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Song was very welcoming and had prepared our room for the stay. The room was clean and nice in the charming Chinese way. At the price you can't expect much, but it was perfect for an extended weekend in Hangzhou. As we were only there for two nights and out most of the time we didn't get to spend much time together, but everything was in order. The place is in the outskirts of Hangzhou, but just beside the river, perfect for an evening walk. Busses stop right next to the compound (nr. 107) so transportation is easy, or you can put on suitable shoes and walk to the Zoo and West Lake if you're in the mood for it. Song is a very nice host and her English is better than most Chinese. Would definitely recommend others to stay with Song!
If you are after a really authentic suburban experience, this is it ... a nice leafy apartment compound, with views of the river and mountain in a very local area, with a chorus of frogs and birds every night - and a warm host family environment.
Song is very inclusive and often invited me to join them for home-cooked meals (Sunday lunch a specialty!) and always made me something for breakfast.
It is convenient in as much as there are several supermarkets and restaurants just outside the (high security) compound. Even a bus depot. But it's quite a good 15-min 25-30 RMB taxi ride to the Metro, so if you're thinking of zipping here and there it's maybe not the place for you.
Song went out of her way to help me with local directions and bookings etc in Chinese when needed.
Overall, happy to recommend it as a warm and friendly home base in Hangzhou. I would stay here again next time. Great value, thanks.
the apartment is warm and cozy and our room is big and comfortable with a balcony and great views of the river and surroundings. we totally recommend everyone to try her place. she is a very nice host, friendly and helpful and will return if coming back to hangshou.