I just came back from 3 nights at Tea Cozy. A fantastic place. Great and helpful staff (perfect English and very knowledgeable). The hotel itself is very tastefully done up: from the exterior to the rooms to the fireplace downstairs to the outdoor gazebo with glass bottom over a koi pond! (The views are however not the best - good enough but nothing special.. though that is hardly the hotel's fault!)
The staff - especially the very competent and very friendly manager Curry - responded to emails, arranged transfers to and from Guilin airport and went out of their way to make my stay as pleasant as possible - something they did very successfully!
So re the hotel itself I have no complaints.
But theres two small issues: cost and location. The hotel is a 30-50RMB ride out of town (and Yangshuo town is very nice at night so you will want to see it) and there is no way around this. No bus, and too far to cycle. On the one hand I'd say that the hotel is so nice that its worth it (plus you will be close to the western part of Yangshuo) but on the other hand it does add an extra cost to an already pricey bill. Which brings me to cost:
At 480RMB you'd expect a free breakfast! Failing that you'd at least expect to have free use of the bicycles (40RMB per day). This wasnt my first trip to China and having to pay for the bicycles seemed unusual. It seems nothing besides the two bottles of complementary water comes with the room's price tag. At first I was even told that I would have to pay for the map that they give out to guests (10RMB) but they either forgot to charge me or thought better of it. Paying for the map would have been outrageous! But even re the breakfast and the bikes I think RMB480 should cover that.
So i highly recommend this hotel but be aware that it comes with a heavy price tag.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- About Yangshuo Tea Cozy Encircled by breathtaking Karst peaks, situated beside the banks of the Dragon River and hidden among local farmers’ fields, Yangshuo Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel is an ideal refuge away from the town’s crowded market streets. Come and relax in a peaceful and serene location just a short distance from Yangshuo’s famous West Street.Just as the tea cozy works in harmony with the teapot and keeps the tea warm, so we strive to surround you with the warmth of our hospitality and the beauty of the Yangshuo countryside. Tea is also a passion for us. We have a special tea house within the hotel and would love to welcome you as our guests for our next tea ceremony. Each of the twelve rooms in the Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel is unique and decorated in a traditional Chinese style with tastefully fitted wooden furnishings, personally selected by us. Every room houses an array of antiques and pieces of local artwork. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep on the best mattresses on the market before heading out onto the wooden balcony to take in panoramic views of the local landscape.If you are seeking action and adventure our dedicated team have expert knowledge of the local area and can arrange kayaking, white water rafting, climbing, caving and even camping. For those looking for more cultural immersion, we can arrange cooking lessons, tea ceremonies, tai-chi sessions with the local masters and more. Alternatively, if you are just seeking peace and quiet our rooftop bar and restaurant serving Chinese and Western cuisine from our organic garden providethe perfect backdrop for rest and recuperation.At the Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel we pride ourselves on high quality and personal customer service. Come and join a family atmosphere, walk among the paddy fields, meet the local villagers and immerse yourself in the local culture. We are committed to making your stay with us a magical and memorable one. ... more less
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