The Crowne Plaza was the only choice for the other travel bunnie and I when we considered our hotel options for our two night stay in Lijiang. Given its location (with one of the hotel grounds entrances literally opening onto the street of the ancient town) and beautifully manicured onsite features (think running streams, ponds with cute wooden bridges, gorgeous cobbled stone paths and traditional style pavilions) this has to be one of the best hotels in the city.
From the moment we checked in and snuck a peek at the most stunning view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from the hotel's reception, to the effortless check out our entire stay was faultless. We chose to stay in a ground floor/courtyard room so that we could better experience the local way of life. The room was spacious, well soundproofed (which is a pet hate of mine when staying on the ground floor) and well appointed with comfortable sofa, large king sized bed, soaking tub and courtyard access (which I should note you share with the adjoining courtyard room occupants). While we elected to hop out and try the local cuisine in the ancient town at almost every opportunity, we did indulge in a high tea on our second day which was beautifully saved on the main pavilion’s outdoor area with an outlook to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and found the morning breakfast buffet extensive, fresh and well stocked each day. I should also mention as special thank you to the hotel's food and beverage manager who was nice enough to invite us for a private drink on the first night.
All in all, the hotel is exactly what I was looking for in our stay at Lijiang and I would gladly recommend it to anyone staying in the area.
Bunnies' travel notes:
Bunnies’ Suite Number: 501 – Deluxe Courtyard Room
Number of Rooms: 270
Swimming pool: Yes
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 12pm
Price: $290+ AUD
Hotel Class: 5 Star