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Where to Stay in Dali, China - 3 Best Accommodation Areas

Dali City in Yunnan with the romantic “wind, flowers, snow and moon” and the famous history of Dail Old Town and Nanzhao Kingdom is really worth for your visit at least once for some cultural and sightseeing days. So during your memorable travel experience in Dali, where to stay in Dail? This useful guide article is going to show you the top areas to stay, recommended accommodations, and planning ideas for your Dali trip plan! Let’s go!

Top 3 Areas to Stay in Dali, China

Traveling in Dali, international people usually choose 3 areas to stay - Dali Old Town area, Shaxi Ancient Town area and Xizhou Old Town area for the best convenience of sightseeing. Check details of each area and the top accommodations at below!

Map of Where to Stay in Dali

Map of 3 Best Places to Stay in Dali

1. Dali Old Town & around - Most Chosen with Most Attractions Nearby

Dali Old Town is nearly the No.1 attraction in Dali City, and staying in and around Dali Old Town is the most recommended for anyone planning a trip there. You can have an easy walk to discover the authentic historic flavor of this famous ancient city, no matter for architecture admiration in day time or leisure stroll at night along the lit up streets. Besides, lots of highlights including Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake, Three Pagoda & Chongsheng Temple, and so forth are also very close to the old town, which can be accessed with short driving time, usually within 0.5 hour. Furthermore, as the favorite area to stay for visitors, abundant accommodation choices from luxury 5 star to budget 3 star, from boutique hotels to cost-efficient hostels are scattered around this area. Some famous international brands can also be found there, and the prices are usually better than those in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, etc. If you prefer quieter night stay, hotels outside Dali Old Town are better than those in the town, and prices are also usually lower!

Recommended Accommodation in Dali Old Town:

Gurong Hotel Dali (大理维笙古榕会馆) (5 star)
Address: No.59 Bo’ai Road, Dali Old Town, Dali

The One Hotel & Resort Dali (大理THE ONE古城一号院) (5 star)
Address: No.9 Bo’ai Raod, Dali Old Town, Dali

E-Outfitting Boutique Hotel (大理首驿精品酒店) (4 star)
Address: No.14 Xinmin Road, Dali Old Town, Dali

Taiheju Inn (Fairyland Hotel Daili Wuhualou Tai He Ju) (大理古城泰和居客栈) (3 star)
Address: No.260 Fuxing Road, Dali Old Town, Dali

Recommended Accommodation outside Dali Old Town:

Dai Regent Hotel (大理风花雪月大酒店) (5 star)
Address: Junction of Yuer Road and Dali Road, Dali Town, Dali

Hilton Dali Resort & SPA (大理实力希尔顿酒店) (5 star)
Ganrong Road, Qiliqiao, Xiaguan Town, Dali

Dali Landscape Hotel (大理古城兰林阁酒店) (4 star)
Address: No.96 Yuer Road, Dali Town, Dali

Dali Asia Star Hotel (大理亚星大饭店) (4 star)
Address: Close to South Gate of Dali Old Town, Dali (out of Dali Old town)

Recommended Dali Old Town Tour:

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Dali Old Town Dali Old Town
Where to Stay in Dali The One Hotel & Resort Dali (in Dali Old Town)
Where to Stay in Dali Hilton Dali Resort & SPA (outside Dali Old Town)

2. Shaxi Ancient Town - Best for Extent Trip to Shaxi Ancient Town

If you show interests on Shaxi Ancient Town like many others to seek the remaining peaceful look of the only existing old market along the significant ancient Tea Horse Road, you are highly suggested to stay there for one night. And Shaxi is comparatively much quieter than Dali Old Town and Lijiang Old Town, so staying within is preferred by travelers there to enjoy the real old charm. Although there does not offer so many hotels as Dali or Lijiang, some 3-5 star hotels, boutique hotels, budget hostels, etc. are also very easy to find. Some advanced boutique hotels also prepare exquisite design, fine facilities and bedclothes for your comfortable rest!

