We couldn't have arrived to Hangzhou at a worse time, just as typhoon Haikui was approaching.
But if we had to endure a typhoon, we couldn't have picked a better place to be shacked up - the splendid Four Seasons hotel situated right by the West Lake.
Magical experience, as you would expect at the Four Seasons. Very large and luxurious rooms, beautiful grounds, a pool with a moat (first time I've seen that), a great Chinese restaurant Jin Sha and the highlight is definitely the spa. Wow, it's outstanding and spectacularly designed!
I have to be honest that I expected the hotel to be completely different than what I expected. Given that it's situated right adjacent to the romantic West Lake, I was expecting the hotel to have magnificent views. Alas, the design is very inward focused. You would never know you're next to a large lake. I talked to the staff about this and they said it's primarily due to height restrictions as per the zoning laws around the lake, and also to ensure privacy for the guests.
So no view ... But the property grew on me ... And I came to love it.
The only gripe I had is that several of the staff speak really poor English. They make it up though with great smiles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In China’s most picturesque setting, Four Seasons reveals an intimate lakeside village, melding centuries of tradition with chic contemporary style. Convenient to business and shopping, discover a tranquil enclave, woven with ponds, streams and lagoons. Experience the gentle spirit of Chinese hospitality in exclusive private dining rooms and resort-style recreation, including two swimming pools and a cutting-edge designer spa. Deftly sophisticated Four Seasons care instills confidence and delight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Four Seasons Hangzhou At West Lake Hotel Hangzhou
- 4 Seasons Hangzhou At West Lake