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  Culture Hotel - Pingjiang Lodge, Suzhou



Pingjiang Lodge
is a unique Culture Hotel that has character and soul. Located in the Suzhou Pingjiang District, the Lodge was transformed from Suzhou ancient complex of houses that contains different compounds of courtyards and rooms. The main hall of the Lodge was once the residence of the Fang Family in the Ming Dynasty.

Cusi: Sacred Fox

Constructed in the old Suzhou style in the middle era of the Ming Dynasty, the Main Hall of Pingjiang Lodge has a history of more than 450 years and it is the oldest part of the complex.  It has been inherited for 7 generations and has preserved relics dating back to the Ming, Qing, Republic of China and the Cultural Revolution periods. A wall near the main lobby with some red-painted words “Quotations from Chairman Mao” was painted by the Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution.  The Lodge preserves “fine, detail, delicacy and beautyin Chinese architectural style.  Here, you can experience yourself up close to the “Xiao Qiao, Liu Shui, Ren Jia (literally means “small bridges, flowing waters, residences), a typical description of the landscape and classical aura of Suzhou.

Getting into the Pingjiang Lodge is just like traveling back in time. When you stroll down, you will find pieces of relics dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), and also the Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976).  The traditional ambience also allows you to experience the Chinese culture to its fullest.  Take your time to play the stone piano (Qin), Chinese Chess and Checker (Qi), as well as Chinese Brushes and Black Ink Bar for calligraphy (Shu) and painting (Hua) at the lobby lounge where local tea is served.  

The décor of the guest rooms preserves the indigenousness of the building and captivates the cultural aura of Suzhou.  There are 51 rooms altogether and they are arrayed within 11 yards, such as Tao Yuan ("Peach Blossom Yard") and Zhu Yuan ("Bamboo Yard").  They are designed to blend with local traditions that include cloistered gardens, wooden pillars and tiled roofs, providing a cozy and tranquil environment for guests to experience the lifestyle of the ancient Suzhou.  

When you stay at Pingjiang Lodge, feel free to bring home the hotel booklet which is placed on the desk of the guestroom.  It introduces the historical background and architectural features of Pingjiang Lodge, a traditional complex that blends in gardens and waters, offering you a cozy environment to experience the rich cultural ambience of the garden city of Suzhou. Please click here to preview.

Hotel Fact Sheet

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There are 51 guest rooms at the Pingjiang Lodge.  They are arrayed within 11 yards that are named according to different Chinese landscape gardening, such as Bamboo Yard, Apricot Yard and Pine Yard.  As the Lodge is a part of the cultural heritage, the size and interior of each guest room vary from one another.  The classical architectural design and décor of the rooms integrate harmoniously to create great beauty and peace.  Each of the rooms is named to depict the Chinese philosophy, cultural norms, or the theme of the yard in which it is located. 

