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Jim's Guesthouse
Ranked #236 of 1,307 Dali B&B and Inns
Vancouver, Canada
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50 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“great location and value for money”
Reviewed 16 June 2011

Great guesthouse! And while guesthouse is INSIDE the old city (so perfect location for all the bars and restaurants and it is just great being in the middle of old town), the Jim's Hotel is outside and slightly more expensive, but guesthouse was perfectly comfortable (both properties owned by the same Jim :) ). Nice staff which speaks good English, fast and cheap laundry service, reliable free Wi-Fi in the Peace Cafe downstairs. Highlight was breakfast that was included in the price of the room, which made it GREAT value for money - all types of eggs, pancakes, muesli, fresh juices - delicious! Ask for the room away from the main street.

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

Stayed 3 nights. Jim's guesthouse is a little pricier than most accommodations here in Dali, but I would have gladly paid the price for my room with a private bath. It's the perfect size for one person, and so very, very cozy during rainy nights. Beds in Chinese hotels are usually hard - just like sleeping on a block of cement. The beds in this hotel are lovely - soft and warm, with nice soft pillows. Bathroom was clean too. Free wi-fi.

Location is at the center of the old city. There's a bus stop right across the hotel, and several travel agencies. There's a shop that sells outdoor stuff right next to it. If you're a light sleeper, better ask for a room at the back as the street is busy until the wee hours of the night.

The staff are very nice and try to be helpful, but are on the shy side and keep mostly to themselves.

Jim's tours are pricey though. I booked a minority day tour. While it was great to visit a non-touristy part of Dali, I'm still having doubts if the price (roughly 70USD) was worth it. And having that feeling of doubt about something I bought/paid for is something I really don't like.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
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Friesland
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

Dear fellow travelers,

After a very bad experience at the Mingtong Yinxiang Youth Hotel (the personel didn't speak any english and I could not get a taxi to take me to a hospital when I got bad fever because they didn't understand a word of what we were saying).

After meating Jim in Old town, he came to pick us up to take us to his guesthouse. I was sick and had a fever and really was longing for a friendly voice, a good bed and a nice meal. And that's just wat we got!

The guesthouse is right in the middle of Dali old town and has nice rooms. The restaurant that is situated right under the hotel serves great meals and breakfast (both western and chinese). And the staff is very friendly. The price might be a little higher, but it was well worth the money to us! We (me and my sister) felt very much at home! And Jim is a very special man to meat. You should really try his special drink with the mushrooms! There is a nice atmospere in the hotel.

Would really visit again! Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed August 2008
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Tennessee, USA
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Reviewed 26 July 2008

I spent three nights at this guest house. Jim is himself a very interesting person and has been running this guesthouse and his hotel a long while so he knows how to make you feel comfortable. Breakfast is excellent - I can attest to - and other meals as well as seen by the number of people in the Peace cafe. The Peace Cafe is the first floor of the guesthouse. My room had a private western style bathroom and was very comfortable and decorated with a Tibetan theme. Had a TV too though I didn't watch it much. Directly across the street and down the street are many ticket places to get transportation to other places. Very convenient and comfortable.

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  • Stayed July 2008, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2007

Stayed here for three nights. Walked in off the street with no booking. It's small - don't confuse it with the bigger Jim's Tibetan Hotel. My room was tiny but lovely. The weather was miserable when I was in Dali and Jim's guesthouse and cafe was a great retreat from the rain. Very friendly staff and the owner is a lovely guy.
If you're booking ahead ask for a room at the back. My room at the front overlooked the street and had a beautiful view, but I paid for the view with noisy nights - the street outside has a very active night life.
I really liked this place and would recommend it to any budget traveller - it's unpretentious but very well run and has a real air of cosiness and comfort.

  • Liked — friendly atmosphere - friendly and relaxed staff - free internet access
  • Disliked — noisy street outside
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 May 2005

We've found a great new place to stay in Dali old town (Yunnan) called 'Jim's Tibetan Hotel'. The hotel is a beautiful place and built in colourful Tibetan/ Bai style. As we have heard that many guesthouses/ hotels in Dali are very noisy we found Jim's Tibetan Hotel at a very nice spot: it's in a quiet street but close to the old town of Dali. It's about a 5 minute walk to the south gate of Dali and then you are in the centre.
About the rooms: they have very comfortable beds which is a big plus as most of the beds in China are quite hard and uncomfortable. You can tell that the owners paid a great deal of attention to the inside decoration of the whole place which is very original and colourful. The rooms have wooden handmade Chinese furniture. The bathroom is good with shower or bath and heating lamps (must be very nice in wintertime)! Outside the rooms is a wide balcony where you can relax sitting outside. But they also have a garden and rooftop terrace with a magnificent view over the Erhai lake and the mountains. The hotel's atmosphere is warm and inviting and the workers are friendly which is a good feeling if you have been travelling for a while. We would surely recommend this hotel to anybody who is looking for a peaceful place to stay with beautiful decorations. Last but not least we want to recommend the restaurant which serves very tasty food for breakfast (homebaked bread!) and for lunch and dinner they have a choice of Tibetan, Chinese and western food. In the end we stayed a bit longer than planned just because we liked the place so much!! The rooms are good value for money and start from 200 yuan. They have singles/ doubles/ triples and 4 bedrooms (this is good for families).

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2004

we have stayed at jim's guesthouse in dali/ yunnan. it's a nice, small guesthouse with friendly workers. the atmosphere is cosy and relaxing. usually one of the owners is around in the evening and if you want to you can ask them information about the surroundings.
they only have 7 rooms, 6 have private bathroom with shower and toilet and 1 is a 3-bed dorm. they have smaller and bigger rooms and the price is between 50 and 80 yuan. downstairs is the restaurant, try the tibetan goulash and if you like to drink strong stuff try the famous jim's no. 1! it's very easy to meet other travellers in the guesthouse/ cafe because of the inviting atmosphere.
we also took one of their daytrips to minority villages, very interesting and well organized. well worth the money.
all in all we enjoyed our stay in dali and that was surely also because of our staying in jim's guesthouse!

  • Stayed December 2004
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Property: Jim's Guesthouse
Address: 57 Bo'ai Road, Dali, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Dali
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Ranked #236 of 1,307 B&Bs / Inns in Dali
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