We spent Christmas at the Linden Centre and had a wonderful experience. We would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel, which is much more than just a hotel--it is a cultural experience in its own right.
This is a nationally protected heritage site turned into a lovely and comfortable hotel. While the historic nature of the building requires a few sacrifices (plumbing can't handle paper in the toilets, for instance), it is a beautiful place well worth a trip to Dali just for a stay. The building is, of course, beautiful, built in a Bai architectural style and restored perfectly. The rooms are decorated traditionally, with lovely art and traditional furniture. The public spaces were beautiful and comfortable. The bar and dining room are nice, but I think everyone's favorite was the incredible terrace, with a view over the surrounding fields and the beautiful Xizhou village.
At first we were nervous about being so far from Dali town (20-30 minutes drive), but we ended up being thrilled with the location. The hotel was very helpful in arranging cars anytime we wanted to go to town, and in hindsight we would not missed getting to know Xizhou and the surrounding villages for anything. We took a walk to the beautiful Erhai Lake and strolled through surrounding villages. After we'd walked over an hour and weren't quite sure how to get back, a horsecart drove by and took us back to the hotel. It was a lovely day.
I also can't properly review the Linden Centre without mentioning the tremendous hospitality we experienced from all the hotel staff. The owners, Brian and Jeanee, were there for the holidays, and they were so kind and welcoming--and had clearly instilled that attitude in the staff as well. Everyone was so helpful and determined to make our stay perfect. I would also highly recommend spending Christmas at the Linden Centre--from the madness of Dali's "snow" fight on Christmas Eve to the delicious Christmas dinner to the Linden Centre's multi-cultural Christmas show, the holiday atmosphere was infectious.
I really don't think there is another choice in the Dali area that could possibly compare. Our only regret is that our stay was so short.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Linden Centre is a meticulously restored courtyard mansion in the pristine Yunnan village of Xizhou. Great care was taken to preserve the beautiful Bai architecture of this nationally protected cultural heritage hotel, while modern conveniences including heating and air conditioning were added to ensure guests a comfortable and absolutely unique stay. In this elegant setting, connect with the local ethnic cultures that make this part of China so special. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Linden Centre Hotel Dali