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Pingyao Yide Hotel
Ranked #1 of 382 Pingyao County B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 697 helpful votes
“good experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2007

spent 2 nights here after 1 night at the regent hotel in beijing, the hotel 's service was excellent, efficient arrangements of transport, easy check in/out, very friendly and endearing staff

the hotel itself is a 280 year old courtyard house, I wasn't expecting much so was pretty happy when I got upgraded to a bigger room and also pleasantly surprised by how modern the bathroom was (while everything else maintained the ancient 280 year old charm) and how well heated the room was (it was -6 celsius when I arrived and 12 midnight), had 3 meals here and all were pretty decent (except for breakfast which was very average)

for anyone that has seen raise the red lantern, this is what the hotel looks like/feels like, the fact that it's not directly located on the 2 most popular streets in Pingyao but instead tucked away in an alley made it more so

in terms of the excursions there 's a wang residence and a qiao residence, also the town itself is also very charming and filled with friendly locals... december is a time where there aren't too many tourists so at some of the sights the complete lack of other homo sapiens definitely added to the atmosphere of this place

definitely a town to visit and spend 1 day in

  • Liked — beautiful intact 280 year residence with many features/decorative details intact
  • Disliked — breakfast was so so
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2007

I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in China, and this truly is one of the most charming guest houses in China. The inn is a family business run by a very professional women who understands tourism and customer service. Her family’s courtyard home has been beautifully restored and not over-painted like most renovated homes in Pingyao. The guestrooms are nicely decorated and spotlessly clean! We arranged a driver through the inn-keeper to visit the Wang family courtyard home (worth the visit - Qiu courtyard was too crowded!) and he was very professional and skilled. You may pay a little more than at other inns in Pingyao but it is worth every penny.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2007

This was one of the most memorable parts of my trip. It was like walking back in time. My room was quaint and historic but with a good bathroom (toilet, shower head and sink). The staff was great and everyone one of the girls that work at the hotel/restaurant were always courteous and willing to help. It was also nice to be off the main road so that the noise of the streets didn't come into the hotel. The food was very good also.

This is what I could have only hoped and imagined my trip to a small, historic town could be like in China or really anywhere else. Nice people, good lodgins and memories to last a lifetime.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone coming to this beautiful town.

Stayed May 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2007

Everything the previous reviewers have said about the Yide Hotel is true. I've lived in China 4 years, and this is one of the most charming little hotels I've ever been in. The owners are most obliging, and the lady manager speaks reasonable English. Unlike some places, she knows how to make foreign guests comfortably at home. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the food's very good.

One thing that's missing from the listing here is Yide's web and email addresses, as well as phone numbers. Their website offers numerous photos of the rooms, courtyards, and restaurant.

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Mobile phone: Outside China [--]; inside China omit [--].
Fax: Outside China [--]; inside China [--].

  • Stayed April 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2007

This turned out to be our favorite place in China. The city is really very interesting and full of things to do. There are a rapidly expanding number of shops and places to eat, but they are all done in renovated buildings that date back to the 1700's.

The Yide Guesthouse could not have been a better choice for us t o stay. Its just off the busy road, its setting in a 1700's merchant house is just amazing and the staff are terrific. Bedrooms are basic with simple furnishings and very comfortable beds. The restaurant is very good and you can even get a good cappuccino in the morning. The owner and staff will go out of their way to help you with train tickets maps or any advice you may need.

Just as an example, we had connecting train tickets to Beijing but the train schedule changed forcing us to take a train to another city and then make a connection. The Yide arranged for someone to travel with us to ensure we made the connection at the right station. It was very much appreciated.

We would certainly stay there again.

A word of warning. There are NO banks or ATMs in Pingyao. There is nowhere to change money. So bring some cash when you come. Things are cheap and most of the shops and hotels will take US dollars- but if you need Chinese money, you better have it with you.

They have their own website, but it is hard to find because it shows up in Chinese characters.

  • Liked — Historic building, wonderful staff.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2007

A marvelous trip back in time. With big ''authentic'' chinese rooms, a very nice and quiet outspace (dressed with the red lanterns) where birds are singing and you can sit for hours, enjoying a cup of thea, reading, relaxing. And a very nice bar/ cafe for good meals, Wonderfull place in China, in a very charming town as well. A gem!

  • Liked — authenticity
  • Disliked — no commends at all
  • Stayed March 2007
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Property: Pingyao Yide Hotel
Address: No.16 Shangxiang Street, Pingyao County 031100, China
Location: China > Shanxi > Pingyao County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 382 B&Bs / Inns in Pingyao County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pingyao Yide Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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