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Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
Ranked #3 of 483 Hotels in Yangshuo County
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

There's a lot of hype about this hotel on TripAdvisor and other sites, and we weren't disappointed. For someone traveling on an average North American budget, this hotel is a steal. It feels plush and luxurious while maintaining the simplicity and authenticity that you'd be looking for if you're travelling to Yangshuo County.

The location is unbelievable, right on the river, with beautiful karst scenery in the background. It's a bit of a drive to town, but most people come here to enjoy the countryside, and taxis are easily arranged.

Service was great... all of the staff members spoke English, and were helpful and attentive. The food was very good. The menu is quite extensive - don't bother with any of the Western options, the variety of local specialties alone is excellent and we tried many great dishes over the course of 4 nights.

Rooms and beds are very comfortable. We had a family room and an extra bed had to be added to accomodate all 4 of us, so there wasn't that much space, but room size if fine nonetheless.

Yangshuo County is an amazing place if you want to enjoy a side of China that most Western tourists don't get too see. The Mountain Retreat is the perfect home base to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of this region.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with view on the river - slightly more expensive, but well worth it.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

Loved this hotel: beautiful scenery, pleasant clean rooms, very helpful courteous staff and lots to do. Moreover the hotel has great food - not fancy food - just great food.

Plenty to do: cycles to ride around the countryside, trekking organized, amazing (but disco lit) caves to visit (including mud baths and hot springs in the caves), rafts to float down the river, sound and light shows in Yangshou organized, foot massages organized, etc.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

I just dont know how to explain how beautiful this place is, The area itself is absolutely stunning and the hotel is bang in the middle of all its beauty.
We loved our room, we loved the area outside that you can sit by the river, we loved the food and we loved the ability to swim in the river just by the hotel. I seriousely think we couldnt have chosen a better place to stay and I would love to go back.
It really was a little peice of heaven and we had an amazing time in Yangshuo, dont forget to visit the cave with the mud bath :)

Room Tip: Ask for a river view room
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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UndertheMoon, Partner at Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2011

Dear Friends,

So glad to see you took advantage of all the wonderful natural scenery all around the Retreat, including swimming in the Yulong River. We enjoy sharing our location with guests who enjoy natural beauty without the distractions of television or traffic.
Hope to have you with us again soon!
Take care,
Chris

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Reviewed 23 November 2011

We really enjoyed our time at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat,it was the nicest hotel we stayed in and the setting is stunning.To have your breakfast sitting outside with views of the Yulong River and the limestone peaks made it an unforgettable experience.The breakfasts were the best we had in China with a great selection.The staff were really helpful.
We loved the ambiance of the room, with all the local furniture and thoughtful touches like flasks of water to take out with you and we had a nice balcony to relax on which was lovely after all the site seing we had done.
We hired bikes from the Hotel and went for a ride round the local area with our guide and we really enjoyed this,especially the local Ming dynasty House we called at and the Snake wine my husband tried.We saw a lot of locals going about their daily lives which we really enjoyed
I would really recommend staying here as Yangshuo was a busy place and it was nice to come back to such a lovely setting.I agree with others reveiws that the Light Show is not to be missed and was a real highlight of the holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

My friend and I loved the Yangshuo Mt Retreat. We spent 4 nights there (after taking the half day river cruise. Since I have some mobility limitations, one should be advised that getting off that cruise with luggage, climbing up steep steps in the heat, and making your way through the market area can be quite a challenge. However, we did it, and we loved the river views. I found the YMR staff caring and friendly, and so responsive to our needs. The room was very comfortable (best beds on our trip). What a fantastic, peaceful place. The food was so reasonable and excellent. The scenery is just gorgeous. The Impressions light show was really worthwhile. We loved biking through the countryside and seeing the village life. I did feel a bit out of touch with Chinese people at the retreat since there were many foreigners. We volunteered for 2 hours and taught at a private college in Yangshuo. I'm not a big tourism fan, but the area is so beautiful and worth a visit. I would love to come back someday. I was thankful our trip included time in less tourist areas as well as I visited old friends. I had taught in China for 2 years earlier in life. Some of my friends are already hoping to stay at YMR next spring. It really is a special place and you can relax as much as you want or take in lots of sights and activities. The view from the retreat is priceless. God created an amazing area when He made this part of the world!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

This location is just hard to believe, it is so beautiful. The staff were all extremely friendly, and I loved the food. Fresh watermelon juice every morning can't be beat. The rooms were simple, but beautiful and comfortable. A raft trip down the river is a must.

Room Tip: I was in the Riverview Superior Twin Room, and it's view was fabulous.
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  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

If your looking for a place where you can chill out and take in nature away from the hustle and bustle this is it. There is plenty to do or not, I just wish we could have stayed longer.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Yulong River Road | Gaotian Town, Yangshuo County 541907, China
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Region: China > Guangxi > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Yangshuo County
#2 Romantic Hotel in Yangshuo County
#17 Best Value Hotel in Yangshuo County
Price Range: £32 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Yangshuo Mountain Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat overlooks the pristine Yulong River and surrounding karst limestone towers in the heart of the Yangshuo countryside. We are one hour from Guilin, just down the road from Impression Liu San Jie and a quick ride to West Street. We are American owned and locally run, established in 2000. Our accommodation, food and staff, not to mention our beautiful surroundings are highly rated by Frommers and other trusted guides. ... more   less 
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