The Linden Centre
The Linden Centre
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10.0
Exceptional

"Preservation and respect for culture and fun and relaxing."

Ann M.

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May 8, 2016

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The patio with a view of the rice paddy was great, very rela...
Shiyue from China
Family with young children
A very serene stay overlooking the rice fields in the mornin...
Wenxin from Singapore
Group
We really enjoyed our two night stay in the hotel. The room was very clean and cosy. The food was very good and the service outstanding, most of the staff speak English and always happy to help.
Tatiana from China
Family with young children
The staff is amazing and very helpful.
Jonathan from United States
Couple
it was a lovely hotel and the staff was lovely and the activities were fantastic!
Martha from United States
Family with teens
Staff were friendly and attentive. The place is beautifully decorated, clean and had all modern facilities ( hot shower, wifi). You can borrow bicycles to cycle to town and nearby lake, farms.
YING from Brunei Darussalam
Solo traveler
I am glad that we stayed in a larger room, because we saw one of the small twin rooms and we felt that it was dark and unventilated.
Lilly from Canada
Family with teens
Exceptional
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9.4
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10
Exceptional cleanliness
9.7
Recommended by 100% of guests
Value for money9.1
Distance to city center40 km
Location rating9.4
Nearest airportDali Airport (DLU)
Distance to airport27.6 km
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  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Breakfast [free]

  • Air conditioning

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8.8
Excellent
Room comfort & quality
Family Suite
Family Suite
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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King Special
King Special
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 queen bed
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Regular Twin
Regular Twin
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
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  • 2 single beds
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Western Style Room - Small Double Bed
Western Style Room - Small Double Bed
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
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  • 1 queen bed
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Regular Queen
Regular Queen
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 king bed
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Classic Twin
Classic Twin
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Country view
  • 2 single beds
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Queen Superior Room
Queen Superior Room
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 queen bed
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Courtyard Twin
Courtyard Twin
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
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  • 2 single beds
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Courtyard 1 King
Courtyard 1 King
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
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  • 1 king bed
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Superior Twin
Superior Twin
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
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9.2
Exceptional

"The personalized service is excellent."

Irene

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January 31, 2016

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Airports

Dali Airport (DLU)
27.6 km
Lijiang Sanyi Airport (LJG)
90.4 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.

What they offer

8.4
Excellent

"A very serene stay overlooking the rice fields in the mornin..."

