There is usually one hotel on my trip which pleasantly surprises me. This was it.
This is clearly a modern hotel. It is very tastefully decorated in soft colours and subtle lighting, well equipped, comfortable and very clean. The bath was round - and huge. I don't normally go for baths but I just had to try this out, enjoying a complementary apple and tea. There is water too, but it's not in bottles so if you plan on taking it out for the day you'll need something to decant it into. There is internet - I couldn't get the wireless to work on my laptop but it did work on my mobile. There is also wired access which is reliable. Service is good - including turn-down and the front desk were able to help with a few matters.
Location-wise, you are across the road from the forest hill to the north of West Lake, which is worth exploring for the temple and pagoda therein. You'll come out on the north of the lake, from where you can easily visit Quyuan gardens and cross the lake via whatever means takes your fancy. You are on almost the opposite side of the lake from the town, but I didn't really mind that as I earned my dinner by walking half way round West Lake.
I was really impressed with this hotel. It wasn't all that cheap but it was a delight to be staying here. I would be more than happy to return!
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