My wife and I stayed here for two nights in mid-August, ‘16. It is a good base for enjoying the old area of Lijiang, set in a quieter part not far from one of the entrances.
The hotel is nicely designed. Built in the early 2000's, it mimics a collection of old courtyards with rooms on two sides in attractive two-story buildings. Our room (1222) was on the second floor, and was very large and well-furnished with two rather firm twin beds, 2 armchairs and a side table, a desk, a built-in luggage stand with space below for storage, a mini-bar area with a tea maker (no coffee), and a closet with hanging space but no shelves or drawers. There was no room safe. Wifi was pretty good for China. There was no a.c. but a fan was provided – Lijiang in generally fairly cool, so a.c. isn’t really a necessity.
The bathroom was large with lots of counterspace and a tub/shower combo. However, both the sink and toilet seemed fairly new but leaked water onto the floor when used. There were a few other maintenance and design issues also – the bathroom door wouldn’t shut, the overhead light fixture above the mini-bar fell down, and the room was rather noisy from outside activity early in the morning.
Buffet breakfast was served in a 2nd-floor room restaurant attached to the lobby. It was fair at best. There was a tiny bit of fresh fruit and eggs were available to order, but the rest of the selections were Asian and perhaps not the best quality. There were only large round tables in the restaurant, nothing smaller or more private. On the one hand this is a negative for the hotel, but on the other it means that we were in a part of China that doesn’t see hordes of non-Chinese tourists, a definite plus......
All in all the concept for the Hotel Lijiang was better than the execution.
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