January 12, 2009

Upon arrival in Hangzhou, we found a taxi to take us to Zhongshan International Hotel located on the Pinghai commercial street in the downtown area. It's a three-star hotel but was redecorated to the standards of a four-star hotel. It's also considered as one of the Ten Best Hotels in Zhejiang Province.

The hotel has a contemporary feel with European style. Aside from the Christmas decors, one of the noticeable displays are various roll of silk fabrics on the front desk that perfectly signify ancient Chinese culture.

We had the Superior King Room US$ 90 per night (rate as of Dec. 2008), that has a nice modern decor located on the 29th floor with a great view overlooking the busiest and active Pinghai Road.

the view from the hotel room
view at night

For a three-star hotel I was pleasantly surprised to see our bed, which I think was much bigger than King-size. A very comfortable one with clean and crisp bedding linen and mattress. It was a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after a day.

(sorry my photo does not really justify the size of the bed)

We also had a free basket of two fresh oranges and two bottled water everyday. Moreover, we enjoyed the FREE Internet access in the room. It also includes a wide range of facilities such as cable / satellite TV, air-conditioning, IDD / NDD phone, in-room safe and mini bar with coffee / tea-making facilities.

free oranges
the room door and the mini bar

Our bathroom was of a good decent size with shower over bathtub, and a counter top with magnificent mirror. We had a complete set of towels and bathrobes. Complimentary toiletries and new slippers were supplied everyday.

We had a complimentary buffet breakfast every morning at the restaurant where it serves Hangzhou food and other peculiar flavor dishes. I'm very fond of Chinese regional varieties but oddly most of these foods didn't tickle my taste buds. It has a certain taste which I am not accustomed to. Here are just some of the foods that we had.

the restaurant
This one is good.
A sweet glutinous rice with flavorful peanuts and raisins.
desserts: the white one was ok but the colored green tasted like bread but bland
apple, watermelon, and tiny tomatoes which I thought were red berries.
I don't know the name of the yellow one but it has a different citrusy burst. Not to my liking.

What is good about this hotel it takes only about 10 to 15 minutes walk to the charming West Lake. There's also a nice bakery named Free Mori, a variety of restaurants such as KFC, McDonald's and some Chinese eateries within walking distance. The hotel has a business centre and other facilities such as karaoke lounge, Japanese bar, chess and play-card room, and sauna.

the bakery near the hotel
some pastries that we bought from the bakery

We had absolutely no problem with the hotel's service, room and location. You can easily find a taxi near the hotel or you can ask for assistance from the concierge. Zhongshan International Hotel is best suited for business and leisure travelers. It is located at No. 15 Pinghai Road, Hangzhou, China 310006.

Toodles, until next time,
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  1. The hotel looks nice. Even the food is nice. But the price tag of USD 90 per night is a bit expensive. In Malaysia, 3 stars hotel don't cost that much. But I think the tourism boom in China cause this rate.

  2. wow wow sis u went Hangzhou recently? I was there many many years ago. I like Hangzhou, it's relaxing and the food is nice too! Oh.. the rate of the hotel isn't cheap yeah.. but it seems good.

  3. Love the pics, your travels make me jealous, hahaha.


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