We were here during the Christmas season in 2013. It was a wonderful stay except for the food at the restaurant.
I think the pastries and bread are fine albeit limited. But hey, it was sufficient for us and if you aren't too picky about the selection, I think you will find that the food quality is acceptable. Food in Sichuan is generally a lot oilier and saltier that's for sure. However, take small quantities and just try a bit of everything which catches your eye.
The hotel's interior is something to rave about with the night scene in the lobby. It was low season when we were there (just how I like it) and there weren't many people milling around. So the vast hotel seemed a little under occupied then.
We had a good room with a 'fake fireplace' for aesthetics and the real heater on top. Cozy and great for the winter atmosphere. The room was comfortable and had a view of the snow mountains on the balcony.
Do try the spa/hot springs or rather hot pools of water if you get the chance. There are different pools of varying temperatures of hot, hotter and too hot to handle. Start from the pool with the lowest temperature of 37 degree celsius (if i recall) and slowly move towards the 43 degrees celsius to acclimatize.
There is a nearby ancient town, one of the tourist attractions in the vicinity. From the look of the map, it looks as if it is walkable from the hotel. However, we had a dedicated driver take us around town in the three days we were in JZG.
Service was average and comparative across all service levels in China. Do not expect too much of the service and mandarin is definitely the language which is widely spoken in China. Do bring a pocket dictionary or translator with hanyu pinyin (romantized) characters. You'll get around fine if you speak or understand some mandarin. Service levels improve greatly when you communicate in mandarin too.
Last tip: Manage your own expectations when you are in China. Do remember that you are in their country and do not expect what you would expect from your own country. Be open to [some] new experiences and enjoy your trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Resort Jiuzhai Paradise is an intimate upcountry retreat nestled high in the mountains. The unique design is reminiscent of an ancient city protected under a glass atrium, marrying the exquisite interior with the bewitching natural beauty outside. With more than 1,100 rooms, the hotel is the largest in the region and perfect for leisure travellers seeking comfort and solitude. The province is home to a stunning array of calcified pools and the picturesque meadows of Ganhaizi (Dry Sea), just 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) away, are not to be missed. ... more less
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