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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Pingjiang Lodge

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Pingjiang Lodge
Ranked #4 of 974 Suzhou B&B and Inns
Dundee, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
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“charming place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2011

For a really chinese hotel experience this hotel is an excellent choice. All the rooms vary in size and decor but all seem to be authentic. Ours was average size but very comfortable with chinese decor. The furniture was old and very in keeping and outside our room was a lovely courtyard. Although our room backed on to the road, it was very quiet.

What let the hotel down was the choice at breakfast. There was very little that was edible unless you had the chinese breakfast and this, too, was limited.

All in all it is a charming place to stay for a night.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Shanghai, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

We spent only one night. Nice lodge concept, well placed in old Suzhou. Old chinese decor in the rooms, but the carpets stink, the smell is just unbearable. Poor service also.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

This hotel is just lovely. The original building is from the Ming Dynasty, and the renovations retain a lot of the original architectural charm. The whole place is filled with interesting furniture, and from the moment you walk into the lobby, you are surrounded by beautiful, traditional decor. Our room had a balcony overlooking a little garden. The bathrooms have been well updated, and are comfortably modern, but it is clear that effort was made to keep the historic style and feel of the hotel.

We ate breakfast at the hotel several times. There are 3 different options for breakfast. It is served across the street, next to the canal. If the weather is nice, you can eat outdoors and watch the action along the canal.

The staff was very nice and the people at the desk spoke enough English to help us with what we needed.

Some parts of Suzhou are very modern and have lots of shops and restaurants. You can walk to the shopping area from the hotel, but the hotel itself is situated along the canal by a pedestrian street. This street is very charming, and leads to some of the major gardens. I recommend going out on a walk early in the morning, when the street is quietest.

I would definitely stay here again. It has a rare ambiance that makes it quite special.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2011

This is a charming hotel as others have said but it can be hard to find. From Lindun Rd going north make a right where you see a Keda foodmart and a police kiosk. Many taxi drivers and even locals don't know this lodge. Taxi drivers aren't allow to turn into the lane so you will have to drag your luggage 300m to just before the canal. Also we tried making reservations, but they didn't answer their phone the half dozen times we called. If you go on a weekday, non holiday, they will likely have rooms.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2011

This is a lodge of real character in an ideal location. Those who require much in the way of service should be ware. We had a one step up room and had access to three rooms--one we rejected (just because of the bed setup) and one we had to move from after that building was without hot water. All were huge suites. The house staff spoke limited English and could not provide any guidance on much of anything. They misdirected us on bike renting though bikes were rented across the bridge at the youth hostel. They were kind and meant well, but young and not well informed.

The reception and sitting area at the entrance were without heat. It was November and quite chilly. We had good heat in the room, and hot water after the move.

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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pingjiang Lodge

Property: Pingjiang Lodge
Address: No.33 Niujia Allay, Pingjiang District, Suzhou 215001, China
Region: China > Jiangsu > Suzhou
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 974 B&Bs / Inns in Suzhou
Price range (per night): $78 - $123
Hotel Class:4 star — Pingjiang Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pingjiang Lodge is converted from Suzhou ancient complex of houses in Si-jin style (literally means "four times of entry"), a traditional Chinese architecture that contains different compounds of courtyard and rooms to form a main axle. It was once the Residence of the Fang Family in Ming Dynasty and has a history of more than 450 years. ... more   less 
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