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Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

Situated in a small village close to the Yulong River. It is easy to navigate to and from on e-bike or motorized scooter. The hotel offers multiple breakfasts and also local cuisine. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel is currently surrounded but small fields/farms and the views are unobstructed by other buildings. The pool was still not open during our stay in mid-late May. Definitely a nice place to stay to relax and explore the local mountains.

Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
Thank Anita C
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Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

The rooms and facilities are clean and well appointed. I'm fairly sure all rooms face the mountain with beautiful views.

The staff were very polite and professional. Prices are reasonable. The kitchen and meals were all very good taste.

The hotel is within an old neighborhood and a little tricky to find.

I would again stay here, perhaps spend more time doing nothing. Can rent scooters and it's a lot of fun.

Stayed: May 2017, traveled with family
Thank Billy_Whimwa
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ZenGardenYangshuo, Manager at Yangshuo Zen Garden Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2017

Dear Billy,

Thank you so much for your review! We are delighted you enjoyed you time with us and would like to return :) safe travels !

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Reviewed April 8, 2017

My partner and I booked three nights at Zen Garden to celebrate our anniversary. We chose this hotel based on the website and description of services we thought we would be able to enjoy during our stay. Unfortunately, our stay at the hotel was very different to what we expected to receive.

Our main issue is that Zen Garden was unable to provide many of the services and features advertised on their website. The website presents the hotel as a fully functional, luxury retreat. If we'd known the hotel was so newly open and unable to accommodate guests with the advertised features, then we'd be able to understand and manage our expectations.

Pool and sun deck - still under construction, rooftop - no furniture and unusable, spa - not available, complimentary outdoor yoga class - not available, complimentary tea and coffee in rooms - kettle and cup but no tea or coffee available, TV and DVD player in every room - present in our first room but not in our second room. Construction also surrounds the hotel. The lift didn't work when we were first taken to our room and the receptionist had to get a second card because the first door card wouldn't work.

The cleanliness of the hotel itself could also have been improved. During our stay, the hallways, corridors and restaurant floors were filthy. Our hotel room contained a large, noticeable stain on the wall from where someone had thrown something in the bin but had missed and hit the wall. Our room was also cleaned while we were out for the day but the cleaner left dirty mugs in our room with the blinds closed.

We ate dinner at the restaurant on the first night. The food was nice but 6RMB was added to our bill at the end for the two glasses of water we had from the water dispenser in the restaurant, which seemed a bit odd. We also ate breakfast at the restaurant on all three mornings. Guests are given the option of four different style breakfasts (Western, Chinese, Middle Eastern and a fourth option I cannot recall.) My Western breakfast of muesli, fruit and yoghurt was nice but my partner's choice of breakfast looked and tasted pre-cooked. The fried eggs, vegetables and fruit were all cold, rubbery and tasted like they'd been cooked a while ago. This was confirmed on the second morning when we saw a tower of fried eggs sitting on the counter in the breakfast area. We asked for freshly cooked eggs and the restaurant staff were able to accommodate.

A big positive are the receptionists. They were incredibly nice and very helpful where possible. Unfortunately, there was no manager on site during our stay to speak to us when we first raised an issue, meaning the receptionists are in the awkward position of having to repeatedly tell guests 'we're sorry - but it's unavailable'. There are two managers, one Western and one Chinese and we were told we could email the manager. I had emailed the Western manager a week or two prior to our arrival seeking assistance to organize a nice evening for the anniversary but received no response back after the manager's initial email reply. We emailed the Western manager after our first night at the hotel but to date, still have not received a response. The Chinese manager arrived on the morning of our check out and apologized but it was still disappointing to not have any communication from management about our issues until our stay was over.

After our first night, we were moved to another room by the receptionist for our trouble. Both rooms we stayed in were very comfortable. The beds are incredibly comfy and the views from the rooms are spectacular. The rooms were the best part of the hotel.

Zen Garden has a lot of potential to be a fantastic stay. Unfortunately, a lack of communication and oversight from management to support the staff and ensure the facilities were up to standard and available for use, meant our stay at Zen Garden was rather underwhelming and very different to what was promised on the website. We do not believe this hotel should be rated 5 stars if so many of the services are unable to be provided, especially when the hotel advertises itself as being complete and charges accordingly.

  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Adam_and_Zoe_Rt66
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ZenGardenYangshuo, Manager at Yangshuo Zen Garden Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Dear Zeo,

I am very sorry that you were not informed about our pool opening season, which start at mid May, yes indeed we have just newly opened the resort and the sun deck are not ready yet as well as the rooftop furniture is not in place as this is the winter and rainy season - we are truly sorry you got a different experience from what you expected but we would be fully ready with the pool and decks for the season (next month).

We really hope you would consider coming again on your next visit when all the areas are fully operational.

Yours truly,
Yangshuo Zen Garden Resort

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Reviewed April 6, 2017

It's still a fledgling hotel, but so pretty and peaceful! It's secluded from town and can be tricky to find (especially for non-Chinese speakers or at night. I would recommend taking advantage of their car service or having the hotel send you its Chinese name/address beforehand. Taxi drivers may also try to rip you off so get a price estimate of how much to pay coming from the Li River docks or West Street). But once you get there, it is pretty convenient! You can borrow bikes and it's 12-14 miles round trip from the main town (West Street) but we did the bike ride many times as it's an easy ride. The secluded environment actually turned out great because Yangshuo's famous nature landmarks were so easy to access. There are many activities to do in Yangshuo and we wished we could have stayed longer! The service people are very nice and kind and definitely go above and beyond to help you have a good experience (different from other hotels in the area that try to hustle you or are very brusque) but obviously services are constrained because it is a new hotel. There was good wifi, free breakfast and such nice service people who speak good English. There were many activities in the area and I really hope to return because we had such a wonderful experience in the area and at the hotel. A little pricey for China (although it would be much more expensive in the U.S.), but it was definitely worth it!

Room Tip: North-facing rooms have the best views and our north-and-west facing room had an extra-large balcony.
  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Thank justtravelingjade
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ZenGardenYangshuo, Manager at Yangshuo Zen Garden Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you so much for your review !
We are delighted you had such a good time and enjoyed what we tried to provide which is a Zen experience in the most beautiful surrounding!

We couldn't have put it better ourselves - again, so happy you enjoyed everything so much and we really hope you come back again to enjoy even more

All the best - Yours truly,
Yangshuo Zen Garden Resort

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Reviewed April 4, 2017

Truly lives up to its Zen name, and the hotel is not even completed yet! For example, the pool, spa, are still under construction, some amenities and services (e.g. laundry) are still lacking. It's a little bit hard to find...which is almost the appealing part. It does not matter! What you will get though, once you find the place, is a sincerely authentic, eager to please staff, stunning views, contemporary decor, and peaceful setting.
The restaurant...excellent! Enough variety, and very very good food. Just plan your order as it can a bit slow in coming, but THAT'S OK!!! It's just.... excellent food!
I have to mention again, the staff is fantastic! You want to wake up for the sunrise, and you want to make it back for the sunset! No one in our party wanted to leave!

Room Tip: Ask for the suite with bath tub!
  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled with family
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Thank BuzzLi14
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ZenGardenYangshuo, Manager at Yangshuo Zen Garden Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2017

Thank you so much for your review!
We really enjoying reading it and knowing you loved it so much - we are doing our best and give our heart for this reason exactly :))

Much love and we hope to have you with us again next time you come to Yangshuo :)

Best regards,
Yangshuo Zen Garden Resort

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