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Zen Garden Hotel (Lion Mountain Yard)
Ranked #23 of 928 Hotels in Lijiang
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Everything about this place”
Reviewed 1 June 2012

exudes romance.We spent 3 nights in this atmospheric inn, located on a hill overlooking the old town.Before we booked this place, we were forewarned by some TA customers that the music was very disturbing.We are usually prefer quiet locations.It is true that the music is carried all the way to the hotel, but there is a by-law, which prevents people play after 11:30 p.m, consequently, it did not bother us at all.We would go out for the evening and come back close to the time limit.
So, that should not be a reason not to stay in this charming hotel.
Highly reccommended !

Room Tip: We stayed on the 2nd floor
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kreischa
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

This hotel really deserves its good reviews in trip advisor; the location of the place the nice view from the balcony ,the decoration of the very confortable rooms especially the Chinese antiques is exquisite, the staff speaks English quite well and they do their best to help you; compared to a lot of other places in China this is a must , I had a Zen moment at Zen Hotel

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

We (family with 2 children) spent fantastic 3 nights at the hotel. As soon as you step through the entrance you enter a different world and leave the turbulent old town of Lijiang behind you. The hotel is very centrally located so that either new or old town are in close reach. The hotel is located on top of the Lion Hill but it is an easy walk up from the old town. Tourists might also use this as an opportunity to discover the further sights on the Lion hill that might otherwise be left out. The view from the hotel across the old town is fantastic, specially during night time. The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2012 via mobile

We were attracted to this hotel by the good reviews. It is a comfortable hotel with good views and nicely set out with Chinese antiques. We found the staff friendly but not very useful in terms of organizing activities in the area. They were unable to recommend guides to explore the area and their advice on local attractions wasn't great. Our biggest problem with the hotel, staying as a family, was the noise. Pounding music from the local nightclubs filled the rooms until about 11.30pm. As the walls of the rooms were thin, there was also noise from other guests coming and going late in the evening and early in the morning. If you are going to Lijiang to party this may not bother you but not good for families.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Our 2 night stay at Zen Garden Hotel was perfect. The room was comfortable, and being December, the inclusion of a gas lamp heater in the room was appreciated. The room itself was decorated with wonderful Chinese antiques and had a balcony view over the old town of Lijiang.

Service was also excellent. The staff speak English and are very helpful. We booked day trips to Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Snow Mountain through them without any difficulties.

Breakfast was also good. A fine selection of cereals, breads, fruits etc.

Overall I cannot find fault with the Zen Garden Hotel. 5 stars all the way. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: upper rooms have the best views of the old town
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Blueys Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

Zen Garden Hotel is aptly named, a tranquil haven in the lofty position of Lion Hill overlooking the rooftops of Lijiang and the mountains in the distance. There are gardens and water features meandering through small courtyards and the public spaces are crammed with antiques, chinese porcelain and furnishings. Our room was decorated with authentic Chinese pieces and furniture with a beautiful views. The large bed, like most in China, was rock hard. The bathroom was modern but lacked character and appeared to be an added modular unit. However, we appreciated the deep bath tub on our last night in Lijiang. Like many hotels in the Old City you have to earn the right to stay here as it is quite a trek with luggage to the top of the hill. The hotel provides willing (and sometime stubborn) porters who will go beyond the call of duty to carry bags. From 4.00 pm guests are invited to enjoy local special tea (not local specialties as we understood) in the gorgeous reception area. It is a photographer's delight! Breakfast was adequate with little choice. During our comings and goings from Lijiang to Dali and Shangri-la we stayed in three different small hotels. Zen Garden, although beautiful was our second favourite of the three and the most expensive, possibly because of the Lion Hill location. Although a lovely spot be prepared to climb lots of stairs to shops and restaurants as "when you go down you must come up again".

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manila, phillipines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2011

We spent 4 nights at the Zen Hotel (Lyon Hill) It was absolutely gorgeous, the rooms were very confortable and modern, the staff very friendly. We enjoyed having breakfast while listening to some very relaxing and traditional music.
We definitely recommend this place.

Room Tip: Room 215 was very nice!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Zen Garden Hotel (Lion Mountain Yard)
Address: No.37 Shuangshi Section, Xinhua Street, Old City, Lijiang 674100, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Lijiang
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Lijiang
#12 Best Value Hotel in Lijiang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Zen Garden Hotel (Lion Mountain Yard) 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zengardenhotel Lion Hill Yard is very well situated in the center of the Old Town of Lijiang, next to the main entrance of the Weng Chan temple, with an unrivaled, riveting panoramic view over the roofs of the Old Town Dayan. The Zengardenhotel Lion Hill Yard is a private owned Boutique Hotel with in total 16 rooms on two levels. We provide 12 x Deluxe Standard Rooms, 2 x Chinese Antique Suites on the top with excellent views and 2 x Special Rooms. ... more   less 
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