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Compass Cafe Boutique Hotel

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Singleton, Australia
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117 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

We stayed for two nights and the accommodation was great. The rooms were a little small, but we were only there to sleep. We had a front room and found it a little noisy the first night due to the traffic driving on the cobblestone road. Bathroom facilities were good, everything was clean and comfortable. Fresh bottled drinking water was... More 

Thank Extratraveltocome
1 review
Reviewed 19 September 2015

Comfortable, fairly spacious rooms, heated beds for the cold winters, proper temperature control, and clean bathrooms. The staff was so friendly and inviting, and provided great service; we felt adequately cared for our whole stay. Joe and Carol, the owners were very friendly and we loved talking to them. They made us feel at home right away and treated us... More 

Thank Kung-Li D
Singapore, Singapore
1 review
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Our family of 4 have come back to the Compass 3 times now. On this occasion at their new location: Number 50, Shang Ye Jie. If we didn't stay at the Compass previously, it would have been hard to believe that their first lodge, right in the middle of the Old Town was razed to the ground in January, 2014.... More 

Thank GordonNg
Singapore, Singapore
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

I stayed in Compass for 5 nights. It was a really comfortable stay with friendly English speaking staff. There are several types of rooms, which the staff would gladly show you before you decide. I like the loft units because they are on the top floor (third) and you can overlook the ancient town's temple and its large prayer wheel.... More 

1 Thank Sia65
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4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 June 2015

From the old Compass that has been burnt down to the new, Compass has always been the place that my family and I would stay whenever we visit Shangrila. The cosy ambience of the cafe, good food and comfortable stay makes it a place that even my kids look forward to every trip we make. Food is great with affordable... More 

Thank Benjamin C
Singapore, Singapore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 May 2015

My girlfriend and I stayed at the lodge a couple of days, and it was really worth the money. The place has all the basic facilities that we needed as well. The Compass' cafe also served really awesome pizzas and beef curry. The staff was also really helpful in helping us to arrange for transport to nearby attractions. They should... More 

1 Thank Jordonwoon
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2015

room and bathroom are simple and function, put together in the most cost efficient way. hence the price is a good bargain. however, its located in a main street which is very noisy with sound of cars passing by, noise of wind through the window gaps. breakfast was included, which is a choose from the cafe menu and is yummy.... More 

Thank junjin
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 10 February 2015 via mobile

What a nice place to stay! The rooms are brand new, very clean with great beds and airconditioning/heating. Which was just what we needed as it was very cold when we where there. Would certainly recommend staying here. Staff is also very friendly and helpful.

Thank Machapuchare01
Houston, TX
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Reviewed 31 October 2014

What a treat it was to visit Shangri-la after the devastation of the fire last year. The businesses are working hard to restore the old city and are showing great progress. The Compass Cafe was a great place to hub from. The food has a wide variety of cuisines. The service in the cafe was a little slow for my... More 

1 Thank pkwayne
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 14 September 2014

OK, what's there not to like? The location is great. Just a few minutes walk to the town square and Songzanlin Monastery. The owners/manager are multi-cultural - Singaporean, Indian, Dutch - who have been in Shangri-la for years. Excellent local knowledge but they also have a good understanding what the non-Chinese tourists want. Between the three of them, it's like... More 

Thank daneshd

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Breakfast
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Tibetan word for compass is "shu deng ku le", meaning comfort, light, abundance, and joy. We hope that The Compass will provide you with a comfortable stay at the lodge, and the services rendered to you will leave you feeling a home away from home. A fire swept through Shangri-la Old Town on January 11, 2014. It burned down the lodge, cafe, shop, and bakery overnight. With the support from friends around the world, The Compass was able to rebuild. The present Compass open on June 6, 2014. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Compass Cafe Boutique Hotel

Address: No. 50 Shang Ye Jie, Old Town, Shangri-La County | Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Perfecture, Yunnan China, Shangri-La County 674400, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Shangri-La County
Number of rooms: 13
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“Beware of the traffic noise of the front rooms.”
  • Good facilities
  • Nice and clean
  • Everything we needed
  • Firm but clean
 of 5 bubbles Extratraveltocome, 4 Nov 2015 | Read review
“If you're a light sleeper, ask for a room away from the street.”
 of 5 bubbles GordonNg, 6 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Their Loft is a nice room for couples and even family of 4”
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  • Sleeping area in loft
 of 5 bubbles benjaminc779, 17 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Go for the loft rooms, not particularly amazing but something different for a change.”
 of 5 bubbles Jordonwoon, 15 May 2015 | Read review
“Get a room opposite the main road. Traffic is frequent all night.”
 of 5 bubbles pkwayne, 30 Oct 2014 | Read review
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