i first encountered this inn in sept 2010 while i was exploring shuhe old town at lijiang. it was newly opened then and i decided to give it a try. the inn's standard was impeccable, very clean and very comfortable. the staff are also very friendly. i found the room's standard much better than some of the purported 3 or even 4-star hotels around lijiang town. it was an eye-opener for me to discover a heater lamp in the shower for those cold winter days!
hence, when my friends decided to visit lijiang earlier this year, we again stayed there in april. the high standard has been maintained and an open garden with flowing water has been added on. there was even a small gym available! we totally enjoyed our stay there, with hot power shower and cosy bed with clean fluffy pillows.
and the drawcard for me to stay here is that the inn is located at shuhe old town. lijiang comprises 3 old towns - lijiang, shuhe & baisha. during my past visit, i found lijiang old town too commercialised with noisy bars fighting for customers each night. however, shuhe old town has managed to maintain its quaint village lifestyle and offers visitors a glimpse, especially when we crossed its ancient bridge, of those yesteryears gone by! there are lots of attractions and activities around shuhe, and we spent 2 full days exploring every nook and corner, while savouring the local delicacies & participating in the nightly local dances at the square!
even when we wanted to go explore other parts of lijiang, taxis were easily available at the entrance and most places - restaurants, town centre, etc - were closeby enough within 15-20min ride.
rendezvous inn truly added to the joy of our stay. we will definitely be back again!