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The Linden Centre
Ranked #1 of 532 Hotels in Dali
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Linden Center has been a home for me for the month I was staying here in Xizhou during my Microcampus trip. The rooms are very comfortable and homey. The food is amazing and the kitchen staff take care of your every need/request. The overall staff are really sweet and nice. They are very friendly and the Linden Center has a great atmosphere. Bryce Linden (son of owners) is also very nice. He has become one of my great friends. My stay at the Linden Center was spectacular and I am definitely coming back!

Room Tip: Everything thing was amazing, the second court yard rooms are smaller and the third court yard room...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2014

We are so proud of your group's recent stay at the Centre. We usually do not host school groups in our main complex, but your group was mature beyond your years! Our education projects, like your unique program with Shanghai American School and our current semester-long program with Sidwell Friends, are a way of giving back to the local community. Your service learning projects, based on intensive study of a local villager, tradition or structure, are creating an invaluable digital library of the traditions of the region. Each of you are contributing to one of China's largest oral tradition projects. The Linden Centre team (and guests) are so lucky to be able to participate alongside you in this creative and sustainable project. Thank you again for your contribution to China's historical preservation!

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Linden Centre the definitive learning experience! This establishment has been awarded the best hotel in Dali and I can see why. I stayed here for 4 weeks for a school trip called Microcampus and this was the perfect place for it.

Room Tip: 3rd courtyard has bigger rooms.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

The Linden Center is great. I was there with my wife and two kids (aged 1 & 5) and had such a great experience. If your looking for a family friendly place to stay in Western China this is the place. If you wanna veg out in your room and watch t.v. this is probably not for you. The staff is super helpful and friendly and the facilities are beautiful. I felt a great sense of community during my stay. We made great use of their playroom for kids full of toys and books, a reading library stocked with books on art, history, etc, the Ping-Pong/Billiard room, the bar, the television room, bikes, and gym. In the dining room, the staff was super friendly and the food was amazing. Top notch!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Our family of four stayed at the LindenC for four nights and really had an amazing time! The LindenC gave us the opportunity to go slightly off the beaten path (that is, beyond old town Dali) in a family friendly environment. Our children are still quite small (ages 2 and 5), and it was so safe and comfortable for them to toddle around the courtyards or play by the small fish and turtle pond. Not to mention relaxing bike rides along Erhai Lake. In between activities, the children could unwind in a kids' playroom upstairs or catch a film in the movie room. We had excellent experiences with all of the staff - from the travel curators who help to propose activities for your itinerary to the lovely dining room staff. The rooms are very comfortable (even heated at night when it can get a little chilly!) The owners and staff are quite open about talking about their experiences in China which I found quite fascinating along with their knowledge of the Bai/Xizhou community.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

The Linden Center has done a lot to make people feel at home. It was quite luxury experience there, not only because of the facilities, the environment, but also the people there. Anyone coming will experience the comfort, but I want to say more beyond the experience. Lindens are doing amazing work to benefit locals. They trained local Bai and try best to employ locals. The most touching story I've heard is about Aling in the kitchen. She is so confident and proud of herself. I believe it's the very thing responsible travel should do and can do, to empower local, especially women. And Lindens are trying to spread this impact to help more destinations and people. We should be part of this positive impact!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2014

Thank you for your kind feedback. We are very proud of our interaction with the local community. In fact, our neighbors feel as if they are part of the Linden Centre team, this is how proud they are of our efforts. As we grow, we realize that there are so many more things that we can do for Yunnan. We thus are hosting numerous experts and scholars in sustainable development, environmental protection, and micro-financing. We cannot stop the indiscriminate destruction enabled by businesses attempting to 'cash in' from mass Chinese tourism. We see it around Lake Er, which suffers from cement and steel structures that have no connection to Dali cultural traditions and only exacerbate the lake's pollution troubles. We can, however, persevere in supporting efforts that preserve and inspire. Everyday our guests and I share with the villagers. Our Centre is not closed to them, like other newly constructed 'old' hotels. At the Linden Centre, our villagers are part of the team that enchants you every minute of your stay!

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We stayed at the Linden Centre just before X'mas '13 and were blown away by the warm hospitality of Brian Linden and his wonderful team! The Centre itself is a carefully restored heritage property of traditional Bai Architecture and has charming courtyards, beautiful columns & corridors and a fabulous terrace overlooking the rice fields,against the Himalayan backdrop.

We were there on Christmas Eve and participated in the famous annual 'snow fight' at Dali Old Town. I must mention the incident that happened this evening, after the snow fight. We missed getting on to the bus that was organized by the Linden Center, after the snow-fight and were very impressed that one of the staff came looking and located us in the mayhem and organized a cab, at their expense, to take us back to the hotel! Its gestures like these, that elevates the position of a hotel, from good to excellent, in terms of hospitality.

Our room was very comfortable and we loved the sky lit breakfast lounge! We enjoyed the horse carriage ride to Erhai and the walking tour of Xizhou village with Anne-Liese. Thank you...Brian, Jeannie, Craig, Juliet, Andrew, Helen, Seb, Candy & Anne- Liese...for an enriching experience!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2014

Dear friends: thank you for spending Christmas with us. Your girls were quite the hit (target) at Dali's yearly snow fight!

With over 50 employees for 18 rooms, we are proud of our ability to provide personal service and attention. We do this in part because of the setting of Centre. Because it is a nationally protected building, one of only a handful open to overnight guests in China, we have focused on preserving its original grandeur. The Centre is clearly one of the best examples of pre-revolutionary architecture in SW China, and we have carefully incorporated comforts without destroying its charm. There are tens of thousands newly constructed hotels in China, each trying to out compete the other by spending money on gimmicks. We believe that our buildings and its setting offer China's most appealing alternative to soul-less, nouveau rich- targeted monstrosities.

Thank you again for being a part of the Centre experience!

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Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for three night at TLC. The place is beautifully restored keeping original feel of on old chinese house. Rooms were very comfortable, clean, well equipped. It was very cold when we visited but rooms were cozy.
Service was outstanding they help us with bicycles (free for guests) , maps, guided tour of town, local cheese maker, noodle 'factory', local market.

Food was excellent! Breakfast perfect. Will recommend to all our friends.

Stayed: December 2013
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Brian L, Owner at The Linden Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2013

Thank you so much for your glowing review. Coming from someone with your extensive travel experience, we are honored and humbled. We hope that you will be able to visit again during a warmer time of the year.

Happy New Year!

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Address: No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004, China
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Location: China > Yunnan > Dali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Dali
#6 Best Value Hotel in Dali
Price Range: $116 - $217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Linden Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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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