I was in Dali as part of a tour package, and stayed here at the arrangement of the tour agent. But this hotel is good, I must say and serves its purpose well, although it does not deserve rave reviews.
This hotel is apparently owned by a rich man who started with just a few blocks of the old houses in this old part of town. Over the years, he started walloping up more of the neighbouring blocks and then turned the whole cluster into a hotel. So the traditional architecture is still there, although designs are updated and the whole complex spruced up, updated and renovated.
The room look like a traditional Bai-style house from the outside. But inside, it's like most 3-star modern hotel with a Western-style toilet and bed, and TV and all. The bath-tub doubles up as the shower stall, but I must say this is where it gets tacky. The bathtub is obviously a make-shift one, and actually made of plastic. Fat people like me and my partner stand on it to shower will simply crack it. Not surprising, it's already been cracked by a previous guest, and so we had a leaking bathtub for two days. Not that it's so much of an issue, but the bathroom itself looks modern but is actually inadequate -- the toilet bowl got stuck at the last night.
Breakfast was at an adjacent block with a huge mass of Chinese tourists. Some Western-style stuff like bread and butter aere found, but the spread was mainly Chinese style. Not too much of an issue for us again, as we don't eat too much at breakfast. But we saw some bewildered Caucasians who were looking at the near-empty spread around 9 am, as the Chinese tourists tend to eat early and they're truly numerous.
The location of the hotel must be its main attraction -- it's just about 100-150m away from the so-called Foreigner Street. From there, the restaurants, bars and shops are clustered near. So even without a fantastically beautiful room and awe-inspiring service, the location of the Landscape Hotel makes it a worthy bet. Just don't expect too much.
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