It was my 9th Anniversary weekend and I wanted to do something different and was choosing between Amanfayun and Chaptel. The only reason I did not go with the 'safe' choice of Amanfayun was due to reviews online about the food being a disappointment and i did not want to be held hostage in a remote resort.
Chaptel was pretty quaint although one could easily miss the entrance. It was rather bizarre to share the building with some Korean government building and have the locals live right across the lane, but I guess that is part of the charm. The beds were really comfortable, and being a movie buff, I thoroughly enjoyed the free movie on demand. Breakfast was very average.
It was obvious the hotel was new, there was no 'do not disturb' sign, so the maid were cleaning the bathroom when we woke up, the staff also failed to communicate details like the butler service (which I read about much later), breakfast ends at 1030am, and there was free bicycle rental.
Overall good effort, but definitely need more finishing touches.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than a luxury boutique hotel, the new member of Relais & Châteaux family is also a listed building steeped in history. Created on the remnants of Shikumen villas, typical local residences in the 1930s, Chaptel Hangzhou is an architectural gem. The time-honored compound mirrors China in the past, and also leads the fashion today. The traditional Chinese wooden furniture with Art Deco ornaments show us the charm of classicism, the independent balcony and terrace in each villa open an access to the naturalism, and the incomparable hotel service brings us an enjoyment of humanism. The taste of Chaptel lies not only in its culture and history, but also the divine dishes. Xike Hall serves the authentic western food, traditional local delicacies and classic British afternoon tea. It is a great feast for tongue. Located near the picturesque West Lake and the city center, Chaptel Hangzhou is absolutely a good choice for both business and leisure purposes. ... more less
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