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“Very relaxing location.”
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Li River Resort
Ranked #6 of 454 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Melbourne
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“Very relaxing location.”
Reviewed December 17, 2011

We stayed 3 nights at the retreat. It is located an easy 25 minute walk into the centre of Yangshuo. Transport is available to and from the retreat, if required. The accommodation has the feel of a rustic, country B&B and the rooms are very clean and comfortable. Staff are very friendly and happy to help in any way. It is the perfect escape from the noise of the city . Large outdoor terraces, with beautiful views from all the rooms, as well as the large rooftop terrace. There is one , large deluxe room that has windows on three sides, giving views in all directions. It is located on the second floor. We stayed on the third floor and enjoyed stunning views of the sunrise each morning. There is no lift, so all rooms are accessed via the stairs, however, a porter will carry all your luggage to and from your room. It was the perfect way for us to unwind, at the end of a very busy 14 days visiting China.

Room Tip: Apart from the 2nd floor deluxe room, best views are from the rooms on the third floor.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

This place is a 25 minute walk from Yangshuo, so very quiet. It's extremely friendly, and has fantastic views! The staff are very helpful, they'll book a taxi, scooter, bamboo raft trip, rent bicycles. The food is very good. The place is very clean and well managed. The laundry is very low priced and excellent service! Get your laundry done here before you off to over priced places like Shanghai! I definitely plan to return if I get the chance!

Room Tip: All the rooms have super views, but some are quite a bit larger than others
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

We stayed for 3 nights at li river retreat and were very happy, as part of our honeymoon to China. Rooms are spacious and clean. View of the mountains is amazing,stayed on the first floor and overlooked the river and the restaurant tables outside. Ate a couple of times there as it was convenient and food was nice. There is nothing in the near vicinity and a cab drive is need especially at night.Its about 15-20 mins to the town. Staff was helpful and always there. All in all Yangshuo is a great place and Li River makes it a bit more romantic if you want to stay somewhere quiet away from the town, part of this is enhanced by the fact that there are no TVs in the rooms but who needs them if you are out and about everyday. Would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: View of the river is a must
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

Stayed for 4 nights at the end of November as part of a 2 week trip to China. Booked in advance via the internet and all corrspondence was promptly replied to. They arranged a pickup from Gulin at 11.30pm and booked our 2 sector onward train tickets before we arrived, all of which was so much help.
The place itself is gorgeous, rooms are well equipped even for the basic ones and represent good value, views and common areas are plentiful! All you need is there and the staff are very friendly and make a real effort to make everyone feel at home. The food choice is great and good value, information & booking of the tours was also equally good. It is a 10/15 minute stroll downhill to town which may put some off, but in my opinion the town is quite touristy and so staying on the edge where it was peaceful was well worth the short walk. I also thought it might be a bit pricey as you are a little out on a limb, but found everything to be priced much the same as in town.
Would love to come back and without a doubt would recommend it to anyone. Yangshou is lovely, we did not want to set a frantic pace for a our holiday, but did leave feeling we could have stayed longer and had not really done all we wanted in the area.
The only room for improvement was their two computers, the internet speed seemed to be quite hit and miss, though the wifi seemed fine if you happended to have a laptop with you.

Room Tip: Bring a torch for the walk back.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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adelaide
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

We had quite a few discussions with Alf leading up to our intended stay, and on each occasion he was knowledgable and prompt with his answers.
During our stay in Beijing my wife and to a lesser degree myself were affected by the exposure to the smog, or call it what you may, all I know I will not be returning.
I notified Alf we needed to return to Australia. With only 2 days notice I accepted the loss of my deposit .
Alf would not accept this and offerred to refund. I ignored this .
Three weeks later I had another followup from him requesting my bank details
and advising the room had been let anyway.
His service and integrity is rare these days and I would recommend all travellers to his establishment just on his business pricipals alone. Thanks Alf.

Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

The hotel's location location was great, just outside the town of Yangshuo overlooking the river and the mountains up, down and across the valley. The walk into town was easy by day, but you need a torch if you want to walk back from town in the dark. Good to be located outside the town, which is not big by chinese standards, but quite noisy. The food was great, with familiar western options on offer as well as good local dishes. The staff went out of the way to help us by arranging drivers, tours, an excellent guide (for a very enjoyable cycling and bamboo raft day tour), and even hotel recommendations and bookings and train tickets for the next stages of our tour of this lovely part of China.
Full marks all round.

Room Tip: Definitely worth getting a room overlooking the river with views of the mountains opposite, so you c...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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canada
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Retreat for four nights. Yangshuo was our "vacation from the vacation" a time to slow down and breath some clean air. I had done my research and knew that the Li River Retreat was far enough away from Yangshuo centre to be quiet but accessible enough to be a short 20 minute walk. One tip would be to bring a flashlight (torch) with you as the walk back is pitch black in some areas and would be quite dangerous. We took a taxi when it got dark (20RMB).

Alf was very helpful in arranging our accommodations and the transfer to the hotel. We did this all on-line before leaving for China and did not have the pleasure of actually meeting Alf while we were at the Retreat. However his team is great and took very good care of us.

Although the plan was to "slow down" while at the Retreat we were actually out and about most of the day. We saw sunrise but were never there for sunset and did not spend much time at the hotel. We only ate breakfast at the retreat which was great and the cost was comparable to breakfast in the city.

We saw the "Impressions" light show. The retreat staff arranged our pickup and delivery to and from the show and again the cost was as expected. We had read up about the legend so we thought we would "get" the show...not completely...but no issue as its still quite the spectacle..

The views from the retreat are spectacular and the rooms are very nice. This is not a city 5* hotel but a very comfortable, smaller rural type hotel. It was very clean and very well run and I would return in a flash.

One tip that has nothing to do with the hotel (they did not organize the actual raft trip). If you take the raft trip from Yangdi make sure you actually get left off at Xingping. We got scammed by being taken off the boat early and had to pay not only our raft fee but an extra 20RMB to get trucked to Xingping city centre. We hadn't heard of this before so were not sure what was going on and, unfortunately, our Mandarin is very limited and our guide only had one goal in mind. Not worth getting upset about but a "heads up".

Room Tip: We were unable to book the deluxe room for our entire stay so we stayed in both the deluxe standard...
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Property: Li River Resort
Address: No.1 Shuangtan Village, Yangshuo County 541900, China
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Location: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Yangshuo County
#6 Romantic Hotel in Yangshuo County
#21 Best Value Hotel in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Li River Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Yangshuo Li River Resort is a family run Resort. Our stunning location takes in some of the best views in the Yangshuo region and our close proximity to the town of Yangshuo gives our guests the opportunity to explore its multitude of shopping, dinning and entertainment options. We have a variety of rooms to cater to couples, friends, families and those who want a luxurious experience. We also have a restaurant which serves a large range of Chinese and Western dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of this is complimented by our high standards of service. We have a good size swimming pool which is exclusive to our guests. The pool is open during the warmer months of the year, approximately from April to mid-December. The pool is excellent for early morning swims, relaxing during the day or soothing your body after a day of sightseeing. We hope to take care of you here soon. ... more   less 
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