Luxury Hotels in Suzhou (5-Star and 4-Star Hotels)

Sheraton Hotel, Suzhou Editor Pick!
Sheraton Hotel, Suzhou The Suzhou Sheraton Hotel isn’t just another stock-standard, towering, luxury hotel.
Instead it features a wonderful design that meshes perfectly with its surroundings. The gardens and swimming pool add further to the hotel’s character. The facilities, rooms and service are all top-notch, as you would expect. Discounted rates start at about ¥1200 ($167) for a deluxe room, but you’ll be lucky to get it that cheap. The only downside to the Suzhou Shertaon Hotel is its location. Tucked away in the south-west corned of the Old Town, it’s not exactly inconvenient, but there aren’t a lot of places you can reach on foot from here.
Address: 259 Xinshi Lu Web: www.starwoodhotels.com Ph. (0512) 6510 3388
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去吴宫喜来登酒店,谢谢。地址:新市路259号。
Sofitel Hotel, Suzhou
Sofitel Hotel, Suzhou With a prime location in the center of the Old Town, the Suzhou Sofitel Hotel is a good choice when heavily discounted.
The key advantages of the hotel are that it offers very large rooms and is walking distance from many restaurant and shopping areas as well as some of the major tourist attractions. Disadvantages are that, although large, rooms aren’t as well-furnished or well-equipped as you might expect and service isn’t always up to five-star scratch. That said, prices aren’t up to 5-star scratch either – you can snap up standard room at the Sofitel for as little as ¥622 ($86), which makes it excellent value. The buffet breakfast is an additional $20.
Address: 818 Ganjiang Dong Lu Web: www.sofitel.com Ph. (0512) 6801 9888
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去玄妙索菲特大酒店,谢谢。地址:干将东路818号。
Gloria Plaza Hotel, Suzhou
Gloria Plaza Hotel, Suzhou The four-star Gloria Plaza Hotel represents amazingly good value when the full force of their discounting power is in effect.
Prices for a standard room can drop as low as ¥498 from a rack rate of ¥1080 when the timing is right. Prices even include breakfast. What the rooms might lack in character they make up for in size. Apart from the great value discount rates, the best thing about the hotel is the very efficient staff. The location on the central east-west axis of the Old Town is very convenient for tourists and also provides easy access to the Suzhou-Singapore Industrial Park. The Gloria Plaza Hotel is well equipped for business travelers and has good recreational facilities.
Address: 535 Ganjiang Dong Lu Web: www.gphsuzhou.com Ph. (0512) 6521 8855
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去凯莱大酒店,谢谢。地址:干将东路535号。

Mid-Range Hotels in Suzhou (4-Star and 3-Star Hotels)

Jasmine Holiday Inn, Suzhou Editor Pick!
Jasmine Holiday Inn, Suzhou Holiday Inn hotels in China are generally a good breed and Suzhou’s Jasmine Holiday Inn is no exception.
Rooms are modern, spacious, spotless and attractive while the staff are helpful and speak very good English. Don’t be intimidated by the lofty rack rates starting at ¥1200 for a standard room; they can be discounted by up to 50%, making them very good value. Facilities at the Jasmine Holiday Inn include an outlet of the famous Suzhou restaurant Songhelou, a Western restaurant, gym, sauna, business center and conference rooms. Located just west of the City Walls, you’ll need to take taxis to most sights but it’s a convenient spot for transport.
Address: 345 Changxu Lu Web: www.holidayinn.com Ph. (0512) 6558 8888
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去茉莉花假日酒店,谢谢。地址:阊胥路345号。
New Century Hotel, Suzhou
New Century Hotel, Suzhou The Suzhou New Century Hotel is a perfectly ordinary four-star option, offering modern rooms and reasonable prices
It’s difficult to find fault with the hotel, and yet there’s nothing to excite here either – it is what it is. Rack rates of ¥660 ($92) for a standard room will be readily discounted by about 25% for a price of around $70. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but also a little small and characterless and the bathrooms could do with a touch-up. All the requisite four-star facilities are on hand at the Suzhou New Century Hotel (except for a swimming pool). Staff speak quite good English and are generally helpful. A decent option.
Address: 23 Guangji Lu Web: www.sz-newcenturyhotel.cn Ph. (0512) 6801 5555
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去新世纪大酒店,谢谢。地址:广济路23号。
Jinjiang Magnolia Hotel
Jinjiang Magnolia Hotel, Suzhou The Jinjiang Magnolia Hotel’s location in the Old Town provides easy access to Suzhou’s major, inner-city attractions.
The Jinjiang Magnolia Hotel offers solid, reasonably-priced accommodation. Rack rates are a bit silly, starting at ¥680 for a standard room, but these will be readily discounted by 50%. Rates do not include breakfast but in-room internet access is free. The rooms are modern in appearance, though they are quite small. Hotel facilities include a 24-hour business center, restaurant, bar and limited meeting/conference rooms. Staff at the Jinjiang Magnolia Hotel speak little English but they try their best.
Address: 33 Baita Xi Lu Web: www.magnotel.com Ph. (0512) 6770 2888
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去玉颐大酒店,谢谢。地址:白塔西路33号。
Zhongshan Hotel
Zhongshan Hotel, Suzhou It’s difficult to come up with a reason why anyone should stay at the Zhongshan Hotel.
Granted, the location, on Renmin Lu not too far north of Guangqian Jie, is quite convenient and there is one staff member on duty who speaks good English. But the rooms are quite awful – small, stained, smelly and old. The standard rooms even lack the luxury of a window. On the bright side, the bathrooms are better than you would expect and there is free in-room internet access. Standard rooms have a rack rate of ¥598 ($83), but are readily discounted by 50%. Even at the discount rate, it’s just not worth the price.
Address: 1585 Renmin Lu Ph. (0512) 6728 9909
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去中山大厦,谢谢。地址:人民路1585号。

Youth Hostels in Suzhou

MingHanTang Youth Hostel Editor Pick!
MingHanTang Hostel, Suzhou MingHanTang Youth Hostel is the best in Suzhou, especially for older travellers seeking budget accommodation.
The location, on the west side of the city walls, isn’t the most central of Suzhou’s hostels, but it sits right on the famous canal-lined Shantang Jie. MingHanTang Hostel has two buildings devoted to private rooms while the other hosts dorm rooms, plus two separate cafes/restaurants. The private rooms (¥160) are small but have good quality bathrooms and a bit of traditional Chinese character. Dorm rooms (¥40-50) are cramped, but functional, and the common area in the dorm building is very pleasant. Staff are decent and the owners are very friendly.
Address: 61 Guangji Lu (at the Shantang Jie intersection) Web: www.mhthostel.com Ph. (0512) 6583 3331
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去明涵堂国际青年旅舍,谢谢。地址:广济路下堂61号(山塘街口)
Suzhou Mingtown Youth Hostel
Mingtown Hostel, Suzhou Suzhou Mingtown Hostel enjoys a central location on picturesque Pingjiang Lu and features an attractive design.
It’s one of the few Mingtown hostels that has friendly, helpful staff. Private rooms (¥160) have character with Chinese style beds and windows opening onto the courtyard below, but are small and have no television. Dorm beds start at ¥25 in a 6-bed dorm, making them the cheapest in Suzhou. There is also wireless internet access in the hostel and even free laundry. The major downside to the hostel is that there is no common area, though there is an affiliated Mingtown Cafe next door. Not a great hostel for meeting other travellers.
Address: 28 Pingjiang Lu Ph. (0512) 6581 6869
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去明堂青年旅舍,谢谢。地址:平江路28号。
Watertown Youth Hostel
Watertown Hostel, Suzhou Watertown Hostel is quite a nice and friendly little place that suffers from a lack of amenities.
Problems include the lack of a restaurant and bar and very basic rooms. While there are communal areas (including a lovely courtyard) to meet other travelers, it’s hard to pass time there without food or alcohol. Wireless internet throughout the hostel is a bonus. Dorm beds are priced at ¥35-45 and the shared bathrooms are reasonably clean. Private rooms are a bit too sparse and small to justify prices of ¥160 with ensuite. Nevertheless, very friendly owners and its location in the center of the Old Town make Watertown Hostel a decent choice.
Address: 27 Dashitou Lane Ph. (0512) 6521 8885
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