Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

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Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Yangshuo, China

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ariwardani ariwarda…
83 reviews
Perfect choice for staying in Yangshuo Apr 18, 2011
Good points:

1. The hotel owner hired local people. They are helpful and nice. One staff suffers from a bone disease that makes her difficult to move. What makes everybody loves her is that she is very fluent in English, cheerful, positive and seems that she loves what she is doing. It reflects in her eyes. Very inspiring.

2. They can reserve everything you want to do, either go to the West Street, see the Liu Sanjie Show, hiking, biking, etc.

3. Before I book the hotel, the communication via email is quite responsive.

4. The owner seems has a high green awareness. I note that there is no toilet paper, shampoo and soap made from pure nature stuffs they made themselves, no plastic based stuffs in your room, even the drinking water is stored in 2 stainless steel water bottles! So, perhaps this is a bit of annoying for those who are used to be in an Un-environmentally friendly life. For me, this is a very strong point this hotel has as it is in line with my enthusiasm about being eco-friendly person.

Bad points:

1. They mistakenly assign only 2 rooms for us on the first day which I actually booked for 3 rooms. I didn't realize it because this is a long trip and I booked several hotels in several cities that I forget the details of each bookings. On the next morning, when I review again my plan documents, I found out this mistake. So, after calculating together (hotel staffs and I), they reduce the amount of the unassigned hotel room that I didn't get on the first day.

2. You have to pay half of the staying cost prior to your arrival via Paypal. Because this is the first time I deal with this hotel, of course I have doubts and there is always a possibility that my money is gone to some scam scenarios. But after reading good reviews about this hotel via TripAdvisor, then I have more confident in booking at this hotel and pay the half price via Paypal.

3. After you arrive, they also want you to pay the rest of the amount you spend there in cash. They don't accept credit cards. This is a bit irritating if you stay there for a week and book several rooms, then you have to bring a pile of RMBs in your pocket. I also see they record the bookings manually (with handwriting) in a book (not computerized as applies in normal hotel management). I understand that they want to keep everything as simple as they can. But in my opinion, sometimes technology can ease the problem of carrying a lot of hard cash when we travel. So, to help the visitors, I hope the management can consider the usage of EDC machines for the credit card payment in the future.

First night booked rooms:

2 Riverside Suite-Twin Bed: RMB 500/room/night=IDR 1,300,000.

1 Family Suite: RMB 500/room/night=IDR 650,000.

Second night booked rooms:

1 Twin river view room: RMB 350=IDR 455,000.

1 Family 4 bed river view room: RMB 500=IDR 650,000.
Terrace of the room
The room on the first night. We ha…
You can see the 2 green bottles?
Yep, that are our drinking bottles…
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keenriser says:
I stayed here too a couple of years ago, I thought I recognized some of the other pictures! Funny thing was that one of the staff (I think he was the owner) was Dutch and I heard it from his English the first sentence he said something to me. We had some great nights.

Congrats on the feature :)
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011
ariwardani says:
Thank you, Harriet. Have a nice Sunday :)
Posted on: Sep 25, 2011
Africancrab says:
Nice review
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011
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