Wenxin

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March 6, 2017

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Agoda Reviews (86)Booking.com Reviews (115)
9.4
/
10
Exceptional
Cleanliness9.7
Facilities9.7
Location9.4
Room comfort and quality8.8
Service9.7
Value for money9.1
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10.0
Exceptional
Allen from China
Couple
King Special
Stayed 2 nights in September 2018
inspiring place to visit”
Brian and Jeanee Linden make their guests feel welcome, as do the friendly, helpful staff members. The impressive partnerships that Brian and Jeanee have established with townspeople can be seen and felt all over Xizhou, as they are so respectful of local culture and so interested in preserving the cultural heritage of the town. In addition, they provide many free services, such as local tours and bicycle usage. Highly recommended!
Reviewed October 06, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Amelia from United Kingdom
Couple
Regular Queen
Stayed 4 nights in April 2018
Just wonderful”
Very unique and rare to find in China - an absolute gem of a place and one we would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone. Just wonderful.
Reviewed April 28, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Angela from France
Couple
Regular Queen
Stayed 2 nights in April 2018
A peaceful haven in a beautifully restored house”
The staff was most friendly and helpful. Linden is the family name of the general manager who set up this project to restore the house together with funding from the Chinese government. We really enjoyed talking with Brian Linden who has led a very interesting life. One of the friendly staff took us on a 3 hour (free) tour of the lovely old village of Xizhou with its fascinating market and took us to a place where they make rice noodles. The front desk manager Max gave us a tour of the house and explained about the architecture, etc. - most interesting and informative. The food was good and plentiful. It's best to share your dish. The bedroom was lovely as well as spacious with plenty of place to store one's clothes. The top terrace with a view to the mountains in the distance and rape fields nearby was great for a sundowners.
Reviewed April 10, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Sha from China
Solo traveler
Regular Twin
Stayed 1 night in January 2018
Terrific stay ”
It cannot be better to stay in a historical place with the sufficient living supplies: the mineral water, the welcome drinks and fruits, even the noise reduction ear plugs! The dinner we had in Linden was healthy and delicious. My friend and I love the terrace on the roof where you can have a grand star view at night.
Reviewed February 08, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
ken from United States
Family with teens
Regular Queen
Stayed 3 nights in January 2018
Exceptional”
We had an excellent family visit to the Linden Centre in early January. We've been to Dali before but this was our first stay at the Linden Centre and it added a very rewarding dimension to the visit. The founders of the Centre have beautifully and tastefully restored and maintained a traditional family estate. They and their staff provided excellent suggestions about how to get the most out of our visit. Thus, it was the perfect combination of a fun and informative visit with comfortable accommodations. Highly recommended.
Reviewed January 11, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Linda from China
Family with young children
Regular Queen
Stayed 2 nights in December 2017
Go there, its worth the $$$”
Very unique, quiet, exquisitely reconstructed old Bai house structure, next to farm fields and cool authentic little Chinese village with open market. we took an excellent cooking class, hade conversations with wonderful staff and owners. this is a classy place, couldn't have been renovated any better. If you need night time action or TV, not a good place for you. the setting is gorgeous.
Reviewed January 08, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Nic from Malaysia
Family with young children
Regular Twin
Stayed 1 night in December 2017
Extraordinary Place, Extraordinary Experience and Extraordinary People”
Stayed here for 1 night and experienced the most amazing generosity and first class customer service. Breakfast was wonderful, the tour of the centre was very interesting and the morning market / Xizhou village tour was brilliant. Visit to Erhai Tongue of the Lake was also perfect. Customer service was second to none and right up there in terms of what I have experienced around the world. This was the best accommodation experience of my 13 day tour across the Yunnan Province. If anyone comes to Dali and do one thing, then I strongly recommend that they make it a point to stay here - to understand why its such a special place. Special mention to Michael, Max, Caroline, Candy, Emma and of course the special Brian and Jeannie Linden. Thanks for a truly special experience. 10/10!
Reviewed December 28, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Tessa from Australia
Solo traveler
Regular Queen
Stayed 2 nights in November 2017
Don't miss it - a rare gem”
Incredibly lucky to have found The Linden Centre and stay there for two nights. Love the Linden's philosophy behind culturally sensitive tourism and their obvious respect for Chinese culture and its people. Their efforts at sympathetically restoring historic buildings, empowering the local communities and education both local and international guests is admirable. Fabulous food, great atmosphere, a wonderful library, extremely comfortable and well appointed rooms - all complemented by a welcoming and unique culture throughout the centre. If you get the opportunity to stay here then do so, and ensure you spend some time relaxing on the terrace overlooking the fields, town and mountains - a beautiful and relaxing experience.
Reviewed November 18, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
YEAN from Malaysia
Couple
Regular Queen
Stayed 2 nights in June 2017
Good service hotel with great scene”
This is a heritage building at a very good location, you can enjoy the great scenic view from the roof top and there is a library, a cafe & bar for a drink open till 10.30pm. We enjoyed the building introduction which include the historic story of the owner of the house and all the features of the building. Beside, the hotel provided a market tour every morning to let all the guest further get close to local community, we got chance to see the making of the cheese layer (local favorite snack) and also "er kuai" rice cake which is local staple food. All the staff of this hotel are friendly, they make you feel like you back to home.
