Need to know
142, including 75 suites and residences.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. An email check-out service makes the process pleasingly swift. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $272.24 (CNY1,799), excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.
Rates do not include the à la carte breakfast (HK$100 a person).
If the hotel’s sense of refinement feels familiar, you may have stayed in one of its sister properties: the Opposite House in Beijing, or the Upper House in Hong Kong. Or maybe you have a keen eye for architecture and can spot the influence of former Foster and Partners designer Ken Shuttleworth.
At the hotel
Spa with a steam room and hammam, gym, gardens, tea house, library with English and Chinese books, laundry service, free high-speed WiFi throughout. There’s a fleet of tailor-made bikes to borrow for free, too. In rooms: 46” interactive TV, Bowers & Wilkins sound system and a Bose portable speaker, free ‘maxibar’, espresso machine and kettle with teas, and Apelles bath products. The Penthouse has an outdoor Jacuzzi, and all Residences have a full kitchen and laundry room.
Our favourite rooms
A blush-pink origami lampshade, a cane chair, vases of fresh fragrant orchids and a small selection of books… attention to detail makes the minimally decorated Temple Suites feel like home. Light-wood panelling, carefully placed mirrors and floor-to-ceiling windows make them feel open and bright, and a decorative screen adds local flavour. Of the residences, we like Studio 90 – a luxurious but cosy hideaway with a furnished balcony for spying on the hive of activity below.
Set in the spa, the heated freshwater swimming pool (open 6.30am–11pm) is for adults only. Concrete and bamboo create a sophisticated indoor space, and stepped light wells are a subtle nod to Sichaun’s agrarian landscapes.
Set in the Qing Dynasty courtyard – on the site of the Daci Temple’s mulberry garden – the Mi Xun spa is a lavish 900sq m sanctuary with a sauna, hammam and shop. Treatments are carried out in 11 suites (including VIP and couples suites); an extensive menu includes diamond-infused facials, ocean-stone massages, tea-enhanced wraps, and signature Natura Bissé, Thémaé, Mesoestic and Refinery treatments. For busy guests there are express mani-pedis; for Mr Smith, a barber; and for gym-bunnies, a well-equipped work-out space.
While you’re extremely well looked after, only a few members of the hotel’s staff speak English – bring a phrase book to ensure you’re understood. Pick up some mahjong skills before you arrive, too, for an impromptu game in one of Chengdu’s cafés.
Public areas and some rooms are wheelchair accessible.
Welcome. A baby cot or extra bed can be added to the Temple Suite. Little ones can dine in Mi Xun Teahouse and Temple House Café, high chairs are available to borrow, staff will heat up milk and there are baby-changing facilities in Mi Xun.