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Little Rice Boutique Inn

No. 3 Chunniusi, ErhaiGate, Dali Ancient City, Dali 671003 China
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#9 of 1,851 B&Bs / Inns in Dali
A hostel and a cafe, a nice and relaxing place to stay in Dali .Quietly located in an alley near East Gate with 5 private rooms, newly refurbished to reflect our understanding of a balanced life of modern simplicity and traditional elegance
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
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APontheroad wrote a review Feb 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia15 contributions14 helpful votes
A very good experience here. I was staying in a comfort room, which was on the rooftop of the property. Lovely, minimalist design and spacious. Location was great, as I like my peace and quiet. However, the guest house is right on the edge of the ancient city (about 50m from the Erhai Gate) so had good access into the town. Being Dali, there's a lot of good food options nearby and in the town. The proprietors clearly love their job and were easily accessible. The receptionist speaks some English, but where discussing more complex plans she called the proprietor to answer my queries. They were also pro-active in offering me travel advice and organizing my onward transit. The only con is that hot water was slow to come on.
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Date of stay: January 2016
Trip type: Traveled solo
sparrow191 wrote a review Jan 2016
Bonn, Germany41 contributions7 helpful votes
We enjoyed our three day stay very much. Communication with the owner was very good, we made a reservation via phone only a few days in advance. Due to the train schedule we arrived at 5am in the morning, but a key was placed for us and we got the door code via email. Very modern and spacious rooms, excellent value for the price. Access to a big common area with a very well equipped kitchen and washing machine. The only small negative point: we accidentally broke a plate and were charged about 7€, which I think was is a little exaggerated. Nevertheless, I definitely recommend the guesthouse for a stay in Dali.
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Date of stay: April 2015
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from jeff_nie, Owner at Little Rice Boutique Inn
Responded Feb 6, 2016
thanks for your kind review and it is great pleasure to host you. it doesn't seem to be our practice to charge guest for a broken plate :} and i don't believe such thing ever happened in our guesthouse. welcome back any time!
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laserkid wrote a review Jul 2015
Lodz, Poland3,262 contributions475 helpful votes
Located outside the Ancient Town, but very close to the entrance through the East Gate, the Dodo`s Guest House is good option for a stay in Dali. We occupied the studio located on the second floor, quite roomy, with comfy bed and bit dark bathroom. We were using also small terrace on our floor, with armchairs and table. The Dodo`s Guest House is like a oasis in the neglected surroundings, although it`s pretty noisy in the night, especially in the weekends. There is also the free wi-fi in the room, but working rather slowly. The place is atmospheric, there is an access to the clean kitchen and pleasant lobby room. However, the biggest value of this property is Jeff, the owner of the guest house, very helpful and cooperative in arranging the transportation for the sightseeing around. He is charming and tactful person, with good English and wide knowledge about the tourist highlights of Yunnan province. As the drawbacks, I can mention the lack of breakfast and non-acceptance of the international credit cards.
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Date of stay: July 2015
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
cabry49 wrote a review May 2015
Murwillumbah, Australia70 contributions13 helpful votes
This was an absolute haven just outside the the East gate of the old town. Everything was clean. Jeff had excellent English and was most helpful in providing advice, organising a driver and suggesting restaurants.
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
yamjams wrote a review Oct 2014
Hong Kong, China36 contributions24 helpful votes
I loved how the guesthouse was modern and trendy with well thought of décor in the common spaces. I stayed here with 5 other friends for 2 nights so I was able to experience the various rooms they offered. All rooms were extremely clean and after the long car ride from Lijiang, we really appreciated the piping hot rain shower. The double bed was quite firm so I highly recommend the Japanese-style tatami twin futon beds instead. The location was perfect as it was less than a minute walk to the main strip and Jeff the owner was extremely helpful and spoke excellent English. Highly recommend this guesthouse to anyone staying in Dali!
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Date of stay: May 2014
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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ChinaYunnanDali Bai Autonomous PrefectureDali
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Frequently Asked Questions about Little Rice Boutique Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Little Rice Boutique Inn?
Nearby attractions include Dali Ancient (0.7 miles), Woods & Weeds (0.2 miles), and Four Scenic Resorts of Dali (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Little Rice Boutique Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, room service, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Little Rice Boutique Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a desk.
What are some restaurants close to Little Rice Boutique Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Emma, Serendipity Diner, and Kaiyi's Kitchen.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Little Rice Boutique Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Little Rice Boutique Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Chongsheng Three Pagodas (2.1 miles) and Gantong Temple (4.1 miles).