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“Best setting and views of Yangshuo”

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Riverside Retreat Hotel
Ranked #10 of 421 Yangshuo County B&B and Inns
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“Best setting and views of Yangshuo”
Reviewed October 5, 2011

Just across the river from the town of Yangshuo lies the quite little farm village of Dong Ling. There you will find a newly remodeled hotel call Riverside Retreat. There are only about 17 rooms but almost everyone has a fantastic view of the Town of Yangshuo. They have a restaurant with excellent local and western meals. There is both inside and outside dinning. The landscaping is wonderful with walking paths and quite areas to just relax and enjoy life. There is also a good size swimming pool to relax in. Overall I felt very welcome there. The staff are very helpful most are family members all hoping for your return. Personally I felt this would make a great romantic get away place. It was for me.

Room Tip: most have great views but ask for a room with a view of Yangshuo.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lyon, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2011

We had a really great stay at this hotel. Craig (one of the manager) speaks a very good English which has been very helpful for us, and was always available to answer any question we had. The hotel is clean, the room we had was really nice with a wonderful view (for a couple we recommend to ask for one of the room with a panorama view, at the second floor).

The hotel is 15 minutes from the Yangshuo city center. Those15 minutes walk leads us to the Li River where we can take a typical boat (kindda shuttle) to cross the river and join the city center (as soon as you take off the boat, you are in the city center). This walk is in a very little path where you can meet nice people living there.

The food at the hotel is good. You can find everything (from american food to chinese food). We always ate chinese food and we liked it a lot (srpingrolls, chinese noodles, ...). Prices are good as well.

The view from the terrace where you have dinner is really beautiful.

All the staff were nice, we specially enjoyed talking with Craig (very smart and helpful) and his mother who taught us some Chinese words.

The hotel is one hour and half from the Guilin Airport. You can take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (about 24€ / US$34). We strongly recommend that you book the taxi through the hotel before your arriving at the airport. Just send an email to them and they'll arrange everything.
You also can take a bus but this is longer (as you have to go to the Guilin center to take it) and if your flight land late you won't find any (service stops around 7pm or something).

So this hotel is very well located (far from the heavy and noisy city center), rooms are great and the staff is nice and welcoming.

Lastthing: many comments refer to Kate. It seems that she doesn't work there anymore (at least when we were there). But everything that has been said about her can be sais about Craig.

Room Tip: The second floor rooms with panorama view and balcony are wonderful for a couple
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed October 29, 2010

The Riverside Retreat was exactly what we were looking for. Kate made us feel warm and welcome and she was helpful and kind. The retreat is just outside of the center of Yangshuo, which we really enjoyed. We were able to hike through the farms and village down to the river right alongside some water buffalo.

Kate helped us arrange tickets for events as well as give us advice on where to go and what to see. The rooms were clean and the food was delicious. We were able to eat out on the gorgeous terrace when it wasn't too hot in the August afternoons! We also really enjoyed our lovely sun room attached to our room.

The Riverside Retreat may not be a fancy or posh hotel, but we found it to be gorgeous, peaceful and a perfect getaway for us!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bangor
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 19, 2010

When we bumped along a dusty track in the early hours of the morning (after arch delayed flight) we began to wonder what we had let ourselves in for. We needn't have worried - our second floor room was bright and spotless and the bed fresh and welcoming (if a little on the firm side ...). The view the next morning made it all worthwhile! 

The staff were all helpful - especially Kate who organised several trips for is during our four night stay. 

We ate at the hotel several times and the food was delicious and reasonably priced - particularly the local food. 

We used the pool a couple of times and it was perfect for a quick dip at the end of a day out and about. 

All in all an ideal base for a few days exploring Yanghshuo and the surrounding countryside. 

  • Stayed October 2010
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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2010

We stayed at the Riverside Retreat in Yangshuo on September 2009
Very poor owner attitude, although We made a reservation 3 weeks in advanced Shelly the owner didn't have the decency to notify us that the hotel was in renovation actually it was a building site. The noise was terrible we could not hear ourself not to mention the lack of air condition which last hours. The owner Shelly couldn't care less about the situation she is arrogant, thinks highly of herself (don't know on what ground) It seems that she isn't familiar with the word "hospitality" she made us come to her hotel under misrepresentation and didn't bother to apologize . We stayed only one night and moved to Yangshuo Mountain Retreat (beautiful hotel in all aspects www.yangshuomountainretreat.com ) the only good thing in the Riverside Retreat is Kate -the manager, she is kind, intelligent, very helpful. Hope one day she will have her own hotel, I advise Shelly to learn from her a thing or two. Kate speaks English very well and does all

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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DaveWilson57, Manager at Riverside Retreat Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2010
Hiya ssb_10 and Trip Advisor readers.
I have recently taken over management of the Riverside Retreat (April 2010) and read this review.
A couple of points to address only:
1. the stay reviewed was almost 10 months ago and seems to have been published recently (for some reason I am not aware of). I have been here since April and there is no building work happening.
2. Although Shelly is no longer here, Kate is still as bright, bubbly and efficient as always.
Kind regards
Dave
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Columbus, OH
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2010

It’s been one year since we stayed at Riverside Retreat, but I remember it like it was yesterday. First, you can’t beat the view. After a day of exploring the area, it was so nice to just sit and relax on the patio, eat fairly decent food, and have a cold local beer. This place is across the river from town so you get peace and quiet, and privacy, and the common patio and the 2nd floor rooms offer a great view of the karst scenery. You’ll notice that Kate’s name keeps being mentioned. That’s because she is the real deal. What a great hostess, and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! We would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Hampton, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2010

We stayed in the larger room, and except for awful German travelers, the spot was an absolute delight. Take the time to speak with Kate - an intelligent, wonderful, and thoughtful guide with great insights into life in the region. Wonderful time, thanks to Kate! By the way, people in town all seem to know River Shelly. Ask Kate to help arrange a cooking class in town - fantastic!

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riverside Retreat Hotel
Address: No.10-3 Ao Tou Zha Village, Yangshuo County, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 421 B&Bs / Inns in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riverside Retreat Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Yangshuo, Riverside Retreat offers you beautiful scenery with western-style amenities. All rooms offer private western-style bathrooms, A/C and modern furniture. Just a short bike ride from West Street, this quiet countryside location gives you the best of both worlds. Relax by the pool or take a cooking class. the family atmosphere will leave you with lasting memories. ... more   less 
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