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“Comfortable and hospitable”
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The Bruce Chalet
Ranked #12 of 927 Hotels in Lijiang
Brisbane, Australia
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“Comfortable and hospitable”
Reviewed 29 March 2013

Bruce and his staff were very helpful and offered good advice about the area. Nice rooms, all the comforts, clean, no problems. Excellent breakfast. Great value for money. Met other nice travelers while staying there and enjoyed a drink and a chat in the courtyard. Thank you Bruce!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Bruce and Bella and their assistant try to satisfy all their visitors. Their warmth and hospitality made all of us forget how cold the morning was during the Christmas holiday by preparing a huge, delicious, breakfast with local offerings chased with continuous cups of coffee and tea.
On Christmas Eve, they had a bar-b-que with all the guests taking turns cooking the variety of foods, telling stories, laughing, sharing trekking adventures. It was lots of fun.
Bikes can be rented to visit nearby towns and for other areas taxis are reasonable. Bruce arranges everything. He also took the time to point out places of interest, asking me to visit a few spots first so he would know what else to suggest depending on my taste and interest. This was another example of the genuine interest that Bruce and Bella exhibit for their guests.

Room Tip: Choose a second floor room to get the best views of the mountains, simply breathtaking
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 March 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed my time here, very relaxed and straightforward. All the staff were super friendly. Wi-fi is good and available throughout.
The water in the shower was generally a little bit too hot - but that's the only downside.
Taxi drivers seem to struggle to find this, so have Bruce arrange the transfer for your checkin - it's the same price as a tack anyway.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

We stayed three nights in a very nice room with balcony and mountain view for a fair price. It was well furnished and had a very good bathroom. We chose to get at pick up at the train station and they also left us at the airport. Worked just fine. Bruce is a great person and was really helpful in everything, especially for planning our day trips. We rent a bicycle and went to Baisha for a delightful trip. The Chalet is a bit far from Lijiang but the setting of the hotel is beautiful and peaceful.
We totally recommend Bruce Chalet!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

Our three nights stay felt homely in a quiet, clean, well-maintained environment. Bruce and company (wife and assistant) kept us well-informed on things to do around Lijiang starting from his correspondence in emails. We opted for their breakfasts at a very reasonable price and the wife served us ample local delicacies. The garden was a big hit with my mother as it was spring time. The place is very near Shuhe Old Town where you can find food and shop for souvenirs. The local Naxi dance performance is on at 7.00pm daily and you can join in the fun! Bruce will help with planning all the sightseeing trips and arranging the drivers.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Zhuhai, China
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

I had this month a great stay at Bruce Chalet. I planned to stay three days, but in fact I stayed five days! Bella gave me a lot of advices to visit Lijiang, she helped me to organize a trip to Lulongshuishan. I could also borrow a bike. It was like feeling at home! The breakfast is very nice and quite abundant. It is not located in Lijiang but in a small village called Shuhe, five km from Lijiang. The big davantage is that you are far from the crowds of tourists. Shuhe is a very nice village.
So I would recommand this hotel for the very nice atmosphere, the way Bella (Bruce was not there at that time) helps you feeling very at ease in a place you don't know! I had a great stay. Sophie

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Dalian, China
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

Excellent service, very clean and comfortable rooms and a very good setting away from the hustle and bustle


Above all, Bruce speaks English! Bruce can be very proud of his cozy hotel wih its distinct character.

The rooms are tastefully furnished. They can be slightly cold during winter, but we were happy, thanks to the electric blankets, quality bedding and hot water. The hot lamp in the bathroom is of great help. There are ample spots outside to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

The Chalet is right on the outskirts of Lijiang - but only 5 mins walk from Shuhe Village. Bruce can give many helpful tips re sightseeing and he can always arrange for a driver, whether one wants to visit the Ancient Town, go sightseeing outside Lijiang or be adventurous.

Breakfast is a treat. We thoroughly enjoyed our mornings around the kitchen table.
We can recommend the Chalet with much confidence and hope that other guests will be blessed as much as we were.


Talk to Bruce re sightseeing to get the best value for one's time and money. We went at the start of Feb and we altered our program after having chatted to Bruce. Make use of his drivers, but be sure to ask in advance.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 927 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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