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BuddhaZen Hotel
Ranked #7 of 2,639 Hotels in Chengdu
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8 reviews
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“Great hotel with great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

This hotels location was so nice. It's located away from the loud city and is surrounded by small shops and street vendors. The service was also very good and the staff at the font desk was very helpful. They gave us info. about the local subway and bus stations and even made dinner reservations for us. Thank you for a great stay. If we ever make it back we'll be staying with you guys. :)

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

I stayed in Buddha Zen for 3 nights. The hotel is situated slightly off the main road down a pedestrian street. We were very happy when we arrived. We had been staying in big international hotels across China, and Buddha Zen is a beautiful low-rise building with a lot of Chinese character and traditional features. Beds were very comfortable and the fruit plate when we first arrived was a nice touch. Breakfast was lovely, I even had baked beans on toast! A couple of small problems: bathroom didn't have a bath. The room also only had frosted windows looking out over the inner courtyard so straight across to other people's doors. Because of this you don't really get much natural light.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FINLON
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

My husband and I were in Chengdu on 18th October 2013 and stayed at the BuddhaZen. We had a transfer from the train station and when we arrived had to walk about 100 meters or so to the hotel as it is situated in a pedestrian only zone. When we saw the hotel we couldn't believe how beautiful it looked from the outside. It got better when we entered reception passed the guard/concierge at the front door. We were told that we had already been given an upgrade (WOW!) and were given a suite for our stay. The room we had was fabulous and the view looking down to the indoor garden was lovely. There are small parts of the hotel, mainly in the corridors that are dated and need sorting, such as paint jobs, but other than that it was amazing. It looks and feels more like a 4* than a 3*. Breakfast although was delicious, was a bit of a mess. There were not many single tables in the area where the food was, and some people had to sit elsewhere. There was a big round table that can sit about 12 people, so my husband and I ended up eating with the whole of Europe that morning. Every couple was from a different European country. The tables are not really laid out and the plates are in an awkward position not to mention difficult to find at first. Everything was a bit cramped and took so long. The toaster and coffee machine took an age and so racked up quite a queue. Breakfast was to be honest a bit of a disaster but the food was delicious. We ordered dinner from the restaurant to eat in our room and was delighted at the portion size and quality of the food. All in all we loved our stay at the BuddhaZen and we are planning on returning next year for a 10 day break at the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank frankie C
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Waterville, Washington
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67 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This older style Chinese hotel was great. Built around interior courtyard, great atmosphere. No view from our room, but very comfortable and clean. Breakfast was included with our room, good selection.

The property is a bit difficult to find, however we had a driver that was familiar with the property. The second night, our guide made sure the taxi driver knew of the hotel location. It is off the street and you must walk down a alleyway that is lined with shops which are closed up at night. Keep that in mind if you are toting luggage.

We did not eat meals at the hotel other than the buffet breakfast which was included.

Delightful courtyards.

No elevator.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Phyllis B
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

