At mentioned in other reviews, this hotel is near the south entrance of the old city. When we arrived in our car we were met at the city entrance by a golf buggy and transported the 200m to the hotel from the gate. Ordinary cars are parked outside the city across the road from the entrance. The hotel is very picturesque with its fountain, fish pond and stone bridge. Again, as mentioned in other reviews, the hotel is used as a backdrop for lots of model shots or wedding photos.
The rooms are a bit small although adequate. A couple of light bulbs were also blown and these were replaced immediately after I brought it to their attention. As per normal in China, the beds are hard and the lighting poor (even after replacing the light bulbs). The room had internet connected but no safe. When we enquired at the front desk for a safe deposit facility, they went away and returned with a room safe which was installed in the room while we waited.
The bathroom is small. English is not a strong point of staff at the hotel although some have a few words of English.
Breakfast was fairly adequate, and a lot better that some of the hotels in Yunnan Province. If one waited until the tour groups cleared out (after helping themselves to extra food from the buffet to have for lunch), one had a better choice.
Within a stone's throw of the hotel, there are numerous restaurants. Some are good and some are quite rip-off merchants. The better ones are further along.
If visiting Lijiang again, we would stay at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palace (WangFu) Hotel of Lijiang was built on the ancient site of the Mu family's guest house from 800 years ago. It is a heritage hotel of the ancient city, facing the South Gate Square with three streams of water from the snow mountain as a peninsula. It compasses three chambers sharing a screen wall facing the gates, four corner yards surrounding a center big. The hotel is embellished with blossoms and plants, constructions with old-world charm, arbors and waterside pavilions. Wandering through the rectangular corridors, you will be carried away by the tranquil atmosphere, which sends you into another life. Lijiang Palace (Wangfu) Hotel is the best place to start discovering the true Lijiang history and Naxi lifestyle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wangfu Hotel Lijiang