Standard Room
The rooms Ren (literally means "mercy"), Yi ("justice"), Yong ("bravery") and Zhu ("bamboo"), etc. are uniquely decorated to offer you a pleasant and comfortable stay.
  • Air-conditioning with individual temperature control
  • Well-appointed bathroom
  • IDD telephone
  • Tea-making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Colour TV with remote control
  • Satellite TV program
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Free Broadband Internet Service
  • Room size between 24 m² and 32 m²
Superior Room
Each room has a romantic name such as Wan Xia ("afterglow"), Qing Feng ("breeze"), and Bao Yue ("embracing the moon"), etc. The unique design offers you a rich cultural ambience.
  • Air-conditioning with individual temperature control
  • Well-appointed bathroom
  • IDD telephone
  • Tea-making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Colour TV with remote control
  • Satellite TV program
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Free Broadband Internet Service
  • Room size between 33 m² and 40 m²
Deluxe Room
The rooms Wu Wei ("stillness") and Wu Yu ("in-appetence"), etc., allow you to unwind both mentally and physically after a bustle day of travel.
  • Living room
  • Air-conditioning with individual temperature control
  • Well-appointed bathroom
  • IDD telephone
  • Tea-making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Colour TV with remote control
  • Satellite TV program
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Free Broadband Internet Service
  • Room size between 41 m² and 43 m²
Superior Suite
Chen Xi" ("dawn") and "Xiang Yun" ("peaceful cloud") are two of the Superior Suites that offer city views and they are elegantly equipped with modern room facilities.
  • Living room
  • Air-conditioning with individual temperature control
  • Well-appointed bathroom
  • IDD telephone
  • Tea-making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Colour TV with remote control
  • Satellite TV program
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Free Broadband Internet Service
  • Room size between 34 m² and 39 m²
Deluxe Suite
Tian Di ("sky and earth") and Da Zhi (wisdom) are two typical Deluxe Suites. They offer you a relaxing and cozy environment to experience the authentic culture of Suzhou.
  • Living room
  • Air-conditioning with individual temperature control
  • Well-appointed bathroom
  • IDD telephone
  • Tea-making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Colour TV with remote control
  • Satellite TV program
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Free Broadband Internet Service
  • Room size between 42 m²and 44 m²
Executive Suite
There are three Executive Suites, namely Shang Yi Ting (literally means "admiring justice"), Shang Shan Ting ("admiring kindness") and Xing Fu. The traditional Chinese style bedding and furniture lead you back to the bygone era of the Ming Dynasty.
  • Living room
  • Air-conditioning with individual temperature control
  • Well-appointed bathroom
  • Dining room (can cater up to 10 people)
  • IDD telephone
  • Tea-making facilities
  • Colour TV with remote control
  • Satellite TV program
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe 
  • Free Broadband Internet Service
  • Room size between 50 m² and 77 m²

Study Room
Decorated with traditional Chinese furniture, the Study Room offers a series of carefully selected history books, Chinese classic arts like famous poems, painting, and crafting for you to get an insight into the Chinese culture. It is a tranquil place for you to experience various Chinese culture and arts. Here, you can also use our Internet service to share your fantastic experience with your family and friends.

Tea Room
Adjacent to the Study Room, the Tea Room provides a cozy place for Chinese tea tasting, which is another traditional Chinese living art. It is an ideal venue for reading, gathering and rest.

Room Rates

The rates given below are valid from 01 Jan 2018 until further notice.

Room Category Rack Rate Internet Rate 
Standard Room (Twin)
Superior Room (Twin/Double)
Special Room (Double)
Deluxe Room (Twin/Double)
Deluxe Suite (Twin/Double)
Executive Suite (Double)
Extra Bed
(not applicable for Standard Room)

Train Station Transfer  (Suzhou Railway): RMB 100/way/car (1-3 pax)
Train Station Transfer (Suzhou North): RMB 150/way/car (1-3 pax)
Airport Transfer (Wuxi):
RMB 450/way/car (1-3 pax) 
Airport Transfer (Shanghai Hongqiao):
RMB 650/way/car (1-3 pax) 
Airport Transfer (Shanghai Putong):
RMB 800/way/car (1-3 pax)

*Pingjiang Lodge, Suzhou will be suspended for renovation from 26 March 2018 until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Terms & Conditions

  • All rates are in Chinese Yuan (CNY) (also known as Renminbi, RMB).
  • The above rates are not applicable for the weeks of Lunar New Year Holiday, Labour's Holiday in May and the National Holiday in October in China respectively.
  • The above rates are inclusive of service charge & tax.
  • Rates apply on a per room basis - single or double occupancy.
  • Extra bed is not applicable for Standard Room.
  • Children under 12 are accommodated free of charge when sharing the room with parents (maximum one child without extra bed).
  • Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 noon.
  • For late check-out till 6 p.m., 50% of the room rate will be charged. After 6 pm, full day room rate will apply.
  • Cancellation policy: Less than 3 working days prior to the arrival date or no-show, one room night will be charged.
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • The hotel accepts major credit cards including Visa and Master.
  • We regret personal cheques are not accepted.

