For anyone that knows the rigors of travel in China, I was stunned to have found peace and quiet at this lovely hotel. While the rooms and common areas are certainly not to the level of the Four Seasons or other high-end luxury properties, they are comfortable and the grounds make up for any deficiencies. The hotel is located directly on the lake and mirrors a China of a bygone era. Additionally, the history is fascinating. We were lucky enough that our host requested a tour of the Mao Museum on site and they opened it for us. Very interesting to see the photos of Mao through the years at the Guesthouse. We also took a long walk up into the hills behind the property to see Mao's study perched on a hilltop in the woods. This is the location that Mao crafted the PRC's constitutional outline, hosted dignitaries, relaxed, and picked his own tea. Additionally, it was interesting to see the staff of PRC Soldiers that guard the various entrances and guest houses. Throughout the day you can see them marching to change guards at each position. If you are in Hangzhou, I would recommend that you seek out the Xihu and enjoy the experience and the quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel was once an old abbey, and has a history over 100 years. It covers an area of 360,000㎡, backed by mountains, surrounded by West Lake, away from the noisy city, it is a resort like paradise. The hotel boasts its Chinese garden and architecture, it is known as “the most famous garden of West Lake”. Luxury hotel rooms, fine food and wine, perfect conference facilities, private music hall and theater, very local characterized lakeside teahouse, luxury yachts and boats, and lawn yoga, all these will let you enjoy a slow life in the world heritage area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xihu State Guesthouse Hotel Hangzhou
- Xihu State Hotel