We booked via Hostelbookers and ended up extending our night stay by another night. Our double room was very nice with a large double bed, warm blankets and comfy pillows. We also had a dressing table and bedside tables with large double sliding glass doors.
Owners were helpful and there’s a great communal area with free pool table and seating where they also show films some nights on the projector. There’s also a nice courtyard garden and a couple of cute cats!
The only real downside was the food which we didn’t enjoy at all and couldn’t understand the positive reviews. I asked for my bacon to be well done but it came out virtually raw and I had to force it down and my boyfriend wasn’t impressed with his burger. Breakfast was also a bit disappointing and they tend to use tomato as a garnish on a sweet dish, even though technically a fruit, it seemed a bit odd!
Though no fault of the hostel, the shared bathroom wasn’t the cleanest. Although cleaned daily, some guests were really dirty and we regularly found hair, a cigarette butt and pee over the seat. People would also block the toilet and then not bother reporting it, probably because they were flushing loo paper down it.
The location is a 5-10 minute walk to get to the main area so was conveniently located. Overall, we had a good stay and would recommend!
- 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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