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“very comfy place, great location”
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Lakeside Inn
Ranked #9 of 637 Hotels in Guilin
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Portland, Oregon
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55 reviews
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“very comfy place, great location”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

We only stayed here for two nights, but we liked this place a lot. Very convenient to most Guilin attractions. The staff is wonderful - they helped us arrange the boat tour to Yangshuo, the evening lakes and rivers tour (although I would give that a pass next time).

Plus, the feel is an upscale hostel. Very foreigner-friendly. Rooms are nice. Clean and comfortable. A great value for the price.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We just stayed one night and thoroughly enjoy it. We loved the quaintness of the hotel. the girls up front were very helpful....they even gave us a 5:00 wake up call so we could get to our flight. The room was clean and quaint and spacious. My parents loved their room too. Loved walking along the waterfront watching people, listening to the musicians and enjoying the pagodas...especially after dark. Loved the location and that the street market was so close. Also had fun watching the Waterfall Hotel waterfall. Truly enjoyed walking through the strip of restaurants and enjoying the food and company with bands of locals. It was a treat to try a ton of new foods between all of us: gyro, shaved coconut and mango ice cream, potato bar, guilin noodles, and a pizza. Totally fun. Great location and great find. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Clean, comfortable, good location. I stayed there in March so Guilin didn't seem too busy.

I like to move around a little so I also stayed at the Eva Inn and Jing Guan Ming Lou Museum Hotel both of which were also good.

I was traveling solo so it was nice to have friendly staff and a casual atmosphere. All the staff members and the owner spoke adequate English.

In China I typically use eLong or cTrip but in this case I booked the Lakeside Inn through hostelworld.com.

There are some nice restaurants if you walk down the road along the water.

Guilin is definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Mumbai
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6 reviews
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We spent a night here, however did not enjoy the stay too much. The set up was perfect, it was a homely inn, however as soon as we reached, a crowd of approx 25 people came in and started drinking in the bar below, the music was too loud and it was really disturbing us in the room. We were tired after a long journey and needed some peaceful time however the party and the loud music continued well into the night. The staff was helpful, around 12AM we called them and requested them to turn the music down. They understood and did try to help but not to much satisfaction. Anyways the next day we thought we would spend some time in Guilin however given our experience in this place we left early morning to Yangshuo and a good thing we did. It is value for money and staff are helpful, unfortunately it was a bad experience for us.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2013

This hostel is good, cheap and centrally located. It has pickup services from the airport and tour for a decent price. Rooms were basic but clean and comfortable and had free unlimited wifi. It has only 3 rooms and most would fit 3 people comfortably. The owners are young, friendly and very accommodating. As with most hotels in China, the level of English is not very good, and it would be easy if you installed a translator in a smartphone or learn some basic Chinese prior to going. At the ground floor of this hostel is a bar, where you can get drinks cheaply. Locationwise, it is opposite a Rice vermicelli store, which Guilin is famous for. Across the bridge, you would also find a department store, where most locals shop, and most essentials can be bought cheaply. It is also nearby a famous Chinese restaurant - about 5 minutes walk where Chinese delicacies can be bought cheaply. The hostel is located next to the river, which is scenic, but full with mosquitoes at night. Bring a bug spray. On the plus side, you can easily get boat rides up and down the river. The hotel teams up with a local taxi driver to offer cheap tours for visitors. Take the famous boatride along Guilin river while savoring fresh fish plugged from the river, the terrace rice fields (2-3 hours by tour) and the ethnic minority who live there, for a true feel of the city. Don't buy anything from Yangshuo (it is a tourist city where the Guilin boat ride stops at) as it is too expensive.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Seoul, South Korea
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Considering prices of other hotels within the same neighborhood sandwiched by two most tourist attraction lakes, and near to vivid night scene, I think this hotel is a gift to traveler.
Rooms are nicely decorated and clean. I think it was renovated recently. Though one of the rooms(at least mine, with two king-size beds) may face the place where the construction is, I can bear this small(really small) noise with the price and quality of the rooms.
There are bars where you can drink cheap and OK Chinese tea and coffee, very good secluded place especially when you want to avoid nightmarish(sometimes pleasant though...) Guilin's night scene. Puer and Longjing tea's price is very competitive.

There are only three rooms, so it is easy to be filled up. You may be guided to other affiliated hotel called "Riverside Inn" which I've never experienced but not that good based on reviews.

So if you can't book here, I would recommend go for Wada or other options.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Stayed only over night when we go back from Yangshuo and need to catch flight next Morning in Guilin. The girl waited us till 12:30am during night time for check in and got up before 6am next morning for check out..
The room is actually spacious enough compared with my expectation after viewing hotel pictures. Downstairs is a bar which is a nice place for gathering. The hotel is very close to Shan lake(just in front of door) that's why we like the location as well.
Considering the price, I think it's with great value for those budget travelers who also care about cleanness and surroundings.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Lakeside Inn
Address: No.1-1-2 Sha lake Building Shan Lake North Road, Guilin City Center, Guilin 541002, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Guilin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is a place located in the very heart of the Guilin city. All the entertainment is just within walking distance. The famous Sun and Moon Pagodas scenic spot which stand right in the Shahu Lake is only a walkway next to the compound. Within a circle of 500 meters around our inn you can have access to department store, supermarket, local restaurant, western style restaurant, Starbucks, massage and all the entertainment you would expect. Despite its central location it is quiet and free from disturbing traffic noise. It is a good place to stay or relax when you travel. The first floor of our inn is a nice Cafe & Bar. We provide western breakfast(toast,egg,coffee,tea),Pizza,Sandwiches, coffee (Latte, Mocha, Cappuccino ect) and Chinese dumplings. We have cold local beer, cocktails, whiskey which can give you a wonderful time after or during travel. Being the owner, Jack is an outgoing world traveler. His nephew and assistant, John, is a college teacher in Guilin Tourism University. We speak English and know the city well. We can help you plan your stay in Guilin on your request. We offer airport/train sation pick up service as well as sightseeing services, for example, Li River Cruise, Longji Terraces Trip and one day Guilin city trip ect. We have private car rental service(with English/non English speaking driver) to facilitate your tour(especially suitable for large family travel).We try our best to make your stay a unique and memorable experience of the Chinese culture. ... more   less 
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