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Zhu Family Garden Hotel
Ranked #1 of 39 Hotels in Jianshui County
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Quaint atmosphere but ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

First of all, it's true that it's a unique experience: sleeping in an authentic old mansion with beautiful courtyards, antique furniture and flowers. However, it is a musem which means that hordes of tourists start trooping around the buildings from an early hour (07h30?) destroying any intimacy and tranquility. Also, the rooms are pretty basic. Above all, we had to move out of the hotel because of the overwhelming smell of sewage which seeped into the bedroom in the middle of the night. Several of the rooms had the same lingering smell during the day but it's at night that it becomes overwhelming. The manageress looked at us like we came from a different planet when we complained (how dare we??) and the service in general was poor. Similarly, the breakfast was purely a token - instant coffee with cold toast and cold eggs. And it's relatively expensive ...

Room Tip: Check the rooms for bad smells. If it's bad during the daytime, it could be unbearable at night
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

It was quite a unique experience to stay in such a big old mansion which also doubles-up as a museum. Loved the beautiful courtyards and the ancient feel. The rooms are tiny and the service is nothing to shout about.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

They avoid the classification of hotel by using the term in Chinese as specialty lodging and do not even have a Chinese star rating. But for the price you can do better. Just pay for the ticket price because most of the rooms are closed because they are hotel rooms, The main problem is the bathroom. Do not lift up the bath mat and lift up the drain cover to help the shower drainage and the toilet does move. Do not let the bed bugs bite.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2012

What we most enjoyed about the hotel was the numerous beautiful courtyards, the perfect location and the terraces in front of each room and mainly in front of the lobby with the little cafe. In the mild climate we spend our 2 evenings after dinner here.
The rooms are tiny - it seems that there are bigger rooms we couldn't book we were told they need to be reserved for government - with a very hard bed, only chinese channels, windows which cannot be completely closed, limited facilities. Western breakfast was also very limited, but if you like noodle soup a perfect place is just in front of the exit.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2012

An old mansion that use to belong to an Old Chinese family was transformed into a real unique facility. The building are minimally renovated & gives you a real feeling of those days.
Every piece of stone, sculpture, furniture, pool,gazebo is an impressive part of the art.

Don't miss the ability to stay at for few hours at day time. Whenever you get up just go out of your room to travel inside the hotel area to enjoy the music of the flute player in the middle of the garden.

Room Tip: Beware of the outside noise as the rooms are not "sealed" as we use to in modern hotels...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012

One of the oldest buildings you can stay in, in China.
Lovely courtyards, a maze of buildings and alleyways and yards, with gardens.
Quaint rooms, a few staff speak a little English. Good selection of places to eat outside. Close to East Gate and Confucian temple.
Wander around at night for the best photos

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Beijing, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

This hotel is absolutely charming. One of the best addresses in China for sure. Do not expect luxury there but a place full of history with a great atmosphere. The perfect place to stay in Jianshui. The location is great too nearby the pedestrian area with good local restaurants. I really enjoyed my stay and recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a wonderful local experience on her or his way to Yuanyang.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Zhu Family Garden Hotel
Address: No.16 Hanlin Street, Lin An Zhen, Jianshui County 654300, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Jianshui County
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Ranked #1 of 39 Hotels in Jianshui County
Number of rooms: 28
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