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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Given the location of this resort style hotel beside a quiet lake, you might be surprised that I am recommending it to independent travellers.

My husband and I stayed two nights at this hotel: we had planned one full day to see both Tongli Old Town and some of the famous sights of Suzhou. A little tight, but that's all the time we had. In addition, we wanted a convenient hotel from which to reach our next destination, Hangzhou, by public transport. The Lakeview Hotel met these criteria.

It is possible to take Line 4 of the new subway all the way from Suzhou North Railway Station (the fast train station) to the terminus at Tongli. This line also runs to central Suzhou (Suxhou Railway Station), with access to the old town, the World Heritage gardens, etc. We found taxis waiting when we arrived at the Tongli train terminus - the 6 km drive to the hotel cost 18 Yuan, very affordable.

On our full day, we set off for Tongli Old Town immediately after breakfast, hoping to beat the crowds (which we did). We took the free hotel shuttle to the hotel exit and walked a short distance along the main road to the old town's entrance. After an hour or so, we walked back to the main road and hailed a taxi for a short ride to the subway station. We arrived in Suzhou in plenty of time to visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden and the Master of Nets Garden as well as see a little of the old town. We then headed back to Tongli via the subway in time to enjoy dinner at the hotel.

I was pleasantly surprised by the pizza I had for dinner - it was the best of the whole holiday and comprised a great yeast base with sauteed onions, tomato, cheese, etc. My husband also enjoyed his meal and we were surprised how inexpensive it was.

It's a good 4* hotel, very new looking with gleaming wide corridors of cream marble. It is set in spacious grounds beside a lake. Our standard guest room, with a lakeside view, was very comfortable and even had a small screen window to open for fresh air. Breakfast was truly excellent, with a wide range of dishes and a chef cooking eggs in various styles.

On our last morning, we left the hotel by taxi and reached the intercity bus station a short distance away in time to take the bus south to Hangzhou.

Room Tip: Request a quiet room. You may have to walk a bit further, but it's worth it.
  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent hotel with a great location and view over the lake, many activities (KTV, swimming pools, good SPA, wonderful Chinese garden, tea house, pottery making, fish and rabbits to feed, bike etc etc), excellent and very affordable all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant, great buffet breakfast, free shuttle bus to Tongli old town, and on the top of all, a wonderful English speaking staff! Wang Cong was there during each of our stays, and was so helpful and fast in every need we had. We are thankful for the memorable family times we got in this hotel!

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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salestrip2017, 客户关系经理 at Tongli Lakeview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Dear Guest, we are very happy to know our staff did appropriate service for you, it's our pleasure. Wish you visit our hotel again in the near future.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Tongli Lakeview Hotel is a great choice. It is close to world heritage sites. Tasteful art display, gardening and great lake view. Variety of food choices. Suitable for business travel, romantic get-away and family holiday.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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salestrip2017, 客户关系经理 at Tongli Lakeview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

Dear Guest, thank you for your appreciate, sincerely wish you visit Suzhou and our hotel again in the near future!

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Visited in March for official trip .
Very helpful staff although their English is weak ;
Although a vegetarian I survived in China thanks to the hotel staff who took pains to prepare veg food
Hotel is very big , clean and scenic
Would love to visit again

Stayed: March 2017
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salestrip2017, sales coordinator at Tongli Lakeview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Dear Guest, thank you for your suggestion, we will try hard to improve our staff's English. Also very happy to know our restaurant did appropriate service for you, it's our pleasure. Wish you visit our hotel again in the near future.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed in the hotel for a night and this being with a jet lag so couldn't enjoy that much. Hotel was very clean staff helpfull. Air-conditioning was a bit noisy which is the reason for average score of my review.

In a sunny day the view of the lake will be great and you can enjoy a walk around.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled on business
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salestrip2017, 客户关系经理 at Tongli Lakeview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Dear Guest, thank you for your suggestion, we are sorry that didn't give you comfortable rest after your jet lag, we promise we will attaches great importance to the air-conditioning problem. The building and facilities are more than 10 years and we already have plan to renovate the old rooms this year. Also thank you for appreciating our environment and view, wish next time we can bring you good memory.

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