West Lake is a gem frozen in time

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Schol­ars have waxed lyri­cal about Hangzhou’s West Lake for cen­turies, and with good rea­son. There are few land­marks in China that have re­ceived the kind of ado­ra­tion and ac­claim from dy­nas­tic schol­ars and tourists alike than Hangzhou’s mes­meris­ing West Lake, mak­ing it the per­fect lo­ca­tion for the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Hangzhou at West Lake, which is nes­tled squarely amidst the banks of the lake it­self.

To say that the ho­tel is oth­er­worldly is a gross un­der­state­ment. Sur­rounded as it is by man­i­cured tra­di­tional gar­dens, sweep­ing pago­das and an­cient tem­ples, even the mere jour­ney to the ho­tel grounds proves to be an ex­traor­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence. With just 78 rooms, the Four Sea­sons Hangzhou at West Lake is a sanc­tu­ary from the smog and noise of the city.

The ho­tel does its best to in­te­grate it­self into its tran­quil set­ting, with two grand pools that come with pri­vate niches styled af­ter ori­en­tal pavil­ions. We also rec­om­mend tak­ing one of the ho­tel’s ex­cel­lent day ex­cur­sions around the lake on tra­di­tional Chi­nese boats, which wraps up with a pic­turesque pic­nic set right on the lake’s gor­geous banks. foursea­sons. com/hangzhou/

Clock­wise from top left, the lobby area is full of ex­otic de­tails; the spa­cious La­goon Suite of­fers great pri­vacy if you’re trav­el­ing with fam­ily; Gar­den Ter­race room in­te­rior; Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Hangzhou re­cep­tion lobby

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