Had we known how beautiful this place was we would have spent 1 night in Guilin and extra time here.
The mountain retreat is a calm oasis. From the minute you walk through the grounds you hear silence which is difficult to find in China.
The staff were lovely, they made us feel very welcome and sat us down to a welcome orange juice and cookies before we even checked in.
After 3.5 weeks of local cuisine (with the odd western meal) their cheeseburger was very welcome for lunch and really tasty. Also recommend the spring rolls. After check in we did nothing but sit around, read, enjoy the view and listen to the river meandering along. Enjoyed breakfast both mornings. Cheese and mushroom omelettes were really nice. French toast and fruit. Also really good coffee. For dinner I had Wiener schnitzel day 1 and Lemon Chicken day 2. After I finished I regretted not ordering the Chicken day 1 and then again day 2 it was that good.
They also make a great Gin and Tonic!
If you're Western be prepared to be waved at and occasionally photographed from the passing bamboo rafts. This is all part of the charm though.
I would highly recommend the Mountain Retreat.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel Yangshuo County
- Yangshuo Mountain Retreat County
- Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel County