The Best Cultural Hotels to Book in Hangzhou, China

The West Lake in Hangzhou has inspired artists and poets for centuries
The West Lake in Hangzhou has inspired artists and poets for centuries | Courtesy of Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake / Expedia
Katherine Lee Yik Mei

Hangzhou, commonly described as heaven on earth, is one of the most beautiful cities in China, with beautifully scenic spots and awesome old-style architecture. If you do come here, book yourself a room with Culture Trip in one of these fabulous culture-heavy hotels.

1. Chaptel Hangzhou Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Entrance way at the Chaptel Hangzhou Hotel with arched doorways and a warm light welcoming you in
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Chaptel Hangzhou is an elegant boutique hotel next to the beautiful West Lake. The hotel looks extremely nostalgic and can provide a nice hint of Chinese culture as the designers try to retain the original appearance of the old buildings while restoring the hotel. Each suite is housed in a two- or three-storey vintage building which consists of a big living room and plentiful lovely rooms upstairs, therefore Chaptel Hangzhou is suitable for a big group of friends or family to enjoy their holidays.

2. Hangzhou Rose Garden Resort and Spa

Resort, Luxury

Smart suite at Hangzhou Rose Garden Resort and Spa with a cream colour palette, soft carpet and a balcony overlooking trees
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If you don’t want to stay in the busy and bustling downtown Hangzhou, Rose Garden Resort should be a good pick as it is not situated in the central district but it only takes ten minutes to get to the West Lake if you take a cab, so the location is still convenient. The environment of the resort is brilliant: the rooms are big, the indoor and outdoor swimming pools are clean and large, while both the Chinese and Western restaurants are extremely great and offer really delicious and appetizing dishes.

3. West Lake Reclusive Life Villa Hotel

Hotel, Villa

West Lake Reclusive Life Villa Hotel is undoubtedly one of the best villa hotels in Hangzhou, as it has a perfect location and architectural style. The three villas are opposite the solemn Shang Tian Zhu Faxi Temple, being really peaceful and relaxing, and the residents can walk to the temple which is one of the most popular scenic spots in Hangzhou. The villas combine Chinese, Japanese, and Western architectural styles, while the interior is incredibly luxurious and delicate.

5. Tea Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

The modern lobby at Tea Boutique Hotel with shelves full of tea products and a wooden table with a living edge
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Tea Boutique Hotel is a Chinese tea-themed hotel in which Chinese tea culture and elegant tea flavours are adopted in the 43 boutique rooms. They offer a luxe Thai-style spa, traditional Hangzhou-style gourmet food, and extremely spacious and comfortable rooms. Whilst staying in Tea Boutique Hotel you can try a range of Chinese tea, as the hotel greets every resident with their brilliant gongfu tea which is refreshing, sweet and healthy. The staff are friendly and hospitable, and they are willing to share their knowledge of Chinese tea culture with residents.

6. Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake

Hotel, Villa

A dimly lit indoor swimming pool area at the Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake with stone walls and alcoves with sofas
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Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake offers residents with three types of rooms, guest rooms, suites, and villas, which are all spacious and comfortable. Their guest rooms start at 63 square metres, while the Jiang Nan-style villa consists of three floors and an indoor pool, being incredibly spacious and elegant. Their room views are stunning as most of the accommodation includes a terrace on which residents can appreciate the lovely gardens, the forest glades, or the beautiful West Lake.

7. The East Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A modern two-level suite at the East Hotel with dark-wood furniture, olive sofa, and a coffee table with a traditional tea set on
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The East Hotel is a modern boutique hotel trying to merge traditional Chinese culture with the innovative Western styles. The rooms are designed according to the four seasons of Jiang Nan, and the furniture is mostly elegant and nostalgic, while their artistic LED screen wall is simply cool and modern, altogether demonstrating the contemporary East-meets-West style. Residents can visit their tea house, in which traditional Chinese tea is offered, or, they can enjoy a glass of fine wine in their cool Western-style café.

8. Banyan Tree Spa

Spa Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

Traditional double bedroom at Banyan Tree Spa with large Asian-style artwork, dark-wood furniture and a balcony overlooking trees
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In the heavenly Xixi National Wetland Park, Banyan Tree Hangzhou has a beautiful environment – fully immerse yourself in the gorgeous scenery. Banyan Tree offers residents with a range of special dining options, and one of the best is the Love Boat in which you can enjoy fabulous lunch or dinner on a boat traversing down peaceful waterways. Living in this hotel would truly become an unforgettable experience, while your body and soul can definitely be repleted during the stay.
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