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Reviewed March 10, 2018

If you don't want a cookie cutter guesthouse experience then Old Theatre Inn is for you. The heritage building is beautiful and the views out over the countryside are breathtaking - especially good while sipping a glass of wine on the terrace! Little touches like the wine list and the environmentally conscious approach (no plastic water bottles in the room, for example) really make the experience.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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Thank Gongbaobeijing
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Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

We already love Yangshou Mountain Retreat and the sister Hotel in Shaxi is also great. Amazing building simple but comfortable rooms, great local food, lovely staff and if you ask the local band will perform on stage. Been in China 15 years and combined with temple visit and the local Friday market one of our best experiences here.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
Thank Matt H
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Reviewed January 2, 2018

This was the only place in which we stayed during our 3 week trip to Yunnan that we really did not like. It was a complex with an old theatre on one side of a courtyard, a building with the reception counter & restaurant opposite and 5 rooms in a block on the third side that opened directly onto the courtyard. It was full of character outside and was in a beautiful location looking out over the wide valley with the river and plots of cultivated land. However, it was too far from the old town of Shaxi to be able to walk there. Thus, we had dinner in the Inn but there was nowhere in our room to sit and nowhere else to relax. In addition, our room lacked so many practical features that staying there was uncomfortable.

The 5 rooms were very small, with most of the space taken up by a Queen size bed. The bed linen was rough and un-ironed and the duvet was the opposite of soft and fluffy; it wasn’t wide enough so that we fought over it in the night! On either side of the bed was an old chest that could only be used as a surface to put things on. On my side there was a small old chair on which I put my sweaters. On my husband's side there were two very small foldable stools on which we could put one suitcase. There was no room for any furniture at the end of the bed. There was an empty plug-in mosquito-repellent. On the positive side, there were an attractive carved wooden bedhead, a nice standard lamp and an attractive framed silk wall hanging.

Further in from the bedroom was a good-sized, functional shower on the left and the only storage place on the right – a towel rail and below this a short rail about 3 feet from the ground to hang things (under the towels). Beyond these was the bathroom with a loo and basin; the soap dispenser was empty and glued to the basin. There was a good light over the basin – a plus for those of us who like to put make-up on in the morning! At one end there was room to install shelves, cupboard and/or hanging space but there was only a very small shelf unit with unnecessary items on it; we were able to leave the second suitcase behind the door. Thus, there was literally nowhere to put anything. There was a ceiling fan in the bedroom but no heating (and it was cold in the morning and evening).

On our second evening we came back from our day out to find the room just as we had left it; in fact, the shower, basin and loo had been cleaned. The bed was unmade. We went to reception and a couple of girls came and looked at it. No-one spoke more than a few words of English but the situation was obvious and our guide was able to talk to them. They apologised and said they had forgotten, and that they would make the bed when we went out; later I was told that they did not want to move any of our things in spite of the fact that the only item on the bed was my bathrobe and there was nowhere to put that anyway. I was not planning to go out again but my husband went off exploring. Our guide left and shortly after there was a knock on the door and the girls indicated that they would do the room then. However, where was I to go? Unless I sat on the loo, there was nowhere to sit or even stand. I was really annoyed by now and complained about the lack of English and ability to communicate (the guests in the other rooms spoke English and the place targeted Westerners). I went and sat on the bench in reception.

In this building there was a wooden bench and table with a few drinks some chocolate chip cookies (good) and some small oranges (good). The drinks were mostly cold tea. On the far side there was a staircase leading up to the restaurant above. This had a balcony that on a nice, warm day/ evening would have been lovely to sit on and have a meal or a drink. However, it was not at all warm. There was no heating and the room was bare wood. The girls who served our dinner only put on the main ceiling lights even though there was a standard lamp in one corner. There was no attempt to make it pleasant or provide any kind of colour or atmosphere. Our meal on the first evening was acceptable (chicken fried rice) but we had the same the second evening which did appear to be “the same” reheated and now rather glutinous. Breakfasts were very limited but good. We were given fresh orange juice, coffee from the Gaggia machine, excellent bread and homemade jam or honey, eggs, pancakes and bacon. I also took some biscuits and little oranges from the table downstairs by reception.

This is an old heritage complex. However, there were many aspects that could be improved with thought and a little money. We were told that there are now better places to stay in the old town of Shaxi.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2018

At first we though that the distance between the Old Theatre Inn and Shaxi town (3km) would be inconvenient, but quickly found that it was a benefit. The town itself is lovely, but we discovered that we enjoyed the bike ride (or walk) through the countryside and small villages just as much, and if we stayed in the town, we wouldn't have had that experience. We visited during the harvest season (mid-oct), so the fields were golden and there was tons of activity.

If you choose to eat at the inn, the food is great, and the home-made bread and biscuits are great to take on the road, whether on a hike to Shibao Mountain, or travelling to your next destination.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank pjsugi
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Reviewed November 28, 2017

My husband and I, as well as another couple, stayed at the Old Theatre Inn for two nights in late October. We were greeted in the courtyard by the staff with hot tea and cookies while we checked in. The room was well maintained and had a comfortable bed, large walk in shower and good size bathroom. The room was quiet and we really could not hear anyone from the rooms on either side. I especially liked the trunk to place our shoes in and slippers that were available to wear while inside the room. We thoroughly enjoyed the food that was prepared at the Inn, including the hot breakfast in the morning (included in the price) and dinner both nights. We had lunch one day at the Pear Orchard Temple and were very pleased. Everything was freshly prepared and delicious.
During the day we rented bikes at the Inn and rode through the neighboring villages and into Shaxi. Once in town we locked up the bikes and explored by foot before returning to the Inn. For our final night at the Inn we arranged with the hotel manager, Sam, to have the 5 women who work there put on a show on the Old Theatre Inn Stage. It was really neat to see them dressed in the traditional Bai clothing and performing traditional dances. We definitely recommend staying at this Inn. It was a good place to stay for two nights on our journey between Dali and Lijiang. It takes a little bit of effort to get there, but it's well worth the visit!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank petbet
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