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“Local gem, with a few reservations”
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Chengdu Shuyuan
Ranked #841 of 2,753 Hotels in Chengdu
Reviewed December 12, 2013

My expectations were pretty middling for this property, but they were certainly exceeded. Given my previous 'local' experiences in other cities in China, I was ready to resign myself to 3 meals a day of cup of noodles and a dirty room, but luckily this was very much not the case! My boyfriend and I rented one of their big courtyard homes (not the very biggest, where a couple was spending their wedding night after holding their wedding at the hotel, but the second-biggest), for a two-day getaway. For the price of a standard room in a 2/3-star hotel in, say, Shanghai or Beijing, we got a giant 5-or-6-room courtyard, and had to make a conscious effort to spend some time in each room. Their main restaurant's food was above average, bordering on good, though we had a pretty hilarious 'in-room dining experience' (if you have any dietary restrictions whatsoever, I recommend making them 800% clear in advance of ordering), and their opening times are sometimes inconvenient (definitely not a late-night-dining joint), but again much better than what I'd expected!

The hotel is right in the 'old town' part of Chengdu, with little Chengdu-style snack places all over, an old-school teahouse right across the street etc., though there are also many stalls selling burial-related goods, probably due to its proximity to an old temple? The location is nice for our purpose - getaway - but if you wanted to be in the middle of the city, this is not the place to stay. One negative (which we felt more amusing than anything) was that their 'western' restaurant and 'bar' were very closed throughout our entire stay. Not sure if they're always closed or this was an extended low season. We just went to the nearby 7-11 to stock up on snacks and wine etc...

Overall a great experience, which I will qualify by saying that I can speak Chinese...Not sure if I would have found it all as fun and amusing if I did not, but I highly highly recommend the courtyard experience!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

The Old Chengdu club is all show and no substance... The room we were given overlooking a picturesque street was horrendously noisy (until the early hours of every morning) despite our request for a quiet area, the bathroom smelt like a sewer... Drains obviously blocked by filth and excrement! ...the bed linen and towels were grimy...we asked to transfer to another room but were refused.. They 'addressed the problem by burning incense in bathroom!! The breakfast room was charming in appearance but the food in edible.the staff were not english literate so were unable to supply even basic advice. This hotel built to transport one back to Ming times.. Had all the modernity of 1400 about it.. No wifi! I would NEVER recommend it !! If you see it and are considering it.. Trust me.. Keep walking!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Great location in a kind of market location, everything else also easy to get to from here. The hotel looked fab on the Internet and whilst we were impressed with the complex when we arrived (looked old and authentic and different from your average hotel) we were disappointed when we arrived at our room. Our room was clean but didn't math the style of the rest of the complex which was disappointing and with a little effort could be a cool place to stay.

Most staff were helpful (not all) and we had a problem with no hot water in our room but as soon as we were able to communicate this they had someone on it straight away. Breakfast was ok

This could be a really great place to stay but at the moment is a little disappointing

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

We were staying in the executive room which for the size was great value. Huge bathroom, large bedroom with walk in closet and very nice living room. Lots of nice furniture and tea sets.

Service was very good but level of English was not high (we spoke Chinese). Their visa machine did not like my card so we were walked to the cash machine which was nice of them.

Breakfast was Chinese with a few western additions such as bacon, egg, toast and jam. I found it tasty.

Gym and pool were out of action which was a shame. The club is a huge complex but many of the restaurants seemed to be closed and the enigma bar which should be open late was closed too.

Our room had no windows and I got bitten by the odd mosquito. TV reception was poor and no English channels.

In summary, if looking for somewhere a bit different and comfortable then this is a good choice. If looking for luxury with pool and gym then maybe a more normal 4/5 star hotel would be a better choice.

To get to the club from the airport, Bus 303 to town (last stop) then metro 3 stops north to wunshu monastery. Exit K, straight ahead out the exit and walk up the big road. First right, past the monastery on the left and then the occ is on the left.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank M E
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Oh boy, mixed feelings - love & hate this place.

BACKGROUND
We are 3 Asian girls, able to speak mandarin, not particularly fussy travellers, in Chengdu mainly to work with bears. We booked the OCC 'executive suite' through booking.com in June for travel in Oct.

Our room was located in hotel main wing, 2 storeys, there was a lift - room was equipped with safe, hairdryer, iron, 2 TVs, bathrobes & slippers.

PROS:
1. We liked it that the OCC was located in the middle of a 'culture street' and was very different from the usual hotel chains
2. OCC is very near to Wenshu Monastery, an attraction
3. OCC was not far from the shopping district, ChunXi Road, with many malls in distributing mode (read: very cheap). Cabbing there would only cost 10-13yuan.
4. OCC was near to 2 banks out on the main road, 5 mins walking distance - The Chengdu Bank & the Commercial Bank. Useful for currency exchange.
5. There is a good Chinese pastry shop, usually with a long queue, on the same stretch of the street as OCC
6. There are award winning Chinese restaurants right opposite OCC
7. Shops usually close around 9pm in that area but there is a 24/7 tea house on the 2nd floor across the street, where we chilled at some nights. We usually sit at the balcony enjoying the chilly air + hot premium tea.
8. Bustling in the day, quiet in the night
9. It's located in an attraction area, so even if taxi drivers don't know OCC, they will bring you to the attraction so you can lead them from there.
10. More restaurants available out on the main road.


Cons:
1. Too many unnecessary light censors. The corridor worked on motion-light censors which will only trigger the light when you're very near so you will be literally walking into darkness when you return to the hotel at night. Many times the censors don't come on at all. We had the last room right at the end (room 219) so yes, it was creepy passing by open doors into stairways & super dark corners.
Some room lights were also on light censors - I wasn't too comfortable taking a shower with the lights at the bath area going on & off randomly. Same for the lights at the room entrance area.

