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The best time to visit Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake is in the spring, fall and summer, when you can take advantage of its outdoor swimming pond and alfresco dining. Chinese restaurant Jin Sha offers 38 outdoor seats and all-day-dining restaurant West Lake Bistro has 40, so you can dine outside for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The tables overlook the hotel’s gardens and pond, and it’s in this very water that you can take a dip on steamy summer days.
Although it’s most pleasant to stroll and cycle (the Hangzhou hotel provides complimentary bike rentals) around West Lake in spring and fall, winter in the city is beautiful — and you can swim indoors in the luxury hotel’s gorgeous Balinese-inspired pool. Afterward, head to the lobby lounge, where you can curl up with a good book and a hot cup of locally harvested longjing tea.