It is rare to find a high quality boutique hotel in this part of China. It fills a hole at the upper end.
Large rooms (40sm+), luxurious fittings, courtyard, lounge and roof relaxing areas (rather like a Morrocan Riad) and a great location with uninterrupted views over vineyards. I was encouraged to wander the vineyards and sample the grapes!
Located in a genuine Uighur (minority) village on the outskirts of Turpan, the Lodge has been designed to mirror Uighur way of life outside - but with top Western comforts inside. A feat really - given the (lack of) local infrastructure!
A good touch was the free beer and water in the room fridges. Free internet (cable).
The restaurant is set in a vineyard courtyard location (brilliant setting) and serves some of the best (and inexpensive) Uighur restaurant food I have tasted.
Does not have all the add on's of 4 star hotels (no pool, no kareoke, no bar), but for ambience, local cultural immersion and yet safe and secure quality lodgings there would be nothing in Xinjiang to match it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vines Lodge offers the comfort and service of a first class boutique accommodation is an oasis of quiet and rest. The Vines Lodge lies in a green vineyard setting, in the middle of a traditional Uighur Village.The Vines offers 5 large (40sm) luxury rooms with Western-like home-like comforts.The 5 rooms are all ground floor and accessed from the enclosed courtyard. Each room has an en-suite, work desk area, large wardbrobe, flat screen TV, tea coffee making facilities, sitting area, with all amenities and minibar, and internet connected by LAN (free).In addition there are common areas to relax in - a well appointed roof area, the shaded courtyard, and a sitting room with local reading material, drinks fridge and large wide screen TV and computer.The restaurant serves excellent authentic Uighur food at reasonable prices in a grape covered courtyard setting next door to the hotel. Bicycle hire available for seeing the village, or amongst the vineyards. You are welcome to wander around either of these and soak up the atmosphere. Experience Uighur rural life as it has been for centuries, from the safety and security of a modern, well equipped boutique Lodge. ... more less
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