I had a three day stay in late May 2014. This is a very good hotel, with a good location for tourists. The rooms are large, non-smoking rooms are available, each room has daily complimentary 2 bottles of water and fresh fruit, the air conditioner works well. The front desk, concierge, bartenders, most of the restaurant employees speak English. The wifi was fairly slow, but did always work.
You have good security, with gate guards and someone always on the door. Directly out from one of the gates is a trinket street where one can buy low cost novelty items (for Americans, bid about 10% of the opening bid). One block over are many international bars, jade stores, and art stores. A downside for those with children is the many prostitute bars that open around 10 pm, located within a few blocks of the hotel.
I had the breakfast buffet, mostly Chinese dishes with a few western choices (bacon, fried eggs, toast, yogurt, etc.). I was unable to use the restaurant at night, as it was rented for weddings.
My Chinese friends said the restaurant had good Suzhou style food. The bar was well stocked with reasonable hotel prices (30 RMB for Heineken).
Over the years, I have stayed in about 15 Chinese hotels. This one was in the top 2 or 3. Highly recommended
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