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Yangshuo Village Retreat
Ranked #14 of 479 Hotels in Yangshuo County
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

I visited Yangshuo on a 2-day trip with my boyfriend and had the best time at Yangshuo Village Retreat. We got to the town by bus from Guilin (after crusing Li-River with a tour group) and got picked up free of charge by the driver of the hotel from the town's West Street.

The hotel is situated around 5 minutes away by car from the city center and is nestled in between the beautiful karst mountain landscape. On arrival we were greeted by one of the friendly staff members and were taken up to our room. The hotel was very quiet due to low season and we loved the relaxed atmosphere. We were given a free upgrade to a deluxe room which was so kind of our host.
The beautifully decorated room was spotless clean and large with ample space and large windows letting lots of sunshine into the room.There is a huge, comfy bed and a balcony facing the mountains. The bathroom is outside (on a second balcony) which is great to have a shower in the morning.
Hotel staff helps you with all your travel arrangements such as scooter rental or airport transfer. We hired a scooter for just 150 RMB/day and the friendly concierge showed us where to go.
You should not miss the awesome jacuzzi on the hotel's rooftop in a private area where you can look at the amazing landscape and watch the sunset. I booked a little package with a massage afterwards (for around 180 RNB per person) to surprise my boyfriend and he said it was the best present he had ever received :-)
We also had dinner and breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, prices are very reasonable and the food and drinks are tasty. Don't miss the pancake breakfast (for less than 40 RNB).

All in all,Yangshuo Village Retreat is the best hotel I stayed at in China and one of the top 5 hotels I have ever stayed at! Great host, friendly and helpful staff, amazing value for money, perfect location inbetween the mountains, beautiful room and great facilities such as the jacuzzi. I wish I could go back straight away. Don't hesitate and book it :-)

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you Teekay for your wonderful review, it was a true pleasure to see you enjoy your stay so much and particular the happiness of your boyfriend with your Jacuzzi - massage surprise treat on our rooftop. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a raving review. Hope you may enjoy a lot more wonderful surprises together!

All the best,
Gerd

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

We have visited Yangshuo many times in the past but this was our first visit to mountain village retreat. It is a fantastic oasis of calm compared to the noise and chaos of west street whilst being only a short walk, bike ride (bikes are available for rental) or complementary hotel transfer away.

The hotel is a great base for exploring the area be it by bike, foot, boat, bamboo raft or canoe. All staff are helpful & friendly and will contribute to making your holiday a great memory. Our guide for exploration around Yangshuo, as it has been on the 5 previous occasions, was Nancy who works for herself. She is an excellent guide and will help arrange all you need to enjoy the splendours of Yangshuo whilst sharing its history. She can be contacted at liangxiuss@yahoo.com. Very highly recommended......

Rooms at the Village retreat are clean, and very comfortable even if a bit quirky. Food is good with a mixture of western comfort food and Asian dishes. There are other options for food & drink in easy walking distance (noteably trippers Carpe Diem) albeit all are managed by the same person.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your very good experiences with us and recommending us to fellow travelers. We're happy you enjoyed the quietness of life in the village yet appreciated the convenience of the proximity of the center just a 5 min free shuttle ride, 7min bike ride or a lovely 20min walk along the Li-river ride away. Your support is very much appreciated and we are looking forward to welcome you back one day!

Happy travels!
Gerd

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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Spent 3 nights here in a quiet, large, clean room. We were a little concerned at first when we saw how isolated it looked, but it ended up not to be a problem at all. They have a shuttle bus to town every hour or they can call a fairly decent priced taxi for you. Their hotel restaurant was excellent and the staff helpful. We actually had all our activities arranged by the staff with no problem. There are a lot of interesting and fun things to do in this area, it is a nice change from the larger Chinese cities. Then after a fun filled day, it was nice to come back to a comfortable ,quiet, stylish room. Just as a warning - there is no elevator, so if you are up on the higher floors be prepared to climb the stairs. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you for the lovely comments about your room, the food in our restaurant and the helpfulness of our reception team, I will be delighted to pass on the great feedback to our team! Thank you for choosing to stay with us again when you would be coming back, we are looking forward to welcome you as a returning guest with a 10% discount on the room of your preference.