Welcome to the Silk Road Hotel Management Co Ltd Electronic Reservation System.
To make a reservation, please fill out the form below and submit it to us.   You will receive a HOTEL CONFIRMATION either by email or by fax.

*Pingjiang Lodge, Suzhou will be suspended for renovation from 26 March 2018 until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

 Pingjiang Lodge, Suzhou

Address 33 Niu Jia Xiang, Pingjiang Qu, Suzhou 215005, China
Tel (86 512) 6523 3888
Fax (86 512) 8523 3868


Promotional Package: A minimum stay of one night to enjoy below special offer
Hot deal code: HT-SPH01
Accommodation + Arrival Transfer
Experience yourself up close to the "Xiao Qiao, Liu Shui, Ren Jia" (literally means "small bridges, flowing waters, residences"), a typical description of the landscape and classical aura of Suzhou.
The rate given below are valid from 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018.

1 night stay
2 nights stay Additional night
Period Year Round Year Round Year Round
Superior Room RMB680 RMB1260 RMB630
Package Includes:
  • Accommodation in Superior Room (2 persons)
  • Complimentary one way transfer service from Suzhou Railway Station to hotel (2 persons)
Extra cost for below pick-up points:
Train Station
(Suzhou North)
Wuxi Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Shanghai Pudong Airport
RMB40 RMB350 RMB490 RMB630

  1. Above offer is subject to availability.
  2. Rates are in Chinese Yuan (CNY), also known as Renminbi (RMB) and inclusive of service charge and local tax.
  3. All rates are based on single and/or double (max. 2 person in one room only) occupancy.
  4. Full payment is required to be made to Silk Road Hotel Management Co. Ltd. by Visa or Master card within 3 working days once booking is confirmed or booking will be released automatically.
  5. No name change is acceptable once booking is confirmed.
  6. Should there be any cancellation after payment is made, one night room published rate will be charged.
  7. No refund for any no show and/or cancellation is made 7 days prior to arrival.
  8. No refund for any early check out. 
  9. Any extension of stay, after initial booking is confirmed, will be subject to availability and will be at Hotel’s Best Available Rate.
  10. Cost for additional guests or any extra bed/amenities is required, a fee of RMB200 per person per night (maximum one extra bed per room) will be charged.
  11. No additional room charge applies to children at aged under 12(maximum one child without extra bed).
  12. Guests of Pingjiang Lodge, Suzhou will be responsible for all charges made to their room. Any damages caused during the guests' stay will be charged directly to their own account.
  13. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offer.
  14. The above package is not available during the public holidays, Labour Day, National Day, Mid-Autumn Festival, New Year Day, etc.
  15. Hotel check in time at 14:00 and check out time at 12:00.

Pingjiang Lodge is conveniently located in the city centre of Suzhou, a famous water town in southeastern part of China.  It takes about 40 minutes' drive to the Wuxi airport, 1.5 hours' drive to Shanghai Hongqiao airport, 2 hours' drive to Shanghai Pudong airport, 3 hours to Hangzhou and Nanjing respectively.   Here, you can experience yourself up close to the "Xiao Qiao, Liu Shui, Ren Jia" (literally means little bridges, flowing streams, residences"), a typical description of the landscape and classical aura of Suzhou. 

Pingjiang Lodge allows easy access to different sightseeing spots such as classical gardens and former residences of ancient celebrities.  To the east are the old houses of Suzhou residents; to the south is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites  Master-of-Nets Garden; to the west is the famous Guan Qian Street; and to the North is another UNESCO Heritage Site the Humble Administrator's Garden.  It takes only a few minutes' walk from the Lodge to the Kunqu Museum and Pingtan Museum respectively.

