Some 30 years ago, when I first visited the West Lake, Hangzhou, I stayed at the legendary Hangzhou Hotel.
When Yin and I visited West Lake in September, we checked into the Hangzhou Shangri-La, not knowing that it is none other than the same hotel.
The Hangzhou Hotel was taken over by the Shangri-La Group in 1984, becoming Shang’s first hotel in China.
It stands on the beautiful north shore of Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, overlooking Solitary Hill Island and the graceful Xiling Bridge, in a setting that offers guests scenic grandeur, unsurpassed comfort and secluded tranquility.
Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou is known throughout the region for its elegance and gracious service that is well above the offerings of other Hangzhou hotels. The hotel’s 382 architecturally distinctive and spacious guestrooms and suites – all equipped with complimentary broadband Internet access – are neatly spread across two hotel wings and three detached villas.
Over three decades ago, I was the head of two official delegations from Singapore to China, everywhere I went I was housed in suites, this time I went as a private individual – no suites, but nevertheless it was nice to be back!