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Suzhou is an attractive city in eastern China. With the elegant gardens, ancient water towns and charming silk history, it is highly recommended to stay at least a night in Suzhou to better explore its essence.
In Suzhou, people usually accommodate in Suzhou downtown where many attractions gather. If you are going to nearby water towns like Zhouzhuang and Tongli, it is also a good choice to spend a night there and have a relaxing trip. Besides, Suzhou is only 100 km from Shanghai, you can keep traveling to Shanghai and stay there after a Suzhou trip.Where to Stay in Suzhou
People traveling to Suzhou usually stay in downtown area from which it is very easy to get to attractions such as Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum and Pingjiang Road. In this area, you can find hotels rated from 5 to 3 stars and there are many restaurants, malls, snack streets around. Some other luxury hotels are usually located a little far from downtown (not a big problem with the convenient transportation system in Suzhou) but has beautiful environment, which is also a good choice.
Address: No.168 Tayuan Road, Suzhou New District, Suzhou.
Nearby Attractions: Hanshan Temple, Lingering Garden
Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou is a prestigious international hotel in Suzhou New District. It is located on the 28th to 51st floors of the 232-metre high Metropolitan Towers from which you can have a broad view. It is the most-chosen 5-star hotel in Suzhou and surely provides satisfactory service and facilities such as wifi, swimming pool, children facilities, restaurant, sauna, fitness room, bar, dry cleaning, etc.
Address: No. 259, Xinshi Road, Gusu District, Suzhou.
Nearby Attractions: Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal, Panmen Scenic Area, Master of the Nets Garden, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory
Pan Pacific Suzhou is located in the prosperous downtown, near Panmen Scenic Area. Designed with the features of traditional Suzhou gardens and modern aesthetics, Pan Pacific provides very pleasing environment for accommodating and dining. There are over 480 rooms and suites of advanced equipment and elegant decorations. Also, tasteful dishes, buffet, dessert are offered all day. Besides the hospitable services of hotel staff, you can enjoy your wonderful stay with the full facilities such as SPA, gym center, swimming pool, etc.
Address: No.168 Xinggang Street, Suzhou.
Nearby Attractions: Jinji Lake
Crowne Plaza Suzhou is ideally located in the Suzhou Industrial Park and set against the scenic backdrop of beautiful Jinji Lake. It provides a choice of 344 spacious and tastefully furnished guest rooms and each room overlook both the lake and gardens. There are 6 stylish restaurants, bars and lounges and the hotel offers a wide range of recreation such as the fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, teahouse and spa to guarantee a relaxing stay.
Address: No.27-33, Qiaosikong Alley, Gusu District, Suzhou.
Nearby Attractions: Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum, Lion Grove Gaeden, Pingjiang Road
Established in May 2010, Hotel Soul is a contemporary boutique hotel in Suzhou, China. The 220 room hotel’s design concept juxtaposes elements of modern and ancient China, celebrating the nation’s remarkable swift modernization while paying tribute to its distinguished past. Guests at Hotel Soul can enjoy a wide range of culinary delights. Bar Soul brings a unique blend of retro and industrial elements. Hotel Soul also offers a fully equipped gym alongside leisure and meeting facilities, allowing an ultimate indulgence for leisure and business travellers.
Zhouzhuang Water Town is about 45 km (1 hour’s drive) to Suzhou downtown. If you are not in a hurry, it is recommended to stay a night in Zhouzhuang to slow your pace down and immerse yourself in this beautiful ancient town. There are several 5-star hotels which can provide you with superb accommodation experience and multiple inns and homestays with distinctive features where you can savor more of the local flavor.
Address: No. 88 Quanwang Road, Zhouzhuang, Suzhou
Pullman Zhouzhuang is an international upscale hotel situated in the most beautiful China water town - Zhouzhuang. It is integrated with the surrounded lake and ancient water town. The hotel has 174 rooms, gym, indoor swimming pool, children facilities, 2 restaurants, 2 bars and meeting facilities including an 820 square meters grand ballroom. If you are looking for a superb accommodation experience, Pullman Zhouzhuang is a nice choice.
In an ancient town like Zhouzhuang, there are many boutique inns with poetic names and elegant surroundings. The inns are usually in Chinese style and do not have many rooms (usually 10-15 rooms), but each room is well decorated. They are surely not as luxury as the 5-star hotels, but the hosts are friendly and it is like you are staying in a family. Many tourists will choose an inn to have a comfortable stay. Popular inns include Zhengutang (贞固堂), Yizai Qingyun (意在青云), Bishui Yunju (碧水云居), Huanxiangjia (幻想家), Yueshang Zhouzhuang (月上•周庄), Suznian Huaijiu (素年怀旧), etc.
Tongli is also a water town near Suzhou, about 25 km, 40 minutes’ drive to Suzhou downtown. Tongli is not so touristy as Zhouzhuang and there are fewer hotels. Many people will come back to Suzhou after visiting Tongli. Apart from the 5-star Tongli Lakeview Hotel, there are some inns and homestay you can choose to spend a quiet night.
Address: No.8 Chongben Road ,Tongli Town, Wujiang District, Suzhou
Tongli Lakeview Hotel was launched in 2004, which proudly presents the Jiangnan Chinese Garden spirit in its 100,000 square meters venue. The hotel has been rated as a "Golden Leaf Green Travel Hotel" by Chinese National Tourism Administration, which means it holds a belief of sustainability, green production, green consumption and green service. It is probably the best hotel in Tongli with great lake view.
Suzhou is frequently traveled with Shanghai as they are only 100 km (2 hours’ drive) away. There are more than 220 high speed trains running between them and the traveling time is only 0.5-1 hour. It is available no matter you want to take a day trip to Suzhou from Shanghai or keep traveling Shanghai after a Suzhou tour.
Shanghai, as a fascinating metropolis, offers you numerous accommodation choices. If you want to feel the modern charm of Shanghai, you can stay in the downtown area in Huangpu District near the Bund and Nanjing Road. There are 5-star hotels like JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square, Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel, Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel Limited, 4-star hotels such as New World Shanghai Hotel and Xuhui International Executive Suites Shanghai. You can always find a hotel that meets your requirements.
How to Get to Suzhou: You can easily get to Suzhou by high speed train from Shanghai (about 0.5 hour), Hangzhou (about 1.5 hours), Nanjing (about 1 hour), Beijing (about 4.5 hours), etc.
Best Time to Visit Suzhou: April to October, especially April and May in spring and September and October in autumn
Generally, a classic Suzhou tour takes about 1~2 days. Visiting Suzhou, you can't miss elegant Suzhou gardens, like Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, etc. You can choose one or two of them for a great garden delight. Other must-be-visited sights in Suzhou City include Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory from which you can watch the process of silk making from silkworms to elegant products, Tiger Hill which is known as the first sight in Suzhou, Suzhou Museum which is designed by I. M. Pei and Suzhou's old canalside roads (like Pingjaing Road and Shantang Street), etc. If you like Jiangnan watertowns, you can visit Tongli, Zhouzhuang or Luzhi to have a wonderful time.
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