Just want to share some lessons learned. Sometimes a high TA ranking doesn't always mean the place is the best. This is especially true to Yuanyang, where still limited hotel options listed on TA w English content. Based on the positive reviews on Tripadvisor, we decided to book Jacky's Guest House for the trip to Yuanyang, which turned out to be a bad decision. The owner Jacky is actually a quite shrewd businessman, which could be very hard for foreigners to see through and easy to be fooled by some initial, limited impressions. We have been in China long enough and had past experiences to figure out what type of persons we were dealing with. He screwed up our bookings and tried to cover up with some funny excuses. Then we found out it was actually due to a larger tour group that showed up later, which made this person decide for a more money-making arrangement and not to honor earlier bookings. He thought he may get away with this as there are few people in this village that can speak English and he may continue to enjoy sort of monopoly status here. This is not only totally unacceptable but also a very wrong business decision. There are actually quite a few other accomondation options just a few houses away. The Youth Hostel and Sunny Guest House are among many other better / cheaper options and they all have staff that can communicate well with foreigners in English and have a very friendly & proactive attitude to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Suggest to check mulitple options before bookings, and Tripadvisor's website in China www.daodao.com ( http://www.daodao.com/Hotels-g1410718-Yuanyang_County_Yunnan-Hotels.html) has list of Yuanyang lodge options with toll-free number that you can reach the hotels directly by phone.
Also this place is right next to a very dirty pool with a public toilet just a few steps away, which made their breakfast place (or your bedrooms) clearly not ideally situated. Also this place only has some view from rooftop, which won't be a good place to stay when it is foggy and wet (which is very frequent here) or dark. There are quite a number of other places offering much better view to the rice terraces as well.
This person also took kickbacks (or commissions, to put in a more polite term) when arranging local drivers / tour excusions etc, which were not hard for us to find out as we speak / understand Chinese. Don't be fooled by this person, who may appear to be friendly at least in the beginning.