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Yangshuo Village Retreat
Ranked #12 of 446 Hotels in Yangshuo County
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Shanghai, China
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“Just the right speed”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

A great place to get away and base your trip around. Very comfortable rooms, good amenities, good food and lots of excellent Belgian beer. Very friendly and helpful staff - lots of activities and they arrange everything for you. I could nitpick the odd thing here and there, but it would be contrary to the laid back spirit of the place, which was thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Thank you so much for your broad minded feedback! It was a pleasure to welcome and host you with us and it will be even more intense when you ever come back!

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Gerd
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and loved it. The room was large and comfortable with a lovely small balcony with great views. It was so peaceful in the village, I could have stayed much longer. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurant was great too.

When we were leaving, I couldn't find my bank card and thought I might have left it in an ATM. As we don't speak Chinese, one of the staff accompanied us to the bank which was beyond the help I expected.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Thank you for leaving us your excellent feedback, I am so pleased to read that our staff was able to show you their hospitality and was able to help you get your card back much faster than usual is the case at the bank! We are much looking forward to welcome you back one day and you can enjoy the other tours you would love to enjoy as well!

Thank you!

Gerd
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Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We booked a room with a balcony, and we loved the view!! The room is very cosy and spacious, and the bathroom was good too. It does not have a shower curtain and is quite small, but it doesn't matter much.
It is a bit far away from the city - but unless the purpose of your visit is to party hard, this is definitely an advantage. They have a shuttle service, and pick up from town for only 20 RMB. They also have a free pick up service when you arrive. And the walk is not more than 15 minutes - so don't choose a city hotel over this one, unless you really want to stay downtown. This is nice and quiet, and the views are awesome. Walk our use their pick up service - steer clear of Yangshuo cabs which are extremely expensive!

Their restaurant is very, very good for both breakfast and other meals, and the dishes are not more than they would be in town.

The staff are nice, friendly and their english is good. We used their in-room massage service (which is REAL massage!), and it was very good and quite cheap (like 100 RMB for more than an hour).

The only issue we had was that we had really been looking forward to having wireless internet in our room. We had no coverage whatsoever - we complained several times, and the first few times they just told us that it was because of the location of our room at the end of the hallway, and they didn't quite seem to grasp, that we didn't care about the location of the room - but was unhappy that we paid for wireless in the room, and didn't get it. After several complaints, they tried restarting the internet etc., but it didn't work until the last day of our stay, when we had some coverage if we sat right next to the door. This was quite disappointing, and a shame, since the rest of our stay was good.

Room Tip: I marked down the room because we had no WiFi as promised- make sure you get a room at the end of t...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Thank you for sharing the great feedback about our hotel and services. I regret so much that I was not informed about the internet issue in your room, surely it would have been resolved the same day! We have replaced the router on the 3rd floor which offers a smooth wifi connection again and I have asked our staff once more to inform me personally of every complaint or constructive feedback offered so we can resolve any sudden inconveniences in a more timely manner.

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Gerd
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

This hotel is run by a very friendly Belgian owner with his wife. The hotel has a good location outside the very busy Yangshuo. The town is easily reached in a nice 20min walk, or faster with the bikes which can be rented, or are for free after 6pm (tip: arrange a small flash light, as the way back to the hotel has a short part which is very dark in the evening).
The hotel is very good to relax, as we did at the end of our China tour. The food is good, the chinese as the western. We really recommend the spring rolls, as the burger. The prices seem reasonable.
In the hotel we rented a scooter, and made a beautiful trip which was recommended by the hotel. One of the best trips we made in China.
Staff speaks good english.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have a better view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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knoxville
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

The only reason I don't give the place a five star is because it takes a little work to get back and forth to town. Of course, on the other hand you get the peace and quiet of being outside of town. The staff is very friendly. Showers were hot and the air conditioner worked OK. We only ate breakfast as we really enjoyed spending time at the West End area and ate at the Cloud 9 restaurant every evening. Costs about $5 USD to get back and forth from West End if you don't take the free shuttle. But, you also walk the 30 minute back road if the weather is nice. Visit Xingping as a side trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Had a few very relaxing days in Yangshuo after a hectic week in Beijing. Really enjoyed our stay the Yangshuo Village Retreat, was nice being a bit out of the more noisy streets of Yangshuo. The shuttle bus and mini-van services worked very well and the girls in the reception were always very helpful. The food in the restaurant was nice so you don't have to get into to town to have dinner or lunch. The dragon aubergine dish was fantastic!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Jennie B
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Little Falls
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We loved staying at Yangshuo Village Retreat! The Family Chalet was so comfortable for our family of five, that we had a hard time convincing our children to leave the resort and go to town! We enjoyed the clean, comfortable beds, and peaceful atmosphere. I was very impressed by the welcome email that I received from the hotel's owner and also by the receptionists who were very knowledgeable about the attractions in the area, the prices, and were willing to make arrangements for us. I found them to be very trustworthy. We enjoyed bicycling around the countryside and back and forth to town.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Yangshuo Village Retreat
Address: Shi Ban Qiao Village,45, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 446 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Yangshuo Village Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Yangshuo Village Retreat, an established 4-star Belgian-Chinese family retreat in the beautiful and peaceful countryside near Yangshuo, Guilin, China. We provide a free shuttle service to town all day per comfortable mini-van that takes you to the heart of Yangshuo in 5 minutes. For longer stays we offer every 7th night free of charge! Located in a quiet village, nestled in between mountains, rice paddies and citrus trees, our Yangshuo hotel offers the perfect base to explore the countryside, its rural features and amazing scenery, and provides the ideal environment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the idyllic landscape Yangshuo is famous for, with the comforts of home. And with only a beautiful walk along the Li-river bank to Yangshuo’s main shopping and entertainment area, the Yangshuo Village Retreat might have the best location of all Yangshuo hotels… ... more   less 
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