We recently spent five nights at Lu House and were blown away by the amazing service. Amanda, the manager, treated us like we were family! She picked us up from the bus station, made us breakfast every morning, drove us to Baisha Village (an area highlight) one morning, arranged our tour to Tiger Leaping Gorge, had someone take us horseback riding in the mountains, sold us discounted tickets to Mu House (in Lijiang), ordered our train tickets to Dali and drove us to the train station. She was incredibly helpful in giving directions and information about the area, and by the end of the stay felt more like a friend.
The hotel is well-kept and clean and our room was very spacious. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the electric heating pad was a delight on cool evenings. The shower was great, plenty of hot water and strong water pressure. There was only one bedside lamp making it difficult for both of us to read at night, but I asked Amanda for another lamp and she brought one from an empty room.
The hotel is actually located in Shuha Old Town, about 4km from Lijiang Old Town. We found Shuhe to be more charming and were happy to be away from Lijiang's throngs of tourists. Shuhe was a stop on the Tea Horse Road and is laced with canals line with cute cafes and restaurants. Le Petite Paris Boulangerie has terrific cakes, french fries and pizzas, and plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy the live music. Shopping is also better in Shuhe than in Lijiang, with more unique regional items available. There is a bus stop about a 5 minute walk from the hotel that will get you within a few blocks of Lijiang, the ride takes about 30-40 minutes. We had no problem taking a taxi back to the hotel at night.
Of our three hotels in Yunnan, Lu House was by far our favorite. I would recommend it to anyone!
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