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Halfway Guesthouse
Ranked #78 of 239 Shangri-La County B&B and Inns
Bunbury, Australia
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Staff were busy.”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

After coming from the relaxed welcoming joy of Naxi Guest House, Halfway seemed poor in comparison. We actually had a great stay here and would definitely recommend it however the room looked as if the lasts guests just made the bed and left. Our bathroom was unclean and smelly with mould in the shower and a filthy plastic bucket with remnants of the last guests toilet tissue. The staff seemed stressed and didn't have time for you. The girl on the front desk told me they are full almost every night and had 80 people come through the day before. The view..fantastic, the food...great and above all the atmosphere on the rooftop terrace more than made up for its lack in other departments. Good hot shower, no wifi. We would still stay here again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We opted not to book a guesthouse for TLG and stay en route wherever looked nicest. Halfway was by far our favourite. Charming, pretty guesthouse with large courtyard. The views are amazing and there is a great open rooftop area where you can eat delicious, cheap food from the canteen or simply sit and drink beers in their swinging chairs. Watching the full moon over the gorge whilst dining was a real treat. Also our fellow guests were lovely and ambiance was great.
The rooms are fine. They are pretty clean, cosy and smallish. The courtyard was noisy but most people go to bed by 9pm so that doesn't affect your sleep. We were up at 7am and it was still fairly quiet then. We paid 90 yuan for a double without bathroom. A few comments here note that this place is expensive but this is what we expected to pay given we just turned up, the scarcity of accommodation on the route and fact that this is consistent with the competition. The food and water was cheap and so we didn't feel taken advantage of or ripped off at all.
The only negative was bathrooms. If you can, pay extra and opt for private bathroom. The squat toilets have amazing mountain views but I prefer western toilets. Also the shower, toilet area was a smelly and definitely wear flip flops to the shower. Having done a lot of budget travel, we are used to this but if part of a two week holiday, having to endure sub optimal youth hostel style showers isn't ideal! However the views, service, great English speaking receptionist and ambiance balance this out and so I would take this (even with the unfortunate bathrooms) over a Tina's or a Sean's.

Room Tip: Book a room with private bathroom, ideally on top floor
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jerusalem, Israel
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47 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Stayed here 1 night, after 6-7 hours hike from Qiaotuo.
They charged me 150 RMB for a single room with private shower, which is an extremely expensive price in this area.
If the room was nice and clean - so be it. However, it was *very* bad: the floor tiles in the bathroom, as well as the shower's glass, were broken. The floor was dirty and stained. Half the lights and the electric plugs didn't work.
The noise from the guesthouse's balcony, were many hikers drink and hang out, was annoying.
The food was OK.
There are only two positive thing here: the view from the balcony, and the location (from here to Tina's guesthouse, at the end of Tiger Leaping Gorge, it's 1-2 hours walk).

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We are a 40 year old couple and have already spent a few years backpacking in Asia (budget traveling).

Based on all we have seen, this is really the worst place where we have stopped in Asia. First the staff is totally impolite, unfriendly, unhelpful and completely disinterested about their customers, only interest they have is money... What is more they are lying and try to cheat their guests on the room and food prices. One room (no bathroom) was offered to us for 80 RMB and same room proposed for 120 RMB to the next travelers 5 minutes later... Bottle of water is 5 on the menu and charged 6 RMB. When we asked the reason they just replied "no bargain here" and left...

Food was not good at all and we nearly received the plates on our knees (plates thrown on the table). Rooms are OK but overpriced.

Other guests, foreigners and Chinese, complained about these facts.

Definitely, in our opinion this place is to be avoided.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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57 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2013

After a disappointing experience with Teahorse-Guesthouse we were happy to sleep at halfways! And as the name say it it is really on the halfway when you do the 2-day-trek starting from Qiaotou. The view couldn't be better especially at the toilet!! :-) The naxi-food was very delicious and even the guesthouse was full the service was very quick! Our room was basic (without bathroom) but it had on 3 sides a window with a breathtaking view! A really good value!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2013

This guesthouse has awesome views from their patio area. Take pictures of the trough toilets with a view. Food was good, but service was lacking. For the price, I would eat here, but stay at a different guesthouse.

Room Tip: Stay at Tea Horse instead with better service
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

We arrived here after a 6 hour climb along the Tiger leaping gorge path. Admit to taking to horseback through the 28 bends otherwise it would have taken 8 hours. My son who was with us had visited the previous year and wanted us to see it. It was basic but extremely good value, with sensational views from the toilets! The owner explained that Michael Palin (Monty Python) had stayed here 8 years ago and discovered the toilets which had then made the place famous! It was him that taught the owner to use the expression Lovely Jumbly! when meeting English speaking people!...well done Michael you made him very proud of his grasp of English!
A great place to stay and a must for thrill seekers doing the walk from Jane's guest house to Tina's. Not for the faint hearted!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Property: Halfway Guesthouse
Address: Bendi Wan Village, Yongsheng, Shangri-La County, China
Location: China > Yunnan > Shangri-La County
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Ranked #78 of 239 B&Bs / Inns in Shangri-La County
Number of rooms: 40
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Halfway Guesthouse Shangri-La County, China - Yunnan

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