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Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Ranked #3 of 483 Hotels in Yangshuo County
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

So many times, I see beautiful photos and descriptions of places, only to be fine it is less than I had imagined. Mountain Retreat is truly, actually all it appears to be!
Our party is myself, my 7 year old and my visiting 77 year old parents. We have 2 rooms, one with a king bed, the other with 2 doubles. Both have balconies with comfortable cane chairs and table....perfect for coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night.

The rooms are large, beds comfortable, AC and ceiling fan, a DVD player and tv (DVD only), wifi everywhere. There is a hot water pot, reusable water bottles (with free refill water in reception area) and instant coffee and tea provided. Bathroom in our particular rooms are near entry with separate shower, toilet and sink so people can be doing different things at same times. Plenty of hot water and good pressur. There are a mchoice of room types. Ours happen to be bottom floor, bit raised up a bit, private balcony withstunningviews of river. We also could open the divider between balconies for adjoining space which was perfect for us. Our rooms are a pleasant blend of modern convinces with simple traditional decor. Calm and soothing.

This is a smaller property, well kept, right on the river, stunning views all around. I don't think there is a bad view to be had. We are here during non peak (nov.) which is beautiful. Warm but not hot, mix of sunny and misty days. There are2 other families with small children, couples of all ages and small groups of Chinese (look to be non tours). There is not much on the property for kids, but then again, most people come to Yangshou to go out and explore,only coming back late afternoon or evening.

The staff here is exceptional. I say that as a foreigner living in China who has experienced all levels of hotel and service. Nothing appears to be too much for the English speaking staff, and all with a smile. They have arranged our tours and various transportation, been very helpful with suggestions, and even had some medicine availible when Grandma was under the weather one day. Everything with a smile and pleasant attitude.

The food is nice, but not exceptional, but when eaten outside with the stunning view, who could complain!? It is also reasonably priced considering it is a nicer hotel.

Activities we did: raft ride down the stretch in front of Mountain Retreat. We chose to get off right at the hotel shortening ourridea bit, but good option for Grandma. About 1.5 hours of Good Fun! I spent 4 rmb for a water shoter, for sale at launch point, which my 7 year old loved. Many others on the river also had, and it was fun watching the gleeful Chinese tourists having water fights. At various points there are photographers. We did not find it annoying. We stepped off our rafts after the first meter drop (raise your legs and sit one the lift vest to keep your bottom dry if you are a heavies load!) to bought a set of pictures...hilarious to see our expressions before, during and after! It was only 15 rmb a photo...memories...priceless!

Day trip to Xing Ping. I already did a write up of that, so you might look there. Fantastic. Stunning.

Impressions light show. Amazing. Well worth money. We chose B1 Cain seats for Grandma and grandpa. Good choice for them. The B2 seats looked also good, green plastic chairs with backs, just as good a view if you get upper portion.

This is much longer review than I have ever written. A testament to how amazing this area is.

Room Tip: 101b and102b are great rooms.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

When I die...this is what I want heaven to be like: A table next to the river and one of the friendly staff serving me a cold bottle of Tsingtao or local beer every hour on the hour!!!! The Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is a great location....

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

Welcomed by a gracious and extremely helpful English speaking staff, our stay was pleasurable beyond words. Food is ok, but the views are stunning. Sitting on a balcony overlooking the river is inspiring. A walk through the countryside (include extra time to get lost) is informative and fun. Take some raft rides, rent a bike, play some ping pong. We visited other near-by villages and were happy to see life in the less touristy spots. To be sure, this is a heavily traveled tourist area, but there are no crowds of tourists. I would happily go back.

Room Tip: River view
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy the scenery and sights of Yangshuo then i couldn't recommend this place more highly. The rooms are very pleasant, the beds are big and comfy and the views look out over the river and surrounding hills making drinks on the private balcony a real pleasure. The food is also good. To top it off the staff at the front desk are incredibly helpful at arranging various tours and excursions. Its not the four seasons and its not a hostel but for a really pleasant little hotel in a beautiful surrounding its tough to beat.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the river with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

This is a rustic country inn that has a/c, wi-fi,flat panel TV, DVD player, ceiling fan, and amazing river views from your room. Every thing worked just fine - there is even a safe box in your room, and there are a couple of free communiy pc's in th reception area if you didn't bring your own laptop.

The staff all speak English, and are so very sweet and pleasant. They even remeber your room number.

The highlights of the area include hiking up moon hill, bamboo rafting on the yulong river and seeing the most amazing karst mountains that are directly across the street and across thee small valley on the other side of the river. In short there's no where you can go and not see these mountains.

The hotel can arrange guides, tours, transportation for you. You can rent bikes right at the hotel. There's even a small library of left behind books. There's a tranquility about the place and this is only made more appealing by the efficiency and cheerfulness of the staff. I heartily concur with most of the previous reviews and I do recommend the place..

Room Tip: ask for river view king bed
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

I think most of the other reviewers have already explained why this is such a great hotel.
At all times we felt like that staff were genuinely concerned about our stay. When we arrived their first priority was to let us drop off our bags and have a (complimentary) drink, while they sorted out the check in formalities (unlike a normal hotel when you are standing at the desk for ten minutes). Brilliant view from our room.

Had an airport pick up, which was hassle-free, despite our flight being delayed.

A brilliant stay. I wouldn't bother with Yangshuo itself. Our highlight was cycling to Dragon Bridge and back. Also did the raft on the Li river (organised by the hotel) which was lovely.

Ate at the restaurant a couple of times, the Chinese food was better than the western food (to my taste buds). The local fried shrimps were great.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

From the superb food, excellent service, and patient staff with wonderful sightseeing advice to an unbelievable river and Karst mountain vista from the delightfully rustic room, everything was fantastic! What more is there to say, but this is the only place to stay in Yangshuo. You will be able to relax and enjoy every moment here.

Room Tip: Choose a river view room for a beautiful panorama.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Yulong River Road | Gaotian Town, Yangshuo County 541907, China
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Location: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Yangshuo County
#2 Romantic Hotel in Yangshuo County
#7 Best Value Hotel in Yangshuo County
Price Range: $41 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Yangshuo Mountain Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat overlooks the pristine Yulong River and surrounding karst limestone towers in the heart of the Yangshuo countryside. We are one hour from Guilin, just down the road from Impression Liu San Jie and a quick ride to West Street. We are American owned and locally run, established in 2000. Our accommodation, food and staff, not to mention our beautiful surroundings are highly rated by Frommers and other trusted guides. ... more   less 
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