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“Relaxed and Unpretentious Stay in Yangshuo”
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Magnolia Hotel
Ranked #25 of 446 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Relaxed and Unpretentious Stay in Yangshuo”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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East Coast, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

This hotel is centrally located in Yangshuo close to the restaurants, bars, markets and the river. The downside to this is the noise, but the hotel thoughtfully provided ear plugs which fixed the problem. Otherwise, expect traffic noise, shouting, general door banging and construction noise until about 1am and starting again at about 7am. Other hotels in the area are probably just the same though - you don't come to Yangshuo for a good nights sleep!

Service was very good - fast checkin and checkout. I emailed hotel after booking through Agoda to confirm and arrange airport pickup and they responded almost straight away. Reliable, friendly and efficient.

The biggest criticism was the comfort of the beds. They were hard (which is fine) but you could feel every spring sticking into you which was very uncomfortable. Luckily our room had two beds so we were able to use the duvet from the spare bed as extra padding. The hotel REALLY needs to change the beds though!

Our rooms were big, clean and comfortable. Nice hot shower and decent toiletries provided.

I would recommend the hotel for the location and service, but you will need the earplugs and be prepared for uncomfortable beds (although maybe other hotels in the area are just the same?)

Room Tip: Front rooms (213 and 214) seemed larger and lighter than others, but may also have more noise from t...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights and can't fault it. Maybe lack of an elevator. The aircon worked a treat on a sticky day and there was free WiFi. The toilets were clean and the rooms spacious. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Yangshuo, and this hotel captured my heart. Simply beautiful! The hotel staff, the people of Yangshuo, the landscape, and of course the food were great. I will be returning, and staying longer, I just hope the typhoon I encountered wont happen again :)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

We stayed at the Magnolia for 3 nights in early April. The location of the hotel is very convenient.
The staff was friendly and helpful, and we were quite satisfied with our room. It was very clean, with nice amenities. Wi-Fi was just OK, had some connection issues.

Room noise: I had read several comments about room noise. We didn't hear much from the street, as we slept with the window closed. We did hear noise from the central atrium and hall way, but the ear plugs they furnished solved the problem.

Breakfast was not included with our stay, but we could purchase vouchers for a nearby cafe for a very reasonable price.

The only slight negative were the beds--very hard! But I do understand this is the norm all over China.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 5 April 2013 via mobile

We were pleasantly surpsired at the excellent rooms, friendly staff and lovely ambience. It is centrally situated, almost in West street and the rooms have earplugs provided for the noise at night. We did not need them however as the noise was not overpowering. The wifi tended to be a bit unstable, but this could have been because of the rain.
We would stay here again if in Yangshou.

Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Singapore
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Excellent boutique hotel with clean rooms, spacious bathroom, nice deco & English speaking staff.
I've got a room facing the main road on the second floor, they have sound proof the windows, no more noise from the busy street. Convenient location with lots of eateries nearby, including a vegetarian restaurant in the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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yangshuomagnolia, Manager at Magnolia Hotel, responded to this review, 14 February 2013
Dear Wai
Thank you for staying at the Magnolia Hotel and taking the time to write this review.
I would like to thank you for mentioning our recent soundproofing fit-out. This renovation has reduced much of the sound from the outside, an improvement to quality of sleep for everyone, especially the light sleeper.
We are very fortunate to be located right next to the center of Yangshuo, with many places for food, shopping and drinks; near yet far enough from the hustle and bustle of West Street.

Thank you again and wishing you a happy Chinese New Year. We hope to see you back in Yangshuo soon

Jasmine
manager
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Property: Magnolia Hotel
Address: No.1 Diecui Road, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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#11 Best Value Hotel in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 30
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