Suzhou may be best known for its thousand-year heritage, and the innumerable gardens, temples and bridges. But that’s the postcard Suzhou — the Shangri-La Hotel is aimed at a different audience entirely, an audience of savvy international business travelers, in town not for the picturesque gardens or pagodas but for the explosively growing economy.
The very modern roads and buildings in this part of town may come as some surprise, and the Shangri-La is as contemporary as they come, occupying the top half of a 51-story skyscraper. But as contemporary as the exterior may be, there’s more than a hint of classic atmosphere inside the 390 rooms and suites — these massive spaces are decorated in calming earth tones, with plenty of dark lacquered woodwork. Far East kitsch is kept to a minimum, though you’re certainly not about to forget you’re in China.
A hotel of this size, in this segment of the market, is sure to come with every conceivable luxury, and the Shangri-La doesn’t disappoint. Multiple restaurants serve multiple cuisines, from fine dining on down to merely upscale, and the hotel’s nightclub serves as a live music venue, complete with dance floor. There’s a day spa, and a fitness center that’s the equal of any big-city athletic club, complete with full-size indoor pool, tennis courts, and even a putting green — Shangri-La indeed.
Guests over the age of 18 are considered adults. Some rooms accommodate 3 or more. The "Presidential Suite" room sleeps up to 3 guests. For crib/cot, must book "Deluxe Room" room or larger. For 2 adults + rollaway bed, must book "Deluxe Room" or larger. For 2 adults + 2 kids beyond crib age, must book "Deluxe Room" room or larger. Connecting rooms available. Can be confirmed upon reservation.
Cribs are available and may be subject to an additional fee. Roll-away beds available and may be subject to an additional fee. No additional charges for kids beyond crib/roll-away.
Fenced in pool available that allows kids. Babysitting services provided by screened hotel personnel at RMB200 per hour. Daycare services provided, kids between the ages of 0 and 3 can be dropped off on a fixed schedule. The restaurant is kid-friendly with high chairs and a kids menu. Room service offers a kids menu.
168 Ta Yuan Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
86 512 68080168
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