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Sam's Hotel
Ranked #244 of 1,314 Dali B&B and Inns
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
115 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

Sam's is clean, rooms are spacious and the location, 5 minurtes walk outside the city walls, is perfect. Sam is a marvellous host; friendly, knowledgable and entertaining. I enjoyed an excellent breakfast every morning (or afternoon if I wanted) and the staff were cheerful and helpful.
A few beers in the evening with fellow guests added to the experience.
I also took a tour of the lake with Sam and some other guests which was excellent - highly recommended.
Overall, a friendly guesthouse that's great value.

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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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Kunming
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47 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights in February. Not my favourite hotel in China, but very far from being the worst either. Room was ok. A little expensive given what you get. Washing was surprisingly expensive. The owner was friendly, and the location was ok. Not a bad option. Quiet and just a llittle way out of the centre (just 5 ins walk from the South gate)

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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60 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2011

We visited Sams hotel in Dali with a family with four children. Sam is very friendly and a great help with planning your trips around Dali. The hotel is very clean and just around the city walls of old Dali. It is a quiet hotel which offers an overwhelming good breakfast! Sam speaks excellent English and all staff is very helpfull. Sam can help you with transport for very reasonable prices. We stayed for 4 nights, just enough to see the highlights around Dali in a relaxed way. The hotel wasn't very full, a pity, lots of travellers miss Sams hospitality!

NLD: een prima, schoon en rustig hotel vlak bij de oude stad met een zeer gastvrije en goed Engels sprekende eigenaar. Een aanrader.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank FamDeZeeuw
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Dalian, China
1 review
Reviewed March 21, 2011

Sam is the best host you could want for.
Lots of interesting stories, helpful info.
Great food at cafe, and rooms spaceous.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank annsomers
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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 10, 2011

We traveled in Yunan with our 2 boys and being pregnant and found this friendly place run by a very helpful guy names Sam.
We highly recommend this place as it is clean, have spacious rooms, have a nice inner yard where the boys could run around and a very nice atmosphere.
We stayed in a room that is actually a suite containing a bed for us and 2 for the kids. This kind of accommodation is hard to find in China as most of the family rooms have only 1 bed for a child...
The owner, Sam, speaks excellent English and gave us some great ideas and tips where we should go touring Dali and what would fit us as a family.
Also, he struck us by his honesty and by being the opposite of greedy: The prices of rooms and of the food in the restaurant were good value, and he was so fair that when we checked out of the hotel everything we ordered and didn't eat (such as food that was too spicy for the children) he wasn't willing to take money for...

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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1 Thank vered_rosen
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2011

We were fortunate to have found Sam's Hotel for our visit to Dali. Sam used to be a tour guide, so he speaks English and was happy to help us make the most of our visit. We were interested in the history and culture of the local minority group, the Bai people, and it turns out that Sam is from that group.

Really enjoyed the full body massage on Foreigner Street. All of our group had a one hour massage every night; very relaxing!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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3 Thank jorge44george
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Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2011

We have travelled much through Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and this is one of our favourite hotels! not so much for Dali, as we were not big fans of the place - but because this hotel was a superb place to stay. Sam is very friendly, warm, and helpful host - we had some very interesting and mind-opening conversations with him about the Bai culture. The rooms were decorated with local ethnic furniture, clean, and had some beautiful views of the Cangshan mountains and Erhai Lake. It is situated on the fringe of the old town, which is about 8-10 minute walk to the main stretch. Good local restaurants about. Must try their ginger tea! Highly recommend this place :)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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4 Thank Shta
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Property: Sam's Hotel
Address: Yuxiu Road, No.2 Yuyuan Street, Dali 671000, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Dali
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Ranked #244 of 1,314 B&Bs / Inns in Dali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
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