The Zen garden Lion yard is set in a lovely location above the old town. Very calm and serene place with fish ponds, open seating areas for tea and a guqing player on weekend mornings with enchanting Chinese music. Adequate breakfasts, great coffee and at tea time pu'er tea with homemade jams and biscuits. Very friendly staff and there is always someone who can speak some English (to help with my pitiful Chinese!)
At night you can hear the music from the bars but it stops at 11:30 and it's not too bad. (It would be the same anywhere around here though.) Super comfy beds- not too hard!
The only criticism I have is that this place is quite expensive (RMB800+) compared with other similar inns. For a family of 4 needing 2 rooms it can be quite costly.
On a separate note, it irritates me that all the food recommendations seem to be for Western style food, try the Yunnanese food, it's delicious! We ate at 3 local places, one next to the canal close to the Prague cafe (also very good) and the food was very good. Why go to KFC when you're in Yunnan?!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zengardenhotel Lion Hill Yard is very well situated in the center of the Old Town of Lijiang, next to the main entrance of the Weng Chan temple, with an unrivaled, riveting panoramic view over the roofs of the Old Town Dayan. The Zengardenhotel Lion Hill Yard is a private owned Boutique Hotel with in total 16 rooms on two levels. We provide 12 x Deluxe Standard Rooms, 2 x Chinese Antique Suites on the top with excellent views and 2 x Special Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zen Garden Lijiang