We stayed at the BuddhaZen for 3 nights in November 2011. We arrived at Chengdu airport late on the first night so decided to take advantage of their airport pick-up, which at 180RMB was expensive, but worth it to ensure we got there.
This is a beautiful hotel done in (I think) traditional Chinese style. By all accounts the hotel and the area round it it are fairly new additions to Chengdu, as opposed to real old town areas, but I didn't really care abut that.
We had a room on the 2nd floor overlooking one of the side streets. The room was beautifully done out and had the usually facilities you'd expect from a hotel.
One of the only negative points of this stay was that the room was pretty noisy from a building site over the road. I realise this is in no way the hotels fault, but something to be aware of if you are a light sleeper - the first giant crashes started at about 6 a.m.
The hotel is located near to Wenshu temple, which is well worth a visit and the area round the hotel is very attractive with various stalls, food places etc. When you leave the old town and go into Chengdu proper then it is a typical, busy Chinese city with few sites. We came for specific things (Pandas, and Leshan giant Buddha), so that was not a problem for us.
The staff were unfailingly polite and friendly, but English was not widely spoken and I ended up having to resort to a pictionary type game when trying to explain my safe wasn't working properly. It all got sorted in the end and provided amusement for both me and the staff member though.
We had breakfast in the hotel each morning and it was of a good standard with a variety of English dishes and some Chinese ones such as noodles, dim sum etc. We also are in the restaurant one night and it was good - not sure if I am a big fan of Sichuan cooking in general, but again not the hotels fault.
In summary, I'd definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Chengdu.
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- Also Known As:
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