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“Beautiful boutique hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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BuddhaZen Hotel
B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610017, China   |  
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Ranked #3 of 2,060 Hotels in Chengdu
4.5 of 5 stars 545 Reviews
Merimbula, Australia
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66 hotel reviews
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“Beautiful boutique hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Buddha Zen is a beautiful boutique hotel.
As soon as we saw the hotel from the exterior on arrival we knew we’d a good choice.

LOCATION: The hotel is in the middle of the ‘old-new’ area (as our guide called it), a part of town where the buildings are all built in an older style, even though some of them are fairly new.
The location is a bit out of the way if you’re looking for restaurants etc to walk to, however Taxis are everywhere and very affordable, so its not hard to get to other places.
As we made our way back to the hotel each day we enjoyed seeing the locals at their favourite bakeries and fruit stalls.
There are street stalls dotted along the streets for tourists to purchase souvenirs.


TYPE OF ROOM: We were in room 309, which is the top floor. Our room had plenty of space, and a balcony to sit and watch the passers by.
The room was very nicely furnished with beautiful Chinese style furniture.
The air con was a little noisy at times.
We did find that when people came and went from their rooms near us we could always hear the doors close/bang.


BATHROOM/SHOWER: The bathroom was quite modern with a double sized shower, and beautiful Chinese style ceramic bowl for a hand basin.
One odd thing was there was no PowerPoint in the bathroom itself, or near it.
The water pressure was ok.

CLEANLINESS: After reading other reviews that the hotel wasn’t clean I was concerned, but our room was very clean and tidy.

CLOSET SPACE: There was plenty of closet space and general space for storing bags/cases.

TV/INTERNET: There was a TV in the room with a large selection of channels. The Wi-Fi worked well, even though we were on the 3rd floor.

SERVICE: Staff at reception were lovely, very helpful and efficient. Nothing was ever a problem and they went out of their way to assist.
Breakfast staff were quiet as they went about their work, but still pleasant.
Breakfast itself was buffet style, with a smallish selection of Western and Chinese food.

OVERALL: Buddha Zen is a unique hotel, although the location is a bit out of the way. We would certainly return to Buddha Zen if we visit Chengdu again.

The only reason I'm not rating Buddha Zen 5 is because of the lack of powerpoints in the bathroom, and the noise from doors in other rooms closing/banging, perhaps some sort of soundproofing around the door frames is required.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Singapore, Singapore
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

The hotel itself is very picturesque, the courtyard is excellent and great to sit and have drinks. Breakfast is ok, although as it is a small hotel the choice is quite limited. I found the biggest issue with the hotel is the location is very poor for restaurants. Virtually none in the surrounding area have english menus or look habitable. However the fodd at the hotel itself is very godd and worth a try. Service is mixed as they were able to book several trips for us at reasonable prices but messed up our reservation and were not helpful when trying to get a taxi to the airport (leaving us to try to explain to the driver where to go by making silly gestures). All in all ok, but not quite as good as everyone seems to be making out.

Room Tip: Upgraded rooms come with a fridge and balcony and are definitely worth the little extra they charge.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

My teenage daughter and I stayed for two nights in June in a suite (Room 302).

Of the hotels we stayed in during our month-long trip to China, this was our least favorite. (The other hotels were: URBN in Shanghai, Sofitel in Xi'an, Opposite House and Peninsula in Beijing, and Hotel Icon in Hong Kong).

The reason we did not care for the BuddhaZen Hotel is that the bathroom was unclean. I can forgive a poor location and a host of other shortcomings but I can't stand a dirty room.

