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West Lake State Guesthouse

No.18 Yanggong Causeway, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310007, China
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Hamilton, Canada
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

*Disclaimer, this is a review for the hotel restaurant (Zi Wei Restaurant), not the hotel rooms. Dining at the guesthouse is an utter privilege. Though, whether staying or eating, I recommend taking a taxi in. The armed guards would like you to stay a certain distance back, and it's hard yelling across several meters that you're here for food and... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

This is our fifth, and worst, five-star hotel that we stayed at in our five-city China trip. No doubt, the grounds of the hotel are the most beautiful and best maintained, and the location couldn't be better with a prime view of the beautiful west lake. This state-run former Mao resident turned hotel, however, has an unhelpful and unfriendly staff... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It was the best place we stayed at all trip! The grounds are stunning. It's a great example of a high end Chinese hotel. Different types of rooms are housed in different buildings and the buildings spread across the grounds. We got up early to walk the grounds and caught the sunrise coming up over the Leifeng Pagoda! The location... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Don't get me wrong..... I consider Hangzhou to be safe city...but whee else can a tourist stay in Hangzhou where they have armed Chinese guard protecting you. I chose to stay at the Xihu State Guest house primarily for the historic nature of the place...it supposedly was Mao's favorite retreat.... And the location right on the West Lake is perhaps... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You won’t be regretful after living in Xihu State Guesthouse for a night. The surrounding of the hotel is absolutely beautiful since it’s near West Lake. My husband and I ordered a lake view room. I have enjoyed appreciating West Lake in a quiet environment instead of in a crowded one. The safe guard is supreme since there are armed... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at the room in building 6. I think it is the worst location in this hotel. I asked the better view but the receptionist said no rooms are available. This hotel has nice Garden. But if you can't enjoy the garden or lake view in your room, it is not worth to pay for pricey room. Room was... More 

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Serenity. That's what this guesthouse (not your backpacker's hangout, mind you. The State guesthouses in China cater to top Party members, including premieres and chairmans) offers you in one of the most popular and crowded sights in the world - West Lake, Hangzhou. Its grounds used to be the luxury villa of a wealthy merchant in feudal China. The grounds... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

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... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is a good luxury hotel, somewhat below the level of a 4 Seasons, but also less expensive. The main draw for me are the jaw-droppingly stunning grounds and the quiet. Like many tourist destinations in China, West Lake is crowded and has terrible traffic. This hotel is an oasis of quiet and peace and I loved it. The rooms... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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45 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Heard so much from the locals about this place so I checked out early from the Hyatt to see for myself. This place used to host Party (yes, capital P) officials and the Chairman himself was rumored to have stayed at Guesthouse 12. Don't think it's open to the public though. I stayed at Guesthouse 8. The room is clean... More 

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