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Dali Five Elements Hostel
Ranked #3 of 115 Specialty Lodging in Dali
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
1 review
“Happy 5 Emements”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Hostel is very good. Good situated near downtown. The staff is very friendly and speaking English. Cuisine is Western and Chinese. Good price. Every day the animations for the guests. :-) They give you the practice information what to do and see around. Possibly leave your baggage after check-out for free. :-)
Peter

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Helpful?
Thank Pepko78
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FiveElementsDali, Manager at Dali Five Elements Hostel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Thanks, Peter. Yeap, we do have a huge storage room. By the way, may you please recommend some good movies?
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Province of Alicante, Spain
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed here in May 2011, when it had been open just one month. Run by young Chinese people, who made me feel so welcome, I cant wait to go back one of these days. They organised a great excursion around the huge lake and several themed dinner evenings. Great place for comfort, feel and price.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Helpful?
Thank Jaberwocki
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FiveElementsDali, Manager at Dali Five Elements Hostel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Thank you for remembering us. Hope to see you in an instant after our two years' growth.
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Kunming, China
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47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great place located just on the outside of the old town. Their staff is quite awesome, some of the friendliest staff I've ever come across. Their English is good and they seem to go the extra mile to make your stay more comfortable. They have a large common area with guitar, piano, bongos, pool-table and a projector and a cute dog that runs around chasing the cat or crashing into stuff :) On the outside they grow their own vegetables and there is a nice relaxing common area there as well.

The room we had was spotless and done in a very nice and simplistic way. They also come with a telly, but be aware that channels in China don`t show much English stuff.

The food is great and its cheaper than most western places in the old town. I would recommend this place to anyone who goes to Dali. This place is one of the most professional places i have ever stayed.

We stayed for 2 nights.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank JokkusBokkus
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FiveElementsDali, Manager at Dali Five Elements Hostel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Wow, high compliment on the food. Welcome back and have more.
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed at Five Elements for three nights in a room for three and it was spacious and comfortable. They serve great breakfasts and the staff are friendly and helpful, especially Venessa. They have movie nights, dumpling-making nights etc and the common area is comfortable, spacious and conducive to meeting other travellers. Location great being just opposite the road from one of the gates into the old town of Dali. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Helpful?
Thank SydneysiderCS
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FiveElementsDali, Manager at Dali Five Elements Hostel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Great to have you stay with us. Hope to see you again in near future. Best wishes!
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Townsville, Australia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is a lovely guesthouse across the main highway from Dali old town. Good instructions and easy to find coming from train station via bus. My room was huge twin with private bathroom. Very clean and comfortable. Reasonable price. About a 10 min walk to the main action in Dali old Town. The staff here are so lovely and make you feel at home. The girls at reception helped me book train tickets free of charge. Breakfast was nice. Really good common area for a few beers and to play pool. They also have a projector with DVDs can watch at night. They have a dog and cat which also hang out in the common area. The dog is absolutely beautiful and loves pats. My only gripe is that the wifi was pretty useless but I used Internet in cafes in old town so it was okay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Helpful?
Thank Jessica A
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FiveElementsDali, Manager at Dali Five Elements Hostel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Dear Jessica, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. And happy that we can help with train tickets booking. Sorry about the wifi. It's a bit slow and does not work well in all the rooms though it's fine in the common area. We asked the supplier to lift the bandwidth, but they just couldn't because of our location.
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Paris
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

This comfortable friendly hostel is a great deal. It is a large complex with a pleasant open garden where they grow their own vegetables, having hanging seats, and bubbling water in a man made stream, and in a large fountain. There is a rooftop terrace where you can clean and dry clothes. They have a pool table, shelves of book (take one, leave two), a big screen, and a wooden bar where they allowed my 22 yr old daughter to mix a drink they didnt know. The rooms are clean with the standard hard Chinese beds, screens in the windows (and also electric mosquito zappers but you need to bring your own repellent tabs to put in them). The cute golden retriever still acts like a puppy even though he is big. He followed us into town one evening, and even came into the restaurant and wouldnt leave. We had to call the hostel to come get him, and the next day they had put a leash on him. The only downside of the hotel is that you have to cross the eight lane divided highway to get into the old town (but then you are right there). Crossing the unbusy highway demands the same confidence and patience as crossing any Chinese street, so this is not much of a problem.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Helpful?
Thank GregInParis
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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Dali Five Elements Hostel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thanks so much for your positive review and mention of details. We are sorry that we hadn't told you that we offer repellent tabs. The puppy still likes following guests into the town so that she is being chained. Truly, the highway is kinda busy. Thanks again for your stay.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We arrived at almost midnight at Five Elements Hostel Dali, and the restaurant was closed. But the staffs are so helpful so that we can get something to eat. During our 2 nights stay, our group are quite troublesome, but the staffs maintain their friendliness. English speaking staffs, helpful and friendly.The staffs also went extra mile in giving extra services to it guests.
The dorm bed exceed our expectation, the mattrees are soft and comfy. It has hanger and light for every bed. And we also got 2 thick and very comfy blanket. It's comfy to sleep around chilly weather, very very best price, it's all more than you can expect from a hostel !

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Helpful?
Thank mei168
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FiveElementsDali, Owner at Dali Five Elements Hostel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
What a high compliment! Thank you! We are very glad of your appreciation of what we have done. We'll keep it up serving our lovely guests. Hope to see you again.
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Property: Dali Five Elements Hostel
Address: No.69 Dazhifang Village, West Gate of Dali Ancient Town, Dali 671000, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Dali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 115 Specialty Lodging in Dali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dali Five Elements Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Being in the convenient place that we are, you can be involved in everything that goes on in Dali without being bothered by the noise at night. We provide clean rooms at a reasonable price, and have a beautiful garden area to relax, read books or chill out with friends. We serve fresh organic food, homemade bread, and also have a bar for those who like a drink. We are fluent in English, Japanese and Chinese. Free wifi is also available for any of our guests and if you don’t have a computer you can use ours. As travelers ourselves we always stay comitted to high standards, cleaningness and the friendlies possible service. nontheless we also comitted to reasonable prices for all types of accomondation and our other services, as well, so you are sure to find all ameneties and clean, nice hostel!Direction: From Xiaguan Bus Station:Expect to pay 40 RMB for a taxi.From Xiaguan Train Station:Catch the No.8 Bus outside the train station. The fare is 1.5 RMB. Get off at the West Gate in Dali Old Town (approximately 30 minutes on the bus. It is the last stop). From the West Gate, cross the highway and turn left along the highway. You're going the right way if you pass the transit police building. Walk about 450m until you see several hostel sign. look for us on the right behind jade roo lily pad. Point the taxi driver to:Five Elements Hostel Dali ... more   less 
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