The Temple House Chengdu puts a whole new meaning to the word luxury. After our stay we completely understood why it has been voted 2 years in a row the #1 city hotel in Asia by Travel&Leisure and also #8 of the top hotels in the world!
The first thing we see walking in The Temple House is the stunning over 100 year old Qing Dynasty courtyard, with original wood paneling. Talk about a beautiful first impression. I really admired how The Temple House incorporated the traditional Chinese architecture with contemporary design in such an effortless way, as it was meant to be like that all along.
There is a total of 142 rooms, starting from a very spacious 60 sqm, going all the way up to 287 sqm. Some of the residences are even equipped with a kitchen. Our home away from home was the Temple Suite (90 sqm). The minimalistic interior is accentuated with traditional details. We found plenty of yummy snacks in the living area and even more goodies in the maxi bar, perfect for Ogi’s late night cravings. The bathroom is dark and inviting, with a huge tub and walk-in rain shower. Everything is so understated and yet so luxurious.
We loved having lunch at Mi Xun TeaHouse so much that we chose to go there once again on our last day and for an afternoon tea. A gorgeous space, serving vegan Chinese food and a selection of over 40 teas. Some of our favourite dishes were: Lotus Root Stuffed with Glutinous Rice, Handmade Spinach Noodles with Dandan Sauce and Steamed Rice with Black Truffle Sauce. We are convinced that we would love everything on the menu, it is that good of a place.
The same space is home to Mi Xun Spa, an oasis of The Temple House. It is a place of tranquility, perfect to relax and unwind. Ogi and I chose to have a one-hour deep tissue massage in the couples room, a soothing and relaxing experience. After our treatment, we got to enjoy the privacy of the courtyard with one more aromatic tea. They also have a heated 25-meter indoor pool, steam room and sauna.
I loved the warm copper interiors of Tivano, an Italian restaurant at the Temple House. The wood-fired pizza oven takes centre stage of the open kitchen. All of this is completed with a bar that takes you back in time and a wine selection to satisfy any wine aficionado. The whole vibe got me feeling like I was living the “Dolce Vita”. The food is as impressive as the interior and a welcome change for the taste buds. PS. don’t miss out on the desserts!
Breakfast is served in a semi-buffet style in The Temple Café which means a lovely buffet with lots of fresh fruits, breads and other baked goodies, fresh juice and lots more. In addition, a set menu of hot dishes that can be ordered at the table. Of course I ordered the Eggs Benedict (my favorite kind of eggs) both times and the chia/quinoa pudding was delicious! The Temple Café also has a grab-and-go section with sandwiches, sweets and coffee.
What a memorable experience! Above all this, I will remember Chengdu for the people we came across. Despite the language barrier everybody was so helpful and attentive. The lovely staff at The Temple House would always explain in detail where we should go and give us handy local tips. On two occasions one of their guest-experience team personally walked us to the restaurant (outside the hotel), helped us settle-in and order. Seriously, where does this happen? The entire experience at The Temple House Chengdu made us feel at home, a place we definitely plan on revisiting.