Reviewed July 04, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Shiyue from China
Family with young children
Regular Queen
Stayed 2 nights in June 2017
Great hotel, peaceful yet very convenient”
Very easy to get a cab from the hotel to almost everywhere in Dali. The hotel has an activity room with pool table and table tennis which was our 3 year-old's favorite. The patio with a view of the rice paddy was great, very relaxing. Food was good too, especially for our little one - it was a bit hard to find non-spicy/salty local food outside of the hotel.
Reviewed June 23, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
David from United States
Couple
Regular Queen
Stayed 3 nights in April 2017
VISIT THE LINDEN CENTRE!!”
Amazing experience for my wife and me - what the Lindens have accomplished (and are continuing to do) is incredible! They have found a way to end up on the correct side of the fine line that is restoration vs. redevelopment. Really respect that they have taken a culturally respectful and locally-focused approach to sustainable tourism (absolutely no one should pretend that this is not tourism - least of all the Lindens). Check it out for yourself!!
Reviewed May 11, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
John from China
Family with teens
Stayed 2 nights in April 2017
Excellent ”
Linden is more than just a place to stay.. Its possibly one of the best hotel experiences in China . Being an expat who lives here , we found it to be of the highest order, food, service, outlook, atmosphere, location, decoration all outstanding .. well worth a visit.
Reviewed May 08, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Shara from China
Solo traveler
Regular Queen
Stayed 1 night in April 2017
A place of peace...”
I truly enjoyed my stay at the Linden Center even though it was shortl. It's in an amazing location giving you a taste of the local culture, the staff is wonderful and willing to help at a moment's notice. The founders are amazing and take the time to visit with all who come. It's an exiting but yet peaceful and restful place. I hope to visit again.
Reviewed May 02, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
CHOO from Singapore
Couple
Regular Queen
Stayed 1 night in March 2017
Culturally immersive!”
Although mentioned in the Chinese version of the Lonely Planet guide for Yunnan as appealing to a largely non-Chinese traveller profile, this place is popular with the new generation mainland urban travelista demographic. I spotted groups of families from Shanghai staying there and various groups of wedding photography enthusiasts on the field outside the centre.
Reviewed April 10, 2017
8.4
Excellent
Wenxin from Singapore
Group
Regular Twin
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Excellent food and staff”
Memorable dinner. Dishes were well-cooked and homely. A very serene stay overlooking the rice fields in the morning. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Among all the facilities, I like the library best. Breakfast was average.
Reviewed March 06, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Kathryn from China
Group
Stayed 1 night in January 2017
Wonderful location, passionate about sustainable tourism”
We had a wonderful two-night stay at the Linden Centre. Brian and Jeanee went out of their way to help accommodate us, despite being booked out due to a holiday crowd -- and we were grateful they did so! It is clear that they have poured their passion into developing a model that allows travelers to interact with and experience the local culture. Their staff are dedicated to hospitality. Definitely worth a visit.
Reviewed February 05, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Jonathan from United States
Couple
Regular Queen
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
The hotel was beautiful. Everything was great and I would certainly return again. ”
The staff is amazing and very helpful.
Reviewed January 17, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Tatiana from China
Family with young children
Regular Twin
Stayed 2 nights in September 2016
Lovely hotel”
We really enjoyed our two night stay in the hotel. The room was very clean and cosy. The food was very good and the service outstanding, most of the staff speak English and always happy to help.
Reviewed October 06, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
Ann from Australia
Couple
Family Suite
Stayed 3 nights in May 2016
Beyond description”
Unusual retreat. Amazing philosophy. Preservation and respect for culture and fun and relaxing. Staff over and beyond in their helpfulness. Private cooking class. Free bikes. Good wine. Interesting guests to chat to if you wished. Highly recommend.
Reviewed May 08, 2016
9.2
Exceptional
Irene from Singapore
Group
Regular Twin
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015
Can't ask for more”
The personalized service is excellent. Many good stuff have been said about the service here and the attentiveness of the boss and his staff. Words doesn't do justice to the attentiveness and friendliness in this place. We've staying in many 6-star hotels in Yunnan, and none of them come close. Xizhou is made extra special because of Linden Centre. One thing to note : We had intended to hire a private car and guide to bring us around. But thank god, we didn't. Because Linden Centre itself is one of the historical sites. So, you are technically living within a piece of history. And your room rate included a day tour around Xizhou town. If we had hired a guide, it would be a total waste of money. Xizhou is small and the boss practically knows everyone. All you need to do is ask. Walkabout is a breeze. If you are going to Dali, definitely stay here. It's away from the Dali ancient town, but you'll love the quaintness of Xizhou. Very unspoilted. (Dali has been commercialized to death). In my company, I have a number of really fussy people. (ie. with food, cleanliness,... you name it), and they all unanimously feel that Linden Centre is most memorable for our Yunnan 10-day trip. We will definitely return soon.
Reviewed January 31, 2016
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