Address No. 33 Liu Jia Xiang, Pingjiang Qu, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province 215005, China 
Tel (86 512)  6523 3888
Fax (86 512)  6523 3868
E-mail culturehotels@the-silk-road.com

Nearby Attractions 

Suzhou is a historical city in China. Some people call it the "Venice in the Orient" because of the canals, stone bridges and the environment in which the local people live. Suzhou gardens are the symbol of the buildings in Jiangnan. They are famous for their lakes and hills which are skillfully organized to form beautiful gardens. The traditional specialties in Suzhou are jasmine tea, Su-taste cakes, sandal fans, Song brocade, lacquer ware, silk embroidery and drawn work.

  • The Humble Administrator's Garden
    The Humble Administrator's Garden, located at the northeast street of Suzhou City, is the biggest garden of Suzhou City, which has won the fame of "Reputed Garden in the South of China" and "Cream Among the Gardens". It takes 10mins drive from the Lodge.

  • The Lion Grove Garden
    The Lion Grove Garden lies along the Suzhou Garden Boulevard. It takes 10 minutes drive from our Lodge. There are strange stones resembling lions in the garden, hence the Lion Grove Garden, famous for its artificial hills accumulated by the exquisite and skillfully shaped stones from the Tai Lake.

  • Surging Waves Pavilion
    This classical garden was built in the Five Dynasties (907-960), purchased and named by a poet Su Shunqin in 1044 during the Song Dynasty.

  • Lingering Garden
    Lingering Garden covers an area of 23,310 square meters, is the best garden in Suzhou as well as being one of the four most famous gardens in China. It is renowned for the artistic way in which the spaces between various kinds of architectural forms are dealt with.

Pingjiang Lodge Outlook

Please send your comments to webmaster@the-silk-road.com .
We stayed at Pingjiang Lodge for two nights. Staying in an ancient structure was a special experience to us. We loved it very much as it's more authentic feel. The location was great and the front desk staff was very helpful and friendly.   Across the canal from the hotel is the hotel’s restaurant, another ancient building but in modern design. The outdoor cafe is a nice place to chill out with friends and enjoy the summer breeze. Certainly will come back!
Samantha Jones
29 Apr 2013

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for being so welcoming to us, Jen Yeh and Susan Fillin-Yeh, when we stayed at the Pingjiang Lodge, 8-18 December, 2012. Our room was in the building across the street from the main hotel entrance. May we tell you again how much we enjoyed the traditional architecture and furnishings, and the view from our window onto the beautiful Pingjiang Canal. Your hotel is very special.

The hotel staff was very congenial; They even searched online for information on particular, tasty vegetable which had been unfamiliar to us, called "four winged bean."

We have recommended the Pingjiang Lodge to others.

Thank you so much.

Jen Yeh and Susan Fillin-Yeh
6 Jan 2013

We enjoyed our stay in Suzhou at Pingjiang Lodge very much.  A few comments follow:

Small problems:
  • The driver who picked us up at Shanghai Pudong airport was waiting for us at the International Arrivals area instead of Domestic, so it took about 45 minutes to find him.
  • Had some problems with English being understood at the hotel front desk
  • Front desk would not call us a taxi, saying they wouldn't come down the alley
  • Breakfast was very late on our first morning
(None of these was a big issue and did not detract much from our good overall experience)
  • I called the front desk from Pudong airport and the person there was very helpful in helping us find the driver
  • Our room was fantastic
  • Restaurant food was very good
  • Front desk was helpful in booking us a limo to Suzhou North train station
Eric Theriault
14 Jun 2012

本人想向 貴公司表揚沈小姐的良好服務態度,每次都快速回覆電郵,並且詳細回答。此外, 貴公司平江客棧的接送司機也值得表揚。在蘇州火車站接車及送往上海浦東機場都是同一位司機。該位司機衣著清潔整齊,態度有禮,最重要是駕車態度良好,不會像國內其他司機喜歡快速行駛、爬頭越線。我的家人都覺得該位司機值得表揚。
多謝沈小姐的安排,希望日後有機會到 貴公司其他旅遊地點的客棧參觀。
Florence Lee
9 Nov 2011

I really enjoy my stay in Ping Jian Lodge from the first warm welcome at my arrival to the last minute when i left.

