After having stayed in a couple of nondescript hotels, we were very happy to discover the BuddhaZen had a truly exotic feel to it, from the large golden buddha in one of the foyers to the scrollwork on the hallway railings and the big, red lanterns that hung by the entrance. It has a decent restaurant that served local cuisine, tasty and moderately priced. Our room price included a buffet breakfast that included a nod to the north American preferences of eggs, bacon, and toast as well as a chance to sample the local breakfast fare. I especially liked the steamed buns with various fillings and a good selection of local breads and pastries.
The quality of housekeeping was more than adequate. Rooms were nicely furnished and the beds very comfortable. The bathrooms are on the small side but still well-appointed. You can open the windows - a welcome feature when Chengdu was enjoying lovely early fall weather while we were there. However, the best part of being able to open the windows was the chance to be immersed in the ambiance of our surroundings - we were in a section of town that had been preserved to showcase the pre-modern architecture of the Sichuan region. In addition to the curved and ornate rooftops and the dark wood, we could hear the sounds of commerce down below us as vendors and storekeepers plied their wares. Walk a bit farther and you encounter a temple still in use, shops of all kinds, ;local food everywhere, and you also discover that just a short distance away, you are right in the midst of modern skyscrapers and beautiful green spaces.
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- Also Known As:
- Buddhazen Hotel Chengdu