My wife and I stumbled on this little gem completely by accident shortly after it opened and what a welcome sight it was.
We were travelling around Western China, had crossed the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts and were retracing part of the ancient Silk Route along the Karakorum Highway. We had no choice other than to stay in Tashkorgan as it's the last border town where exit formalities have to be completed before making a dash across into the remote and inhospitable landscape towards the northern frontier region of Pakistan and the infamous Khunjerab Pass.
Originally we were told by a travel agent in Kashgar that there were no ‘western style’ hotels in Tashkorgan and a result we had made a reservation at a state run ‘tourist class’ hotel which can only be described as a hovel!
Imagine our surprise when we were told about the Crown Inn (by an employee of the hovel). We made the short trip to the Crown Inn on the outskirts of town and were pleasantly surprised by what we found and decided to spend the night there.
The hotel had only just opened when we stayed but during our short stay we found everything to be clean, well maintained and whilst simple some thought had clearly been given to those creature comforts like constant hot water and a fully functional Western style loo.
We enjoyed a pleasant meal that evening and were even given menu in English. Breakfast was good and set us up for the day. The staff were friendly, courteous and extremely helpful which is not always the case in China. It was only when I checked out that I realised that the hotel was being managed by ‘foreigners’ (I believe they were from Singapore) and all I can say is I wish them well.
One day I hope to return to Tashkorgan and when I do I’ll certainly be staying at The Crown Inn again.
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- Also Known As:
- Crown Hotel Tashkurgan County