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“What brings you to Chengdu?” 4 of 5 stars
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Homeland Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.181 Jichang Road, Chengdu 610225, China   |  
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Ranked #31 of 1,927 hotels in Chengdu
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“What brings you to Chengdu?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

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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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is also fairly close to Chengdu Airport (15 minute drive away). Its a hotel that you would only really want to stay there for one night. Although its 4 star its more 3 star. 
I checked into a regular room which had to be changed because of the strong smell of dampness. 
The hotel is rather dated and that included the air conditioning system, presumably when a room is not used they do not have air con going in it so the room starts to get too humid especially in the summer resulting in the furniture smelling damp which leaves a very uncomfortable odour. After being allowed to move, the next room didn't have any toilet paper which was quite annoying and house keeping had to return. The room itself is of ok size but very dated furniture style, old trying to be elegant wooden counters but in need of a paint job. The bed is of ok soft ness but had felt like it sheets on the bed had been made a month ago and not used since. The air con is not great, very old style dials which makes it difficult to pin point desired temperature. The bathroom is also dated in style compared to other Asian airport hotels. The water worked ok and the shower and bath were fine but the counters just looked about 20 years old. 
Didn't get to see much of the facilities of this hotel as there was a large trucker convention going on when I arrived but there is a couple of restaurants and a outdoor swimming pool seen from the room. Very bland nothing special about it. I did order room service and decided to go for a Pizza which was a bad option as it turned up almost stone cold, hard base and the cheese as you pick it up the food slides off without any effort. Microwavable ones are better.
The staff at the hotel were kinda of strange well at least the reception staff they were all girls in very short skirts and tights, i was a bit confused as if they doubled as other jobs for the guests?  The staff didn't speak much English unless its the area manager whom was helpful. Ordering room service was fairly difficult as they can't speak any english and you need to go through the area manager. 
All in all if I stayed in Chengdu again I probably would give this hotel a pass. 

Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We have only very good experiences. We must stay in Chengdu only for overnighting between flights.
The staff also helped us with our programme for rest of the day. The room was nice and big, really
very clean. Breakfast chinese and continental (up to chinese possibilities). We had no problems with
deposit in credit card. But I know that in China is sometime a big problem...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

i wish to alert to traveller to who intend to stay at Chengdu Homeland International Hotel. I stayed in this hotel in January and few months later i realized that they actually charged my credit which i used as deposit but subsequently settled with cash when i checked out. i do not check my credit card statement that often as i travel too frequenly and has too many items on the bills. i guess i will have to be extra careful with china hotels especially those not belonging to international chain. i too had the same bad experience as rboelen1!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Hotel is convenient for overnighting between flights. I have stayed on 7 different occasions but last time I checked out at 5:30 am after arriving at 12:30 am and did not request return of my room deposit slip for CNY2000. This was then charged to my credit card on top the overnight charge of about CNY1200. Homeland ignored any emails from me requesting refund and I'm still waiting on my bank to have the disputed amount refunded.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

If you are looking for a hotel near the airport, the Homeland Hotel is great.

Our flight into Chengdu was so delayed that we arrived at the airport at 3:30 in the morning. The ride to the hotel was no more than ten minutes. Though they were not expecting us (per the folks that had booked and paid for our room) till the next day, check-in was no problem.

We were pleasantly surprised by two things: the quality of the customer service and of our included breakfast.

When we checked in, we mentioned to David, one of the front desk people, that we needed a local SIM card for our phone, but were leaving later that morning for a side-trip to Jiuzhaigou before coming back to the hotel a day later. We wouldn't have time to go out and buy a card ourselves. As soon as the stores opened, he went out to buy us a SIM card and since he was no longer on duty when we were ready to depart, he gave it to another staffer to bring it to our room, install it in our phone and show us how to make local calls. We simply reimbursed the cost of the prepaid SIM card. That was really above and beyond our expectations and we filled out a comment card just for that! In addition, we got snowed in during our side trip and were unable to make it back to the hotel for a planned reception and dinner the next night. We called Demi, the Guest Relations Manager, and she looked all over the hotel to track down the folks we needed to notify.

We were also pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantify of the breakfast buffet--much larger than any of the other hotels we stayed at on our two week trip to China with not only made-to-order omelets, but made-to-order dumplings and noodles too.

Given these pleasant surprises, the only reason I did not rate our stay five stars is because we thought our guest room was a bit hot, something we found to be common in China. We were apparently in-between seasons, and the air conditioning had not yet been turned on. According to a hotel we stayed at in Beijing, the government can dictate when the hotels are allowed to turn on the air conditioning. The staff suggested that they change our bedding from the winter to the summer bedding, but if they did, we didn't notice.

As in any other city, if you take a taxi the very short distance from the airport to the hotel, the driver will not be happy. We had one complain that he had waited over an hour at the airport only to get a ten minute fare. I think there is a good chance they may ask for an extra payment. Ours certainly did. If you don't need to be near the airport, you might be better served choosing a hotel closer to the center of town. It generally took us 45 minutes in commute traffic to get across town to Sichuan University. BTW, be sure to fasten your seat belts if you can find the buckle--we discovered when taking taxis in Chengdu that red lights and highway dividers seem to be for general guidance only. They are routinely ignored. Fortunately, our group used a private mini-bus most of the time.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

The Homeland Hotel is on a grand scale with elegant marble clad public spaces, nicely furnished rooms with fresh silk and linen bedding in our room, we stayed in a suite on the top floor with its own two person sauna, very good food (and wine - French and Italian decent bottles, though you will pay more than North America for these) across a range of domestic and national cuisines served in the hotel restaurants. Excellent lobby staff and room service meant that we felt connected and supported throughout my stay. I and my wife are from Edinburgh and fulfilling a lifelong shared desire to visit the Panda Breeding Research Base. Following the arrival at Edinburgh Zoo of Yang Guang and Tian Tian - the city's two Giant Pandas - we just had to see their home environment and meet their relatives! Great trip, we were off the plane swiftly and smoothly to the hotel and not too far from a day with the Pandas in bamboo heaven!! Also visited Mount Qincheng, the poet Du Fu's cottage and Wushou Shrine, Chengdu is very welcoming and charming and Homeland is big and secure with the type of attentive quality service to make you feel cossetted. Shame there isn't a direct flight to Chengdu from London/Edinburgh. Back again soon to explore more.

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  • Stayed February 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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Address: No.181 Jichang Road, Chengdu 610225, China
Location: China > Sichuan > Chengdu
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#21 Luxury Hotel in Chengdu
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Hotel Class:4 star — Homeland Hotel 4*
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