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Xiangyue Dali Hotel
Ranked #16 of 469 Hotels in Dali
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“Not a hotel for Westerners”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012

This hotel also is known as the Dali Encounter Hotel. It is a boutique hotel in the old Chinese style (see Photgraphs). In western ratings, I suggest that it is 3 star.
The hotel is about 300m from the West Gate of the old (walled) city which means that its location is very good (although a fair walk) to the restaurants (350m) and shops of the old city. However, the walk from the West Gate to the hotel at night goes through the "red light" area of the city which provides some unintentional amusement going home from dinner. I am not sure that lone females would find it as amusing (or safe) as my wife and I did, passing the doorways of the "clubs". Late at night some of the noise from the bars, girls, etc spills over into the street and if you are a light sleeper, it would tend to be annoying.
The rooms in the hotel, which overlook a central atrium courtyard are adequate and furnished with heavy traditional style Chinese furniture. The rooms have been modernised and the bathroom shower cubicle has to be seen to be believed. The rooms are a bit small and there is a lack of cupboard space. The room has free wifi, complementary water but no safe. The hotel also does not provide a safety deposit facility. Hot water comes eventually, but you waste a lot of water waiting for it.
The staff are very helpful and there is one person that speaks fairly good English. This person is called upon by all other staff when we appeared - in case we had an enquiry.
At breakfast, she made sure that she was available. In any case, breakfast was an interesting affair. There was only 5 or 6 things available (all Chinese) so we had to make do with rice porridge and fried eggs. There was no cutlery other than chopsticks and a spoon - which is an amusing way to eat soft fried eggs.
We definitely were under the impression that we were the first westerners to stay at the hotel. If we ever go back to Dali, we will be looking for a regular hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Xiangyue Dali Hotel

Property: Xiangyue Dali Hotel
Address: No.68 Fuzhu Community, Sanyue Street, Dali 671003, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Dali
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #16 of 469 Hotels in Dali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 41
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