I have been traveling in China for almost a month now, and the Somerset Riverview is a much needed alternative to the basic hotel rooms I have been in. I have a one bedroom King executive room on the 29th floor facing the river and it is by far the best room I have ever stayed in, anywhere! Big living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bath. Bed is the most comfortable I have had in China. Location is great, except to get a taxi. 7-11 right next door where you can buy cold beverages, Subway right next to 7-11 in case you need some food besides Chinese. Wireless is fast and easy to get on, wired service even faster. AC and heat work great! Staff is so helpful and friendly, had a complicated stay and they did everything to make it easy on me. I was really impressed. Breakfast is wonderul, omelettes/eggs made to order, great western choices, fresh fruit, good juice.
Lory Rao and Ying Ying Li at the front desk are the best. Amber Zhao and Amy Li my housekeepers were awesome. Folded my cloths for me, washed my dishes, my room was immaculate every day. Thanks Ladies, I really appreciate you making the end of my trip enjoyable!
The only thing to be aware of is, this hotel is on a one way street right next to the river. Taxis really don't go down this street and they drop you off about 1/2 block away. Not good when it is pouring down rain, standing water of about 2 inches and you have to drag your luggage to the door. I was soaked by the time I got the hotel and the taxi driver refused to go around the block to drop me off in front, even though my chinese business partner tried to get him too! Don't try to get a taxi on your own, ask the doorman to get you taxi and they will. Just realize it may take a while, especially 4pm-7pm, don't cut your timing to close as you can wait up to 40 minutes to get a taxi at this time. Ask the front desk to write down the name and address of the hotel in Chinese and keep it with you, makes it much easier to show it to the taxi drivers and get you back to the hotel.
I would highly recommend the Somerset Riverview to anyone, business or leisure trip. I will not stay anywhere else in Chengdu.
- 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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