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Hidden Dragon Villa
Ranked #13 of 464 Hotels in Yangshuo County
Certificate of Excellence
Beijing
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Experience at Hidden Dragon Villa”
Reviewed 4 January 2013

December 23, 2012

Being our first Christmas trip after moving to Beijing, Yangshuo County was on our to-do list as soon as we got here. Whilst planning the trip, we came across this gem of a place. We immediately booked our accomadation in September with the hopes of a green warmish spring-like Chirstmas. The rates for the Supreme Room were highy reasonable for a travelling family, and we were delighted with what we found there.

Unfortunately, much like travelling to Ireland or the U.K. in winter off-season, the weather turned after Christmas Eve Day from warm and sunny, to cold, damp and rainy. But as my wife, my 1.5 year old daughter and myself have spent time in Oban and Dingle during the winter, we were well prepared for that type of weather (we had also been warned in Beijing about this type of weather occurence happening). The first night there was a problem with the hot water, but by the next day it was fixed. On our second last night, the heater stopped working, but again, the problem was solved immediately and with grace and charm.

The staff was amazing at this place, helping to arrange tours into one of the cave sights, getting us back and forth into town, helping us find where to buy diapers and picking us up and dropping us off at Guilin Airport. In particular they very much helped to accomadate our toddler and were particularly ethusiastic and kind to her. The Christmas Day Bar-B-Q was really a class y move on their part.

The problem with this area is that from Spring to late Fall it is over-inundated with tourists from all the big cities and that to really get the chance to see the beauty of this place, you need to come in the winter when the tourists are not around. But understand that to come to Yangshuo and have the weather turn like it did on us, you have to persevere, and plow through to see the beauty of it and of Hidden Dragon Villa. For the price of the room at Hidden Dragon Villa and with the visual landscape that came with it, we have nothing but good things about it.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 December 2012 via mobile

Booked into hotel with all the good reviews, whilst hotel is lovely, situated in a nice area, helpful staffs etc, but the experience of stay is so awful. Maybe it is just pure bad luck, we are basically freezed ! In the cold winter days, the hot water never real worked! Arrived and checked in late the first day and had to take a almost cold shower! The staff adviced that hot water will return after an hour due to some maintenance work etc. hot water was returned second morning and that is about it.hot water literally ran out with luke warm temp not sufficient for the winter coldness, and completely no hot water!

The reverse air conditioner in room also is not sufficient to keep the room warm but at least we are able to cope with putting on warm clothes but COLD SHOWERS in winter? Will definitely remember this hotel the first ever hotel stayed in without adequate hotel water !

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank mozzlezz
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dragonvilla, Owner at Hidden Dragon Villa, responded to this review, 15 March 2013
Dear friends,

Thank you for your comment. We are very sorry for the experience you met. I understand your feeling. As you mentioned, our hotel has a very nice location and helpful staffs. And we do have been improving ourselves day by day.

We acknowledge that the machine have some problems during your stay. As we know that accident happens any time. But we have already arranged a repairman to fix it right away while we realize it. We apologize that we didn’t let you know clearly about the problem of the machine at that time. And now we have 2 different machines to provide hot water in our hotel to make sure everybody will have enough hot water anytime, especially in winter.

For the air conditioner in room, some were old at that time and not sufficient to keep warm. But we have changed some old air conditions after that.

And we do appreciate your efforts for improving our hotel again. We will do our best in the future. Thanks a lot!

Hope to see you next time, and have a new good experience here.
Best wishes,

John & Hidden Dragon Villa family
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2012

Initially had trouble deciding where to stay for a weekend in YangShuo. The Hidden Dragon was my first choice, so I went with it - proving to be a perfect choice. The rooms were cosy and clean. Mine looked onto the breathtaking scenery. Staff was very helpful, they took arranged all the excursions and took care of all my requests effinicently.Restaurant on the roof is a very nice place to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery while having a meal.

Location; perfect.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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5 Thank CosmicShrimp
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed here for three nights at the end of September. Our room looked directly onto fantastic scenery. We ate beer fish in the roof restaurant one evening and we had our breakfast there -- unfortunately, apart from our first afternoon, it rained constantly during our stay. Had the weather been better we would probably have spent more time sitting up there, admiring the panoramic views around the hotel. We enjoyed this hotel and the staff was very nice and helpful, and as mentioned, the view from the room was amazing.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2012 via mobile

There were six people in our party, and we all had a really good experience. Like the other reviews stated, the staff was amazing. They really go out of their way to help you with anything. The view from the rooftop resteraunt and bar was unreal,it was a great place to sit and have some drinks after we had a really good supper.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Rich H
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Harbin, China
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2012

Our family came to visit us in China during the Chinese Fall holiday. We started in Beijing (bad idea during any holiday) then made our way to Yangshou for rest and relaxation. This hotel offered exactly that. The staff was very friendly and warm and willing to help. Their English was above par compared to many other Chinese. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel....this is not the place, but it was perfect for what we were looking for. The rooms were clean but aging (as to be expected). It would be comparable to an old bread and breakfast in the U.S. There is a sign in your room that says everything (art work, shoes, tea cups/tea pots) is for sale and to just ask for pricing. We received a gift upon entering the hotel, along with fresh fruit and water. We also received a gift when we left in order to wish us safe travels. The roof top restaurant and bar offered great views, a fairly well stocked bar (nothing crazy...but the essentials were available) and a fairly large menu along which combined Chinese and Western dishes. The room was clean with hard wood floors and crown molding with WiFi but No TV. The bathroom had western toilets and a leaky shower. The bathroom floor would be soaked after every shower. The rooms on the front side of the hotel had amazing views of the karst peaks. The hotel is about 5 km from down town Yangshuo but we loved that it was away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We toured with China Odyssey Tours so we did not have any trouble with transportation to and from the hotel because they picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel everyday. We all would recommend this hotel to others and if we ever come back to the Guilin/Yangshuo area we will stay here again. Again, this is not a 5 star hotel...more of a bed and breakfast.....but the beautiful scenery, homey feel and warm caring staff more than made up for the lack of swanky amenities. If you are looking for a relaxing, low maintenance vacation this place is for you.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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7 Thank American_in_China99
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Hong Kong, China
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2012

This hotel is a hidden gem in the mad-rush of Yangshou. While located 5km away from the West Street (a loud place for eating, drinking, partying) and Bus station, the place is close to attractions like the Moon Hill, Gongnong bridge (best for viewing the rising and setting sun), The Banyan Tree, Mud Baths, butterfly spring etc. The bike ride to Dragon bridge starts from here as well (3 hrs one-way), while the bamboo boat has this as the last stop! All in all, it is a complete hidden treasure

However, these were not the reasons for us liking the trip. When we came in the evening, we were greeted by the ever-helpful, ever-smiling Irene, who bent backwards to help us even though it was Mid-Autumn festival, a day to be spent with family. She gave us fruits, booked our cabs, booked, cancelled and rebooked our tour tickets, gave us tips, and let us just sit and relax in the reception (even though our stay had officially ended). If nothing, come visit the hotel for the hospitality and fall in love with the relaxing atmosphere. I am sure the roof-top bar and restaurant will only be the cherry on the cake!

Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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5 Thank Tirkus
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Property: Hidden Dragon Villa
Address: Ji Wo Du Village, Big Banyan Tree Scenery Zone | Big Banyan Tree Scnry Zone Yangshuo, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Yangshuo County
#11 Best Value Hotel in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hidden Dragon Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
elegant Yangshuo hotel with Beautiful Legend, Perfect Location, Elegant Architecture in the style of Ming and Qing Dynasties and Great Roof Garden Dining. ... more   less 
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