We stayed in this hotel as part of our business trip and as we traveled with 2 teenagers (11 & 13) and the hotel did not have any 2 bedroom apartments available we opted for 2 individual bedrooms, side by side.
The hotel was pretty much on the top scale of our ranking (and we have stayed in hundreds over the years) but I deducted a point due to the located which I will explain later.
There is not much to say. Everything was great including breakfast on the first floor which had a huge range and probably 20% of western food. Didn't bother us if you know what to choose from. Rooms where absolutely quite, FREE WIFI which is a huge bonus for me, friendly and helpful staff with enough English to get me through.
Now to the location.
I thought I'm pretty good in booking rooms and planning our trips ahead and I had hardly ever any problems in the years gone by. But this one got me by surprise. On the map location I thought it would be a 10min ride by taxi to the main tourist locations such as West Lake and the old village. But the traffic is unbelievable. It took as 1 hour each way and while its not expensive it does take 2 hours off your day and you cant really pop into your hotel during the day to freshen up as you spend too much time on the road.
West Lake is a must as is shopping in Hangzhou and luckily we had some local friends which showed us the cheapest shopping spots where no tourists are found. We couldn't find it much cheaper anywhere in China on our trips.
As of the time we visited Hangzhou (07th April 2012), a new Subway is being constructed. It should be finished by the end of the year which i guess should improve the transport situation immensely.
Overall, I would certainly stay again in this hotel if I have any work to do on this side of the town, but otherwise I would opt for a hotel near or around West lake, preferably on the east side of the lake. And keep in mind that West lake is massive as well and there are millions of people.
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