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“The best ginger tea ever”
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Paradise Hotel
Ranked #8 of 165 Hotels in Shangri-La County
Tucson
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“The best ginger tea ever”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We traveled from Lijiang via Shugu and Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-la, better known as Zhongdian. (A few years ago, we understand that the Chinese decided to promote tourism in this area and designated the town of Zhongdian as "Shangri-La". I believe there is competition for this designation though!)

Checking in, we thought the lobby novel, particularly the floor. We were assigned a nice room that was situated around a large atrium with lots of plants (and a swimming pool with water that looked green so we didn't try it). The room was modern with a nice bathroom with a separate tub and shower. The hotel provided lots of thoughtful amenities and touches, which impressed us both. The construction is not 5-star though with a large crack above the sink, etc.

After dropping off our luggage, we headed to the old town, which was within easy walking distance of the hotel. The old town is touristy and fun and influenced by the Tibetans and other minorities who live in Zhongdian. We especially enjoyed visiting the Tea-Horse Museum to look at the photos and read about the Tea Horse Road, which for years was the main link between China and Tibet.

One of the highlights, among many, on our walk around Zhongdian was seeing the locals exercise in front of a big red building that will soon house a new museum. They moved around in a circle, all performing the same moves to local music. We had seen this elsewhere but the display in Shangri-la was charming and the best. We must have watched them for at least an hour.

We had stopped at a local bakery to pick up some treats, and when we arrived about 9pm at the hotel, we noticed that they offered complimentary tea. We sat down with the intention of having a single cup of tea, but the ginger tea was so amazingly delicious that I must have had three cups. Wish we could do that again, especially with the same goodies from the local bakery. Walking around Zhongdian, wandering around the streets of the old town, watching the locals exercise/dance, and drinking ginger tea with local bakery treats made a memorable afternoon and evening. And it was nice to return to our very pleasant room where we both slept well.

Breakfast was buffet-style with a large variety of food. Service was gracious and attentive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Paradise hotel is on a main thoroughfare in Shangri-La in an area referred to as new town. It's near to colorful but shabby shops that cater to the local population. It is very convenient to old town and about 20 minutes drive from the Buddhist monastery. The rooms are spacious, and have a lounging area under the window, where you can enjoy in-room tea or coffee. Unfortunately it does not offer king size beds. In our room there were 2 twin-sized beds, which fit snugly between the room walls, and there was a rather peculiar raised platform, about 12 inches high, between the beds, making it difficult to get into and out of bed. There was a rug on the platform, so one might assume that this was a step to get into bed, but I found it a hindrance rather than useful, and had to use the foot of the bed to get in and out. There were a number of English channels on TV including HBO. There was also a safe, a blowdryer and a small refrigerator in the room, obviously intended for our use, as there was no mini bar stock inside. They also provided lovely plush bathrobes and bathroom slippers. There were at least 4 outlets for guest use, and they were configured for all plugs without the need for an adapters. The bathroom was outfitted with a wonderful take away convenience package, like the ones you get in business class on international flights, with a toothbrush, toothpaste, Q-tips, an emory board, comb, razor and shaving cream, lip balm, sleeping mask, and a shower cap. The one fail grade was that the shower floor was treacherously slippery you had to be careful never to step off of the rubber mat. On the plus side, this hotel has the distinction if being the only place I have ever stayed that provides laundry soap powder so we can wash our unmentionables while on the road for an extended period. Kudos for their thoughtfulness. While we were there the daytime temps got up to the high 70's. The AC was on, but not at all effective. I opened the window at night and enjoyed the fresh crisp air, but not the noise from the busy street below and the locals who seemed to think that their loud 4 AM conversations in the parking lot below couldn't possibly disturb anyone. The hotel's common areas are large and spacious, and in the lobby there is free wifi and a delicious complimentary ginger tea that is good for adjusting to altitude. Breakfast fare is both Asian and Western and I thought it was pretty decent. The menu for lunch/dinner is extensive. We tried the roasted yak with mint, the spicy Mapo tofu, and their house fried rice. It was truly delicious, but we needed our interpreter to do our ordering as the wait staff understand only rudimentary English. After the meal we had to pay in cash as they do not allow you to pay with a credit card or charge the meal to the room bill. In the lobby there is a nice gift shop with pretty reasonable prices... Be prepared to pay the price on the tag, as it was fix pricing with no bargaining. The hotel has a beautiful indoor pool at the back oft the lobby areas but the water was cold ...though some hardier Europeans braved it and swam. I didn't. This hotel is truly delightful place to stay. The location is a pleasant place to stay if making your way to Tibet and looking for a location with an intermediate altitude to get slowly acclimated.

