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Reviewed 6 December 2011

This is a great place to stay for travellers, maybe not regular holidaymakers. Bruce is a fantastic host and bends over backwards to offer help and advice to his guests. While I was there he bought 2 train tickets for me saving me a lot of time and effort. To be honest the place is pretty basic, but it is very good value so no real surprises there. The compound has a small garden and pond which gives a nice natural feel. The dining and lounge areas are not spotless or even that tidy but have a nice, casual 'lived in' feel. My room was fine, although the bathroom was a bit grubby in places. Breakfast is very basic with Bruce being the only staff member it is pretty much do-it-yourself but I was happy with that. And the people who stay there make a great travelling atmosphere, with plenty of stories around the table. The Chalet is well off the beaten track but within easy walking distance of Shuhe (about 15 mins) down an unlit track with no signs so you are reliant on a pickup to get there. Bruce has bikes to get around locally but I never used them. In a nutshell it comes down to this - if you took away Bruce then this place would get one or two stars tops. He is the draw here, but that puts a lot of pressure on his time. You find him being drawn away by other guests as you are talking to him. I wonder how he keeps it up! Bottom line is I recommend Bruce, and the Chalet just comes with him!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank trailfinder58
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

We had a fabulous stay at the Bruce Chalet! We stayed for three nights, then left our bags there while we did an overnight trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge, then returned for a final night at the Bruce Chalet.

We arrived late in Lijiang and just before our taxi driver got to Shuhe, his van got a flat tire. We called Bruce and he came out right away with his partner Bella to pick us up. When we first got to the room, we were a little worried that we didn't see a switch to turn on the heat, as it was pretty chilly. However, the heat lamp in the shower and the heating pads for the king size bed kept us nice and toasty. I also have to say that we travelled for three months and the bed at the Bruce Chalet was one of the most comfortable of our entire trip!

Bruce was extremely helpful with orienting us to the region, helping us plan our trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge, arranging cars, offering the use of bikes (although these are not in the best condition...). We really liked the communal nature of breakfast, which is where we were able to talk most with Bruce and other travelers. The garden in the middle of the Chalet is beautiful!

Bruce really did go above and beyond for us, though, after I was stung by a wasp during our trek through TLG and my foot had swollen up to twice its size. We went first to a pharmacy to dry to get some antihistamines and we encountered a translation obstacle as the kind women who worked there didn't speak any English. We called Bruce and he helped us translate, but we still couldn't find anything that seemed right. The women thought I needed to go to a hospital but were worried that the doctor would only speak Chinese. Bruce offered to drive into town (his chalet is about 15 mins outside of Lijiang) and accompany us to the hospital! He was a real star, waiting with us to see the doctor, trying to convince the doctor that an IV wouldn't be the most helpful (to no avail, I still ended up having an IV). We were SO grateful for him being there and going far beyond our expectations. We HIGHLY recommend this hotel, you will love it!

*FYI: it is a little outside Shuhe (5-10 min walk), which we didn't mind, but we had a few disgruntled taxi drivers (coming from Lijiang) who couldn't find it and wanted more money.

Room Tip: Request a room on the 2nd floor.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Cecilia70808
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

Wonderful hosts (Bruce and Bella), excellent location, and superb place. Bruce is fluent in English: he spent 8 years in Canada, in high school and university. He is also an excellent source of information on local and China-wide stories. We found him most helpful.

The location: just outside Shuhe, which is just outside Lijiang. We very much appreciated waking up with a view of Snow Mountain, and our daily walk into Shuhe, alongside farm fields. We can't imagine why anyone would want to stay in the tourist madness of Lijang! Bruce's Guesthouse is walking distance to Naxi villages, 10 minutes from excellent eating places in Shuhe, and 30 minutes from the old town of Lijiang by mini-bus (2 Yuan).

Room Tip: Ask for the room with the balcony that overlooks the mountains.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Michel D
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

We spent two nights at the Bruce Chalet and the room we had was ok. It was a little small for two people and our luggage but we didn't spend much time at the hotel. There are electric blankets to keep the bed warm in cold winter nights. The bathroom was just fine with hot shower. The host, Bruce was very helpful. We had arranged taxi from pick up from airport and the guy was there with our name right on time and it wasn't expensive.

Couple of points about location: The Bruce Chalet is in Shuhe town and NOT in Lijiang. Lijiang ancient town is about 6Km away from Shuhe. So if you are looking to stay near Lijiang this would be far. We purposely stayed in Shuhe and after visiting Lijiang I think it was the right choice. The hotel is about 5-10 minute walk from Shuhe town and it gets pretty dark at night so walking from late night back to hotel might be a challenge. We arrived about 8pm at night and although Bruce was nice enough to drive us to Shuhe to look for food, we found it to be inconvenient since there was no way for us to get to Shuhe town on our own to look for food. Last point about location, since it is out of town, the place is very quite!

Bruce was also nice enough to arrange a trip for us to Tiger Leaping Gorge and he wasn't going to be there in the morning but left us all the details and also called the bus driver in the morning to check to make sure we got to the bus ok.

We didn't really have breakfast at the place so can't comment on the food. My suggestion would be to get breakfast in Shuhe town instead. Most selection and great variety. It is a nice walk through small farms to Shuhe town. Overall we were pleased with our stay but if we had to pick again we would stay closer to Shuhe town though.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Weimarner
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

As mentioned before you're staying outside Lijiang and it's a 10 minute walk to the old town of Shuhe which can be rather dark at night.

Bruce and his team are very very friendly and helpful, rooms are comfy and clean so if you don't mind being somewhat removed from the action this place offers excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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