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The Bivou

16 Zhonghe Cun, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang China
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#2 of 1,006 hotels in Lijiang
Travelers' Choice 2019 Winner
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Bivouac - an old Swiss word meaning “temporary encampment” – is now used by adventurers to describe an improvised shelter. A bivouac is about simplicity.The Bivou is our version of the bivouac for today’s discerning travelers. It is a bed-and-breakfast built around the notion that modern adventurers have modern needs: comfort, sustainability, authenticity and style. We are uniquely located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang, just a minute away from the historic village square of ancient Shuhe. Our vision is simple…We are Designed for Adventure
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The numerous good reviews that we read on Tripadvisor about the Bivou are not without truth. We had a wonderful 3-night stay from 11-14 June. Nestled in the old town of Shunhe, The Bivou is a boutique hotel tucked in a quiet corner and yet a few minutes’ walk would bring you to the jostling and busy old town where you have access to eateries, supermarket, traditional shops and old town attractions. The rooms are well equipped, cozy and clean. The gardens are nicely decorated. Staff are very helpful (in fact from the moment we booked our trip) and friendly. They made you feel at home, were prompt in answering queries and offer good advice on planning our trip. The hotel offers a range of activities including yoga and free walking tours. They also provide bicycles for you to ride to the nearby town. Highly recommended by fellow travelers whom we met but a pity that we did not have time to try them. Breakfast was good with a variety of food both western and eastern. They even made jam from the fruit trees that they grew. On one occasion , we had dinner at their restaurant and the food were surprisedly yummy. It was a memorable experience and I would choose the Bivou again if I return to Lijiang!
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Great location with friendly and helpful staff. They organised our airport transfers and local tours. Clean and tidy room with reasonable pricing on meals. We will be back! Thanks to Hwee Ling, Cici, Cat, Mou Mou and Mary for making our stay a memorable one.
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Response from GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou
Responded 3 days ago
Dear StevenLeung777 Thank you for leaving us this beautiful review! The staff who have been especially named are greatly encouraged and I can see the impact that this review has made on them (big bright smiles from cheek to cheek! :D). And of course, that means they are working with even more bounce, proud that they are able to interact with and assist guests from all over the world in creating special and memorable experiences, and even more sure of their decision to be part of the challenging but satisfying hospitality industry in China. For this, I thank you! Above all, we are so happy to know that this is one place you will be thinking of coming back. Which means we will be able to see you again. Till we meet again, take great care!
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We had a wonderful stay in the great hotel „the bivou“. The farm yard room was very comfortable and very well equiped. The food (breakfast and diner) we can also recomend. They serve good food (western and chinese). We like to say thank you to the staff! They are all so friendly and helpful, especially May! She is a very open harded person, alalalei:-).
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Response from GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou
Responded 1 week ago
Dear dofavo Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review and for choosing to stay with us for your trip to Lijiang! We are delighted that you had a positive experience, not just with the room and its amenities, but also with the meals at our Bivou Cafe (we are definitely glad to know that you had a chance to try out both the Western as well as Chinese menus as well as our daily Bivou breakfast). We are humbled to be described as a “great hotel” as we most certainly are still on our way there! I receive your compliments about my staff with gratitude and joy. Yes, the hotel is very fortunate indeed to have a delightful bunch of individuals working together in the Bivou Team and your kind words have been duly conveyed to them. May is very happy to know you remember alalalei, which in the Naxi language means a cheerful “How are you?” (or “How is your health?”) Till we meet again, jiobeisei!
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Without doubt, my favourite place to stay in China. Everything about this place is perfect. The rooms are extremely comfortable, the food is excellent and the service is faultless. My stay included a buffet breakfast which was delicious and set me up for the day ahead. I booked The Bivou in order to combine my stay with a climb of Mt Haba (The Bivou also organise trips and tours to other places in Yunnan). Everything was organised excellently. It was a place I was sad to leave. I highly recommend The Bivou to anyone staying in Lijiang / Shuhe.
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Response from GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou
Responded 1 week ago
Dear JoPo65 Thank you for leaving us such a kind and encouraging review! It is certainly nice to be thought of as someone’s “favourite” lodge in China! For sure we are are not perfect as a hotel but we do hope that we have helped you to have that perfect holiday you were looking for! When we first conceived of The Bivou, we knew that we wanted, above all, to be the friend of adventurers to Lijiang, Yunnan and China (and other places in the world which we will open at in the future). Beautiful, unspoiled places and experiences that seem inaccessible without reliable local knowledge. We are glad that we were able to help you with such a trip to Haba Snow Mountain, said to be the beginners’ snow mountain and definitely a worthy trip in itself, given the right preparation and arrangements. Lastly, thank you for recommending us to other travelers, this means a lot to us. Till we see you again, take care!
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Booked the Bivou based on your high rating and their very well designed web site. Bivou turned out to be everything it claimed and more.The moment we booked the hotel, Bivou immediately sent a very detailed and useful list of information of what to expect or bring for our maiden trip to Lijiang. Thereafter, their responses to our queries were prompt and friendly. When we actually arrived at the hotel main lounge, it felt like we stepped into a friend's home rather a hotel reception. Check in was done while being served tea and cakes without the usual dry and protracted form filling. In truth, the public areas like the gardens, patios and dining area are nicer than the room itself, but they have made sure the rooms are well equipped with all your need. However is the little things like the hand drawn maps, handmade lip balms and warm and friendly staff that made Bivou such an amazing place. A special thanks to Hui Ling and her amazing team for a wonderful stay. Great job, ladies.
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Response from GMBivou, General Manager at The Bivou
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Mei W We are so happy to know that you had chosen us, out of literally thousands of choices in the Lijiang market, based on our rating on TripAdvisor and we have not disappointed you! Yes, as avid travelers ourselves, we know the expectations as well as the inevitable sense of apprehension that one has while looking forward to a trip to a new and foreign place such as rural China. While making sure that our rooms and front-desk are equipped with (almost) everything one needs for a trip, we still want to make sure that preparations on your side are adequate, whether mentally or physically. We are glad to know that you found these useful. And of course, even as you arrive, we do feel like our friends have finally made their way to our hotel (especially if we have already corresponded with you over a long period of time prior to the trip). While the check-in and proper registration do have to be done, we aspire to make it as pain-free as possible. Thank you for the kind words about our team. We are glad that we have had a chance to host you on your trip and we do hope you will find time to visit us again in beautiful Lijiang in the future!
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