This hotel is quite far from the city. It's definitely a great place to be if you are mainly there to see the pandas.
I really wish the hotel provided shuttle service to and from the airport.
It costs about 120 rmb to get to the hotel and another 160 rmb to get to the airport. The 160 rmb is the set price the hotel has with the the taxi company.
The hotel is quite nice inside. It's on top of a hill inside a small community.
Upon arrival we were upgraded to a suite room from our original room which was great!
The suite was nice but a lot of the space my wife and I couldn't even use since we were out most of the day.
The outdoor swimming pool was closed due to the weather. The design looked nice though.
The indoor pool is clean it's about a 20 meter pool, you need to remember to bring your swimming cap though, or they won't let you swim.
The gym facilities have the basics.
Down stairs breakfast runs until 1030 am. I think it starts at 6 am but I'm not sure.
You don't want to go to breakfast early there are so many people and I wasn't sure if they were hotel guests or construction workers for the hotel.
I only got to try out the room service food and the bar food. Definitely recommend that you only order western food the Chinese food isn't that great.
The service is really good definitely 5 star quality. Only had one hiccup where the person at the pool area went "hey you you can't bring the towel upstairs."
The bus system is great for getting to the panda reserve and getting into town. It's kind of bumpy the ride and it takes about 50 minutes to get into town during the morning and afternoons.
The bus system seems also used by their employees and staff. Another strange thing was we wanted to get off at the other crowne plaza in front of Chun xi road because we saw the day before the bus stopped to let one of their employees off there however the bus driver refused to drop us off there for some reason. No big deal it was about a 20 minute walk from the drop of place.
The drop off place is right behind the big Mao statue.
All in all this hotel is probably the best in Cheng Du at the moment and I would recommend anyone to stay there.
Hopefully I have more time later this year and I could stay there and go to the golf course that is near the hotel.
I was actually dying to go but had no time due to other arrangements.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the centre of colorful Poly 198 Park, Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden is the first international upscale hotel in North Chengdu. The hotel conveniently adjoins High-Tech West Zone and Xindu Industrial Park, and is within nearby walking distance to a 2,000 acre music park, Poly Lafitte Sports Park and the world famous Chengdu Panda Base. We are 30 minutes’ drive from downtown’s Tianfu Square, 20 minutes from Chengdu North Railway Station and East Railway Station, 45 minutes from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden offers 345 exquisite guest rooms, each designed to exceed your expectations. We also feature 3 signature restaurants of differing styles, presenting you a delectable range of global cuisines and delicacies, along with a carnival of Sichuan and Cantonese specialties. Choco Deli offers a distinctive French and European flavor, a variety of homemade breads, cookies and tasty selection of fine pastries and cakes for all occasions including weddings. The hotel is additionally equipped with Lobby Lounge, Club Lounge, Touch Spa, Indoor and the only Splash Outdoor Pool in town. 3 round trip shuttle bus to Panda Base and city centre Tianfu Square is your ideal choice of convenient travel with quickness. What’s more, Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden features an 800 square meters ballroom and is complemented by our Tulip function room with independent reception hall and 6 additional function rooms. In addition, the hotel offers 3,000 square meter outdoor banquet area and space suitable for any number of events. As for that special day in people’s lives, the hotel presents a unique outdoor venue that’s ideal for weddings and parties presented by our devoted Crowne Plaza Weddings team.With its attractive environment, elegantly appointed rooms, broad range of meetings and event facilities, unique dining and recreation facilities and excellent service, Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden offers you a refreshing and successful city-resort experience. ... more less
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