Four Seasons Hotel, Hangzhou at West Lake, Hangzhou $$$$
Tel: 86 571 8829 8888
Fax: 86 571 8829 2298
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:A 90-minute bullet train ride from Shanghai, the Four Seasons is enviably situated right on Hangzhou's West Lake, a spot that has inspired painters and poets for centuries. Winding pathways meander through the 17 acres of landscaped gardens and interconnected lily ponds, making the resort feel like a Zen retreat in a town that is normally rather chaotic. There are only 78 rooms and, though they lack a specifically Chinese sense of place (unlike the common areas and grounds), they're spacious and comfy, with walk-in closets. Staff are very friendly and give plenty of individual attention (one of the concierges, Robert Huang, is an English-speaking gem in a mostly Chinese-speaking city). On-site distractions include an excellent spa, two pools (the indoor one has pavilion-style niches perfect for tête-à-têtes), and two restaurants, including Jin Sha, which specializes in Shanghainese and regional cuisine. Excursions include tours around the lake on traditional wooden boatsthe Chinese answer to the gondolacomplete with a picnic lunch arranged by the hotel.2011 Hot List
Which room to book: No. 206 has a lovely view of the gardens and lakeor ask for one of the lakeside units.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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