Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, China – Hotel Review
Chengdu, the Chinese terminus of the ancient Southern Silk Road, is one of China’s fastest growing cities. Overlooking Tianfu Square in the center of the city is the brand new Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, a modern skyscraper on the site of what once was a palace, in a city known as much for its pandas as for being a modern industrial center.
Indeed, Chengdu residents often say they are “living the panda life,” a statement meant to convey that they are leading a less stressful and more relaxed lifestyle than found in many other Chinese cities. As I entered the hotel after a long flight from the United States, I noticed something interesting and quite different from the typical lobby: although it was a beehive of activity, it was all at a very relaxed pace. I didn’t know it then, but this would be the hallmark of my stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu: here I too would lead the panda life, if only for a few days.
Check-in formalities were brief and I was immediately shown to my room.
My extremely spacious Club Room, at 538 square feet or 50 square meters, was unquestionably one of the most opulent guest rooms I have ever stayed in. Resplendent with rich shades of orange, gold, and green, the beautiful rich materials and woods gave the room warmth. Located on the 40th floor of the hotel, it afforded unparalleled views of China’s fourth-largest city.
While it was only one room, it was divided into several functional sections. A sitting area was adjacent to the window, with a small but comfortable sofa, making it a convenient place to sit to look out and take in the view. Opposite from the sofa was a work area, with a desk and side chair. Together, this section could comfortably sit four for a meeting.
The main area of the room was dominated by the king-sized bed. The room itself was extremely well laid out and it was clear that the designer gave considerable thought to guest comfort and convenience.