I was recommended of this hotel and I wanted to try this out. There is a free shuttle available which needs to be booked in advance and if you are travelling via speed train then do exit via the South Square. Except for William at the Reception (during the early evening at around 3pm) who spoke English, others did not but that did not stop the excitement. The hotel is all very brightly doneup,quirky but really uplifting as this is very unconventional.The lifts are amazing as they are bright and all 3 lifts in the lobby have great interiors.One focusses on the rich cultural past with images from Xi'an terra cotta soldiers, one focusses on art and culture and the third on the dream of man to go to space and hence designed like a space shuttle. The room was very big and very comfortable, Some great books to read. The hotel is located near to some places like the GuanQian pedestrain street and attractions like Humble Administrator's garden and the Museum. William from the hotel had suggested a boat tour of the river in the evening. It was supposed to start at 7pm but it started at 7:30pm and it was a good experience with traditional Suzhou live music being played as the boat took a one hour trip on the river along some old sites.Something to try in better weather though.The staff otherwise are helpful - Special mention of Cherry from 101 Brasserie , she was very responsive to taste, preference of food and also suggested some good cuisine. I wish the hotel had some tour packages with an English guide as there is so much of history and culture to see and absorb. On Saturday there is a traditional Suzhou music during high tea and it is a great place to absorb some culture.
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