Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
Travel Blogs from Guilin
... along the river. It drizzled a little but I think we all had a lot of fun, whether it was playing cards or just looking around. Afterwards, we went street shopping and I bought a matching fan with Sarah. Tonight, we shared our various purchases and ate cake with "Wu mama". It was very tiring and fun and I hope I can see the mountains when they are not so ...
... have moved away and the old people have dies off. The streets are made of a *************e that is dark blue and worn smooth from hundreds of years of people walking. There were many interesting little stalls with old objects some of which were very interesting. At the end of each block of houses is a large stone wall with a gate. This is the firewall that prevented fires from spreading from one part of the town to another. The town was very ...
... after a week of city life. Guilin has only 700,000 people. The scenery along the river features in poems and paintings. The river cruise was for 84 kms. Fisherman along the river use comerants to fish by attaching a string to them and tying their necks so they cannot swallow the fish they catch. When the fisherman collect the fish from the comerants they give them a small piece of fish. There are 11 minority groups in the area. Girls in ...
... had a western toilet!
We are knackered though and I think my voice will take some time to recover from all the talking and singing!
Overall we're so glad we accepted the chance to see another school and city. We're tired, but we had a great time and I think the memory of when the white people came to town will stick with those students for a long time to come. I feel we've made a small difference in the world this weekend and that's good to know.
... I met Mati for the first time that afternoon, a mid-aged, single Korean man who moved to Yangshuo about six years ago and speaks fluent Chinese. He asked where I'd like to go and I pointed to a newly opened mango juice shop nearby. We sat inside an air conditioned room with an 16 oz pure mango juice that must have had at least six mangos in each cup. Having stayed up all night long, my body was not at its best. And as I slurped the thick mango juice I remembered that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lijiang Waterfall Hotel Guilin
A Lovely Hotel
I had read mixed reviews about this hotel, but since the hotel I initially wanted was full, I decided to stay here. I am not sure why it was panned by some, we both thought it was a very nice hotel, I'd say it's a 4 star on a par with a Marriott. The concierge was very helpful, pleasant, the location was quite good. The room was nicely furnished, bathroom quite pretty. The only downside was that I had booked a non-smoking and was put in a smoking and when I asked to change was told it was sold out so we couldn't switch. Overall, for the money I thought it was well priced and certainly would recommend to anyone to stay there.
A great place to stay!
A great place to stay in! We had a large room with fantastic river and lake view, and with the illuminated pagodas in the background. Its location is excellent - right in the city center, 3 minutes walk from the night market, the main commercial street and the pedestrian street. Breakfast buffet was very rich, with both Western and Chinese buffet.
It should be mentioned that this was the only hotel in our China tour in which all the front desk persons spoke good English!
Worst hotel ever!
This hotel was not even close to 3 star and claims to be 5 star and this is why:
No hot water even after requesting to change rooms because of the problem. No hot water at any time of the day.
The hotel was flooded with tour buses and people on tours who over took the restaurants, lobby and longues.
The food offered in the hotel was not for Western people that are not wanting to try things like snake bile wine, rabbit, frog, snake meat etc.
The breakfast was a disaster as well the food being horrible, cold, stale and untasty.
The hotel lacked the security required for a hotel in Guilin as they have lots of problems with the locals towards the tourist with lots of theaft, crime and scams.
Those are just off the top of my head as to why I would never return to this hotel and do not think this city is very good for Western tourists. The Chinese love it and because it sees so many tourists a year most of the scenary is quickly disappearing and the pollution is a huge problem. This city has very little English as does the hotel.
The Lijiang Waterfall hotel is the stand-out hotel in Gulin. It has a fantastic location, is new / modern and the daily Waterfall show is not to be missed.
Does the hotel compare with the luxury 5 star hotels in the major cities - of course not. But it is nontheless comfortable, and is definitely the best place to stay whilst visiting Guilin.
NIce hotel, nice staff, great location
The hotel was great. Staff were very nice, the room extremely pleasant (and far nicer than most other hotels I stayed at in China), and there were plenty of people who spoke enough English for me to get along. The location is terrific, and although I did not reserve a view room, I was on a high enough floor that I got views of the amazing scenery around Guilin (also somewhat slanty views of the pagodas, which were lovely). I had no complaints at all about this hotel and would recommend it.
The "waterfall" was underwhelming, but interesting.
I didn't book tours through the hotel, but rather through a different organization. However, I had the same experience one of the earlier posters had -- the guide kept trying to sell side tours. I went on one which was actually fine (to a "minority village"), and our guide also got us tickets to a show in Yangshuo which was one of the highlights of my trip to China (Liu Sanjie Impressions). No real complaints there, either.
Stayed for 1 night in June 2005 before departing on a boat trip down the Li River to YangShuo. Clean/modern hotel. Closest to a 5-star hotel Guilin has to offer but it doesn't compare to 5 stars in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. A huge waterfall runs down the back of the hotel every evening for 10 minutes. It's quite an attraction (locals come to watch). The staff was very friendly and there are some good restuarants including a Western-style cafe. Rooms were okay. Damp feeling/smell throughout the hotel was the only drawback. If I returned to Guilin, I would probably stay at this hotel again. Noticed that alot of other Westerners were staying at the Sheraton as well.
This hotel is awfull. The staff does not speakone word of english and do not inform you about anything upon check -in. If you are in Guilin on business, i guess it would be an ok choice. It's a pretty cheap hotel - price wise.
But, do not buy any of the river tours from the hotel. They will send you off with a guide, that will try to sell you aditional tours along the way. My husband and i were even forced to enter a pearl museum, because our guide had to drag her "customers" to at least one additional site, before we were driven back to the hotel. So we ended up wasting at least two hours beacause of this detour.
Room was clean but tasteless. Definately for a business traveller. NOT a design/boutique hotel.
Waterfall hotel a welcome relief!
After an unbelievably long flight from the U.S., 6 days at the functional but spare YMCA in Hong Kong and another long flight from Guangzhao to Guilin - the Lijiang Waterfall hotel was a sight for tired eyes! Our group literally walked through the expansive lobby, discovered our enormous, divan-covered beds and whooped with joy. This was luxury! Our 3 day stay in Guilin was too short - this is one of the most peaceful and romantic cities I visitied in China. Many people in our group went out at night to the markets, which were located only a few minutes from the hotel.
The staff assisted us in making phone calls home to the U.S. and changed money without hassle. The "waterfall" is remarkable to see too - a flood of water cascading over the entire side of the building. I would recommend this lovely, centrally-located hotel for any traveler.
Paradise in heaven
First, I must recomend Guilin and the cruise trip to Yangshuo. But the point of this review in to speak about hotels. The Lijiang (means River Li) Waterfall Hotel was a magnificent surprise: we had seen the looks in the official pictures, but I may say that, for the first time in many, many travels, we didn't got disappointed with the real thing. The service is flawless, the lobby has a remarkable atmosphere, and, being a new hotel, everything is brand new and fully working. The rooms are very spacious, the location is the best you could find in Guilin (in the centre of the town, facing the main square and the lake with the two pagodas) and the price is not so high, regarding what you get by the RMB you pay!