You won't go wrong if you choose to stay for a few days at Pine Ridge Lodge.
It sits at the base of Huangshan Mountain and is10 minutes walk outside the small city of Tangkou.
The owner Wayne Tong restored an old inn set in a pine garden right outside the South Gate, and it rates high in terms of comfort level, excellent attentive service, and tasty food from the included Chinese breakfast down to dishes made to order in their kitchen.
I found it extremely peaceful in spite of the afore-mentioned construction project in front. I really never noticed noise from this and it is shut down at night.
Wayne sent a car for me to the Huangshan airport, 1 and 1/2 hours away, at a modest price. There was a driver available all day at no charge to ferry guests into town to take the local buses to the Huizhou villages nearby and for the transport that gets one up to the jumping off point on the mountain.
They arranged my onward train tickets for almost nothing and my shared private car back to Huangshan City, answered a million questions, kept my room spotless. There is wireless internet in the main building. I was out in the bungalows which I think are even more serene and private. AC, TV, wonderful hot water, bath amenities, comfy bed with real down duvet and first rate linens.
Huangshan City is far away, and although it should be visited, does not make a good base for the exploring the mountain. I ended up staying extra days at Pine Ridge Lodge just to relax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arrive at Pine Ridge Lodge and find yourself surrounded by acres of wooded hillside, at the most secluded area adjacent to the South Entrance of HuangShan Scenic Area. Contemporary design where you are offered privacy, personalized service and quality—from international standard house keeping, interior design with the grace and ease of home, and gracious services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pine Ridge Hotel Huangshan