Thank you!
Gerd

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Wonderful staff, great restaurant, beautiful bike rides around here and an amazing massage today that basically healed my body from problems developed over years of athletics! We loved this place. Rooms are stylish and spotless and the people that work here are the best. We had the best time here. Book it!

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you so much Sandy for sharing your lovely feedback about the comfort of your room here, and in particular the food in the restaurant and the helpfulness of our staff. Reviews as this just motivates them to return the favors and welcome and please our foreign visitors even more!
Also thanks for adding the tips for a worry free day out. Yangshuo is in fact a very safe place but indeed as everywhere there is some little crime that may affect someone's overall holiday experience, and we always advise visitors to leave their passports in the safe in their room or at the reception, do not take it along in your bag left out of sight.

Thanks again and all the best!
Gerd

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We arranged a pick up from the airport which went smoothly despite having to contact the hotel last moment to change times as Air China had changed our flights without notification. Hotel reception staff spoke excellent English and were always helpful. We eat some meals at the hotel and food was always delicious. Room was large and spacious. Ok, shower on the balcony is odd but added to the character! We rented bikes for 2 days and cycled to Dragon Bridge one day and to Moon Hill on the other. The staff were helpful advising on routes on the map. Cycling was actually more pleasant in the heat in August than walking as you got some breeze and the area is really flat. Cycling through Yangshuo traffic is a bit of an experience but most cycling is on extremely quiet roads and paths. You get to see some real China not 'tourist' ancient villages - we actually cycled through derelict proper ancient village! One piece of advice we were given was tie your bags onto the bike as there has been incidents of drive past swiping bags. We also visited 2 caves (receptionist - no-one ever does 2 caves on the same day- but we like caves!). We visited Water cave and Silver cave. The latter was extremely impressive - even though the coloured lights are awful but don't let it put you off. We like the fact that the hotel was outside Yangshuo and enjoyed the quiet and the walk back at night - the locals swim in the river after the tour boats have gone and it is lovely and refreshing to swim in the river late afternoon. I would also recommend to walk up the steps on the hill to the pagoda in Yangshuo Park for a great view over the town and hills.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Great to read you truly enjoyed your stay with us and thank you so much for taking the time to support us with a 5-star rating and recommend us to your friends and fellow travelers!

Thank you!
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

A great place to get away and base your trip around. Very comfortable rooms, good amenities, good food and lots of excellent Belgian beer. Very friendly and helpful staff - lots of activities and they arrange everything for you. I could nitpick the odd thing here and there, but it would be contrary to the laid back spirit of the place, which was thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you so much for your broad minded feedback! It was a pleasure to welcome and host you with us and it will be even more intense when you ever come back!

Thank you!
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We stayed here for two nights and loved it. The room was large and comfortable with a lovely small balcony with great views. It was so peaceful in the village, I could have stayed much longer. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurant was great too.

When we were leaving, I couldn't find my bank card and thought I might have left it in an ATM. As we don't speak Chinese, one of the staff accompanied us to the bank which was beyond the help I expected.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gerd B, Owner at Yangshuo Village Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you for leaving us your excellent feedback, I am so pleased to read that our staff was able to show you their hospitality and was able to help you get your card back much faster than usual is the case at the bank! We are much looking forward to welcome you back one day and you can enjoy the other tours you would love to enjoy as well!

Thank you!

Gerd

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Address: Shi Ban Qiao Village,45, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #14 of 479 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Price Range: £25 - £38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Yangshuo Village Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Yangshuo Village Retreat, an established 4-star Belgian-Chinese family retreat in the beautiful and peaceful countryside near Yangshuo, Guilin, China. We provide a free shuttle service to town all day per comfortable mini-van that takes you to the heart of Yangshuo in 5 minutes. For longer stays we offer every 7th night free of charge! Located in a quiet village, nestled in between mountains, rice paddies and citrus trees, our Yangshuo hotel offers the perfect base to explore the countryside, its rural features and amazing scenery, and provides the ideal environment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the idyllic landscape Yangshuo is famous for, with the comforts of home. And with only a beautiful walk along the Li-river bank to Yangshuo’s main shopping and entertainment area, the Yangshuo Village Retreat might have the best location of all Yangshuo hotels… ... more   less 
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