China Hotel Review: Sheraton Hot Spring Resort in Huzhou in Zhejiang Province

Hospitality

Located a two-hour drive from Shanghai, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort features one of the most innovative exteriors in the hotel chain’s global portfolio.  It was designed by renowned Chinese architect Ma Yansong.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort overlooks Lake Tai, a fresh water lake in the Yangtze River Delta.

Located in Jiangsu province, the 2,250-square-metre (869 square mile) body of water is the third largest fresh water lake in China.

City officials in Huzhou wanted to create an iconic structure that would put the municipality on the map.

Renowned architect Ma Yansong was commissioned to design a hotel to be located on the shores of the lake, and Sheraton was commissioned to manage it.

I was invited to the grand opening in 2014, and I must say, the architecture is magnificent, and I can’t imagine a more suitable spot to put it.

“As the first international brand to enter China, Sheraton has been growing at a phenomenal pace,” says Hoyt Harper, Global Brand Leader for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.

“China continues to drive the brand’s future pipeline growth with one hotel slated to open every three weeks this year.”

Accommodation

The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort has 281 rooms, including 83 suites. Most of the units have private balconies.

Rooms have large work stations, with ergonomic chairs, LCD flat screen televisions, and high speed Internet access. The Internet is free for SPG members only. Other hotel guests are charged a daily fee.

Bathrooms are finished in marble. They have sunken bathtubs and walk-in rain showers.

Food + Beverage

The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort has six food and beverage outlets. Each one has a different ambiance, a different menu, and a different vibe.

  • Feast Signature Restaurant – a casual all-day dining eatery serving dishes from around the world. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Yue – a fine dining Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Starlight Kaiseki Chuan – a casual restaurant serving Asian cuisine with scenic views of Lake Tai. Open for dinner week days and lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Sunset Bar – a casual venue overlooking Lake Tai with indoor and outdoor seating. The menu runs from grilled steaks for lobster and oysters served in a variety of styles.
  • Starlight Bar – located on the 25th floor, this stylish cocktail lounge serves signature cocktails and a Huzhou’s largest selection of single malt whiskeys. Open from 5.30 pm to 11 pm or midnight.
  • The Lobby Lounge – coffee or cocktails with mouth-watering bar bites. Open from 9 am to 11 pm.

Facilities

The hotel has a well-equipped fitness room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a full service spa, and a hot spring center.

The hotel has 2,200 square metres of space for conferences, meetings, weddings, and other types of functions.

Because I was flown there from Hong Kong to attend the hotel’s grand opening party, I got to experience the hotel’s facilities up close and personal.

I was very impressed with how the “product launch” was handled. Rather than being seated theatre style, we were grouped informally on sofas with coffee tables in front.

Hot Spring Spa Village

The hotel adjoins one of the largest hot spring spa villages in Greater China. The 20,000-square-metre spa facility has 101 individual hot spring pools and Jacuzzis.

Location, Location, Location

Located in Northern Zhejiang province, Huzhou is one of China’s four most important silk-producing cities. It is also the birthplace of China’s legendary tea culture.

Located in the centre of town, Feiying Pagoda is a pagoda within a pagoda. The outer structure is made of wood and bricks, and the inner tower is made of stone.

Huzhou Hot Springs Golf Club, ranked as China’s best golf course, is located nearby.

The hotel itself is built on the shores of Lake Tai China’s third-largest freshwater lake and home to about 90 islands.

Transport

The hotel is 150 kilometres or 93 miles from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH). The trip by car takes 90 minutes to two hours depending on traffic.

The hotel is 170 kilometres or 106 miles from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA), which is used mostly for domestic flights.  The trip by car takes 90 minutes to two hours depending on traffic.

The hotel is 230 kilometres or three hours from Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), which is used mostly for international flights. The trip by car takes between two and a half and three hours.

The hotel is 18 kilometres or 25 miles from the Huzhou Train Station and 16 kilometres or 10 miles from the Huzhou Zhebei High Speed Transportation Center.

Where

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort – 5858 Taihu Road, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China. Telephone: +86 (572) 2299 999.

 

2 Replies to “China Hotel Review: Sheraton Hot Spring Resort in Huzhou in Zhejiang Province”

  1. Hi,Micheal,Huzhou is just nearby another tourism city of Hangzhou,maybe when you back to HK,you can visit the West Lake of Hangzhou and the tea gardens around it,you will love it.I believe that there is airlines from Hangzhou to HK.

  2. Thanks for the information! Actually, I’ve been to Hangzhou before – 3 times, and I LOVE it!!! It has always been my favourite Chinese city. I only wish I could have spent more time in Huzhou … so much to see, so little time …

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