Room Tip: Try to get a room overlooking the pool. Rooms that overlook the parking lot or restaurant are noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is clean and staff was great.

We arrived at night and the heaters were on throughout the massive lobby. In the room, which was lovely, the room was very hot. Now in November it was minus Celsius outside. The bathroom looked like a fish tank. It was all glassed in. The bathroom only had a shower. Interesting toiletries, I thought the jar of soap was for humans it was detergent for your clothes. They had a nice pouch full of anything you need. Rooms were very clean.

There was oxygen in case of emergencies. You are at a very high altitude so you may feel ill. They say not to take a hot bath or shower at this height. Try to take warm to cool. You can tell if you are severing from the altitude by looking at your finger nails. If they look blue you have it. Avoid alcohol, slow your pace, drink lots of water and eat a piece of chocolate.


The breakfast buffets were massive and had a choice between Asian or western. Only problem was the rooms were so cold. No heaters this morning. Being so cold the food was not very hot. Also lots of tourist the food run low. I should have got there a bit earlier.

The neighbourhood was quiet and you can see lots of stars at night.

A wonderful experience!

Stayed November 2012
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Colorado
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

I fell in love with Shangri-La, so I feel like I was in a honeymoon stage with everything I encountered while here. The Paradise Hotel, was a pleasant stay, but I could see why some people would have higher expectations. The hotel is a little rough around the edges, yes, the carpet had some stains the view out our window wasn't the best, but other than that, it was clean and very welcoming. The pool was ice cold - so no chance of anyone taking a swim. The breakfast was HUGE. I don't know how anyone could have tried everything. The little touches the room had made a big difference. We would stay there again!

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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herzeliyal
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

This hotel gives a special nice feeling in its public areas , wich most of them are covered with a high transparent ceiling .We got a room on ground floor , wich was very nice and comfortable ,with generous equipment for everything needed to please the guest . the only minor comment regards the bathroom door that can't be closed perfectly , so it might be unpleasent for those not familliar enough with teir partner . The room maintanance service us excellent .
Breakfast was diapointing in quality and service as well .
Wifi is free but it's available only in public areas .
Unfotunately my wife needed a number of oxygen supply wich she got in the " oxygen - bar " ' close to our room. the service was available 24 hrs , and due to a charge of 30 yuan ( 5 $ ) , for 20 minutes .
The hotel is very well located at the city cebter/

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank HerzeliyalJack
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Minden, NV
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

From the outside this hotel is not impressive, the location is just so so and we never ventured out in the evening (too tired). But when you walk in, it is another world all together. The courtyard with a lovely pool is all enclosed with beautiful trees and plants and parakeets in cages hanging from the trees. It is like an indoor garden. All the rooms look out into this atrium. The room was quite nice and had good Internet connection. It had a lovely little sitting area in a window box seat that overlooked the atrium and pool. Beds were comfortable. Breakfast not so good, so always travel with snacks in China.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Quezon city
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2012

The good thing about reading my fellow trip advisor' reviews is that it puts your expectations in the proper perspective. Two star instead of five star in one review... I just prayed that the hotel our tour group was staying would at least be CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. I was PLEASANTLY SURPRiSED! I think that china has improved tremendously in the past few years. But when one travels to far-flung places like shangrila, I learned to judge hotels still by local standards. Paradise hotel by shangrila standard is FIVE STAR. Of course, the carpet is old and stained in some parts but actually clean. If it wasn't, my allergic prone nose would not survive the night. I was told that the air conditioning is centralized and temperature controlled. It even stops at 2 am when temperature drops in this high mountainous place. Fortunately, while you won't feel the air conditioning, it's not hot and the blanket thickness is just right too. The breakfast spread was varied and again, surprisinglly good. The service at the reception was good too and their English quite understandable.

Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Thank butterscotchQC
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Property: Paradise Hotel
Address: No.165 Changzheng Avenue, Jiantang Zhen, Shangri-La County 674400, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Shangri-La County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 165 Hotels in Shangri-La County
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Number of rooms: 280
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