The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu
Just north of downtown, in walking distance of 2 subway stops and approximately 45 minutes from the airport.
Design & personality
The resort brings a Western interpretation of riches and comfort to one of China’s fastest growing cities. As one of the newest resorts in the series, the resort also boasts some wonderful modern touches, like the hi-tech spa and indoor swimming pool with underwater music. The resort embraces the Chengdu teahouse civilization in elegant, yet evident ways – like the green tea spa therapy, and hot tea served in neighborhood gaiwan-style cups in check.
Service & centers
Superb. Attentive without intruding, glamorous without overdoing it. The specialist, impeccably dressed butlers that visit up guests from the ground floor into the reception – in glistening fresh lifts – are a wonderful touch.
Rooms are huge, with high ceilings and enormous windows. The beds are big and very comfy, and the bathrooms equally smartly contemporary (e.g. TOTO bathrooms with various configurations) and quite functional.
Food & beverage
The Canto-Sichuan themed Li Xuan Chinese restaurant does well to maintain the exclusive setting, specializing in global variations of Chinese criteria like Kung Pao Chicken having a healthy dose of fresh and ginger chili (and a refreshingly compact dose of petroleum). Flair, a rooftop restaurant with wow-factor, has indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Tianfu Square, and during the nighttime that the wealthy and the exquisite come here in order to take selfies, purchase from Swiss waiters, also look out over the throbbing heart of Chengdu. Flair has Asian design tapas, in addition to classic BBQ beef and crispy fried bites onto a menu which varies with the seasons. There is also an unbelievable Champagne pub, a very long list of cocktails and ice cold beer.