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Shaxi Laomadian Lodge
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

This place may not suit all guest but for us it was perfect! A beautiful old building with lovely staff. Yes, there are gaps in the wood panelling but isn't that to be expected in such an old building? The small drapes covering the modern bathroom were different... I guess a door would have been nice, same for the awesome shower. The food was delicious - ask for the noodles for breakfast rather than the western style food.

Shaxi itself is a small village yet to be overrun by tourists. We were the only white people in sight. Try an be there on a Friday between 9-2 for the local market where all the villagers come down from the mountains to buy and sell their wares. If you are as lucky as us you may be treated to a performance in the town square.

Shaxi is a beautiful little villiage, use it as a base for hiking or as a stopover between Lijiang and Dali. The village itself has not much to do/see apart from the market.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

The Laomadian Lodge is utterly charming, with two beautiful enclosed courtyards and a perfect location in Shanxi's ancient square. Da Hua, the manager, was super-helpful, he drew us a map of the surrounding villages and attractions, organised a driver to take us up to Shangri La, and even came along for the ride! Dinner on both nights was fantastic, with good quality ingredients, simply prepared.
A few drawbacks, the old wooden walls have gaps to the outside, and despite a plug in radiator in our room, we were absolutely freezing. Same problem in the dining room, where there are plug in radiators under the tables, but they don't make a dent in the chilly air. And, like other reviews have mentioned, there is no bathroom door -- and windows all around the bathroom stall, so no privacy whatsoever. Still, it's a wonderfully preserved old inn, clean, charming and inexpensive.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

Taiwanese-owned Shaxi Laomadian Lodge is said to be the best in Shaxi, the last remaining town in the ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Trail.

This 150-yr old lodge is made up of a complex warren of courtyards connected by narrow passageways, each with its own set of guest rooms. We checked in and negotiated a maze of laundry hanging out to dry in all the open spaces that captured sunlight. Like Shaxi town itself, the 12-room lodge is not wholly sanitised for tourism and that is what gives it an unique charm.

"A8" is a second-storey double room in an adobe brick and wood annex. Numerous panel gaps in the thin wood-plank walls and windows make it an authentic experience. One can hear creaking doors, passing voices, neighbours' footsteps and smell woodsmoke from somewhere in the vicinity.

In contrast, the modern retro-fitted en suite bathroom has a sit-down flush toilet, glass-walled shower cubicle and porcelain washbasin with hot and cold running water. Amenities include moisturising liquid handsoap; shampoo; bath milk; disposable combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shower caps. A large ceiling-mounted heat lamp is complemented by compact fluorescent down lights; the halogen light on a flexible stalk over the washbasin mirror did not work during our one-night stay but the bathroom is bright enough without it.

The room is clean and comfortable in a rustic way, and generally well-lit; it is not within range of the complimentary WiFi. Attention to detail is obvious in the form of thick duvets and an electric blanket, complimentary bedroom slippers, an adequate number of electricity sockets (including an electricity extension cord) and iron nails protruding strategically from walls (for hanging miscellaneous items) and a large vacuum flask of hot water that was brought to our room before bedtime. The electric blanket had also been switched on for us in advance. If there were a TV, it would be a source of considerable noise pollution.

We eschewed the Western-style buffet breakfast of eggs, jam and toast, etc, in favour if a bowl of delicious local-style noodles that sustained us for the rest of the day.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Have just got back from a 3 week trip to Yunnan. Stayed 1 night in this hotel and it was like going back in time it had such a lovely atmosphere. Our room did not have a door to bathroom/toilet which makes it a little too intimate and the walls are paper thin, but if you can accept this do stay here. The staff are charming and the meal they cooked us could have graced any London restaurant. If possible get there on a Friday for the weekly market, you will not be dissapointed.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

The rooms are far from 5 star but nonetheless comfortable, well appointed, clean and well maintained. Management is solid here and the staff helpful but maybe breakfast could use a facelift. Walls are paper thin so avoid neighbouring honeymooners if possible! The town itself is 'must see' material and maybe the budget minded traveller should look elsewhere.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms are better lit and more likely to be quiet. Rooms are small so go the extra few $ and choose deluxe. Not much difference really but it did help a little.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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