32 Niu Jia Xiang, southern end of Pingjiang Jie, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
This grand old mansion has a superb location next to historic Pingjiang Jie, and offers a welcome balance of period atmosphere and affordable comfort. Do ask to see a few rooms when you check in—anitque furniture and modern bathrooms are a given, but some rooms lack natural light and have cramped, awkward layouts. The dimly lighted lobby is the oldest part of the complex, dating back 450 years. A series of 11 individually designed gardens are planted with bamboo, plum trees, and peach trees, making it a fun place to explore.
- quaint style
- great location
- affordable rates
- service can be a little frosty
- some rooms a bit dark
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