Since arriving home after spending 25 days traveling in china I've looked forward to writing a review of The Stone Bridge Home Sweet Home in the Valley. It’s rare when ones expectations are exceeded by your experience. So let me state my feelings as clearly as possible: This was the highlight of my entire time in China. The Stone Bridge combines the best of two Worlds 1) Western comfortable accommodations & 2) while being surrounded by the most incredible natural scenery that the Eastern world has to offer. Steve and Jessi have combined the nice touches found in a 4-5 star hotel and the freedom of a youth hostel. That is the joy of finding out something out on your own is the adventure of traveling. So don’t expect any hand holding but the attitude of independent self exploration is encouraged here, and before you leave make sure to take the provided bikes out for a ride in the nearby country side. It’s the number one method of commuting the 10 minutes back and forth to Yangzhou but be sure to take jessi’s up on her offer of head- lamps, especially when returning after the sun set as there are actually stars visible (no street lights) and frogs singing (you are surrounded by nature). It’s amazing what can be found only 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of city life. If I could have stayed longer I would have as I found 4 nights to be a minimum and I recommend at least this much time. It is reassuring and comforting to know that there is truth in their Name “Home Sweet Home in the Valley” When I want to escape from the hectic daily pace I just close my eyes and dream of returning to the Yangshou valley and a visit with Jessi and Ah Long (Steve).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stone Bridge "Home Sweet Home in the Valley"Are you looking for the Countryside Experience in China? YANGSHUO has it -Glorious Karst Mountains set in rural farmland. The town of Yangshuo is a typical Chinese town, it’s vibrant and busy both day and nights. Days are the time for exploring the area in all its wonders and the nights are for eating drinking and having a great time. When it’s time to rest and get a peaceful night’s sleep, it’s time to leave Yangshuo’s rather loud club and party noise and Escape to the quiet Village of ShiBanQiao aka Stone Bridge Village. 20 min walk from West St / 5 min bike ride / 2 k north of town and your home :)Once well rested and after a terrific breakfast, hosts Jessy and ahLong are only too happy to hand out advise on local and regional travel. Anything you have come to see and do, your hosts can assist with, such as buying tickets/tours/bike hire/laundry and so on. Local knowledge from long time China residents fluent in English and Chinese. This Aussie couple runs by far the tidiest/cleanest hostel in China with recognition from Tripadvisor with 2 x Travelers Choice Awards 2013 & 2014 and from HostelBookers for Best Value 2013.There are 9 rooms in total, so we are a small husband and wife operation who personally take care of all your needs so that your visit to Yangshuo was the highlight of your China holiday.With an Eco Friendly approach to running the building we set examples in reducing our environmental footprint, we work to keep Yangshuo clean and beautiful for you to enjoy. Relax in our Deluxe or Ex. Deluxe rooms in a spotlessly clean B&B / Homestay Type guesthouse. We have closed our dorm rooms and rearranged the room layouts to offer more and better choice to you, the Special Guest. The Stone Bridge treats everyone with extra care and can arrange rooms to suit you. Rooms have rice paddy views and mountains or village and mountain range views, Ex. Deluxe rooms have an outside balcony. All rooms have reverse air conditioners and the western styled bathrooms are a pleasurable surprise. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, soft beds, rain shower with hot water, towels and shampoo/body wash is supplied. A wardrobe for your belongings and coffee free (1st night Only), a kettle is supplied to make boiling water for food/drinks and you may eat in your room. We do have a small kitchen on the ground floor serving breakfast, lunch and dinner-a mixture of Western and or Chinese food. Other food /snacks should be obtained in town before coming home as there is NO store in the village. We however are stocked with F&B and open for breakfast at 8am till 10am. Great sandwiches and snacks can be enjoyed all day and dinner is a family styled sit together where usually, a Local styled Chinese meal is served, often it’s a mix of local, Cantonese and western food. ... more less
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