We stayed at Xidi Travel Lodge while visiting many of the small villages in the area. We were keen to stay in one of the villages to avoid longer trips in and out of Tunxi each day. We picked Xidi based on TripAdvisor reviews.
First of all, I should note that the old buildings in which this hotel is based (previously a very wealthy local's private residence) are very beautiful from a historic point of view with nice gardens and a relaxing atmosphere. As noted previously by other reviewers, the manager, Joseph, speaks fluent English and is very welcoming and helpful. He took us for a tour of the hotel on our arrival and gave us tips not only for the hotel but for the local area, and was always willing to help out when needed. All of the other staff were friendly also.
Note- hotel name is written in Chinese characters! See other reviews for directions.
Rooms - we stayed in the deluxe double room, which was nice and had a newly renovated bathroom. The furniture was Chinese antique-style and large, which is impressive to look at, but from a practical sense it was very hard to move around the room (not enough room!) and we had trouble even to find space to lay down 2 suitcases. Being in a rural village we also had a few bugs and mosquitos in the room (mosquito lamps provided). LAN cable provided for internet (unfortunately we weren't able to get it to work). Seemed fairly well cleaned and housekeeping was good. TV and kettle / mugs provided.
Breakfast was Chinese (included), or you could pay 20yuan /pp extra for a Western breakfast. We had the chinese breakfast and it was fairly typical with rice porridge, boiled eggs, steamed buns etc, which was adequate. We tried the restaurant one other night but didn't particularly enjoy our dishes (the pork stir-fry we ordered was actually liver stirfry!). The hotel outdoor cafe was good with tea/coffee and wifi, and helpful staff, although in the afternoons it's hard to get a spot to sit down due to tourists and high-school art students who fill the place up.
Evenings are VERY quiet in Xidi village and if you don't get some dinner by about 7pm, it can be hard to find. Also hard to find 'meat' dishes as westerners might like (a lot of it seemed to be liver when we ordered). Not really anything to do in the evenings, and you can see the whole village in 1 day.
It may be worthwhile for other travellers who are keen to stay in the villages to perhaps only spend max 1-2 nights in each village, and stay at 2 places instead of 1, just so that there is a little more to do. A lovely village nonetheless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xidi Travel Lodge is located at UNESCO World Heritage Site –XIDI,one of the centers’ tivhest in Huizhou Culture. With 48 preserved rooms,which are being converted from traditional Southern Anhui residential houses,ancestral halls,commemorative arch “Paifangs”, “Horse’head”walls and state-green shingles.Entering our lodge,is just like walking into an ancient “Museum of Ming/Qing residential houses”. We have a Huizhou cuisine restaurant,garden terrace cafe bar,4ancient treasures of the study gallery and a handicraft/souvenir center. An easy access road of 50km from Huangshan city airport and 20km from Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)tourist zone,XIDI TRAVEL LODGE is truly a 4 in 1 venue with accommodation Food&Beverage ,Art&Culture and shop-ping which you cannot miss. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xidi Travel Lodge Yi County, China - Anhui