The biggest attraction in Hangzhou is the picture perfect West Lake, and the Crystal Orange Hotel is ideally situated to make the most of the lake's sights and activities. A five minute stroll from the lake, the Crystal Orange is a trendy boutique style hotel with very reasonable prices.
A superior twin room cost only $80 Aus, and included breakfast. Okay, the breakfast was really ordinary and more suited to Asian travellers, but we made do with the fresh fruit and coffee that was offered.
The room was comfy with modern brown and white decor, the beds and linen of good quality, and the marble bathroom had one of the best showers I've ever had in a hotel.
Complimentary water and green tea were provided in the room, along with a small chocolate on the pillows.
The staff were efficient and attentive, and wouldn't take a tip for bringing the luggage to our room. Requests were dealt with promptly, and we had the feeling that nothing would be too much trouble.
Free wifi internet is available in the lobby, and you can help yourself to fresh apples and orange sweets at the reception desk.
Although the restaurant serves only breakfast, there are numerous restaurants around the corner and along the lake road. There are also several good coffee shops further along the lake road.
The lake itself is ideal for a few days' exploring. You can boat, sail or walk around it, and there are museums, temples and gardens aplenty. Early morning sees many groups of locals practising Tai Chi and martial arts. It's worth getting up early to experience this.
This is a truly beautiful spot, and the Crystal Orange is the ideal spot to enjoy it. Far better than the overpriced Hyatt hotel a few kilometres down the road.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Crystal Orange
- Crystal Orange Hangzhou