I stayed at the Somerset Riverview for 2 weeks in a 1BR this month when I attended the Cooking School at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine.
The location is really good. Carrefour is about a 15 minute walk, the subway is a 5 minute walk just over the bridge. If you exit the Somerset and head right, you'll find an excellent Sichuan restaurant called Gingko where the waiters speak English and if you keep going, you'll find the bar district. Head left and you'll find an HSBC branch where it take all foreign ATM cards and if you keep going, you'll hit the Jinli Ancient Street.
The staff is friendly and they were more than happy to make arrangements for cabs and restaurant reservations whenever I asked.
I am from HK, so the size of the 1BR to me is quite large. There is a new LG washer/dryer that I used regularly which worked very well and the kitchen is equipped with whatever you need to eat in except for food.
My stay included a complimentary breakfast. It's not bad but I'm not a breakfast person so I only went once. The gym is quite good. There are 4 treadmills, an elliptical machine, several stationary bikes, free weights and a number of nautilus like machines and they are quite new. Hardly anyone is in there so it was like having my own gym.
Internet access is free, you can use wifi or an ethernet connection. It's a bit unstable when skyping overseas but normally surfing is fine.
Overall, I thought the Somerset was very good especially for a second tier city in China. If I was in Chengdu again, I would definitely stay there again.
My only pet peeve with this place is the windows. There is one panel that you can open or close in the bedroom and living room. However, if you close it, you cannot lock it. So every now and then there is some wind and the window opens a bit and then slams shut. When I was sleeping the first night, it bothered me. But after a while I just got used to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting on the banks of the Jinjiang River, Somerset Riverview Chengdu enjoys a prime address in the city of Chengdu. Nature features heavily around Somerset Riverview Chengdu. Whilst meandering water ways with romantic arched bridges make for a pretty cultural picture, local tea houses and bars alike takes on a fantastical modern allure. The 200 serviced residences is furnished with a modern and comfortable living and dining area, broadband Internet access, satellite television access and a fully-equipped kitchen. We offer you a wide range of apartment sizes from studio to three-bedroom apartments tailored to your lifestyle. Our 24-hour on-site security personnel and video intercom system provide you and your family a secure living environment. Somerset Riverview Chengdu is ideal for executive and their families looking for a balanced and enriching lifestyle. Our rooftop garden is the perfect relaxed space for lazy summer barbecue. Unique facilities include fully-equipped gymnasium, sauna rooms and children playground offering extensive leisure and sports choices for you and your family to relax and refresh. Our recreational residents’ programmes like city explorations and networking gatherings enable you to meet people and network within your community. Our helpful and caring staff is always striving to exceed your expectation, showcasing the core value of Somerset’s signature Heartware service, which is our commitment to tailor each residence to your individual needs. ... more less
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