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“Great location. Better balcony views on the top floor.”
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River View Inn
Ranked #21 of 446 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Great location. Better balcony views on the top floor.”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

The hotel management team and staff are obviously very familiar with working with international tourists. There is always at least one English-speaking staff at the receptions during the day and early evening. Besides offering Chinese cuisine in the restaurant, there are more than sufficient western dishes, including breakfast sets. There is a shower stall in the bathroom! The electrical outlets have built-in adapter for power plugs of various configurations! Wi-Fi is available in the building. There are 2 public computers with free internet access for guests to use.

There is no elevator in both the hotel and guest house buildings, so this may not be suitable for some. Rooms are well-sized and well-equipped where some have bigger balconies than others. Some bathrooms have sewer odor which is common in many hotels and guest houses in China.

I prefer the room setup in the hotel building, rather than those in the guest house building.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed May 24, 2012 via mobile

This is a good value hotel in a perfect location and the staff are very helpful - overlooks the li river and 200 Metersr from lots of restaurants bars and shops - book via their email and get big discounts - we had a great stay - free internet also

  • Stayed May 2012
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Louisville, CO
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

This hotel is not a five star hotel, but what do you expect in a out of the way, high humidity area. We did love this hotels location next to the river and a short walk from the dock where our Cruise dropped us off. It is easy to get around this town. There are no cars, electric golf carts instead and what looks like homemade transportation. We walked. We did the Countryside tour through CITS from the Guilin airport and they kept us organized and spoke excellent english. We got great pictures on bamboo rafts and of water buffalo and the area was gorgeous with rice fields and the peaks. They made sure everyone had transportaion back to either Guilin or Yangshou. The spot where our hotel is is off the main road so it is quiet and we enjoyed tea in the morning on our balcony with the locals doing exercising on the River walk below. Very peaceful

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edmonds, Washington
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

While there are more upscale hotels, this hotel is just the kind I like. It is typical Chinese tropical style with open front and a great veranda overlooking the street and Li River.

I am writing this review from my room. I have been here for five days and have four more to go. I could not be happier. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

The hotel has a restaurant and bar and as has been noted in another review...is just off West Street and all the chaos. It is quiet at night and all you normally hear is the sound of the river rushing past.

I have been in hotels all over China and this one is one of the best.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

It has been a couple of years since I have stayed at the River View Hotel.

The hotel is "comfortable" with it's open-air lobby and restaurant. The rooms have been painted are now a nice soft peach color rather than the former stark white - a nice improvement.

Breakfast in the restaurant is very good and inexpensive.

I had scheduled cooking classes at the Yangshuo Cooking School in the morning of my last day in Yangshuo, and an overnight train out of Guilin that evening. I knew I was going to want a shower after the class and before my overnight train. The hotel was very accommodating and allowed me to keep my room for a 1/2 day fee ($15).

The rooms have individual air conditioning with remote controls.

It is always a pleasure to stay at the River View!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

We made the booking through booking.com and after looking at the hotels website sent them an email to discuss airport transfers from Guilin and to see if I could ask for a specific room in the "inn" part of the hotel. The hotel responded positively and arranged for a taxi to meet us at the airport (a one and a half hour drive, 280 RMB each way) and gave us the deluxe double room that we requested.

The room (206) was spacious and clean and had a lovely balcony overlooking a small square with mountains in the near distance and the sound of the nearby river which you couldn't quite see for the trees, delightful non the less. The one downside of this room was that it sits above the restaurant and kitchen and so does get some noise from below in the morning.

We found the location of the Inn was perfect, sitting on a quiet corner next to the riverside promenade but only a 5 minute walk to the hustle and bustle of the main streets with their shops, bars and restaurants.

We had breakfast in the inn two mornings, costing 30-40 RMB for a breakfast set for one person which might include coffee/tea, juice, steak, eggs, pancake etc. We found that the prices in the inn we slightly cheaper than those in the main street restaurants. A 600ml bottle of local beer for example was 8RMB in the inn rather than 15RMB in the main town. Strangely a bottle of beer was cheaper than a cup of coffee, but this seemed to be the norm for the town.

We had a delightful 3 night stay in Yangshuo and I shall try to do some separate reviews, but the Lui Sanje light show should not be missed, the rafting down the Yulong river is lovely and a days cycling with a hotel guide was definitely an adventure, although spending more time on main roads than I had expected and the steep walk up Moon Hill was definitely worth it.

I cannot say how much I enjoyed Yangshuo and the inn was the perfect place from which to enjoy it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

I have just come back from a great little trip to Yangshuo, which was well worthwhile and ideal for a couple of days.

There is enough to keep you going for 2-3 days and if you stay “downtown” then for a basic hotel the River View Hotel is fine. Basic, but the heater worked, the room was clean, the bathroom usable, the balcony was great. Location 3 minutes to West Street for all the dining you will need.

However when leaving we were locked into the hotel as the Night Security guard did not know we were leaving early, even though reception had been informed and he was not at all “helpful.” My wife speaks fluent Chinese so there was no language barrier, just attitude from him!

As we were leaving before 7am we had to wake him up and from there on it went downhill. He ended up shouting at us, refusing to open the door (all bills had been paid) in the end I would imagine most of the hotel heard our problems. Sorry.

So I would recommend the hotel, but check to see if the security guard is still working and then make sure that you leave after reception come on duty.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: River View Inn
Address: No.25 Binjiang Road, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hotel has a prime location, only meters from the Li River. Some English speaking staff who could not have been more helpful. Superior service from all concerned.The usual tourist type shops are only 5 minutes away. This is the place seen on TV where cormorants dive for fish. ... more   less 
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