The 130 rooms of this "Small Luxury Hotel" are situated in two buildings of a former weaving mill in the back of the property. My room was quiet, and I liked its original blue print: While entering, the bath tub (which included the shower) was situated on the left, behind a frosted window glass. On the right there was the lavatory, with the toilet in the back. It would be exaggerative to call the room spacious, but due to the open space concept we did not feel cramped. The Chinese style furniture referred to Suzhou’s tradition and appeared to be of high manufacturing quality.
But there is something else that makes this hotel special, namely the historic entrance building with its 350-years-old garden. Besides the lobby it houses a neat traditional tea house with a small saloon in the first floor, and a cosy smoker’s lounge on the second level. When the weather is fine, people can enjoy their tea right next to a pond in a classical Suzhou-style garden in front of the tea house. The name of the garden is Bàn Yuán (半圆), which is a wordplay: It can be translated either as “half-circle” or as “half-garden”, both of which refer to its size and shape.
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On our trip to Suzhou, we were attracted to the Modena Jinjihu Hotel by reviews that we read in Trip Advisor.
Modena Jinjihu Hotel is located at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), which offers accommodations in serviced apartments. As part of the Frasers Hospitality group, we had a beautiful 2-bedroom apartment which also had a well-equipped kitchen, 1 bathroom, and a dining and living area. There were also 2 flat-screened tvs and a DVD player, Broadband and wifi in the unit, an iron and ironing board and hair dryer as well.
The staff was also very helpful.
The bedrooms were so clean and comfortable - immaculate white beddings, with a soft quilt and fluffy pillows!
The restaurant needs improvement. But there is an impressive mall, Times Square, about 10-minutes' walking from the hotel. There are plenty of fast food, casual dining, fine dining restaurants and snack outlets to choose from.
While the subway stop (Line 1), Xinghu Lu, is across from the Modena and only 8 stations away from Lindun Lu, which is the entry point for the historic and central area of Suzhou, for those whose principle plans are to be within the central area, the Modena may not fulfill your needs. Once out of the subway at Lindun Lu, the Suzhou museum and Humble Administrator's Garden are just over 3 kms away, up the street.
But the room was perfect for our family of 4. We worked out how to get around, and were happy about the quality of our stay.
Comfortable and clean rooms. Near a subway station which goes directly to the historic center of Suzhou. Nearby mall, Times Square, for dining and shopping.
Brand new luxury hotel with fantastic view of Jin Ji lake
Great lake view, and close to shopping centers
The hotel is beautiful! A stunning, palatial getaway with one of the many gardens at the back door! The most amazing thing, however is the service. If you don't speak any Chinese, don't worry. Many of their staff speak quite good English. If you need a meal, another booking, a person to call scab and tell it where to go, they will make it happen. The concierge in our wing, Sandy, was amazing! It was our wedding anniversary. Not only did she get us a table at an exclusive, 300 year old house-restaurant that served us authentic Suzhou cuisine, when the cabbie got lost and dropped us in the middle of nowhere, she called the place and had someone come out and find us! Tonight she found us a great hotel room near the airport, last minute, for cheaper than the going rate. If I ever have a million dollars and need a Chinese liaison, this woman is it. The staff here are amazing, bend over backward, and are always working to keep the place perfect. The food is great, though pricey compared to Suzhou, with prices that rival a US hotel, but it was worth it to have a cheeseburger delivered at 2am.
I will be staying here again, and hope that Sandy is still there too!
The hotel architecture, location, and views are fantastic. You'll feel like you're in a walled off palace
This was a great place to stay, very clean, comfortable and would stay here again, for 120rmb this was fantastic value!
Our own onsweet, air con and a balcony which over looking the Tai Hu
This is a beautiful hotel with stylish rooms. The grounds are relaxing and like a retreat. Hotel guests are allowed free access to the neighbouring Ruiguang Pagoda and gardens. This hotel is truly like a resort.
Ruiguang Pagoda has the longest history. It is said that during the Three Kingdoms period Sun Quan, the king of Wu, ordered the Puji Temple constructed for a monk, Xing Kang, from the state of Kangju when he went to Suzhou in 240. In order to express his gratitude to his mother, Sun Quan built a thirteen-storey sarira pagoda inside the temple in 247. This was the earliest Buddhist pagoda in Suzhou. Because of neglect over many years the pagoda was in a state of disrepair by the Five Dynasties. In 937, during the Later Jin Dynasty, when major repairs were going on, so the legend goes, brilliant rays of five colors were seen above the pagoda, so the emperor granted that a bronze board with the inscription Rui Guang Ta (Pagoda of Auspicious Light) be hung on the pagoda, and since then the pagoda has been known as Pagoda of Auspicious Light. From 1119 to 1125, when the pagoda was again in bad shape, a wealthy man provided funds for its reconstruction. He thought thirteen storeys were too high and changed the structure to seven storeys. That is the present pagoda. (courtesy, www.china.org.cn)
I was considering staying in Tongli overnight. I did not, but did spend some time checking into hotels in Tongli, so take this info for what its worth.
I offer this info hopefully to help others as a starting point. What I was able to find about this hotel and others, I would have stayed at Wanshun Hostel. Its called a hostel, but really is more like a hotel from the reviews I read. I also believe that Lu's Hostel would also be a good choise and both are located in the center of the town.
Both hostels are right in Tongli. The price per person is $11.
This hotel comes with our package group tour. So do not put your expectations to high.
Usually the tour groups will be put up at a budget hotel far away from town.
The combination of graceful environment, exquisite service & traditional Suzhou-style atmosphere provided by Wuyue Mountain Villa Hotel makes an unforfeitable experience in feeling the ultimate comfort & convenience. Although the hotel is not situated in Suzhou city area but it offers a peaceful & relaxing environment for accommodation.
I like the bedside control panel, which you can control everything in the room without stepping down from your bed.
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