Alex Catarinella

The Temple House

  • Where:
  • Why:Because the team at The Temple House kindly invited me to check out their award-winning hotel, because I’ve wanted to visit Chengdu ever since I read on CNTraveler that it was the most inclusive city in China, and because airfare was provided by the INSANELY FANTASTIC Hainan Airlines.
  • When:Late October 2018
  • Who:Me and a handful of awesome travel writers.
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The Temple House And here we are.

And here we are.

The Temple House Honey, I’m home.

Honey, I’m home.

The Temple House So beautiful. I haven’t even reached the lobby yet.

So beautiful. I haven’t even reached the lobby yet.

The Temple House Sculpture and lantern appreciation pic.

Sculpture and lantern appreciation pic.

The Temple House Art gallery.

Art gallery.

The Temple House Library!

Library!

The Temple House Luxe lobby!

Luxe lobby!

The Temple House This is what you see before even heading to your room.

This is what you see before even heading to your room.

The Temple House Where am I?! <3

Where am I?! <3

The Temple House Heaven is a place on earth with The Temple House.

Heaven is a place on earth with The Temple House.

The Temple House Shall I get a drink at JING? Or a bite at The Temple Café? Both? OK!

Shall I get a drink at JING? Or a bite at The Temple Café? Both? OK!

The Temple House Secret garden.

Secret garden.

The Temple House Make a wish!

Make a wish!

The Temple House Another lovely courtyard.

Another lovely courtyard.

The Temple House Art is everywhere.

Art is everywhere.

The Temple House Love a water lily moment.

Love a water lily moment.

The Temple House Shall I descend this majesticness to the gym…?

Shall I descend this majesticness to the gym…?

The Temple House I choose the pool.

I choose the pool.

The Temple House More beauty.

More beauty.

The Temple House Teahouse time.

Teahouse time.

The Temple House I’m still full. One of the most delicious experiences ever.

I’m still full. One of the most delicious experiences ever.

The Temple House Was so happy to find this in my suite. First impressions are everything.

Was so happy to find this in my suite. First impressions are everything.

The Temple House No photo can do this bed justice. Best. Sleep. Ever.

No photo can do this bed justice. Best. Sleep. Ever.

The Temple House The bathroom was massive replete with moody lighting.

The bathroom was massive replete with moody lighting.

The Temple House Had to.

Had to.

The Temple House This bath was incredible.

This bath was incredible.

The Temple House There was also a TV in my bedroom, by the way.

There was also a TV in my bedroom, by the way.

The Temple House Yep, I took a Tai chi class.

Yep, I took a Tai chi class.

Highs & Lows

  • The design. The hospitality. The food. The drinks. The rooms. The views. The art. The location. The everything.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    The best hotel in China. Yeah, I said it!

  • Vibe

    Sublime, super serene. The I-never-want-to-leave type of hotel. The hotel-that-doesn’t-feel-like-your-typical-luxury-hotel hotel. A peaceful retreat in the heart of the bustling Chengdu. Everything that your soul desires (and deserves!) can be found at this stylish, vibrant oasis AKA The Temple House. See also: Superb restaurants (from a charming teahouse to a swanky Italian restaurant), an award-winning spa (my massage and my shave at the barber = perfect), an art gallery, a gorgeous library, a beautiful heated pool, a large, great gym, a hip-as-hell bar, and the excellent etc. In addition, The Temple House is a total design dream, starting with its breathtaking entrance: Guests enter through an arch which leads you into a tranquil, bamboo-trees-lined, 100-year-old restored courtyard building built in the Qing Dynasty where Instagram-friendly traditional Chinese lanterns artfully dangle from trees. (The hotel is BIG on green. There’s several gorgeous courtyard gardens, which are bordered by two L-shaped medium rise buildings, one for hotel rooms and the other for serviced apartments for long-term guests. The sprawling lawn, which you walk past when heading to the elevator to your room, is a stunner.) Oh, and The Temple House is also big on art, spanning a wild range of mediums: digital art, sculptures and paintings are found throughout The Temple House, whether strolling around the terrace or waiting for the elevators. And don’t get me started on the perfection that are the rooms! The city views! The bed! That rain-shower… that bath!! In short, heaven on earth! Everything.

  • Location

    Chengdu, China. In the heart of the popular shopping area called Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, which is filled with authentic restaurants, temples, luxury stores, etc. AND SO MUCH HOT POT!

  • Rooms

    100 guest rooms and 42 adjoining serviced apartments

  • Music

    Mostly chill, ambient tunes. Unless you’re in JING, their bar, where DJs often spin bops.

  • Year Opened

    July 2015

  • Designed By

    By internationally-renowned Make Architects, who succeeded majorly at echoing Chengdu’s landscape and traditional architectural elements (See also: bamboo, brick, stone, timber) with a mesmerizing modern aesthetic. And jointly developed by Sino-Ocean Land and Swire Properties.

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes. Immaculate. Love the zen-y lighting, too. Make sure to also stop by The Temple House’s spa, MI XUN. Sanctuary!

  • Restaurant

    Yes! Don’t miss breakfast and/or lunch at The Temple Café. I especially loved MI XUN TEAHOUSE, which serves exciting vegetarian Chinese dishes. The veggies for the hot pot were interesting and so yummy. But you also must order some cold appetizers (I loved the ice plant with sesame dressing and the sea coral with green chili), the hot dishes (the braised mapo tofu in wild mushroom sauce was everything!), and dim sum (I’m stilling dreaming of the homemade steamed dumplings with water chestnut, sweet corn and carrot). The setting of MI XUN is so cute and calm, especially the outdoor area -- More beautiful hanging lanterns. In the evening, you’ve gotta hit up The Temple House’s chic Italian restaurant, TIVANO. So so good.

  • Bar

    Yep, the hippest bar in Chengdu: JING. The cocktails are KILLER! You must order at least one Sichuan Negroni. The setting = so stylish. DJ sets! Also, outdoor seating with a slew of luxurious hanging planters.

  • Minibar

    Best minibar, ever. First of all, they call it a MAXIBAR. In other words, it’s stocked with complimentary soft drinks, beers, juice, water as well as coffee, a great tea selection and a selection of infusions. And definitely help yourself to the sweets.

  • Children

    Yes. But please don’t allow them run all over the gorgeous lawn and ruin my zen!

  • Price

    Really good prices for what you get: HEAVEN.

  • Tel.

    https://www.thetemplehousehotel.com/en/default

  • Website

    Visit website

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