Chaptel Hangzhou

Hangzhou, China

At a Glance

  • An all-suite boutique hotel just moments’ walk from Hangzhou’s exquisite West Lake
  • Housed in a historic 1930s Shikumen brick mansion
  • Elegant interiors combine traditional Shanghainese design and Art Deco influences, with wooden shutters and opulent silks
  • Large villas and townhouses perfect for families

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Shanghai and eastern China’s subtropical climate brings with it four distinct seasons. The weather is generally mild and temperate, with a great deal of rainfall even in the drier months of the year. The frequent monsoon showers and scorching temperatures of June, July and August can make it uncomfortably humid, with the mercury regularly rising over 35°C. Winter is overcast and chilly, although snow seldom falls in this eastern region of China. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit Shanghai and eastern China, with pleasant temperatures and fewer tourists.

 

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Description

Chaptel Hangzhou is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart one of China’s most picturesque cities. Elegant accommodation combines with world class Relais and Chateaux service and a sublime French restaurant to create a stylish oasis close to the West Lake.

Within a converted brick-built mansion harking back to the 1930s Art Deco era, Chaptel Hangzhou is a luxury boutique hotel set at the heart of the world heritage West Lake scenic area of Hangzhou. Each room is situated in a Shikumen brick townhouse, ranging in size from the spacious and comfortable suites to the expansive townhouses, perfect for families, each with private terraces and access onto the central mews.
 
Rooms are elegant and luxurious, drawing on influences from the Art Deco period and atmospheric Shanghainese décor. Antique style furnishings and lacquer screens contrast with crisp white linen and opulent marble bathrooms to create a serene oasis amidst the bustling city. Set over multiple floors, each of the suites, townhouses and villas offers plenty of space to relax, with air conditioning and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout.
 
The hotel’s Lotus restaurant focuses on classical French flavours, serving up a sophisticated menu that includes grilled Wagyu beef, fresh seafood and traditional classics such as pan-fried Foie Gras. Housed inside one of the brick pavilions, Lotus also has a peaceful outdoor terrace for an al-fresco breakfast.
 
Whilst Chaptel Hangzhou doesn’t have a spa or swimming pool, the unique location positions you mere moments from West Lake. The hotel’s charming and knowledgeable 24-hour concierge team can point you in the right direction for a memorable walk or bike ride around the shores of the lake, or into the heart of the city to discover the numerous bars, shops and restaurants of Hangzhou.
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Accommodation

Rooms at Chaptel Hangzhou are spacious and stylish, housed inside traditional brick-built villas. The Suites offer beautiful garden views, en-suite bathrooms and luxurious amenities, with space for an additional bed. The larger Townhouses and Villas are set over multiple floors, with balconies, separate sitting rooms and multiple bedrooms providing plenty of space for families travelling together. Décor is subtle and stylish, with rich hardwood furniture contrasting with crisp linens and vintage 1930s artwork.

Childcare

Chaptel Hangzhou offers a range of fantastically family-friendly accommodation in their multi-bedroom Suites and Townhouses. Babysitting, cribs and children’s’ menus area available upon request.

Facilities

The hotel’s Lotus restaurant offers a varied menu, focussing on French cuisine and traditional western flavours. The finest produce is used to create a sophisticated menu that includes classical dishes such as Coq au Vin and baked French snails, served in peaceful surroundings or out on the patio. Due to the original heritage building, there is no spa or swimming pool at Chaptel Hangzhou.

Experiences

  • Ancient Shangxiang Pilgrim's Trail

    Follow the ancient pathway of Maojiabu, savour authentic local delicacies which once enchanted Bai Juyi or join local monks for acclaimed vegetarian meal at Faxi Temple. Afterwards, explore the three temples of Tianzhu before descending to Fayun Village.

  • Chinese Fan Museum with Painting

    Hangzhou is famous for its fan-painting culture. Enjoy a visit to the Chinese Fan Museum followed by a fan-painting session which you get to keep as a gift!

  • Chinese Umbrella Museum with Painting

    Hangzhou is famous for its umbrella-painting culture. Enjoy a visit to the Chinese Umbrella Museum followed by an umbrella-painting session which you get to keep as a gift!

  • Evening Tour of Xizha Scenic Area

    Let us whisk you away from the crowd into the lesser-visited Xizha Scenic Area in Wuzhen. The beauty of Wuzhen truly glows in the evening once the crowd of day trippers have left. Explore the many historic sites and ancient alleyways here.

  • Evening Water Spirit Performance

    Enjoy the only water stage performance in China, with performances combining ethnic and modern styles over dances, waterfall curtains and 3D displays.

  • Hangzhou Cuisine Museum

    Get acquainted with the tradition of Hangzhou cuisines, such as the Beggar's Chicken, Longjing Tea Shrimp, Dongpo Pork and more!

  • Hangzhou's Lesser-Known Gems

    Visit the sacred Yuhuang temple, Fuxing temple, admire the Octagonal Royal Farm Field, before learning about silk history at China Silk Museum, the City God Tower and concluding at the romantic Wansong Academy.

  • Helicopter Over Qiandao Lake

    Admire the magnificent Thousand Islets Lake from a bird's eye view as you soar with a view of the lake and surrounding mountains on a helicopter.

  • Hot Air Balloon Over Qiandao Lake

    Admire the magnificent Thousand Islets Lake from a bird's eye view as you soar with a view of the lake and surrounding mountains on a hot air balloon.

