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!
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