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New York City, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago

great place and a very comfortable room. only issue is that it is slightly outside of the Shaxi Old Town proper - and a bit too far to walk. Other than that, great hotel at a great price. Staff was nice and unassuming.

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Eric, We thank you for your very kind review! We are indeed 3km outside of the Shaxi Old Town square, and that is why many guests choose to stay with us. Instead of having to stay in the tourist centre, guests can take one of our sturdy mountain bikes and bike 20 minutes to town along the river...

New Paltz, New York
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Although I had known of Old Theatre Inn, it was only two weeks ago that I had the opportunity to overnight there with two friends. This is indeed a very, very special place that is worth staying for several nights of relaxation and enjoyment. The quietude of village life in Duan Jia Deng Village is worth experiencing as is the...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Professor Knapp, It was an honor to have you stay with us during your research trip in Yunnan. Your praise is much appreciated, as we know you are an experienced China traveler! We hope that you will find another time to stay with us when the weather is warmer. We wish you safe travels and good health in the...

Paris, France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Inn is 3.5 km far from the old city,but in a quiet small village.where people are friendly.When having a walk in the village we were even invited to enter a house and were offered tea ,even if we didn't understood each other quite well.The room was cosy, comfortable ,with heated mattress. The young girl at the reception could speak...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Friends, It was our pleasure to have you with us in the cold month of February! We noted your comment about the breakfast room and are preparing a new heated dining room starting this November. It will have insulated flooring, radiant heat and beautiful antique tables in a more cozy space. Our current dining room is located upstairs in...

Reviewed 21 January 2017

Absolutely one of a kind holel - built in/around an ancient theatre. The sort of thing that wouldnt have survived the revolution in more 'developed' parts of China. Set in a proper village, not a tourist disneyland village, where locals tend the fields each day. Great views across this secluded valley way up in the hills. On top of that,...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Edward, It was a pleasure having you and your family with us in very cold January! It is to the credit of our Bai ancestors in Shaxi who taught us the importance of continuing our traditions, that theatre temples such as ours can still survive here. It is why guests will still find women at the Pear Orchard Temple...

Reviewed 10 January 2017

The surrounding view is absolutely breathtaking, as well as the architecture of the inn itself. The inn keeps true to the original Chinese architecture but provides modern comforts and convenience (such as hot water, heated bedding, a western toilet, a blow dryer, etc.) The food and beverages (which includes local cuisine and wine) are delicious and the staff is very...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Ariana, We're delighted to receive your wonderful review! Creating an authentic experience in the Chinese countryside that satisfies foreign travelers is a challenge, so we're very happy to see that you appreciate our efforts. We are also pleased to hear that we continue to be a great value, with included breakfast buffet and our reasonably priced meals and drinks....

byron bay
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The restored theatre is a magnificent piece of architecture and the five rooms available are part of an old school. We arrived at 10.30pm on a very cold night, our driver, rather than a member of staff,showed us to a very cold room where unfortunately nobody had bothered to turn on the radiator or the electric blanket. Although the rooms...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Sir, We realize that many hotels have 24-hour service, whereas our five room guesthouse does not. While this means we have only the local watchman on duty late at night, we have noted your comment about the room being cold upon arrival and have talked with our watchman to make sure that he know what time our guests are...

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Old Theatre Inn between stays in Dali and Lijiang and the place really rejuvenated us. It's in a small village close to Shaxi and is, therefore, really peaceful. The room and bathroom were both lovely, and robes and slippers are provided. The breakfast was the nicest we have had so far in China. The area is...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Jenna, Thank you for sharing all your kind feedback! We appreciate your generous praise for our work. On the issue of Jessica, our local receptionist not being very knowledgeable about hikes, I must take responsibility for that. I am the Resident Manager, Sam (Xiao Hui) and during your stay I was in hospital in Kunming city, so Jessica came...

Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

The Old Theatre Inn is a lovely converted theatre outside of Shaxi. It's a 10 minute bike ride or a taxi (it's a little too far to walk unless you've got plenty of time). The rooms are really nice and stylish with lots of lovely touches. We really enjoyed the breakfasts and the dishes we ordered in the evening. We...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Stuart, We are so pleased to know how much you enjoyed our stylish touches in the rooms, electric blanket and delicious meals. We are a quiet retreat from the tourist towns, so being 3km from Old Town gives guests the option to take our bikes along the river, a 20-minute scenic ride. As you mentioned, some guests choose to...

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Thanks to Old Theatre Inn we met our favorite place on China. Shaxi is a real old town. We could see people of many ethnias minority. The hotel is very beautiful. The location is a very quiet place between rice fields. The style of the hotel is really nice. The room is very confortable and beautiful. Everything is perfect. Is...

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Friends, We are delighted to have been part of your discovering your favorite place in China. Shaxi is magical, and to be outside the town overlooking the barley fields and river, Old Theatre Inn is a kind of ancient beauty that is not easy to find in China anymore. We love to be able to share our culture and...

Guilin, China
Reviewed 4 November 2016

A truly unique and beautiful inn that has been restored with taste and care. What a great treat to be able to stay in such a lovely place. The staff were very friendly and helpful and breakfast was fantastic. We really didn't want to leave.

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UndertheMoon, Manager at Old Theatre Inn, responded to this review

Dear Ian, As you are a well-known architect in China who has worked on traditional building restoration, your praise means a lot to us. Please come back any time (we may need your help with future restoration ;) Yours truly, Sam, Jessica, Jipin, Shixiang, and Sanmei

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Old Theatre Inn is a registered historic landmark and features one of the best examples of theatre temple architecture in Yunnan. Dating from 1780, the theatre temple once was a village school which was converted into five boutique guestrooms. At Old Theatre you will find friendly local village staff, great homemade meals, trails into the mountains, a cozy library and unsurpassed views of the Shaxi valley from our terrace. Come see why Old Theatre Inn is consistently ranked one of the best small hotels in China. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Old Theatre Inn

Address: Duanjiadeng Village, Shaxi Town, Jianchuan County 671302, China (Formerly Dragonfly Guest House)
Region: China > Yunnan > Jianchuan County
Price Range: ₹ 3,399 - ₹ 5,556 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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