Location is perfect, lobby and rooms style and furniture lovely, breakfast food excellent.

I wish also underline the good english and professionalism of the staff, far better than what i found in 5 stars hotel like the Shangri-La for example.

With best regards

Micheline Baussard

31 October - 1 November 2008

Just back home, I want to tell you all went perfectly well. We still don't know which of your two hotels in Beijing and Suzhou we liked most.
Both were perfect and we have been extremely well received and lodged.
Will definitely recommend them to friends planning to travel to China, all the more so that your Suzhou hotel is not yet mentioned in the travel guides, but I will mention it to the Routard and Lonely Planet people so they include it in their next issues.
Thanks also Helen for the train reservation, all went smoothly for us with the Beijing-Shanghai trip.

All in all we loved China and are surely going to return and visit other regions in the coming years.
Will of course be in touch with you when that happens.

Meanwhile, thanks again for all your help, cooperation and friendliness,

Rudolf and Cecile Hagnauer  
11 June 2007

We did appreciate a lot our staying in your hotel in Suzhou.  It is a very nice place, and people were very kind there: so thank you very much and I can only congratulate you!
Hope to come back one day, and of course I will recommend to my friends your hotel...

Best regards,
1 June 2007

Weve had a nice trip at Suzhou and the Pingjiang Lodge. Its really impressive to live at an antique courtyard house so well preserved. I would stay at the Lodge again when I go to Suzhou next time. 
Im an architect and interested in Chinese architecture. As a support to the good effort of preserving old building, Im writing an article to be posted up at local newspaper. Will let you have a copy then. 
One minor point:
We booked a deluxe room with extra bed. I suggest the Lodge may prepare bathroom accessories, tea bags and etc for three guests instead of two.
Helen Leung
19 Jan 2007

I could not reply you earlier since we have been travelling in Europe after our China trip!  We had a wonderful experience a the Suzhou Pingjiang Lodge, we simply loved the place, your boss has done a very good job to restore the old house to its previous glory, the staff was very attentive, especially the Manager who was in charge of the hotel, I am terribly sorry that I did not get his name, he was extremely helpful, he was the only person in the hotel could answer my question of the brand new IM Pei Museum in Suzhou! There was also a certain Mr. Chin Da Min gave us a lot useful information as well, even we did not have good weather but the atmosphere was warm at your hotel!  My husband took a lot of pictures of the hotel, as soon as we sort them out, I shall send you some, because they are very beautiful, and really show the best of your hotel.  We have highly told all our friends about your hotel, so I hope you will continue with the same spirit and service of the hotel.

Just a small remark about your breakfast, I think it can be improved.

We should return to China next April for another conference in Beijing and Shanghai, I look forward to trying out the Beijing experience with your hotel.

16 December 2006

The Suzhou Pingjiang Lodge was excellent!!!  Really a very beautiful place, and also very interesting, in the middle of the old city.  A great experience!
Mr. Penas
8 August 2006

We had great fun in Suzhou and liked the hotel. It was a very tranquil and authentic setting and staff were lovely.
We did not really have any criticism just a minor point of a choice of muesli/cereal for breakfast though we appreciated that the restaurant is not yet functioning and staff were doing best they could and otherwise breakfast was fine.
Best regards
5 June 2006
At Pingjiang Lodge, whether you are a group of two or a corporate group, our professional hotelier and travel staff can help you organize below special activities:
  • Stroll along the Pingjiang District and visit the former residences of the ancient Zhuangyuan, candidates who got the first place in an imperial examination
  • Enjoy a Kunqu Opera – designated as Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO
  • Enjoy a Pingtan performance – a typical singing in Suzhou style 
  • Boat ride on the Pingjiang River

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