There's little wonder as to why China's Yunnan Province is growing in
popularity as a travel destination. Boasting snow-capped
mountains, alpine landscapes, pristine lakes, and wonderful
mountain valleys, the sights here are utterly spectacular.
Many visitors to Yunnan come to see the old town in Lijiang,
and to experience the magical realm of Shangri
La. The capital of the Yunnan Province is Kunming,
and since many tours in the area start here, you might
choose a Yunnan lodging spot here. Perhaps you'll
want to stay in Shangri-La, and there certainly are some
great Lijiang hotels worth considering. For those who like nightlife, the Yunnan
town of Ruili offers a list of bars, casinos, and discotheques.
The hotels in Yunnan offer
options to fit most budgets and tastes, with the abundant
guesthouses among the cheapest Yunnan accommodation choices.
The following recommendations for Yunnan
hotels aim to help you find the right accommodations
for you on your upcoming trip South of the Clouds.
As mentioned, there are quite a few nice Lijiang hotels to choose from when looking for Yunnan lodging options, and among them is the luxurious Banyan Tree Lijiang. Hotels in Yunnan rarely come this nice, so if you have room in the budget, you might splurge to enjoy a wonderful Yunnan lodging experience. An architectural masterpiece and 5-star hotel, the Banyan Tree is setting new standards for not only the Lijiang hotels, but for all the hotels in Yunnan Province and in China overall. The villas here are all spacious and sumptuous, and they come with a long list of amenities that include, but certainly aren't limited to, cable TV, an in-room safe, a mini-stereo, a DVD player, a work desk, and coffee and tea making facilities. The evening turndown service is an added plus, and you can even choose from different pillow options for a great night's sleep. Outside of the gracious villas is a nice heated outdoor pool, a welcome spa, a nice restaurant, a fitness center, and a tennis court. If you don't have DVD's with you, there are some to select from in the hotel library, and for those looking to enjoy the scenery, you can book tours through the hotel that include guided hikes and horseback riding excursions, among others. The service here is top notch, and all things considered, it's hard to top the Banyan Tree Lijiang when looking for luxurious Yunnan hotels.
Resting at the base of the Songtsam Lama Temple in Shangri-La, is the elegant Songtsam Hotel. Perhaps not as luxurious as the Banyan Tree Lijiang, the Songtsam is not too far behind. A boutique hotel, there are only 22 rooms at this excellent Yunnan lodging option, some of which are delectable suites. Locally-made furnishings grace each room, be it standard or a luxury suite, and the classic Tibetan fabrics and carpets throughout help to give the hotel its authentic and charming appeal. The suites here have internet connections, while all rooms feature cable TV, IDD telephones, a CD player, and tea making wares. The bathrooms are tiled and offer flushing toilets. Plans are in the works to finish a new hotel wing here that will feature villa accommodations, and you might even find these villas finished and available by the time you take your upcoming Yunnan trip. A peaceful hotel that more than warrants the fairly high prices, it's hard to beat the Songtsam Hotel when looking for hotels in Yunnan that are specifically in Shangri-La.
There are plenty of affordable and darn cheap Yunnan lodging options, but for golfers coming to the area, it's worth it to splurge on the luxurious, and coincidentally pricy, Spring City Golf & Lake Resort in the Yunnan capital of Kunming. You're actually pretty well outside of the Kunming when you stay at this 5-star Yunnan lodging pick, but that doesn't bother most. Though you might be halfway across the planet when staying at this elegant golf resort, you'll be happy to know that the two championship courses here were designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones Jr. Racking up awards and accolades for excellence, the Spring City Resort is arguably the best golf club in the entire country, and it makes a case for consideration as one of the best in the world when it all comes down to it. If you're not golfing, you can hit the Spring City spa, or perhaps fit a quick workout in at the gym. There are some 43 deluxe rooms to choose from here, as well as a half-dozen suites. Villas are also available for those looking for added space and flexibility. Guest amenities standard throughout include satellite cable TV, a mini-bar, a safe deposit box, and king-size beds. The cozy villa options offer extra-rich furnishings, and you simply won't want for amenities.
Dali is another one of the neat cities in Yunnan worth hanging out in, and you'll find some nice Yunnan lodging options here to suit your fancy. Among the most recommendable is the Regent Hotel, which is not to be confused with the Regent Hotel chain. The Regent Hotel Dali is close enough to the airport, bus stand, and railway station to make it pretty convenient, and getting to the central market and a list of restaurants is easily accomplished by foot. Recent renovations have helped to bring this nice luxury Yunnan accommodation a better overall feel, and if you're lucky, you might be able to book a room in the new wing. Extra comfortable beds are just one guest amenity that makes a stay here rewarding, and other amenities include air-conditioning, a mini-bar, satellite cable TV, IDD phones, a hair dryer, and internet access. The private bathrooms are quite nice, offering a separate shower and bath tub. There are 3 restaurants here to choose from, and the swimming pool and sauna are nice for when you have some down time. Room service is available should you want to dine in, and it's quite convenient to be able to choose between single, double, twin, triple, and suite guest rooms. Certainly one of the nicer hotels in Dali, the Regent Hotel is also one of the finer hotels in Yunnan.