This is hotel a really unique one. It’s not a chain brand. Instead, the hotel’s history stems from being a military / government accommodation. They like to boast that Chairman Mao himself stayed here at least 10 times.
Distance from Shanghai: Right on the West Lake, so around three hours depending on Hangzhou traffic.
Room rate: ¥1,900 upwards
Best for: Unique Hangzhou experience, views, green grounds
The Location: Set in huge grounds right on Hangzhou’s West Lake, it has the perfect location for Hangzhou tourism. You can reach all of the areas, get up to the hills easily and see all of the lake without being crowded out by other tourists.
The Hotel: The food at the Chinese restaurant is very good Hangzhou cuisine (forget the buffet restaurant), and while they don’t have specific play areas for kids, the whole grounds are very nice for walking around — just be careful of the hotel’s buggies transporting around guests.
The Rooms: The rooms are very nice and high-quality – just make sure you splash out for that lake view! The price is much higher for lake view rooms, but this is a special treat at a unique hotel right in the best location of Hangzhou.
Overall: The best way to see Hangzhou. You can get everywhere you want, while you view the lake away from the massive crowds.