I had stayed before in other properties of Crown Plaza here and there, and never thought that it could pull such a classy act! This property is really luxurious, by any standards. Not cheap but decent value for money. Location is very hard to beat (adjacent to the old town, which protects it from the noise).
I had initially set my choice on a Boutique Hotel type of place, but given the distance to the old city (and walking up and down) we decided to stay here as a default choice. We really lucked out!
The design is really modern but also functional, and in my experience these two don't always go hand in hand. The common areas are impressive, the grounds lovely and the rooms beautiful.
If I ever go back to Lijiang I won't even spend time looking for what's new out there, I'll pick this one. And I would stay in the Courtyard room again.
BTW: Lijiang is really a beautiful little town. Yes, touristy but still worth it. If you want to have a peak at "real china" you can do Dali (beautiful!) and a village or two between Dali and Lijiang. But if you're short on time Dali and a bus to Lijiang will do. I'm attaching some pics of Lijiang in my review of Lijiang Old Town (uder things To Do in Lijiang) to give an idea of what to expectMore