Hangzhou, China


Rates from (inc tax)$745.91

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21CNY), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Village people


Tea fields and forests

Bed down between tea-fields and temples at Amanfayun, a restored village in a culturally-rich region. Five restaurants, seven spiritual sites within walking distance and a stream decorated with ancient Buddhist carvings are the incentives to leave your romantic box bed each morning. 

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A picnic breakfast for two (plus your Guest Assistant) on a traditional boat, cruising down waterways fringed with weeping willows, lotuses and hidden pavilions


Photos Amanfayun – Hangzhou – China

Need to know


47 stone dwellings, including 21 suites.


12 noon; earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $745.91 (CNY5,056), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY5,814.43), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include WiFi, daily afternoon tea (served in Fayun Place) and breakfast: choose from Chinese or Western options, served in the Steam House or the Restaurant, respectively.


Fayun Place is the heart of the hotel, home to a variety of cultural activities and performances. The two-storey building dates back to the 1800s and includes a relaxation area and internal courtyards. There are plans afoot to turn the upper storey into a whisky and cigar bar.

At the hotel

Traditional bathhouse; a heritage building dating back to the 1800s, where cultural activities take place; access to temples and a monastery; swimming pool. In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Amanfayun Deluxe Suites 16–18 are perched high on the hill, with sweeping views of the valley and oodles of space (clocking in at 135sq m, compared to the 66sq m rooms and 88sq m suites).


There’s a serene 20m pool set in lush greenery, with views of the mountains.


Not your usual spa – this is a Chinese bathhouse (none of the rooms have bath tubs). Get your steam on in one of the three rooms, each of which has a circular tub for two, a steam room and double shower.

Packing tips

Your biggest emerald earrings/cuff links, to match the vivid greenery of the West Lake region; temple-appropriate attire for early morning monastery visits.


Little Smiths are welcome, but they’ll have to entertain themselves (there’s no crèche or kids club).

Food and Drink

Photos Amanfayun – Hangzhou – China

Top Table

Don't settle for the same familiar spot – try each of the five restaurants.

Dress Code

Cotton and silks in summer; cashmere and cologne in winter.

Hotel restaurant

There are five to choose from, including two managed by the hotel: the Steam House, which serves dim sum, and the Restaurant, which offers Western cuisine. Keen to try a monk’s diet? Sample some new vegetables at the Vegetarian House, whose chefs also feed the monks at the monastery next to Amanfayun. In a nice nod to tradition, dining times are scheduled in accordance with the monks’ early prayers and early nights. Hangzhou House serves local dishes, cooked to ancient recipes; the Tea House has a daily changing menu of small plates, served with the region’s famous tea (pick from a large selection of leaves and blends).

Hotel bar

No bar as such, but you can have a drink in the Steam Room or the Restaurant. Tip: it's more about the tea here – don't leave without having a brew or two in the Tea House.

Last orders

The Restaurant is open from 6.30am until 9.30pm.


Photos Amanfayun – Hangzhou – China
22 Fayun Lane, West Lake Street, West Lake Scenic Area


Fly into Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (www.hzairport.com) or touch down in Shanghai Pudong International Airport (www.shanghaiairport.com) and hop on the train.


Hangzhou Station is 12km away, a half-hour drive. Hotel transfers are CNY300 a person, each way.

Worth getting out of bed for

Pay attention at the back, this is important: Hangzhou is extremely popular with Chinese tourists due to its wealth of cultural treasures, so you’ll need to be canny to beat the crowds. Ask the hotel to take you out on the West Lake in their private boat, so that you don’t get squashed on a public tour. Similarly, rise very early (pre-7am) to beat the hordes at the local temples and monasteries. There are seven within walking distance – the most famous of which is Lingyin Si or ‘Soul’s Retreat’, dating back to 326 AD. Visit the tea plantation on the property and the National Tea Museum, set in sprawling gardens with ponds and pavilions, just a few minutes away by car. Sit in the museum's traditional Tea House and taste the delicate infusions. Chinese cultural activities, including calligraphy, paper-cutting and performances of traditional music, take place in Fayun Place, which dates back to the 1800s. (Ask staff for the daily schedule.) 

Local restaurants

Avoid the crowds. You’re better off sticking with Amanfayun’s cluster of dining options, though it’s well worth getting a bowl of $3 noodles from the café inside the main Buddhist temple complex, just adjacent to Amanfayun village.


Photos Amanfayun – Hangzhou – China

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this cultured hotel in China and unpacked their spices, a full account of their luxury rural break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Amanfayun in Hangzhou…

You can’t rush a good cup of tea: it takes time, effort and appreciation to make the perfect brew. Just like Amanfayun: 11 years in the making, brewed into being with the help of heritage boffins from the Hangzhou Bureau of Landscape and Cultural Relics. We’re not being self-indulgent with the tea theme, by the way – the hotel’s village-style sprawl of buildings is bordered by tea plantations, and the National Tea Museum is a tiny drive away. You’re in the Bordeaux of tea regions.

There’s more to this hotel than tea leaves (though you must spend at least a few hours in the Tea House, pairing shared plates with some delicate brews). Firstly, you’re in a prime position for Hangzhou’s considerable cultural lures: a winding path connects the Buddhist monastery at one end of the village to the temples at the other. You can walk behind the orange-clad monks on their way to prayer (if you’re up early enough – unlikely). Factor in the serene spa, the romantic courtyard dwellings (designed in imitation of traditional Chinese residences and graced with seductive wooden box beds), the natural beauty of the West Lake district and you’re left with a totally delicious blend.  

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Amanfayun’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Our butler Emmie, the service generally and the food. Breakfast picnic on West Lake. The most calm and perfect hotel I have ever visited. A weekend break felt like a much longer holiday.

Don’t expect

Nothing could have been better other than we needed to get up earlier to see the temples as the queues were so long.


Stayed on 13 Mar 2015

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