  • Huangnan Maple Ancient Path

    Starting from an old village, we hike uphill through pavilions and ancient bridges into Jigong Temple and a scenic viewpoint of the Huangtan Terraced Field. The hiking takes approximately 5 hours to finish.

  • Impression of West Lake Show

    Enjoy an evening of the iconic "Impression of West Lake" show, with captivating performances coupled with spectacular visual effects and dazzling lights staged on the beautiful West Lake.

  • Lingyin Temples Walking Trail

    Discover the trail of temples, pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. Start from Lingin Temple into Feilai Feng, hiking up into Yongfu Monastery, Taoguang Temple and the North Peak for a view of "Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds" before descending with a cable car.

  • Longmen & Shen'ao Ancient Towns

    Today, we will discover some of the most secluded ancient rural villages just south of Hangzhou, including Longmen which is said to be hometown of the Three Kingdoms and the authentic Shen'ao with its fascinating underground water supply.

  • Moganshan Hiking

    Hike through the Jianggong Ancient Path, enjoy a cup of coffee at 395 Laoshulin Outdoor Station, then continue from Zhonghua Hill to Luhuadang before descending from the scenic route of Moganshan-Jianchi Feipu.

  • Nanxun Water Town

    Make a trip to Nanxun. Walking along the canals of the old town, one will not see enormous herds of tourists, but instead, locals washing clothes, sipping tea or playing cards beside the water.

  • Nature and Cultural Tour

    Visit the remarkable Lingyin Temple and appreciate the tea culture at Longjing Green Tea Plantation and Meijiawu village. Stroll along the serene bamboo-lined path forest at Yunqi before visiting Qinghefang Old Street.

  • Plant Foraging at Ancient Shangxiang Pilgrim's Trail

    Learn how to identify local plants based on appearance, touch and smell as you move along the quaint Maojiabu Village and upper Tianzhu along the ancient Shangxiang path in search of ideal foraging grounds.

  • Qiandao Lake Boat Tour

    Take a boat ride through Qiandao Lake. With more than 1,000 islands on its clear waters, explore some of the famous islands including Bird Island, Snake Island and Monkey Island.

  • Seal Engraving Workshop

    Tour the seal engraving museum in the Gushan area. Afterwards, you will have the chance to create your own stone seal with the guidance of an engraver from the Xiling Seal Art Society.

  • Shanghai Cultural Tour

    Explore People Square and its surroundings in the heart of Shanghai flanked by modern skyscrapers yet brimming with culture. Marvel at the rich collection of artefacts in Shanghai Museum. After a Dim Sum lunch, walk along the street in Yuyuan Bazaar.

  • Shaoxing Water Town

    Visit the former residence of Lu Xun, enjoy a traditional wupeng boat ride across the canals and visit the Keyan Scenic Areas.

  • Taoist Mountain of Baochu

    Enjoy early morning or late afternoon walk at the Taoist mountain of Baochu. Pass through Baopu Courtyard, Ziyun Cave, Qixia Cave, Taoist shrines and Buddhist statues. Top off with a fantastic sunrise or sunset at Baochu Pagoda overlooking Hangzhou city.

  • Tunxi Old Street

    Stroll along the Tunxi Old Street and enjoy the Huizhou Culture. Surround yourself with the fragrance of tea and indulge in local snacks while admiring the beautiful Ming and Qing Dynasties architectures.

  • Westlake Boat Tour in Hangzhou

    Jump on board and sail on the Westlake! Visit Guo's Garden, a beautiful traditional garden, and Leifeng Pagoda. Head to the China National Tea Museum and dive into the long history and culture surrounding tea.

  • Wuzhen Water Town

    Soak in the romantic ambience from Wuzhen's ancient docks, waterside pavilions and corridors from this beautifully preserved water town dating back to the late Qing dynasty period.

  • Xitang Water Town

    Enjoy a boat ride at the charming Xitang, with nine river and over 100 bridges running through different corners of the town.

  • Xixi National Wetland Park Boat Tour

    Enjoy a boat ride along the Wetland surroundings, soaking in the various ponds, lakes, swamps, village lives, as well as the "Three Causeways" and "Ten Sights" of Xixi National Wetland Park.

Holiday Ideas

  • A Short Getaway to Hangzhou & Wuzhen

    Wuzhen & Hangzhou

    from £1600 pp inc flights & transfers for 3 nights

    • Carefully handpicked all-suite boutique hotels to explore China's finest water towns in style
    • We let you in the little secrets away from the crowd as you explore the quaint Xizha Scenic Area at night, hike the Ancient Shanxiang Path and visit the little-known Guo's Villa
    • See the famous Ten Sights of Xixi National Wetland Park as you sail across the various ponds and lakes
  • Hangzhou & Eastern China for Families

    Shaoxing, Anji & Hangzhou

    from £1800 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights

    • Enjoy seasonal hands-on activities, such as white tea picking, chestnut picking or bamboo shoot harvesting
    • Learn about traditional Hangzhou culture with a twist through umbrella-painting, fan-painting and the unique Hangzhou Cuisine Museum
    • Bike around the rural Anji countryside, which served as the filming site for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragons

Location & directions

Hangzhou, China

Just a 3-minute walk to beautiful West Lake, Chaptel Hangzhou boasts a peaceful yet central location in Hangzhou. Wulin Square is a 7-minute drive away, whilst Xiaoshan International Airport is 50 minutes from the hotel by road.

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