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Lijiang Grand Hotel
Ranked #289 of 966 Hotels in Lijiang
Reviewed 7 May 2014

All the things written in the bad reviews turned out to be true.

I think our overseas travel agent was compelled to book here through a chain operating in Asia. Those reviews that say the location makes up for it all are nonsense.

The rooms were dirty, not even vacuumed - loose debris on the floor. Bathroom - disgusting. Don't look under the sheets unless you have a strong stomach.

The south facing windows have gaps in the seals - letting all the sound in from the karaoke bars. Wear your ear plulgs if you want a good night sleep. Breakfast - a joke.

The staff said "we don't have a buffet breakfast, because not enough people stay here to warrant it" - ain't that the truth! The "a la carte" breakfast was worse than terrible.

Access - no vehicle access is possible due to nearby construction works at the moment (May 2014). So expect to drag your luggage over rough cobbled streets for a 5 minute walk.

We were booked in for 6 nights. One was enough. We had pre-paid our full cost of the accommodation, and lost one night to cancel the remaining 5 nights. It was worth it. We spent a bit more and are now at a perfectly suitable place - good investment.

If your travel agent recommends this place to you, have a serious discussion with them.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

If you like to shower in a filthy dark bathroom, or walk on badly stained carpets, this is the hotel you would enjoy. They cater only to very low budget groups and clearly their tour operators have ripped them off. It is not true that this hotel is the only one with best location. There are other smaller boutique hotels, much cleaner and equally as well located around the Old Town. Breakfast is not edible for most westerners, unless you enjoy plain toasts. Wifi is only available at lobby area while all other hotels offer it everywhere. This hotel is not fit for operations, and should be shut down immediately by health department. I was very unfortunate to be one of those poor souls who got cheated by their tour operator. Front office staff was mostly rude even when I spoke fluent Chinese.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Miffychaton75
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

While this hotel is showing its age, for the price and location it is hard to pass up. Located right at the entrance to Old Town, and providing free parking for your private car, with security it was great for us. When traveling in your own vehicle it is important to find a safe place to park. Access to the parking lot is via a close section of Old Town, so you have to get a pass first for your car. But being able to park within just steps of the hotel entrance in a lot guarded 24/7 is great. The rooms are standard western style and they serve a very nice Chinese breakfast.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Gary P
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Great location right on the edge of Old Town but that is about it. In dire need of an upgrade due to no hot water, minimal heat, stained worn carpets, and lots of scrapes and marks on the walls. Breakfast is included but no meat of any description and the room was freezing. If all you are looking for is locaton, ok but, otherwise would not reccomend this hotel.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank 154914Jack
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

As previous reviewers have advised - this hotel is in a fantastic position -
but the hotel is very run down! Cold showers one morning & for the 1st
time ever we actually "on purpose" missed breakfast & bought at a local
cafe! Loved Lijiang & the position of the hotel but it really needs some
money (& love) spent on it!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank AnnieJuly
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

From the outside, it looks promising. Terrific location, right in the center of the town, although it does get noisy at night with all the nearby karaoke bars and the crowds massing in the square. The lobby is decent enough, typical "Grand Hotel" style with marble facade. But the rooms are really depressing. Stained carpets, bottom-quality soaps, thin towels, skimpy toilet paper. No air conditioning that we could discern; luckily it was cool enough outside that we could open our window at night to let in cool air -- but were blasted by the karaoke racket.

Breakfast was a joke. Overcooked hardboiled eggs (split in half!), skimpy fruit, and bread.

Oh, and did I mention? The staff speaks no English.

Later I heard there was a Crowne Plaza in the old town. I never saw it, but it had to be better than this. Still, in the grand scheme of things (this being China) it was probably not as awful as other places might have been. So I'm giving it three stars.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

The location of this hotel right in the precincts of the old town of Lijiang makes it very easy to get to the tourist spots but the hotel itself is shabby and desperately in need of an upgrade- even a bit grubby in places. The hotel services huge coach parties so if you strike them at breakfast or the "international buffet" in the evening be prepared for a real scrum . Alternatively if you come abck in 30 mins they'll all be gone and there's still plenty of food.Staff pleasant and helpful

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: No.300 Minzhu Road, Gucheng District, Lijiang 674100, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Lijiang
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Ranked #289 of 966 Hotels in Lijiang
Hotel Class:3 star — Lijiang Grand Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 116

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