9.5 Review Score
February 19, 2018
The most beautifully designed boutique hotel with the best staff! The manager made sure we had the best time and they've started doing their own off te beaten path tours - that are a must do! Don't waste your time following other tourists around in mass tours with no personal touches, John will make sure you see Guilin through the eyes of a local and take you to hidden gems and make your stay super memorable. I also ripped my jacket that they promptly took and fixed for me, and being a vegetarian they were more than happy to recommend restaurants and even cook veggie food for me! Couldn't recommend this place more.
February 8, 2018
Comfortable and the room is full of design details
A little bit difficult to find in the alley
Strongly recommend the free city walk program. The handsome guy with Fluent English will walk you to all the great secene，local food and other surprises. My 10 years old girl also enjoyed that.
February 3, 2018
Quaint and peaceful
We had a wonderful stay. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and accommodated all of our needs. We will definently be coming back to stay in the future. Thank you all again for making us feel at home.
January 19, 2018
When I️ booked three nights at zen tea house, I️ was excited about what I️ saw in the photos because I️t looked very clean and nice. However, what I️ got out of staying here was so much more. From the very beginning, with a ride from the train station and a tea ceremony to greet us, the staff was very accommodating and wonderful. They took us to dinner several times to help us order authentic Chinese food and we also did a city tour with the staff where we visited delicious street food destinations and the local market. We also went on their special tour which I️ highly recommend. The tour takes you to a mountain top, an old stone city and then cycling or rafting down the river to Yangzhou. They even offered us a free stay at their other location; unfortunately we did not have enough time. Altogether this was one of the best places I’ve ever stayed. The place was very peaceful, clean, and there was always free tea. I️ would recommend staying here to everyone.
January 16, 2018
Stylish getaway next to Qixing Gongyuan
Cozy Japanese style place that is excellently located (away from the noisy downtown and very close to Qixing Gongyuan), kids-friendly and accommodating personnel.
Chwee Chen Khoo
December 19, 2017
Convenient, clean, cozy... Highly recommended
November 27, 2017
A bit of peace in the middle of the busy city's hustle and bustle.
It is not a complaint, but because the hotel is on the riverside, there is a short alleyway leading to it. This makes it hard for taxi drivers to find, so be sure to print out the Chinese version of the reservation to show the taxi driver - with the phone number so they can call if necessary.
The Guilin Zen Tea House is a peaceful refuge in the midst of a bustling city. We leave our shoes and stress at the door, and enter a quiet space that has a Japanese feeling to it. The staff speak very good English and were genuinely friendly and helpful, and the room was well-equipped and comfortable, with a large wooden platform by the window on which to relax and have tea, Japanese style. The view of the small east river is lovely. There is a satisfying western style breakfast available, and the coffee is good. What more could anyone need?
November 25, 2017
We would come again.
Not much. It’s a little hard to find.
The staff was wonderful. Friendly. Helpful. Kind. Room was very clean, a little small but wonderfully appointed. We would just get a bigger room next time. Breakfast was good. The place is lovely. Close enough to transportation.
November 14, 2017
Best hotel experience
Breakfast could be a bit more substantial and varied.
Everything is super excellent!
November 11, 2017
Very nice & uniqe hotel. ggod location
It was hard to find the hotel-no signs on the main road & the hotel is inside
Its a very special hotel. staff are very kind & speak good english. the room was clean and nice & breakfest good
November 9, 2017
Beautiful place in the heart of Guilin. The rooms were nicely decorated and we were given free tea and beer. The owner was extremely helpful, he led us to a great restaurant, drove us to the bus station, gave us sound advice for our trip... We are really thankful to him and we'd love to go back to his relaxed, zen, place.
October 16, 2017
There are no signs and its hard to find the place
Its a uniqe bodhist hotel.very beautiful.very clean and very nice staff mostvspeak good english
October 7, 2017
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October 2, 2017
Nice hotel in see, but not great area
Location is not so great--it's by the river, but in a not close to most Guilin attractions.
Pleasant, clean, well-equipped hotel with helpful staff.
September 22, 2017
OK for stopover between flights.
The hotel is not where it is marked on the map. It's about 12 km from the airport and it was a bit of a worry as we were driven off along the highway and then down a dirt road. There don't seem to be any nearby shops nor restaurants, though they did bring us some very basic meals when asked. As noted in other reviews, the name on the hotel is not the one listed on the website.
The information desk called from the airport and they came in about 20mins to collect us from there. No-one speaks English but there is a nice young man who does a good job with a few words and a translation app. It's clean, good bathroom with lots of hot water. The first room was next to some sort of workshop next door but on request we got a better room. The airport shuttle is available on request.
September 18, 2017
The name is more accurate than you'd think!
Stayed one night but the food was awesome, staff were approachable and friendly and the room was clean and comfortable. Even though we stayed only one night the location appears to be great. I would recommend this for a relaxing spot for your time in Guilin.
August 24, 2017
It makes me want to return to Gulin and to the Zen tea house, it is full of peace and positive energ
difficult to locate from the street, as the sign had been removed
It was peaceful, they were so helpful with every aspect of travel and how to expereince peace while in busy Guilin
August 4, 2017
Probably the best hotel ever
Maybe the signage of the hotel could be a bit better.
Friendly English speaking staff, which helped us with lot of stuff, tours offered with discount (we paid less than people from other hotels on our tour to Rice Terraces), extremely nice room with tea, shampoo, hairbrush etc. Big and great Chinese breakfast with excellent coffee, big terrace with great view and so on.. This hotel is just perfect, the price/quality ratio is the best that I have ever seen in my life.
June 26, 2017
Perfect rooms and excellent and very helpful service.
June 14, 2017
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