As a city with scenic tourist destinations and a rich cultural heritage, there are many hotels within the heart of the city. Hotels are normally near the West Lake, at major shopping and food districts. They provide modern accommodations ranging from basic to luxurious and it is usually easy to find available rooms at any hotels.
Luxury hotels such as Shangri-La, Hyatt Regency, and Zhejiang Narada Grande (formerly known as Zhejiang World Trade Center Hotel) provide world-class facilities and services ranging from complimentary broadband Internet access, car and bicycle rental, to beauty and child care. They enjoy an ideal location near West Lake and within the heart of shopping and business districts.
Shangri-la and Hyatt Regency offer rooms with a splendid view of West Lake, and are perfect for couples as a romantic getaway or for business travelers to relax in the scenic tranquility. They are beautifully furnished with an elegant ambience. On the other hand, Zhejiang Narada Grande has been listed as one of the "Top Ten New Sights of Hangzhou Urban Architecture". Exquisitely designed, the hotel revels in classic Chinese architecture with styles inspired by the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. Chinese calligraphies and paintings adorn the walls of the hotel, allowing visitors to appreciate ancient Chinese art.
Though they do not enjoy the glamorous reputation of internationally renowned hotels, four-star standard hotels such as Hangzhou Xinqiao Hotel (Xinqiao Fandian), Zhijiang Hotel and Hangzhou Hotel provide excellent accommodations that meet the needs of a regular traveler. They reside within the city's main districts and are usually a stone's throw away from West Lake. Rooms are comfortably furnished; there are constant warm showers, and the hotels boast elegant banquet halls with continental breakfasts. The hotels also feature lavish restaurants that offer Zhejiang specialties, Cantonese dishes and fresh international seafood.
Warm and snuggly, the Hangzhou International Youth Hostel (Ming Tang) is a place where guests are welcomed with vibrant smiles while relaxing in a comfortable environment. There are two types of rooms, ensuites and mixed dorms: the ensuites are designed and furnished with Ming and Qing dynasty styles, come with personal toilets and a private classical Chinese balcony; while the mixed dorms are homely with a locker, bookshelf and reading lamp for every bed. There are also water dispensers at hallways, security doors, laundry room, a self-service kitchen with a view of West Lake and an open balcony garden where guests can have their meals in spring and summer. As such, the hostel's logo Ming Tang is inspired by the grand halls of the Ming dynasty, where guests are warmly welcomed and attended to.
A café and bar with wooden panels and country furnishings create a soothing ambience where guests can enjoy jazz music and idle conversations. Such an atmosphere must definitely be accompanied with fine imported liquor and cocktails served at the bar while the café offers delicious meals, pastries, sandwiches and drinks. At the end of the café, dimly lit lamps and soft cushions serve as a cozy, quiet corner for guests to relax after a long day. At the reception area, guests are allowed to use the Internet booths free or simply get connected through the free Wi-Fi service in the café. English books are also available for browsing and a billiard table sllows guests to mingle and play.
Services at the hostel include warm showers within certain times, luggage storage, 24-hour reception, towels, paid shuttle buses from hostel to bus, airport and train stations, and cab call service. If you do not know how to get to the hostel upon arrival in Hangzhou, do give them a call for directions.
101-103 Nanshan Road , Hangzhou
For bookings, please visit www.hostelworld.com.
**Do note that if you are going to arrive later than your appointed arrival with the hostel, give them a call to confirm that you are still coming. Your booking might be cancelled if you fail to do so.