We spent an enchanted two days in this enchanting location by the West Lake. The nicely-decorated cabins are small but their coziness was part of what made the experience special. There's not much room for for luggage--or moving around--but we had no problem making do. The bed advertised as King size was anything but (Queen? Full?). Don't plan to share a cabin with anyone you're not comfortable being intimate with. The bathroom was immaculately clean. The cabin was damp and slightly musty when we arrived--the buildings are in the woods by a lake after all--but a dehumidifier is provided and within a few hours the dampness and odor were gone. We had dinner under stately trees and stars on our first night. The food was decent and wine is available. (Most of the wine is Chinese or French red, quite expensive, and not stored under the best conditions: a metal box in a shed that is open to elements throughout the year. There's a second storage area beneath one of the service buildings. Be sure to request a bottle from there.) If you're desperate for a taste of home, there are 2 Starbucks both within a 10-minute walk on the lake grounds.
The hotel is a two-minute walk from the road and taxi drivers will not know where to drop you off. Bring the hotel phone # and have the driver call the hotel as soon as you are in the area. A staff member will meet you at the road and escort you through the woods. There was a problem with the credit card machine at the checkout and the clerk didn't know how to handle it. Also, there were no taxis available and we nearly missed our train so be sure to arrange transportation the night before departure and leave plenty of time for checkout. In general, the staff is extremely friendly and eager to help.
The eastern shore of West Lake is crowded, overrun by day trippers. The Lotus Glade is secluded in the Northwest section of the lake where less crowds and more park make it possible to fully appreciate the evocative, justly famous lake scenery.
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