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Green Tree Inn (Suzhou Railway Station Business Hotel)
Ranked #192 of 1,479 Hotels in Suzhou
Reviewed August 7, 2009

This hotel is minutes from the Suzhou train station, but the walk is somewhat difficult. The five star rating represents the quality of this hotel given its value.

Before we booked this hotel, my wife and I had read that the Green Tree organization was the fastest growing budget hotel chain in China, and the Chinese reviews for this hotel were extremely positive. We can see why. We paid 99.8 Yuan ($17 Canadian dollars) to stay at this hotel. We had booked the room for double this price, but they had a half price deal to entice new customers. They gave us the discount without us asking.

We booked this hotel online. The front desk staff was very professional and easily confirmed our reservation by phone a week before we landed. They processed our passports quickly, and we were in our room within minutes. My wife speaks Mandarin (and I survival mandarin), so I am not sure if they speak English. To be safe, I would recommend that patrons be booked by a mandarin speaking person (somebody you know back home or somebody you are meeting in Suzhou.) However, there are plenty of seasoned travellers used to dealing communication barriers, and this is about the friendliest group of hotels workers we have dealt with in China.

The hotel lobby is small, and the hallways are very clean. Our room was very clean by Chinese hotel standards (more on this later.) Our room was on the second floor, street level, so I was worried about noise. However, it turned out that the room was fairly quiet, and the air conditioning unit (which looked brand new) cooled the room perfectly. The sleeping area was small with enough room for a double bed, furniture and a small walkway. The bathroom area was very large, and looked exactly like the pictures in the tripadvisor photos. The hotel provides two bottles of complimentary water, and the room had a drop for cat5 (cabled) computer access. I am not sure if internet access is extra, or if there is wireless service.

Don't consider this hotel if you are (for lack of a better term) a clean freak. I struggle to comment on the cleanliness of this room here because the room was surprisingly clean, modern and tidy given the price we paid, but it was certainly well below the quality of a mid-range hotel in North America.

Another problem was very little shower pressure, and the water was not very hot. It was good enough for getting clean, but it could be a sore spot for picky travellers. That said, I have stayed in high end hotels in China with equally bad water pressure. The water issue may not be the hotel’s fault, but a matter of geography. Many cities are not well served in terms of water.

Also, Suzhou is mosquito country, so many hotels provide electric mosquito zappers. Like many Chinese hotels, the bed was relatively hard, but it appeared to be a good quality mattress. There is a fine line between sleeping on a good quality hard mattress and sleeping on cheap mattress that feels like it was lined with rock. The former appears to the case in this hotel.

All in all, this was a wonderful hotel for the price. I would stay with this chain again without hesitation.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

This hotel was incredibly cheap! It is located in a great spot just near the station and several of Suzhou’s attractions. The rooms were clean and tidy. The bathroom was better than I would have expected in a budget hotel.
The staff is what makes this hotel special. There was nothing they wouldn’t do if they could. They tried so very hard to help us during our stay; they wrote everything in Chinese characters for us to give the taxi drivers, they even lent us one of the staff member’s umbrellas when we wanted to walk up to the silk museum. There was one staff member fluent in English but all the staff tried to help when she was unavailable – and they did an excellent job!
The staff in the restaurant were equally as helpful and the food (we ate lunch there) was great!
I would stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone – it’s not 5 star but the quality of staff definitely is.

  • Stayed: July 2009
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Reviewed August 2, 2009

The 1st time we stay in Green tree Inn was in Wuxi due to its location near railway station. The room and service were excellent compare to the price. We then decided to stay in Green tree inn chain hotel for the rest of our journey in China (Suzhou and Hangzhou). The frontline staff were very helpful in assisting us booking the room in Suzhou and Hangzhou as we speak very little mandarin. It is a highly recommended place to stay in China (they have chain all over china) instead of staying in the youth hostel (we had bad experience for youth hostel in China). Will be using this chain of hotel when we get back to China for next holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 16, 2016
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Room Tip: 道路と反対側の部屋が騒音が少なくていいと思います。
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  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 9, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled solo
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Thank Extremmy H
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Reviewed January 30, 2014
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Room Tip: Bueno aquí te aconsejo que si quieres descansar pidas una habitación que este en medio, ya que las h...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Avigail R
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Address: No.2156 Renmin Road, Pingjiang District, Suzhou 215001, China
Location: China > Jiangsu > Suzhou
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #192 of 1,479 Hotels in Suzhou
Price Range: $18 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Green Tree Inn (Suzhou Railway Station Business Hotel) 2.5*
Number of rooms: 153
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