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“Great location, pleasant experience” 4 of 5 stars
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BuddhaZen Hotel
B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610017, China   |  
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Ranked #4 of 2,064 Hotels in Chengdu
Edmonton, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
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“Great location, pleasant experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

After having stayed in a couple of nondescript hotels, we were very happy to discover the BuddhaZen had a truly exotic feel to it, from the large golden buddha in one of the foyers to the scrollwork on the hallway railings and the big, red lanterns that hung by the entrance. It has a decent restaurant that served local cuisine, tasty and moderately priced. Our room price included a buffet breakfast that included a nod to the north American preferences of eggs, bacon, and toast as well as a chance to sample the local breakfast fare. I especially liked the steamed buns with various fillings and a good selection of local breads and pastries.
The quality of housekeeping was more than adequate. Rooms were nicely furnished and the beds very comfortable. The bathrooms are on the small side but still well-appointed. You can open the windows - a welcome feature when Chengdu was enjoying lovely early fall weather while we were there. However, the best part of being able to open the windows was the chance to be immersed in the ambiance of our surroundings - we were in a section of town that had been preserved to showcase the pre-modern architecture of the Sichuan region. In addition to the curved and ornate rooftops and the dark wood, we could hear the sounds of commerce down below us as vendors and storekeepers plied their wares. Walk a bit farther and you encounter a temple still in use, shops of all kinds, ;local food everywhere, and you also discover that just a short distance away, you are right in the midst of modern skyscrapers and beautiful green spaces.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I stayed here for 8 nights on the strength of good Trip-Advisor reviews and was not disappointed. The Hotel is new but laid out in the older style with open courtyard rooms which would be really pleasant in warm weather. I was there in winter, and the whole place was a bit nippy. The room however was warm and comfortable, very quiet and bathroom not too small. Room service was a little too excellent - I was being tutored in mandarin and my books would be neatly stacked up every day...! Bed was a little hard, but far better than most other Chinese Hotels. Reception didn't mind my tutor coming up the to the room - this a big issue with some Hotels in China. Windows have timber screens which allow windows to kept open in warm weather, but still be secure.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I agree with most of the reviews here and would choose to stay here again. The hotel is centrally located in a characterful area, near a temple and loads of shops, restaurants etc. It seems to be a reconditioned area - looks old but truly it isn't type of thing. Hotel rooms are big and fine. Bed was very hard would be my only criticism. The rooms go round a central courtyard, and noise did come up from it if people are up late. The reception had some offer on that if we signed up to their VIP scheme we got an immediate discount on our stay and food - so we did that. It doesn't have all the facilities you'd get in a big hotel but the price was fair I felt.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed here for 6 nights as the final week in our 3-week trip to China. I booked it on the basis of reviews I saw on this site, and was really looking forward to staying here and relaxing for our last week. Was I in for a surprise!

We stayed in a junior suite, and the room was beautiful with a very comfortable king-sized bed. We thought the price was great value, especially when we saw the room. Unfortunately, our first impressions were misleading.

There was a small fridge, tea making facilities, and a TV in the room. The TV and wifi signals were both awful, rendering a number of the channels unwatchable, and the internet frustrating to use.

The bathroom was tiny, smaller even than the hostel's we had recently stayed in, though it was nicely appointed. The hotel design is really beautiful, set in a traditional building around a double courtyard. I'm sure this is great in Summer, though it is a little hard to appreciate during a November cold snap!

Breakfast was included, and I certainly wouldn't have paid for it. It's served in a room that is too small to fit the guests in, so people either had to wait for a table or move to the freezing cold courtyard outside.

Our problems started before we even checked in. The hotel is set in a small sidestreet near Wenshu Monestary; this street is not to be found on any maps of the city, including the maps of the district to be found at the roadside. There's no mention of how to find the hotel on their website, and there are no signs on the main road indicating where the hotel is. Our taxi dropped us by the monastery, so we called the hotel to ask for directions, and they couldn't/wouldn't tell us how to get to them even though we (eventually) found out we were less than 100m from the door.

We checked in and paid for six nights in advance, only to be called in the room on the second day and told that we had to check out! I went to reception to discuss the problem with them and they immediately told me that I had booked for six nights, and everything was fine, as if they had not just stressed us out with an unnecessary call. No reason was given for the call which they had made only five minutes before, and no apology was forthcoming. To top it all, on the last day of our stay, we thought we might like to have a spa treatment. My wife called the spa to ask which of the available treatments she could have because she was pregnant, and they started laughing at her. When we complained about this treatment in reception, we were greeted with nervous smiles, and noone seemed to actually want to assist us.

This is the kind of place you might really enjoy staying if you only have to stay one night, as the hotel is genuinely beautiful, and fine as long as you don't actually have to use any of the facilities for any period of time. For a longer stay in Chengdu, I would recommend you go anywhere else.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed for one night at Buddha Zen and were sad we could not stay for longer.

The hotel was lovely - set in a traditional court yard style, we really felt like we'd stepped into an ancient calming sanctuary away from the busy city. It was a very refreshing change from the modern accomodation we'd had previously. Our room was a little small compared to our other hotels, but clean, comfortable and full of character. Staff were friendly and could speak good english.

Breakfast was lacking in variety, but nice none the less. The breakfast room is incredibly small, so you may struggle to find somewhere to sit during busy times, and may need to share with others (which wasn't a problem for us).

Buddha Zen is located within 5 mins walk of the Monastery subway stop and so very easy to get around. Within the small complex around the hotel there are many little shops and restaurants, so I'm sure you could find somewhere to eat closer to home.

The hotel is within a small complex and taxis are unable to stop directly in front of the hotel, although you only have to carry/drag your luggage a very short distance to get to the hotel. I would recommend printing out the address details in chinese to show to your taxi driver, as they may have difficulties finding the place.

If we ever find ourselves back in the area, we would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have stayed in BuddhaZen hotel for one night only, but was enough time to appreciate the quality of the staff, and the beauty of the hotel and the surroundings.
. Hotel has a very convenient location in old town Chengdu
The staff spoke in one of the best English i heard on china.
A bit noise at night, try to get a room which windows goes to the front of the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

we stayed twice in here, once booked through agoda , the other through elong. hotel is located inside a traditional cultural complex wen shu fang which surrounding is like the mini version of Jinli street. arround the hotel there are many souvenir and art craft shops and traditional snack shops and eateries. hotel itself is very beautiful, uniquely design in traditional chinese architecture and garden.
cars are not allowed to stop in front of the hotel hence we have to drag our lugage and walk. but it is a short walk so not a problem for us and stepping into the loby feels soothing and comfort. we checked in at around midnight, it was fast and our room was clean comfortable with strong hot shower and also fresh juicy sweet apples provided in the room.
breakfast was ok, not many variation, but for us the food was good.
the hotel got a traditional spa in wooden circular bath tub like in the movie which cost only RMB 88, a pity that we didnt have enough time to try.
definitely recommended and will return

p.s.
there is no lift in the hotel, all stairs.
print hotel name , address, and contact number in chinese as provided in the website to show to your taxi driver

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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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 Family Hotel in Chengdu
#3 Spa Hotel in Chengdu
#3 Romantic Hotel in Chengdu
#34 Best Value Hotel in Chengdu
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Number of rooms: 35
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