Pampering and Pandas: Luxury Hotels in Chengdu

While looking for the black and white ursine pleasures of West China, there's no need to forego first-class luxury.

Tyler Roney

October 23, 2017


Chengdu – apart from its status as a gateway to West China – is known to most tourists for its proximity to a particular animal: the panda. Environmentally fascinating and ridiculously adorable, the pandas of Chengdu and Sichuan draw travelers year round.

Chengdu is on the edge of a maze of Chinese cities, a metropolis of more than 14 million people with fine dining, historic architecture, and good, old-fashioned luxury to keep West China travelers pampered on their panda outings.

Slide Culture and Luxury at Temple House: The third in The House Collective series, Temple House in Chengdu, a Remote Lands favorite, is a fusion of traditional and modern design, part of the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex surrounding Daci Temple. Found in the city center, the Qing dynasty inspired design, still manages to look out on greenery. The in-house dining options include the Temple café, wood-fired pizza at TIVANO, cocktails at JING, and their very own teahouse. Temple House also features the MI XUN, an urban day spa. Located near the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li shopping center and with plenty of downtown shopping and dining options, this destination is ideal for travelers in search of direct access to downtown Chengdu. Slide Sustainability and Peace at Six Senses: Located far from the city, 60 minutes outside of the Chengdu metropolis, is Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain. A scenic portal to the Qingcheng Mountain and Yuecheng Lake, this resort is a mere 10-minute drive away from the Giant Panda Research Breeding Base. Also nearby is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dujiangyan, where visitors can participate in the giant panda volunteer program. Travelers seeking a quieter, more peaceful getaway will find peace in one of Six Senses’ 102 high-ceilinged suites, adorned with Chinese-inspired antiques and each featuring either a private balcony or courtyard veranda and garden-view bathtub. In the Six Senses sustainable style, an all-day buffet serves produce grown in Six Senses’ organic gardens and local community, along with regional specialties. Slide Old-fashioned Opulence at Ritz-Carlton: Wherever one goes looking for luxury in the major cities of the world, the Ritz-Carlton always pops up. Chengdu is found near Tianfu Square, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, traditional tea houses, and the local metro. Ritz-Carlton executive suites combine the city’s fast-paced explorative culture with a relaxing essence and the sun terrace and pampering steam bath add a leisurely touch. World-class dining options are also served among beautifully designed spaces; the Li Xuan Chinese Restaurant highlights Chengdu’s specialty Sichuan chili in an elegant and anciently-designed setting, while the Dining Room offers an array of Mediterranean dishes and original plates. A daily English afternoon tea provides an added touch of English elegance in the Lobby Lounge. Slide Classic China at Shangri-La Hotel: Just a 25-minute drive from Shuangliu International Airport sits the grand Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu, known for its view of Jinjiang River and the gardens of the Hejiang Pavilion. With 593 guestrooms and suites, the hotel presents with a rich, artistic ornamentation mixed with modern amenities. Boasting the some of the largest accommodations in the city center, the Shangri-La is an ideal base for panda experiences by day and city-life by night. Here, guests can propend their bamboo travels with a rainforest shower in a pleasant room. Award-winning executive sous chef Li Tok Fan and his team excel in crafting outstanding authentic Cantonese and Sichuanese dishes, enhanced by the ever-popular river view. Slide Malls and Views at the Hilton: The Hilton Chengdu can be found in the southern area of Chengdu, centrally located in the “industrial Chengdu” Tianfu New District. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase panoramic views of the city, paired with king-sized Hilton Serenity Beds. A little less luxury than the others herein, the Hilton is found near the New Century Global Center, the largest shopping mall in the world, as well as extensive shopping at Chunxi Road. A promenade through Kuan-Zhai also features examples of traditional Sichuan homes. Five different dining choices in the hotel serve globally inspired plates and a wide selection of refreshments – from authentic Chinese tea served by a tea master to a selection of fine Italian wines. The hotel also features a rooftop pool overlooking the city 1 / 4