Before traveling to Guilin & Yangshuo, we were very confused as to which city to stay and how much time to allocate to each city.

Where to pick – Guilin or Yangshuo?

To break it down for you, Guilin is essentially a big city with lots of parks. To be honest, it wasn’t our favourite but we loved Yangshuo. It is however worthwhile to stay in Guilin for a few nights (to see the pagodas, to visit Pantao Road street food market & if you would like to visit the rice fields of Longsheng) but we would recommend spending more of your time in Yangshuo. It may also be necessary to spend a night or two in Guilin for ongoing travel. The closest airport is in Guilin and there are many connecting trains from Guilin.

How much time to allocate between the two cities?

Allocate at least 2 nights to Guilin and 3 nights to Yangshuo to avoid being rushed in this gorgeous area. See our travel guide for The Best Things to Do in Guilin and Yangshuo.

Where is the best place to search for accommodation?

We generally use booking.com to book our accommodation stays as we feel that it is very user-friendly and provides great search categories.

  • Here is a list of all available properties in Guilin during your dates.
  • Here is a list of all available properties in Yangshuo during your dates.

However, to save you time hunting down the best places, we have completed a list of accommodation in different budget categories in Guilin & Yangshuo that we would personally select and stay in based on using certain search categories in booking.com to ensure that you are not disappointed in your accommodation.

Budget Accommodation Guilin (Expect to pay between $15 – $40 USD a night)

To be safe in the budget category in Guilin (be guaranteed a half decent wifi signal and modern lodging) we would recommend using the following parameters on booking.com:

  • Air Conditioning
  • 9 or better review score
  • Wifi

With this criteria, these are the budget hotels that we would select in Guilin:

We stayed at the Ease Hostel during our time in Guilin. As a couple, we are not normally a fan of hostels and would generally avoid them. However, after seeing the 9.4/10 review score and the very modern rooms at bargain basement prices, our minds were changed. We were not unhappy with our decision as the hostel was extremely comfortable. It would even be an appropriate option for older couples who never stay in hostels. The best part? For great accomodation, we only paid 106 CNY a night ($15 USD).

Mid-Range Accommodation Guilin (Expect to pay between $40 – $90 USD a night)

To ensure a step up from budget listings with a few extra creature comforts, expect to pay between $40 – $90 USD a night in Guilin. Mid-range accommodation is perfect for those who are on a short holiday & need a little extra comfort for some much needed rest & relaxation without paying the huge price tag of luxury listings. We recommend using the following parameters on booking.com for great Mid-Range Accommodation in Guilin:

  • Air Conditioning
  • 8 or better review score
  • Wifi
  • 4 stars
  • Breakfast included

With this criteria, these are the mid-range hotels that we would select in Guilin:

Luxury Accommodation Guilin (Expect to pay between $100 USD + a night)

Luxury accommodation in Guilin is perfect for those who are on a special vacation such as a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon or just for those who don’t mind spending a bit extra for the fine things in life. Expect to generally pay $100 USD upwards a night to achieve true luxury in Guilin. This is the criteria we use to search for luxury accommodation on booking.com:

  • Air Conditioning
  • 8 or better review score
  • Wifi
  • 5 stars
  • Breakfast included

With this criteria, these are the luxury hotels that we would select in Guilin:

Budget Accommodation Yangshuo (Expect to pay between $15 – $40 USD a night)

As we mentioned before, to be safe in the budget category (be guaranteed a half decent wifi signal and modern lodging) we would recommend using the following parameters on booking.com:

  • Air Conditioning
  • 9 or better review score
  • Wifi

With this criteria, these are the budget hotels that we would select in Yangshuo:

We stayed at the Mountain Stream Inn during our time in Yangshuo. Not only was this hotel super cheap (we only paid 99 CNY a night) but it was extremely modern and comfortable. Despite the cheap price, we would rate it in the same category as many 4 star hotels in more expensive parts of the world. Also, if you like exotic pets or are just an animal lover, you will love this hotel as it is also home to a giant tortoise along with two adorable cats and a dog.

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Mid-Range Accommodation Yangshuo (Expect to pay between $60 – $120 USD a night)

To ensure a step up from budget listings with a few extra creature comforts, expect to pay $60 – $120 in Yangshuo. Mid-range accommodation is perfect for those who are on a short holiday & need a little extra comfort for some much needed rest & relaxation without paying the huge price tag of luxury listings. We recommend using the following parameters on booking.com for Mid-Range Accommodation in Yangshuo:

  • Air Conditioning
  • 8 or better review score
  • Wifi
  • 4 stars
  • Breakfast included

With this criteria, these are the mid-range hotels that we would select in Yangshuo:

Luxury Accommodation Yangshuo (Expect to pay between $200 USD + a night)

Luxury accommodation in Yangshuo is perfect for those who are on a special vacation such as a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon or just for those who don’t mind spending a bit extra for the fine things in life. Expect to generally pay $200 USD upwards a night to achieve true luxury in Yangshuo. This is the criteria we use to search for luxury accommodation on booking.com:

  • Air Conditioning
  • 8 or better review score
  • Wifi
  • 5 stars
  • Breakfast included

With this criteria, these are the luxury hotels that we would select in Yangshuo:

We hope you found this guide helpful in selecting the best possible accommodation options in Guilin & Yangshuo. If you stayed somewhere other than this list and found it fantastic, we would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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