We stayed here for three nights during a visit to Chengdu mainly to visit the pandas and Leshan Giant buddha.
We didn't struggle as much as some report in finding the hotel and our first impressions were very good. It's looks very pretty, the staff on the front desk were friendly and the room was perfectly adequate.
However, we then went to try and find food at the ridiculously late time of 7.45pm! After a quick walk around the block, it was obviously there was very little near the hotel except very basic street stalls. We returned at 8pm to get food at the hotel restaurant. What a joke, the staff looked at us if we were mad and were upset that we wanted to use the restaurant as they were setting up for breakfast. The single menu given to us was pretty useless as was the service. I didn't enjoy my warm beer.
The following morning we were really looking forward to breakfast (considering they had been setting up since 8pm the previous day). This was the biggest farce I've ever seen in any hotel. The dinning room had 4 tables and the hotel has about 50 rooms, it doesn't take a genius to release that this just doesn't work. I felt sorry for the staff, they just couldn't cope. I notice many people have commented on this before, perhaps if you're reading this management, do something about it!
Overall Chengdu generally is a difficult city for a non-Chinese visitor, but I'm sure there are better prepared hotels then the Buddhazen for the price.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Modesto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Having travelled much of Southeast Asia and experiencing a variety of hotel settings, the Buddha Zen was very enjoyable. I will concur with other travelers who said it is difficult to find-it does sit in the heart of an area that is not accessible via car. Therefore, one has to walk up a street to get to the entrance. The hotel is charming and traditional. We had room 305 which had a comfortable size room and sitting area. It also had two balconies. The room was clean and had some of the more common amenities-bath products, robes, slippers, a hair dryer, electrical pot to boil water, teas, coffees, and fruit on the coffee table. The hotel provides a continental breakfast which is pretty typical of similar hotels-some Asian, some western style foods. It also had an espresso machine, which for those of you who need or love coffee, will appreciate. The hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating. When we stayed there, there were two female hotel staff that spoke very good English and helped us find our way around. Which leads me to the area-our group found it very charming. We frequented the local tea house and sat amongst locals (the staff's English was limited but we managed to convey which teas we wanted). We also ate dim sum around the corner (street food). It was delicious and none of us got sick-as with any foreign place, as long as you are consciencious about street food you should have no problem. There's lots of shopping around the hotel and the vendors are pleasant. The area does close down around 8ish, if not earlier (or when it gets dark) and doesn't open until around 9am. For the most part, it was quiet in the evenings. I would definitely recommend this hotel to others visiting Chengdu.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alyssa B
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Denver, Colorado
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118 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

My family (wife and two young children) and I ecently spent 4 nights at the BuddhaZen hotel. There is a lot to like about this property, but there are also several, shall we say, "disadvantages" of which you should be aware.

First, its location is both a plus and a minus. The hotel sits in what's known as a "folk community" full of traditional Qing dynasty architecture. This "community" is comprised of several blocks and each entry point is bounded by a gate, which at first glance all look the same.

We loved the area of town, but finding the hotel was a challenge--even for experienced cab drivers. The pre-printed directions provided by the front desk offered little help. We were typically dropped off at one of the entry gates and left to find our own way home. NOTE: It is impossible to be dropped off at the entrance of this hotel, as it sits in the heart of the folk community. You have no option but to walk a few blocks.

The building is showing considerable wear, but that seemed typical for the area. We rented a two-room suite (room 202) that overlooked the front of the hotel and adjacent shops. We appreciated the two balconies but wish there would have been additional bedding. The king-size bed meant our two children slept on couch and chair cushions on the floor. We were told that rooms with two beds were rare and that Chinese travelers typically have but one child--hence the lack of additional bedding. We thought that a bit funny, since other hotels we stayed at had two double beds.

The Continental breakfast (included with our room) was basic but offered both Western and Chinese necessities--toast with butter and jam, cold cereal, dumplings and sticky buns, coffee & juice, and fresh-cooked eggs upon request. Unfortunately, I managed to find a hair or two every morning on either the food or the plates.

There are many restaurants in the area. Just around the corner from the hotel (two Lefts out of the main entrance) is Cuisine Street, which is lined with Chinese eateries (if you dare). We tried several places, but our favorite neighborhood restaurant wound up being the one in the hotel. We only ate there one night, but the food was very good. I had steered clear of it because of the breakfast hair, but wish we'd eaten there more often.

The staff is friendly and accommodating, though not all speak English. One morning I went to ask a question but was told the "English speaker" didn't arrive until 8am.

There is a spa on-property which was very good and reasonably priced.

The internet access was spotty at best and we were often disconnected without warning.

Our room had all the expected amenities, though the lighting throughout the property is quite dim. As is expected in China, the beds are rock hard.

Also noteworthy is that the hotel is a good 40 minutes from the airport (minimum).

On the whole, we liked this hotel. Yes, finding it was a challenge...each and every time...but it provided more of a cultural experience than a more modern high-rise hotel would have done.

Would we stay here again? Probably. Would we recommend it? Yes, with caveats.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: BuddhaZen Hotel
Address: B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610017, China
Location: China > Sichuan > Chengdu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Chengdu
#3 Romantic Hotel in Chengdu
#6 Spa Hotel in Chengdu
#7 Luxury Hotel in Chengdu
#12 Best Value Hotel in Chengdu
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Hotel Class:4 star — BuddhaZen Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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