We stayed at the Outside Inn for a week and absolutely adored it. It is as rural and authentic a location as you could hope for, with chickens roaming around your feet at breakfast and the rooms all housed in old brick outhouses. We stayed in a first floor room overlooking the reception, which had a double bed and a single bed (crucially, with mosquito nets. Use them.), a wonderful wet room-style bathroom with shower (with hot water, for those travelling on a budget and wondering...) and a lovely little table by the window which we sat at in the evenings with a bottle of wine (local, if we'd overstretched our budget... not for the wine-connoisseurs).
The place has a very welcoming feel, helped by the lovely staff who will book taxis, recommend places to eat, draw maps for the adventurous (if they say a track 'might be hard to find', take them at their word) and generally help you find your feet. Given the rural location, it is a bit of a stroll to a neighbouring restaurant for dinner (although taxis are cheap and bikes can be hired by the day), but if you're interested then we highly recommend the Giggling Tree. However, the food at the Outside Inn was truly fantastic so don't feel obliged to stray! We had been in China for 4 weeks by this point, so any variation on noodles and dumplings may have been welcome, but we wholeheartedly recommend their pasta dishes. We also took their justifiably-popular cookery class on a rainy day.
You can organise all manner of day trips, but we either hiked or hired bikes for the day (available from receiption and they have plenty to choose from, including tandems) to explore the area. Obviously the countryside around Yangshuo is stunning, but we also loved foraging in the local markets and our day trips by bus to the surrounding villages. Be brave and take the local minibuses, which stop for anyone waving to them at strategic stones, speak no English and pick up people irrespective of whether they are 'full' in the conventional sense of the word.
The Outside Inn is the perfect base to explore the beautiful Yangshuo. I can't recommend it enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yangshuo Outside Inn - The Original Countryside Experience. The Outside Inn is a friendly small guesthouse with a unique character, located in a set of traditional farmhouses and an apartment building, ideally located just outside Yangshuo in a beautiful setting with lush gardens and the karst peaks right at your doorstep. The traditional farmhouses are renovated into comfortable rooms and family houses with western standards. Close to this complex of farmhouses is our apartment building with more modern family apartments and rooms. The Outside Inn offers guests a very quite place where you can experience the real traditional China. A stunning swimming spot at the Yulong River is a few minutes walk away and if you want total peace you can walk in 20 minutes to "The Lost World Plateau", a small field up one of the karst peaks where you are just by yourself surrounded by the mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yangshuo Outside Hotel Yangshuo County