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Tongli Zhengfu Caotang Hotel

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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
Breakfast Available
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Air Conditioning
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Wuxi Airport41 km
Changzhou Airport72 km
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San Diego, California
Reviewed 30 Nov 2016
I traveled around China for a month and Old Town Tongli and Zhengfu Caotang Hotel was the highlight of my trip.
It was an extraordinary and unique experience. However, I would not call it a hotel. It is more like being a guest in a home. It is a beautiful historic building with a Suzhou style inner garden courtyard with a pond stocked with gold fish.

As most of the buildings in Tongli, it was at one time a home and has been converted to a lodging for tourists. The architecture is Ming Quing style which has been restored; and then upgraded with modern bathrooms. The bathroom facilities are not completely closed off rooms and are rather open. One suite has a glass wall in the shower viewing a private garden. Lovely.

The furniture is a mix of traditional and modern. Very pleasing and comfortable. Some of the rooms have beautiful red lacquered furniture. The bed was comfortable with luxury linens.

Details in decoration are carefully chosen with exquisitely elegant taste. Some pointing back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

There is a tearoom for guests to relax with a cup of tea. And there are several other common areas for reading, visiting, or simply relaxing. There are several shrines spread through out the common areas that have candles and incense burning at night. This provides a delightful ambience for the evening.

It is not located in the center of Tongli where most of the tourist congregate, but at the south eastern end which is mostly quiet. My room was upstairs away from the street side and was completely quiet.

The staff is friendly and helpful. Especially the manager, Andy, who speaks excellent English. He was a delight to talk to and gave me good information. I also enjoyed the fresh fruit left in my room regularly and each time on a different beautiful Chinese porcelain plate.

I highly recommend Zhengfu Caotang Hotel!

Penny H.
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Reviewed 26 Jul 2016via mobile
This hotel represents the ancient time. Beautiful rooms, two double beds for the children. A nice room for us, the parents with a traditional Chinese bed, a couch, modern bathroom which can be locked, wifi access. This hotel is located in the center of the old town. The rooms spacy. If you want to visit Tongli, you should stay in this hotel. Breakfast is not optional.
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Lakewood, New Jersey
Reviewed 3 Aug 2015
The hotel is fantastic. Sunshine through the windows was soft and gentle. When i travelled there, the crimson Begonia flowers were blooming and several petals falling in the pond which lives a school of goldfish, which made the garden into an incredibly graceful and beautiful ambience. There was also some Chinese traditional teas in the room tasting nice.
1 Thank Looouis
Nagpur, India
Reviewed 11 Jul 2015via mobile
This hotel was one of the highlights of our China trip!
Lovely property with beautiful courtyards and charming inner gardens, I could spend hours drinking green tea in the main tearoom. The rooms were lovely too. I stayed in the smallest room which was comfortable for one person, but my cousins stayed in the larger suites, which were indeed lovely.
Tongli is a quaint town and this hotel certainly adds to that experience.
The staff was really warm and were trying to be as helpful as possible, it's a pity that we couldn't speak Chinese and hence had to communicate through the computer only.
1 Thank rahulkale
Wigan, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 May 2015
The hotel is very attractive inside, with some pleasant sitting areas. It rather resembles a shrine, with candles and statues everywhere, and is certainly full of character.

The room we had was nice too, with a real bathroom, but the windows have no sound protection and every noise from the street can be heard clearly. Full of mopeds honking horn every few seconds, this defeating the traffic free concept. People talking loudly from before 6am. Every sound heard through gaps in Windows. Room nice but far too noisy. No breakfast was offered even though we had requested and paid for it prior to travel.
1 Thank PeterLanky
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"Higher floors have better views of the gardens."
3 Aug 2015
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"Avoid rooms facing the street; very noisy."
6 May 2015
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"As mentioned in the review our room had a bathroom open to the remainder of the living area so if you need..."
18 Jun 2014
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"if you choose modern kingsize bedroom, sound proof was not that great, you can still hear people speaking..."
27 May 2012
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