountains. Would certainly recommend The Lily Pad.

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  • Free Parking
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Additional Information about The Lily Pad Inn

Address: No.13, Group10, Ximen Village, Dali Town, Dali 671003, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Dali
Price Range: $14 - $33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — The Lily Pad Inn 1*
Number of rooms: 20
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