If you are in transit or have business near the airport this is a good hotel for you. If you have business in town (or need fluent English speakers) you probably want one closer in. There are no museums or cultural facilities anywhere near the place.
For background, I spent 3 stays totaling 9 weeks over a 4 month period during the spring of 2012. I was in Chengdu with a crew working at the airport.
When we first arrived the hotel had a limited number of people who spoke any English at all. By the end our month’s long odyssey there were several staffers who could get by and a couple who spoke quite good English. All very pleasant with a desire to help.
The first floor is an enormous open format party room which makes a good first impression. The guest rooms are fairly standard: Bed, 27” flat screen, mini-fridge, a small desk with hardwired Internet, and a closet. There are NO non-smoking rooms and the clientele has the habit of lighting up in their rooms then leaving the doors open so they can share the stench. Requesting an upper floor and/or being near the end of the wing helps as there are open-able windows at the end of the corridor next to the emergency stairs.
They were in the process of refurbishing several of the floors so some of us got rooms with pealing wall paper and badly worn carpet. Some got rooms that had a fresh coat of paint, carpet, new beds, and a full size picture window from the bedroom looking into the bathtub. I’m not kidding.
They give you two small bottles of drinking water each day (bathroom faucets marked as not potable). Right around the corner (approximately 100 yards) is an ATM and Ho-mart grocery store and where we obtained packs of water and sodas to put in the fridge.
The breakfast buffet is huge. There is a good selection of hot goods, fresh fruit, and bakery items. They have a noodle chef and an omelet chef. Note: They tend to make the eggs a lot runnier than most westerners prefer and drown their griddle in grease. The fried eggs usually had the whites just barely set and the yolk still cold. There is a good selection for dinner and the food was quite good until we’d all gone through the full menu a couple of times.
If you are with a large party they have several Chalets on the grounds behind the hotel. These are 2 story buildings with a full living room (big screen TV), dining room, and kitchen (no pots, pans, or utensils but a stove and fridge) on the first floor. There are 3 to 5 bedrooms on the second floor each with its own TV and full bath. We moved into one of these during my March trip and it was a great environment for relaxation after work. Bring a wireless router and your whole crew can surf anywhere in the building.
We will likely be back in CTU next year and will probably use the Homeland again due to proximity to the worksite and price.
Caveats: When you arrive at the airport taxi drivers might not want to take you to the hotel since it’s such a short fare. It’s about 20 RMB by the meter. We usually offered 50 and they were happy.
All of the western restaurants are downtown or at the mall. When you want to go back to the hotel we had a lot of taxi drivers decline to take us because the hotel is outside the last ring road and it’s hard for them to find a returning fare without sitting in an hour long cue at the airport. Start with an offer of 50RMB and they might agree to take you.
The desk only had one usable outlet since the lamp was plugged into the other. A run over to Ho-mart and 35 RMB later I had a four port power strip. Bring your own Ethernet cable and remove it before leaving each day. Housekeeping will wrap it up nice, tight, and pretty to make the room look neat but turning it into a really poor data cable.
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