Dislikes:
Not clean (large clumps of hair in the shower drain and corner of bathroom plus scuff marks all along walls on stairs)
Fake wood floors
Out of the way location
Dirty massage room
Bad smell in bathroom drain
Prearranged driver from the airport drove over 100 mph
Tired sofa in suite room

Likes:
Pretty courtyard
Some of the furniture was very attractive
Overall style
Beautiful and delicious apples in room
Friendly front desk
Air conditioning worked well and could be controlled in the room
Spacious
Comfortable bed, pillows, and linens

Room Tip: Standard rooms look nicer... We paid more for a suite because I wanted to have a balcony. It turned...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Widen, Switzerland
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stayed in Buddha Zen Hotel for less than a week after our trip back from Jiuzhaigou Valley-九寨沟. Some how we just couldn't get around to summit our review about many hotels we'd stayed in China, especially this one.

This is a very lovely place if you are looking for a unique experience. The hotel is decorated with Chinese traditional style, it offers several types of accommodation. Hotel is located inside an old town, near by there is a famous thousands-year old Wenshuyuan Buddhist Temple (for 5.00 RMB entrance fee, you get to walk the entire ground and get a glace of the tradition). Hotel is not too far to the Jinlin ancient street. I like the idea you'll find Starbucks Coffee inside Jinlin area.
The hotel has a good size courtyard, SPA / massage parlor is a nice retreat, if must. The furniture and accessories are crafted in Chinese traditional way. Simple, elegant and redolent of the past, rooms and suites also feature traditional dark wooden furniture and /wooden/bamboo floor, creating a mysterious sense of peeking through the veil of time to the romance of another era.
The traditional Chinese wood-framed-bed topped with gleaming white linens, looks very comfortable and inviting, it awakes the senses of "romantic". We love our suite!

Unfortunately, English speaking stuff is limited, then again, is there a need to find any perfect English speaking stuff in any nice hotel? (LOL I am laughing when think back in various non English speak hotels in China as I type this.) I am sure you'll find your long lost "patience" in Buddha Zen Hotel, simply by looking at those lovely smile on their faces.
We never ate in this hotel, therefore, I can't comment on the food.

There are lot happening near and around the hotel which you don't have time to be bored. Little shops, casual and fancy restaurants all around you. If you wish to venture further, some blocks away you'll be at the big shopping mall in town around the corner.

Happy stay to you all!

Room Tip: Pick the top floor facing the alley street for best view of the old town and less noise at night...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Buddhazen was better than we expected. After reading so much about it, the reality hit us when we arrived. We like everytrhing about this place. Location, staff, breakfast (a la carte menu was excellent) cleaniness, spaciousness, quiet, etc..

The only slight hiccup we had was that I rang earlier to say that our flight was delayed, and that we still want the room. When we arrived, we were told that someone called to cancel our booking (I think they misinterpreted my request). Anyway, this mistake turned into a blessing. We were upgraded to a suite!

The staff were always helpful, despite their limited English. Highly recommended. You need to book early if you want to stay here. It was full every day. We were there for 4 nights.

Room Tip: The two rooms we booked was great. I did not see other rooms, so I can't comment
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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84 reviews 84 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This is a great little hotel, in one of Chengdu's new "Old" neighbourhoods, and really close to the Wenshu Temple. The rooms are not huge, but big enough for us to fit an extra bed in, but are beautifully decorated, and ours had a large balcony overlooking the old lanes below. The neighbourhood around the hotel looks quite old, and is a lot less touristy than some of the other "old" neighbourhoods in the City. Plenty of great places to eat around the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

We stayed as a family of 6 in this great hotel. Everything was perfect. The rooms had all the comfort necessary to recover from a hectic sightseeing schedule in a city which is very hot in August. Had also a great dinner. Staff is very friendly and attends to all reasonable requests without any problems. But wat makes it really special is the historic character of the hotel. Very unique! One feels like staying in a historic chinese guesthouse. Very different from the massive modern hotels which are currently built all over China.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610017, China
Location: China > Sichuan > Chengdu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Chengdu
#2 Family Hotel in Chengdu
#2 Spa Hotel in Chengdu
#31 Best Value Hotel in Chengdu
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Number of rooms: 35
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