We stayed five nights at Magnolia Hotel ("Baiyulan" in Chinese as shown on Google Maps) during September 2013. The hotel arranged a car to pick us up at the Guilin airport and transport us to Yangshuo. We were warmly greeted upon arrival with tea and cold towels. The hotel upgraded us to the Imperial Suite much to our delight.
The Imperial Suite consists of a large bedroom with a comfortable queen sized bed and a large annexe with a huge round tub for two. His and hers silk gowns were provided. The rooms were furnished with old traditional wooden Chinese furniture made comfortable with cushions. The suite had a small safe, a large flat-screen TV and a mini bar. The bathroom was comparatively large and toiletries such as tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, body wash and combs were provided. Fresh fruit, tea and coffee were replenished every day.
The hotel is run by a bevy of girls who were quite efficient (I did not see any men except for the night guard). The front desk girls had good English communication skills. The hotel arranged for us to see the spectacular Liu Sanjie Impression show, the Cormorant fishing show, the Yulong River bamboo raft trip and the Li River raft cruise from Xingping to Yangdi and back. Though these cost us a little bit more, we had a private car to ourselves and were hassle free.
Our room was on the third floor adjacent to the Die Cui road. However, the street noise was quite low and it did not disturb us. The hotel is just round the corner at the end of West Street and we could, every now and then, catch the strains of music that drifted from the bars. But this did not cause a nuisance and we slept soundly. The hotel arranges western breakfasts at a cafe nearby at a discount.
Our overall experience at the hotel was very good - comfortable, unpretentious and relaxed. I would not hesitate to stay at Magnolia Hotel the next time I visit Yangshuo.
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