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“Great view, but not so peaceful due to construction”
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Dali Windoo Resort
Ranked #47 of 490 Hotels in Dali
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Great view, but not so peaceful due to construction”
Reviewed 29 July 2012

First off, the view is gorgeous. I booked a lake view room for CNY 500 (about USD 79) per night on booking.com and the view from the room is 100% lake. Kudos there.

As of July 29th, construction at the property next door from 9 AM to 6 PM daily makes the "peaceful oasis" previous reviewers have mentioned not so peaceful. Rooms on the first floor have semi-covered patios, the effect of which amplifies any noise that your neighbors are making in their patios or that other guests are making in the nearby dining area. For me, this meant two less than quiet afternoons listening to a three-generation Chinese family barking orders to each other with their young kids running riot in the garden and a mysterious, discontented baby (whom I heard but never saw) crying from a nearby room. So much for a lazy summer afternoon nap...I guess this is what happens when you travel during peak season :)

Lunch can be had for 25-60 yuan, depending on what you order. Coffee for 20 yuan. The rooms are clean, nicely lit and tastefully decorated. That said, I think you can find similar quality accommodation in Dali Old Town with the same amount of construction noise for 2/3 the price and a greater variety of dining options, but the lake-side location certainly makes Windoo very unique.

As other reviewers have mentioned, this hotel can be fairly difficult to find (my Dali Old Town local taxi driver got lost twice finding it), but the Longkan villagers are happy to point you in the right direction, or you can call the resort's front desk at +86-8722695521.

I'd be interested in coming to visit again, but would definitely avoid peak season. The hotel property is so small that a few noisy guests spoil the fun for everyone.

If noise hadn't been an issue, I'd rate this 4 stars; however, unless you are dead-set on staying at a lake-side property, I think Dali Old Town accommodations provide a better value.

Room Tip: First floor rooms are slightly larger than second floor rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

Be prepared to slow down & relax when you come to Yundu. Room is basic but adequate & clean. There's no TV (we didnt miss it), no mini-bar (head to the lobby if you need drinks), no in-room phone or airconditioning (didn't need them). Absolutely love the ability to breakfast outside my room with the sounds of the lapping waves from Erhai. Internet didn't work on both days that we were there but if you really need, free wifi are aplenty in Dali Old Town shops. We had airport trasfer arranged thru hotel for ¥100. I recommend this because hotel is sited in a village and it is not easy to find. We hired the same driver to take us around Dali for ¥200 a day. There was intermittent rain on both days; waited out at 88 Bakery on one day & a massage centre on the other. Both offered complimentary wifi.

Room Tip: Got the first room at the top of the stairs. A little noisy since all traffic heading to the lobby g...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Located in a small village, 20 yuan of taxi away from the old city, the hotel has been open for 8 months. The rooms are nice and spacious but the main thing here is the location: a big terrace, very well appointed, right on the lake. It's very peaceful and beautiful, which is very appreciated after busy Dali. The owner speaks english, the rest of the staff doesn't. They can help you arrange transportation for you (they arranged a trip to Weishan area which was great). The food could be improved: dinner is not that good and breakfast is more than basic. Other than that highly recommended, it's very good value for money.

Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

This is a wonderful place to get away from the touristy kitsch that is old town Dali. The hotel is right on Erhai lake, in a small peaceful village, but still only 10 minutes by taxi into the old town. The rooms are tastefully designed in a simple modern style. The outdoor deck is perfect for lounging around after a long day of sightseeing. My daughter loved the hammock. The breakfast is pretty good, more fruit would be nice though.

The owner is very helpful. She gave us names of drivers that the hotel use regularly to take you into town or other villages around the lake. The drivers also know of good and authentic family-style restaurants in the old town.

Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

The hotel is located in a quiet village, far from the dali reserved city. So if you decided to stay here, don't plan any visit to the city. Just lie down, enjoy the "sea" view and nice interior design.
The owner couple has very good taste of interior design. The furnitures are in good condition, high level quality, many were imported from thailand. The sea view deck is designed by professional designer. You can tell the huge difference between it from other local guest house and hotel.
Its rate is higher than other guest house, but it deserves.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Dali Windoo Resort
Address: No.194 Xialongkan Second Group, Longkan Village, Dali 671003, China
Region: China > Yunnan > Dali
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #47 of 490 Hotels in Dali
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,610
Number of rooms: 11
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