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Indigo lijiang

After having a wonderful stay in the Intercontinental and having a quick 2 day trip to Shangri La staying there at the M-Gallery. We decided to hit back to Lijiang and stay at a the Indigo Lijiang hotel this time. The hotel is located in the old part of the town. So you will be sleeping in an UNESCO heritage site.

Indigo Lijiang Entrance

Indigo Lijiang Entrance

Why should we change Hotel?   I mean we where really happy at the Intercontinental and i am part of the ambassador program.
Well on the internet i had read its one of the most beautiful hotels beside the Intercontinental and the Indigo is themed in the tea horse caravan trail.
So before i came back i quickly went to the Indigo and asked what are the benefits of being an gold ambassador IHG member at this Hotel ?
At first i did not get an answer which was a bit disappointing (but i am sure they were keeping the surprise).

So as soon as we came back from Shangri La and stopped in front of the Hotel with our Jeep.
One of the Hotels staff came to and said “Welcome Mr Tijssens”.
I was just so  amazed by this, i really love it when i get a personal approach, already feeling happy i went inside and decided to check in.

The Lady who was checking us in informed us:”Thank you for being gold ambassador” we upgraded you a couple of levels and gave you our private villa.

I was absolutely stunned. Never had i had such a warm welcome. I have never been in Indigo before but if they are all like this they have a big chance of becoming my favorite Hotels.

Together with her we walked to our villa and even in the road towards the hotel you could see the typical chinese symbols for longevity.  Arriving at our “home” we walked through a small gate and saw our neighbours relaxing on the shared teras. As soon as we opened the door we said wauw this is just beautiful. Everything was decorated in Horse Tea route style. From the Welcome Fruit basket that was shaped like a horse saddle too the subtle leather carpet.  In the beginning i did not even realize there were no beds so was amazed  i turned around and saw that there was a second floor. When going up you could quickly see the round bathtub and beautiful big bed. Als by making use of the natural light of the windows the room was beautifully lighted. you could see right into the old town from the windows.

Indigo Lijiang Bedroom

Indigo Lijiang Bedroom

Indigo Lijiang Bath

Indigo Lijiang Bath

There is no lounge in the hotel and some facilities are shared with the Intercontinental which is just across the street.

As for breakfast there is great choice for Western food, but you can also enjoy the local breakfast which is absolutely delicious.
You just explain what you want and they make it and bring it to your table.  There is really no question too much for the staff.

Together with the Intercontinental Lijiang this is still my favorite Hotel.




Holiday Inn Express Collingwood

After a somewhat bad experience in the Holiday Inn Express in Montreal i was a little bit sceptical about our upcoming stay in the one in Collingwood. After a stay in Canadas Best Value Inn in Parry Sound which absolutely horrible we leaved early to see our new destination and our new Hotel.

Arriving 3 hour before Check In time we weren’t sure if we would be able to check in already. But the lady at desk said it was absolutely not a problem. we where immediately greeted as an IHG member with some water and a little muesli bar. If we forgot some of our personal health attributes like a razor or a toothbrush we were informed that we could one at the desk.  The Hotel looked really clean from the outside and even on the inside it was maintained pretty good.  Being treated so well at check in we had already forgotten our previous stay and were relaxing in our room.


The Room was well maintained and had a fresh feel to it. we immediately liked it. The double bed feeled nice and soft (not as good as the Marriott tough but very descent ) . Internet connection was easy to set up and we were able to perform a hangout without any issues.  The bathroom was kept tidy and i did not have any complaints about it.


Finding a place to eat dinner in Collingwood.
We had a nice dinner just around the corner fo the hotel in an Brasserie Restaurant called the Iron Skillet and i loved the fact that they offered regional products and daily fresh suggestions this just makes a good restaurant for me. I even loved the fact that they had a pale ale from Collingwood to bad i only saw it after my second beer. The slogan of the beer fits the town with some ski slobs perfectly “Relax, Its all downhill from here”.

Swimming Pool

The pool was a major factor why we chose this Hotel and after the Best Value inn (Kids lessons and aquagym for the public) i was not sure anymore i would go to a Hotel pool anymore. But the pool was really tidy and the water had the perfect temperature. I was able to swim a few tracks.


The next day after a good sleep we wondered about the breakfast but once again were amazed by the fact that everything was kept tidy and there was a person continuously checking in on everything and making sure there was enough freshly baked bacon and so on.

Although i did not book using the ihg app or website i was treated as  an IHG member when showing my card  and i have to say it was a very pleasant stay at the Holiday Inn Express Collingwood.