I came to Lijiang as part of a tour package, but had lots of free time to explore the city on my own. I must say Lijiang is a very pretty city indeed, although somewhat too manicured to lose some of its rustic feel. This hotel in the centre of the old town amplified the joy I had in Lijiang, but it's not an outfit worth rave reviews either.
The design of the hotel is along the style of the local architecture, so your room will very likely in a traditional-looking courtyard in design in line with those found in local houses. But inside the room, it's actually as modern as any 3 or 4-star hotel in China, with Western-style toilet and a shower stall, and a queen-sized bed with TV and all. It's comfortable enough, and basically you get to enjoy modern amenities in faux local culture.
Service was almost non-existent -- porters expect a huge tip and if you don't want to pay, you will have to lug your own luggage to the room itself. I don't think there's a restaurant at this hotel, as breakfast is at a small, Tibetan-owned cafe-like outlet opposite its main entrance. Housewkeeping was adequate and really, there is nothing too much to shout about for this hotel, except that the location gives you the option of dropping your shopping bags in the middle of your shopping, and then continue to shop after that.
One thing to note is that cars are not allowed inside the old town of Lijiang, so you'd have to pull your luggage all the way down the cobble-stoned alleys to the hotel. Lijiang is also known for its bars and nightlife, so in the middle of the night, don't be surprised if you're awoken by the banging of drums and the rock music not too far away.
That said, I still like this hotel and for the low price they charge, I think it's worth its penny. Try it but don't expect too much and you should be happy, like me, in Lijiang.
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