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“Thank you, Bruce and Bella aka Xiao Zhang!”
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The Bruce Chalet
Ranked #12 of 928 Hotels in Lijiang
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Thank you, Bruce and Bella aka Xiao Zhang!”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

My husband needed a break and I chose Bruce Chalet as the reviews here are consistently great. Our 6 year old daughter loved it here so much, on the day she didn't want to go out, she was open to stay with Bruce and Bella all day at the chalet while my husband and I went out - no crying, no fuss.

This is a home away from home with service so friendly and hospitable that if you really want a stress-free vacation to see the beautiful outdoors of Lijiang without breaking your piggy bank, it's the right place for you!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Stockholm, Sverige
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

We stayed with Bruce for about a week in april 2012 and liked it very much. Extremely friendly, hospitable and easygoing owners who seem to really enjoy having us "foreign friends" (waiguo pengyou in chinese) staying. They gave us lots of good advice, and Bruce arranged for transport - car + driver - at very reasonable prices to wherever we wanted to go.
We were unprepared for Lijiang and some of the villages including Shuhe to be so crowded and changed by tourism. With a little effort there are still plenty of possibilities to get away from the crowds. The garden at Bruces is one such place, the family restaurant hidden down an alley close to the hotel another.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Shanghai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2012

We recently stayed with Bruce and Bella at The Bruce Chalet, within walking distance to Shuhe, a short driving distance from Lijiang. Bruce and Bella are absolutely wonderful hosts and the service is top shelf ... Bruce and Bella were always on hand to answer any questions we had and/or help with our travel plans. They helped us plan our day trips, and arranged reliable and affordable drivers for us. The rooms are very nice, each with a private bathroom and other amenities. There is also plenty of space to relax on the property ... in the garden, in the sitting room, on the balconies overlooking the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. We felt totally at home starting from the moment we arrived. Great place for families. Oh ... and the breakfasts are absolutely delicious ... lots of variety, very fresh food and very filling. We highly recommend The Bruce Chalet to travelers who like a quiet, small, peaceful retreat from the hustle-and-bustle of a larger hotel. We look forward to staying at The Bruce Chalet again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Lugano, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We have stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. This hotel is very clean with a very nice garden. It is located in a very nice, quate, secure area. Very good breakfast with western standards. The owner was very helpful with arranging transport, giving advices (helped us to arrange a trip to Shangri La) and even helping us with the plain tickets.
The hotel has wireless internet everywhere.
The hotel is around 15 minutes by taxi from Lijang and 10 minutes walk from Shuhe.
We highly recommend it!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hong kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2012

My husband and I went to Lijiang looking for peaceful place to stay and we found a little paradise. Bruce is a wonderful host and Bella the girl working there, she was gentle and helpful. The Chalet is locate a 10 mins walk from the Suhe Old Town which is the most beautiful one among the 3 old towns on the location. Bruce helpped us to book the tours we wanted to do.

My favorite time at the chalet was the breakfast time. First because you feel like at home and you seat in the morning sharing the big table with other guest, cause you have always a nice chat and share some experiences. But if you want to have a breakfast lonely with you couple, you can also enjoy of the beautiful garden.

everything is made easy!!! We did not plan anything and the trip was super-worth it. We will go again for sure and we will stay here.

Thanks to Bruce and Bella!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

during our trip thru china we stayed in many hotels/hostels and the bruce chalet was by far the best! Great service, location, breakfast and bruce is the most friendly guy you will meet!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2012

This is a clean hotel with a very pretty garden, great value for money and very helpful staff.

The rooms are very cosy and clean with a modern bathroom.

The staff were very good at helping us arrange transport, giving advice on were to travel, and they were very interesting to chat to generally.

The hostel is about 10 or 15 minutes walk from Shuhe old town (which I much preferred to Lijiang old town - more quiet, less tourists and less hype, really nice bars and restaurants). Bruce is really good about getting the hostel drivers to take you into Lijiang or wherever else you want to go.

Also, do take a walk around the village beside the hostel. It is a beautiful Naxi village with very friendly people. Unlike Lijiang or Shuhe it has not been done up, nor does it cater for tourists. So it is a much more interesting place to stroll around.

The only con: our bed was quite hard - not so good if you have back problems.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Bruce Chalet
Address: Ronghua Village, Shuhe Town, Lijiang 674100, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Lijiang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 928 Hotels in Lijiang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bruce Chalet would be a great place for you who are already exhausted in trying to survive the throat cutting metropolitan life and looking for ways to recharge your batteries. The Chalet located in the Shuhe village underneath the Jade Dragon Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan, China, the Chalet features picturesque scenery, genial sunlight, a large garden and great hospitality. The Bruce Chalet is built based on Naxi style structure combining with modern facilities. In total of 13 comfort rooms, including luxurious suites and Snow Mountain View rooms, all rooms with private bathroom, hairdryer, WIFI… ... more   less 
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