10/3/17

Mountain Escape Yangshuo – Hotel Review

Bedroom on the second floor

It’s time to go back to our trip to Yangshuo and introduce our peaceful and amazingly renovated hotel!

Mountain Escape Yangshuo is located in the ancient Yulong village, about half an hour from Yangshuo city and one hour from the train station. The courtyard has a history of at least 80 years and has only four beautifully renovated and furnished rooms. Chinese style with Western luxury and comfort!

Bathroom

When we first arrived we were chanted by the old brick houses, so similar to our own house! But when we opened the door to the courtyard and then to our room, we didn’t believe our eyes! And old black brick house was fully transformed into a modern hotel room but still had the history of the building intact.

Guest room first floor

Our daughter Anna was especially fond of the huge bath tub which fit all three of us at the same time! Now I got to say that this isn’t exactly a family hotel, the rooms all have queen size beds but no room for a cot or bed for a child. Luckily Anna sleeps with us so that wasn’t a problem!

Rooftop terrace

We were really impressed when there was a knock on the door and a beautiful woman in blue and white qipao offered us their special cold drink and small gifts. She even asked us what our preferences were for breakfast. (The actual breakfast served didn’t fully follow the paper form they asked us to fill though.)

Hotel courtyard

The hotel courtyard consists of several buildings including for guest rooms, offices, owner’s living quarters, restaurant and a rooftop terrace. As we live in a Chinese style brick house too, but only 40 years old, we were inspired by the decorations and elegant style of the hotel.

Dinner and lots of desserts!

Breakfast, and desserts, were Western style, but dinner was simple but delicious Chinese cuisine. We really enjoyed the food there and stayed in for dinner both evenings. The owner even prepared his hometown noodles for our daughter when we mentioned how much she loves noodles.

For breakfast we had toast, bacon, eggs, vegetable rolls, sausages, vegetables and fruit. The variety wasn’t as much as it seemed on the “pick your breakfast” paper form, but it was tasty and enough to fill our tummies.

Me and Anna, Sunny from Bike Asia and Gary the owner of the hotel

What we missed was a hotel leaflet that would introduce the hotel, services, the village and things to do around there. I always enjoy reading these service manuals no matter where I stay.

The wifi connection also wasn’t that good in the rooms, especially in the first floor. It was easy to connect but the connection got cut off often. Good for relaxing, but bad for us smartphone addicts.

I would definitely recommend this hotel for a romantic get-away for a couple without kids who enjoyed peace and quiet. If you want to experience the beautiful nature of Yangshuo, but stay away from tourist crowds, then Mountain Escape Yangshuo in Yulong village is a great choice!

* Hotel stay sponsored by the hotel

08/26/17

Relaxing trip to Yangshuo

Yangshuo

Balancing between hectic work and being parents to an active toddler really makes “rush hour years” like we say in Finnish. During the workdays life is a triangle between home, work and daycare. During the weekends it’s either catching up with household chores or going out with friends. I bet many parents can relate, there is seldom time for just relaxing.

So when we got a chance to escape the busy life in Guangzhou and travel to Yangshuo, we welcomed it with open arms.

Yangshuo station

Fast trains operate between Guangzhou and Yangshuo many times per day and it takes just two and a half hours to reach Yangshuo station. Ticket for one adult one way is 117RMB. These are modern and comfortable trains, bring a magazine and some snacks and you are ready to go. Meals and snacks on the train are much pricier than in shops.

Mountain Escape Yangshuo

We were invited to Yangshuo by Gary who is the owner of Mountain Escape Yangshuo, a boutique hotel in a quiet village away from the busy city center of Yangshuo. I’ll share a hotel review with you later, but I can tell you it was one of the fanciest places we have stayed!

Yulong Village Yangshuo

It was Saturday afternoon when we arrived to Yangshuo and first we just relaxed at the hotel. After checking every corner of our room we headed out to walk around the small Yulong village. Unfortunately few months ago there had been a huge flood and some of the old mud houses had collapsed.

Bike Asia Yangshuo

After breakfast on Sunday morning Gary drove us to the city center where Bike Asia‘s Snowy was waiting for us. She had planned a family friendly biking tour from their shop through rice fields back to our hotel. I haven’t done any exercise for a long time, but the route Snowy chose was perfect for me and I didn’t feel too tired even after cycling for 18 kilometers. Anna enjoyed the ride and beautiful scenery at the back of Alan’s bicycle.

Mountain Escape Yangshuo

Our trip to Yangshuo happened to be at the same time as a small group of families where having a family trip to our hotel. On their last evening they organized a kids party for everyone with delicious dishes and even more mouthwatering desserts! While other kids stayed and joined the activities, for us it was time to get a shower and put Anna to bed.

Yangshuo Yulong Bridge

On Monday morning we still have a little time before our train back to Guangzhou so we decided to check out the ancient Yulong bridge that was just 10 minutes walk from our hotel. The Yulong river was full of bamboo rafts waiting for tourist, but we decided to hang out at the coffee shop and enjoy the view with a cooling fan.

Yangshuo

Just after two short nights and three days it was time to head back to Guangzhou. During our short trip we realized how many activities there are in Yangshuo and definitely need to head back for a longer holiday one day soon.

In my next posts I will introduce the hotel, the bike trip and share lots of more photos from our family getaway.