The hostel is centrally located and within walking distance to most sites (Lake Shan, Lake Rong, Elephant Hill) and pedestrian areas (Xicheng Rd, 5 min away, Zhengyang Pedestrian St, 10-15min away).
The hostel itself is on the banks of a smaller river called the Peach Blossom River which makes for a nice evening stroll. A plus is that every taxi driver I came across (even ones out of town from Longji and Yangshuo) know of this hostel as "Jiu Long Fan Dian". Sites such as the Solitary Beauty Peak and the Folded Brocade Hill are 10 minutes away by car.
There are heaps of places to eat nearby but two restaurants we discovered are: 1) Guilin Feizai (lit. Guilin Fatboy), is across the intersection from Riverside and is a fantastic local chain restaurant with traditional decor and great service. All classic Guilin dishes are available. Dishes are 40-80 RMB. 2) If you want to sample Guilin Noodles and eat with locals, you can find it at a traditional noodle bar called Tonglai Noodles in an alley behind Guilin Feizai. The shop has been around for a long time and is always filled with people. It is open breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went there for breakfast every morning. Noodles are around 4-10 RMB.
We stayed in the Wide Riverview Couple Room with balcony as well as the Riverview Couple Room and both were spacious, clean and minimally but tastefully furnished. The bathroom was basic but clean.
The staff were keen to help with any questions or issues.
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