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“Serenity and tranquility that money can't buy”
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The Bruce Chalet
Ranked #12 of 928 Hotels in Lijiang
Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
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“Serenity and tranquility that money can't buy”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

We stayed for 3 nights here (1 night in room with snow mountain view and 2 night in family room). Called for a taxi to bring us to Bruce Chalet but taxi driver didn' bother to find out the exact location. He only dropped us at Shuhe Old Town - Main Entrance, but helped us to contact Bruce, that came about 5 - 10 min later to pick us there, very prompt response & reliable hospitality.... First impression on Bruce hospitality was great!

When we reached Bruce Chalet, was welcomed by Bella, with her enthusiastic tone, sweet laughter and warm welcome. Both of them went extra mile to help us carrying our 2 super heavy luggage and 1 small luggage, using staircase to second floor, where our room were located. Thank to both of you!!

We love the King bed room with Snow Mountain view very much. Unfortunately for the rest 2 more nights, this room was not available, so we moved to Family room - Ground floor (1 double and 1 single bed inside). Both room space are spacious. Bella and her 2 assistants did a great cleaning job!!

The Snow mountain view room comes with big balcony that have wide view of blossoming Canola flower field, covering the ground like yellow blanket and Snow capped mountain as huge backdrop, wonderful & breath-taking view!! We love to read book at balcony area, it gives us serenity and stress reliever, away from hustle and bustle of city life

On the first afternoon, we went ahead to Shuhe Old town. Guess what, they have a very helpful and smart dog that lead and guided us all the way to Shuhe Old Town. My 4 years old boy love the dog so much. Now, even 1 week after our Lijiang trip, he always mentions about this dog and recently he had dream; he played with the dog that made him super-duper happy woken up from his dream :-)

Bruce Chalet is within close walking distance to Shuhe Old Town. Since we can't walk too fast with our 4 years old boy, it takes about 15-20 minutes to reach Shuhe Old Town. Initially Bruce offered his kind help to drive us to Shuhe Old Town, but we would not want to trouble him. Where can you find this kind of service level if not in Bruce Chalet :-)

On the 2nd and 3rd night, we moved to Family Room. As our family room was located on ground floor and we had another Canadian family with 2 young todlers staying on 2nd floor, in the morning we were always awaken by "thump thump" noise coming from running todlers, stumping on 2nd floor. Other than that, the room was perfect!

In the morning over breakfast table, we had chance to get to know other travellers from different countries, speaking different language. With Bella as a great chef, breakfast selection was good, with porridge, prickle, fried eggs, bread comes with butter, jam, etc, some local bread (i don't know the name), hot coffee and tea. Breakfast is optional with additional of 20 yuan per person. Reasonable and good value!!

In the evening, we could gather at reading/living room for some discussion on our plan to explore Lijiang tourism spot and its nature beauty. Bruce is extremely helppful to contribute his advice & opinion, and goes further to help us on booking for Driver; English tour guide, and Hotels if you want to stay overnight (e.g: Lugu Lake, Shangri-La, Dali, or Tiger Leaping Gorge visit).


Wish to stay longer in this place, Bruce!
This is the only place that really make us feel Home away from Home. With its surrounding serentiy & tranquility, this place instill me a feeling that money can't buy!

Having Bruce & Bella companions like having your relatives or good old friends in China. Kudos to both of you and definitely miss you all!

Hope I can organise another family trip about 20 of us, shall we have chance to visit Lijiang in the future. Will love to visit & stay at Bruce Chalet.

Room Tip: King Size Bed with Snow Mountain view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Kunming, China
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

I was a little bit afraid of going to Lijiang after hearing from other travelers in China about how touristy the old city is, but this place was perfect. It's ten minutes away from Lijiang proper (and all it's famous sights) in the little village of Shuhe, which also has it's own "old" area for tourists, a few minutes' walk away. The neighborhood was lovely and quiet, full of traditional homes and rice fields. Bruce was also incredibly helpful, taking us to the base of a great hiking trail and even arranging for me to spend an evening with a family that makes the local lentil-based jelly that the area is famous for. Now that I know this place is here, I'm looking forward to going back to Lijiang sometime.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 April 2012 via mobile

Spent three nights there and it was a wonderful stay. Nice, big rooms, clean and a beautiful setting. The host Bruce and his staff will do everything to make your stay a pleasant one. The breakfast is in a kitchen with a communal table so you meet other travellers so sharing experiences is easy just like sharing taxi's etc to other places. If you do stay here: arrange a pick up by the hotel or make sure your cab driver calls them since it is very hard to find the first time.

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Paso Robles, CA
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

We had two wonderful nights at Bruce Chalet in Shuhe Old Town very near to LiJiang.
Bruce was always there to assist us with any of our questions about the area. The rooms surround a beautiful garden and his property is on the edge of a quiet street, bordered by agriculture and fields. Breakfast is optional for 20 Yuan and it is very good and plentiful. The breakfast room is very sociable at breakfast and many ideas and recommendations are exchanged. The rest of the time the property is quiet and peaceful.
The beds are western style with quality sheets and linens. The bathrooms are modern and very nice.
Bruce Chalet was of our nicest stays out of two weeks traveling in China!
Very affordable and the assistance Bruce offered was invaluable!

Room Tip: We had the upstairs end room with vaulted ceilings and a patio - beautiful!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

This little resort has great service and all built around a beautiful garden. Bruce was able to provide excellent routes to great hiking and was able to get to places with perfect directions. helped booked us a side trip to shangri-la. would recommend and stay here again

  • Stayed March 2012
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

I just returned from Lijiang and stayed at The Bruce Chalet based on TripAdvisor reviews. I am pleased to say, the reviewers were right! There are numerous inns all around Lijiang and most of them are probably vey nice, but how to decide where to stay with such supply. When visiting the area, you will inevitably go through the various streets in the old towns, up to see the mountain and be taken in by the charm. However, at the end of the day, it is nice to be very close to the action without being in the middle of it all and to have a host/advisor who goes the extra mile to ensure that your visit is that much better.

Bruce speaks English, Madarin and Cantonese and is extremely knowledgable on the area. Depending on whatever you want to do, he is extremely patient, provides great ideas and is more than happy to ensure your visit is a great one. I only had 2 days and wanted to pack in a lot of action and he ensured that I could do that. He always offered to do more, answered the phone quickly whenever I called if I was lost or wanted a suggestion, and went the extra mile.

The Chalet is very close to the Shuhe Old Town without being in the middle of it and allowing you time to see a bit more of the locals life without seeing only the Old Town. The rooms are very nice, the chalet has a great, peaceful little courtyard, breakfast is good and the rooms are great. I recommend it and you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: I stayed in the snow mountain king room with balcony. However, I spent so little time there as I wa...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Property: The Bruce Chalet
Address: Ronghua Village, Shuhe Town, Lijiang 674100, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Lijiang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 928 Hotels in Lijiang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bruce Chalet would be a great place for you who are already exhausted in trying to survive the throat cutting metropolitan life and looking for ways to recharge your batteries. The Chalet located in the Shuhe village underneath the Jade Dragon Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan, China, the Chalet features picturesque scenery, genial sunlight, a large garden and great hospitality. The Bruce Chalet is built based on Naxi style structure combining with modern facilities. In total of 13 comfort rooms, including luxurious suites and Snow Mountain View rooms, all rooms with private bathroom, hairdryer, WIFI… ... more   less 
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