2. The furniture & bed was clean but the carpet was dirty. There were many stains & kneeling on the carpet for 3 seconds to adjust my luggage left my black jeans hairy.

3. 3 of us girls came back to the room one night armed with only shopping bags, to find our room door ajar. It wasn't locked. Probably been open since room service earlier in the day.
Our belongings were inside. We were mad but were only given "sorry our room service probably did not lock it after they were done cleaning".
Don't expect same level of empathy or compensation you probably would've received if this were to happen in a big hotel chain.

4. The reception & service staff spoke very little English. We were able to conversate in Mandarin but at times struggled with understanding their accent.

5. On our first night, I had to wait 3 minutes for warm water to flow in in the shower. Subsequent nights: 1 minute. Water flow was weak and the bathroom smelt damp/ mild sewage.

6. Breakfast was so-so and was only available from 7.30-9.30am. We ate Chinese food all our lives but weren't too thrilled with the selection. Most dishes were vegetables & buns. There was a tray of sausages & bacon but that will most likely be out if you arrive for breakfast any later than 9am. They bother to change their vege menu daily though.
There was a noodle & egg counter, most of the time unattended, but please ask them. My breakfast there consisted of 1 fried egg (from the counter) with bread & butter. We usually have our breakfast super early but one morning when we arrived at 8.30 for breakfast the seats were all occupied - and if that wasn't bad enough, so were the cutlery & cups.
We had our breakfast standing, had juice & milk from a bowl & spread butter on bread with chopsticks.
Make your own instant coffee; Breakfast vouchers are issued on a day to day basis.

7. We only had one keycard issued. We requested for more and they said room only comes with one card.

8. Info for the superstitious: The street OCC is located on has a lot of shops selling incense and many offerings (clothes etc) to be burnt for the deceased.


ADDITIONAL INFO:
1. An additional bed at OCC will cost you 200yuan/ night, inclusive of breakfast. Don't expect too much comfort out of the additional bed but you can request for extra layers to soften the mattress.

2. Service staff in Chengdu don't react very well to tips so don't be taken aback if they push your money back to you. Out of 8 restaurants & service staff we tipped, only 1 accepted the tip. OCC staff did not accept too.

3. The only legal places to change your money are the big banks. There are no money changing shops or hotels that provide that service like many other cities.
Chengdu Bank only changes a few selected currencies (USD of course); Bank of China changes most other currencies but be sure to bring your passport for identification. There will be some illegal money changing peddlars hustling you outside the banks.

4. There is a restaurant "Long chao shou" at a corner across the street on the right when you exit OCC (there's this BBQ satay cart in front of it), that serves sample sized Sichuan dishes. Good if you don't know what to order but want to try em all. It comes with sets - Set A (25yuan), B (30 yuan) & C (40-45yuan).

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I'm not a particularly fussy traveller, but was swayed by this hotel's location, and what looked like a quirky character. Indeed, it looked impressive from the outside, and was well located for Wenshu Monastery, and the Chengdu metro for getting elsewhere. The positives stopped there.

We arrived pretty late, pretty shattered on a bus from E'mei. There was one member of staff at reception, who was completely overworked - answering telephone call after telephone call. He spoke no English whatsoever, which is surprising for what is supposedly a 3/4 starred hotel. After much waiting for him to stop answering telephone calls, we managed in our basic Chinese to converse. We mostly communicated through gestures.

We arrived at our basic room. It smelled - specifically the bathroom, of waste. We had windows onto the street which did not close properly, and overlooked what seemed to be Chendgu's prime night-time teahouse. More problematically, the windows did not keep out the world's nastiest and hungriest mosquitoes. Unacceptably, our bedding was not pristinely clean, and had multiple light brown stains. The Wi-Fi in the room was also pretty poor, and couldn't load simple websites at all quickly, let alone be used for business (which, in our "business" room, we would have thought a prerequisite).

Breakfast was terrible. We arrived to be offered pretty bad Chinese food (trust me, I'll eat anything usually!), including some rather sad previously fried eggs - cold and hard, with congealed oil on the outside - nasty. I ended up plumping for some chuan'r down the road each morning rather than revisit the staid dining room.

I visited the fitness centre briefly. It was acceptable, but the pool was out of action.

Overall, we ended up rather dreading going back to the hotel - while I wouldn't expect to look forward to going back, I've not had quite so bad an experience in a long time. I would rather stay at an unremarkable, but clean, hostel over Old Chengdu Club.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Henry T
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

No no no no. This was a great place to stay. OCC has lost me. The pool and spa area is closed. Breakfast is now Chinese - nothing wrong with that if it is good quality, but it is not. Breakfast area changed from classy tea room to a cafe area out back. Water running from the bathroom roof. The room door is electro-magnetic and needs to be unlocked. Ours did not work. We were stuck for 30 minutes. Phone to front desk intermittent connection. No TV reception for one night. Front desk did not want to know, and I can't blame them. OCC management obviously on a severe cost cutting program that is affecting the running of this hotel, and its a real shame. Beds are still comfortable, and rooms off the street are quiet.
There are better experiences and value elsewhere in Chengdu.

Room Tip: Choose standard room without breakfast and stay in Room 210 only.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: No.28 Wuyuegong Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610017, China
Location: China > Sichuan > Chengdu > Luoma Market , Qingyang District
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #841 of 2,753 Hotels in Chengdu
Price Range: $123 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Chengdu Shuyuan 5*
Number of rooms: 22
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