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“Very Noisy but clean by Chinese standards”
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Hotel Explorer
Ranked #151 of 433 Yangshuo County B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights at Hotel Explorer. We were initially given room 101. Avoid at all costs, it's the closest to the neighbouring bar. We had to suffer one night in this room, felt like the band was in the room it was so loud. Literally word for word. We were moved to the room above 203 which was a slight improvement still noisy but ear plug manageable. We had no problem with the towel scam, I quickly got the deposit back after some grumbles about a receipt, despite it being a key deposit and I was returning g the key. Room itself was decent. Clean, good air conditioning, beds a tad hard but ok. Towels were grubby and full of holes but the bathroom was fairly clean by Chinese standards. We hired bikes from them too with no issue, 40yuan for the day. No deposit either as we had rooms. No helmet and the chain skipped on one of them but pretty decent for a day trip in the countryside.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

I was travelling in Guilin/Yangshuo with a friend, spending there 1 night.
The hotel is very central, at the end of West street, near the river. Because of that it's very noisy during the night (earplugs are a must if you want to avoid the music in the street) but it's useful if you're looking for pubs/beer/shops/restaurants
They're not very friendly and aren't able to help you for any trip --> 50 m far from the hotel there are a lot of travel agencies, ask them!
They can rent bicycles (20 rmb/day), keep your luggage for free during the day if you're leaving on night.
The price is higher than the hostels (200 rmb/night for a double room), but it's pretty clean. Pay attention not to destroy/misuse anything, because they have a very long list of how much they'll charge you in case
No elevator

Room Tip: They don't offer earplugs and in the street where the hotel is located there are at least 8 pubs...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank comandina
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Reviewed 13 June 2013 via mobile

This hotel is reasonable in many respects, rooms a good size, air con, central location (so central you will hear night club music till 3am, but that's the payoff). An average lobby with good wifi but iffy in rooms.

The big problem is their determination to get more money out of you! In the room there is a very detailed list of every item, I mean right down to the Do not disturb sign hanging from the door handle, any damage results in stiff fines. No problem, we don't damage hotel rooms. The warning that if your towel is dirty there is a 50 yen fine ensured we were extra careful, there are mud baths locally so I suppose they could have issues because of this. We did not visit the mud baths, did not dirty our towels ( which were shabby off white in the first place, no fluffy white Egypiton cotton here!)

Yes, they tried to slap the dirty towel charge on us, no we did not pay it. If they would stop this scam it would be a perfectly reasonable hotel.

You have been warned!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank BrokenChopstick
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Reviewed 13 June 2013 via mobile

We are travelling as part of a group, so the party element of the group loved the location of the hotel - right where everything is happening. We didn't like the location so much as the music from competing bars went on until the early hours of the morning. It is a great location however for shopping, restaurants and soaking up the atmosphere.

The rooms were fine and clean, stocks replenished everyday and the air con and kettle were a bonus. The bed however was terrible it felt like I was sleeping on a sheet of wood.

Some of our group were caught out by the towel 'damage' charge which we thought was bad as the towels are old and discoloured anyway.

There is wifi in the lobby, but not all the rooms. Lobby is not that condusive to relaxing.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank PinkladyWales
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I was slightly wary of this place when I read the list of possible fines on the wall of my room as soon as I entered it. The whole experience here was unpleasant, from lack of sleep to experiencing a scam that seemed to come right from management in the hotel. There is an attached bar- MC blues that had karaoke music blaring until 1.30 in the night each night except Saturdays when it went until 2.30. As half of the rooms are on this side of the guesthouse it means you sleep only after this music stops. I tried ear plugs but could still here the drums beating loudly. I asked to be moved to a quieter room but this was not facilitated.
When leaving the place after 3 nights I was informed that my deposit (a small deposit is taken when you check in) was being kept as the towels in my room were dirty. When I argued against this the amount being retained gradually reduced until but they still kept a small amount following several calls by the receptionist to management (or so we were told). From this I deduce that the management support this scam. They told us that we had used the towels at nearby mud baths which was completely untrue. The amount of money they kept was reduced after I took one of the towels into the neighbouring wash area and washed it with cold water, further demonstrating that this was just a scam to keep money as their guests leave. All in all this place should be avoided if at all possible.

Room Tip: Chose a different hotel is the honest answer
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank jonniebgood1
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

The location of this hotel is ideal, right in the main area of town with plenty of shops and restaurants right down the street and just a short walk from the main road. The entry way and main area of the hotel is open and inviting, the staff is freindly and helpful.

Unfortunately I cannot overlook the condition of the rooms, the one I received was small (room enough for the bed and nothing else) and dirty, the bathroom reeked of mold and mildew (which was also visible everywhere). The level of cleanliness makes me have to say that I would recommend seeking other options in Yangshuo (which are plenty).

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Chicag0_Paul
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

Stayed at Explorer Hotel for a few nights whilst travelling throughout China. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay.

Hotel located right in the heart of Yangshuo - an incredibly picturesque town (surrounded by limestone cliffs and streams) with lots of cafes, bars, shopping and markets (and a stack of great cafes/bars/restaurants were located literally within a few steps of the hotel). A number of adventure activities are also available (bamboo rafting, zip-line, abseiling, hiking, etc). The little streets in the centre of town do not allow cars - only foot traffic and the occasional motorbike.

Staff were helpful, friendly and relaxed. Rooms were basic, but decent - comfortable beds and a clean spacious bathroom. My only (minor) complaint would be that our room window opened onto the (open) foyer - so no fresh air as such. Good air conditioning provided in rooms. Free wifi available in the foyer and out the front of hotel... we were also able to access the wifi from our room - however note that friends staying in another room (on another floor) could not. Once in our rooms of an evening, noise from the street (music) was virtually non-existent (and it all seemed to stop at about midnight anyway).

Bikes are available for hire (a bike ride along the limestone cliffs and river are highly recommended). Handy maps and local information were also provided in the foyer.

Yangshuo was the absolute highlight of my trip to China. And Explorer Hotel was the perfect base! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank liss0502
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Address: No.30 Xianqian Street, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
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Ranked #151 of 433 B&Bs / Inns in Yangshuo County
Price Range: £13 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26

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