This hotel is located right near one of the nicest parts of the lake, or so my local friend tells me (believe it or not we found so many things to do in Hangzhou that we never even got around to fully checking out the lake). So if it's location you're after and you are on a tight budget then this place is doable. For us though, it had one major problem: really smelly bathrooms. When we were first shown to our room the stench hit us immediately, so we asked for a different room. The next room we were shown to was obviously an upgrade as it slept 3, not 2. It smelt a bit better so we accepted it and went on in. The stench was still there, but since this room was slightly larger the bathroom wasn't right on top of the sleeping area so when the door was closed it was bearable and we crashed out from a big day of hiking.
The next morning we woke to the sound of what sounded like a playground right in our room. Turns out there is a restaurant right outside and the al fresco dining was literally centimeters away from our window. This may not be the case with all rooms, but we were in the back building, so watch for this one. The rooms are not decorated at all so look pretty awful.
The hair dryer that was listed as being supplied was a rather long and wet walk to reception away (unless you speak Chinese, in which case you could try your luck asking for one). The toilet area (a real stinker!) felt unclean. And the curtain separating the toilet from the restaurant outside not close perfectly, leaving you feeling pretty exposed. Shower took ages to warm up or adjust heat control, and natural light in the bedroom area meant opening the curtain to all the passers by. Oh yes, the area is not very good for transport. When we asked for a taxi to go get some food the reply was 'no'. A bit of pushing resulted in a cab arriving within 5 mins though - not sure if this was luck or not...
That said, the bed was a bed and if you can't afford better then it may be ok. We got in really late at night so weren't in a position energy-wise to be room shopping. You might have better luck, but do be warned that there are potential issues here. We stayed at another hotel near the lake and within walking distance to the Longjin tea fields and museum which was at a similar price point but had nicer decor, but unfortunately had the same stench. Might be a cheap Chinese hotel thing.
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