Suzhou Hotels & Accommodations
After a full day exploring Suzhou’s enchanting gardens, romantic canals and ancient architecture, rest your head at one of Suzhou’s 100-plus hotels. From budget to luxury and local to global, a bevy of accommodations sprinkle Suzhou’s old and new districts, lakeside communities and charming water towns. Here is a breakdown of unique overnight offerings in the ancient city.
Considered some of the best hotels in Suzhou, modern amenities and luxury accommodations dot the booming district of Suzhou Industrial Park — or SIP, as it's locally known. From luxury, five-star accommodations to dramatic overlooks of the glistening lake and glittering city skyline, SIP is considered the “new” Suzhou. Find modern-day comforts, views of the lake and skyline, and proximity to nightlife, shopping and dining at recognized brands like Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Shangri-La, Hyatt and more.
If you're looking for the best hotel in Suzhou, you're not limited to SIP. Formally the Pingjiang, Canglang and Jinchang districts, the old town district of Gusu is known for its thousand-year-old temples, authentic cuisine and enriching museums. Stay in well-known names like Sheraton and Marriott, or opt for local, four-star accommodations like Suzhou Garden Hotel, Scholars Hotel and Chillon Castle Hotel. Hotels in this category start around $100 to $200 per night.
For those seeking culture and comfort at a reasonable rate, Suzhou has a plentiful collection of mid-range hotels. At approximately $25 to $50 per night, it’s no surprise Suzhou’s mid-range hotels book up quickly — especially on weekends and during Chinese holidays and festivals — so be sure to make your reservation in advance.
In Suzhou, it’s not hard to find accommodations that are both affordable and centrally located — the real challenge is narrowing down your search. Consider which attractions are on your itinerary. If you want to see the legendary Master of the Nets Garden and well-preserved architecture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, look for hotels near Shiquan Street. If you’d like to wake up to storybook views of bright pink plum blossoms reflecting off of Taihu Lake in the spring, the Wuzhong and Wujiang districts are where you want to be. Staying near the ancient water towns of Zhouzhuang, Tongli or Luzhi can make for a romantic, peaceful retreat.
If it’s authentic Suzhou you want, look no further than Suzhou’s collection of intimate boutique hotels. An eclectic mix of modern and traditional accommodations range anywhere from $30 to $200 per night and can be found from the city center to Suzhou’s pastoral outskirts.
Special touches range from lush gardens, koi-stocked ponds and suites ornately decorated in genuine Chinese décor to minimalist landscaping, contemporary design and state-of-the-art niceties. Like mid-range hotels, the best advice for selecting a boutique hotel is deciding what you want to see or where you want to be.
Suzhou’s hostels are a favorite choice among first-time and seasoned travelers alike. Famous for their wallet-friendly rates starting at $6 per night, central locations and opportunities to meet fellow travelers along the way, Suzhou’s hostels are often touted as one of the best ways to experience this graceful place.
Stay in a 200-year-old complex with 18 distinct rooms, or opt for a more modern hostel close to local shops, attractions and nightlife. Whether you're backpacking by yourself or touring as a group or family, seeking a private room or just a dorm bed with shared facilities, you will undoubtedly find what you’re looking for in Suzhou.
Featured Tour Packages
13-Days : Gardens, Culture, History, People, and Nature
Day 11 - 13 : You will visit the Urban Planning Exhibition and Shanghai Museum, a world-class museum with a collection of bronze, jade, pottery, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, old coins, and furniture. Tour the Lingering Garden (Liuyuan) and Tiger Hill Pagoda (Huqiu Shan) including the Bonsai (Panji) Nursery on the grounds of Wanjing Villa. After lunch visit the Master of the Nets Garden (Wangshi Yuan) and Blue Wave Pavilion (Canlang Ting).
10-Days : Idyllic Water Towns
Day 7 - 8 : Garden art is one of the region’s most famous cultural expressions, and Suzhou is home to its greatest gardens. Here the Chinese literatis have integrated architecture, water and rock, and painting into a unified spiritual expression.
11-Days : Enchanting China
Day 9 - 10: Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". And visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes.
Humble Administrator’s Garden is one of China’s finest, the centerpiece of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comprises nine classical Suzhou gardens. Visitors during spring and summer may attend the azalea or lotus festival. Adjacent, the Suzhou Museum is the latest masterpiece of China’s most famous architect, I.M. Pei. For transportation, take tourist buses No.1, 2 or 5.
Traveling with children? Don't miss the Suzhou Amusement Park at Junji Lake with zipline ride, a dancing water fountain show on weekends and one of the world's tallest Ferris Wheels. The 60 cabins carrying a total of 300 passengers take 20 minutes per rotation, providing great views of the lake and the Suzhou skyline.
Currency in Suzhou, and throughout China, is abbreviated as CNY for Chinese Yen or as RMB for Renminbi. Along with 13 other major currencies, US dollars can be exchanged at all the outlets of the state banks of China at the same rate. Bring a passport to make any transaction.
Known as the "Silk Capital of the World", those keen to see silkworms in action can be guided through the process from mulberry leaves to finished product at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. The region's temperate, subtropical zone that's ideal for deciduous mulberry trees has supported 5,000 years of silk cultivation.
Picturesque canals, stone bridges, temples, gardens and pagodas make the ancient city of Suzhou one of China's top tourism destinations. Calligraphy carved onto Tiger Hill rocks indicate that it has attracted visitors for thousands of years. A Song Dynasty poet, Su Shi, said, "It is a lifelong pity if having visited Suzhou you did not visit Tiger Hill."
In Suzhou, the regional Chinese language is called Wu, the subgroup is called Taihu, and the local dialect, one of nine, is known as Suzhounese, considered one of the most elegant, flowing in all of China. Most people are bilingual in Mandarin used in schools, because Suzhounese is not mutually intelligible with either Mandarin or Cantonese.
Atop Tiger Hill, the Yunyan Pagoda, nicknamed the Leaning Tower of China, stands as a symbol of Suzhou. Completed during the Song Dynasty in the year 961, the 1,000-year-old pagoda is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa and has become a symbol of Suzhou. The 3-degree tilt means that since 2010, visitors are no longer permitted entry.
Visit an authentic Buddhist monastery and temple just 3 miles west Suzhou old town. The temple has been well-known since the Tang Dynasty of the 7th and 8th centuries. Take bus No. 3, 6, 9, 17, 21, 31, 301 or Y3 and get off at Fengqaio Station.
Suzhou Railway Station, one of China's busiest, dates back to 1906. Now throughly modernized, the fast train connection with a design speed of 217 miles per hour covers the 52 miles to Shanghai in a journey of only a 24 minutes.
One of the best ways to tour the "Venice of the East" is from a front row seat on a hand-steered canal boat. Afterwards, stop into 130-year-old Pin Von Teahouse for exotic teas served in private booths on the second floor. It overlooks Pingjiang Lu, an 800-year-old lively pedestrian street, one of China's "National Historic and Cultural Streets."