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.
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