Recommended Accommodations around Shaxi Old Town:

Shaxi Landscape Hotel (剑川沙溪兰林阁酒店) (5 star)
Address: No.2 Sideng Street, Shaxi Old Town, Jianchuan, Dali

Shaxi Aoding Courtyard (剑川沙溪典庭) (4 star)
Address: No.204 Aofeng Raod, Sideng Street, Shaxi Old Town, Jianchuan, Dali

Shaxi Aoxiu Zige Hotel (剑川沙溪鳌岫紫阁酒店) (4 star)
Address: Beside the Gate of Car Park, Sideng Street, Jianchuan, Dali

Shaxi Cato’s Inn (剑川沙溪大猫驿客栈) (4 star)
Address: No.36 Guzong Lane, Shaxi Old Town, Jianchuan, Dali

Tea and Horse Caravan Trail Inn (剑川古道客栈) (3 star)
Address: No.83 Sideng Street, Shaxi Old Town, Jianchuan, Dali

Recommended Dali Tour with Shaxi Ancient Town:

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Where to Stay in Dali Shaxi Landscape Hotel
Where to Stay in Dali Shaxi Aoding Courtyard

3. Xizhou Old Town - Close to Bai Ethnic Dwellings & Erhai Lake

Staying around Xizhou Old Town if favored by both domestic and international visitors to closely touch the beautiful Bai ethnic dwellings and have a close look at the shimmering Erhai Lake from your window. In this ancient town, apart from some budget inns, there are also some praised boutique hotels for a special stay experience. Besides, you can find some high valued accommodation owned by foreign people.

Recommended Accommodations in Nanan District:

Lindern Centre (大理喜林苑客栈) (5 star)
Address: No.5 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali

Xilin Garden Yanbao Chengfu Inn (大理喜林苑客栈 严宝成府店) (5 star)
Address: No.3 Fuchun Lane, Xizhou Town, Dali

Sky Valley Heritage Boutique Hotel (大理天谷喜院古迹精品酒店) (4 star)
Address: Xianglong Village, Sili Village Committee, Xizhou Town, Dali

Dali Ji Yi Si Guest House (Ji Yi Si Boutique Hotel) (大理己已巳古迹花园客栈 (3 star)
Address: No.12 Chengbei Village, Xizhou Town, Dali

Recommended Xizhou Old Town Tour:

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8 Days Classic Yunnan Tour (Kunming / Dali / Lijiang / Shangri-La)

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Where to Stay in Dali Lindern Centre at Xizhou Old Town
Where to Stay in Dali Lindern Centre at Xizhou Old Town

Can I Stay around Erhai Lake?

There are some accommodations for travelers around Erhai Lake area, but due to environmental control, there are not many choices along the lake at present, plus prices are usually higher than those around Dali Old Town. However, if you would like to enjoy staying closer to Erhai Lake sightseeing, you can arrange your accommodation only at Shuanglang Island, and nearly all are guesthouses with exquisite decoration. For international travelers, it is not recommended very much.

How to Plan Your Dali (China) Tour

Visitors usually plan 2 days in Dali to enjoy the top highlights including Dali Old Town, Three Pagodas & Chongsheng Temple, Erhai Lake, Cangshan Mountain, Xizhou Old Town, Zhoucheng Old Town, etc. to savor the best historical culture, stunning landscape and wonderful ethnic custom. Besides, many people prefer extend to the famous Shaxi Ancient Town to explore the Tea Horse Road culture in another 1 day.

Furthermore, actually most travelers arrange Dali city as a part of their Yunnan travel to visit more top destinations in one go, such as Kunming famous as Spring City and convenient province capital, Lijiang with ancient Lijiang Old City, Shangri-La dreamed by visitors as the world pure land, Yuanyang with terrific rice terraces, Xishuangbanna with exciting tropical flavor and Dai ethnic dances, etc., which usually needs 6-15 days based on your exploration depth! Moreover, if you have any idea of more interested destinations in China to travel with Dali together, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, etc., please feel free to contact us and our experienced travel expert will help you to plan you coming tour with sincerity!

Recommended Dali Yunnan Tour Packages:

6 Days Yunnan Essence Tour (Kunming / Dali / Lijiang)

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Dali Three Pagodas Dali Three Pagodas
Lijiang Old Town Lijiang Old Town

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