Sofitel Chengdu Taihe
What We Love
- Ideal downtown location on the Jinjiang River
- Heated indoor swimming pool
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- The property opened in 2003
- The airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel
- Use of the pool, sauna and hot tub is free
- Parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Overlooking the banks of the Jinjiang River, the Sofitel Wanda Chengdu is a five-star high-rise hotel in the heart of downtown. Built in 2003, it has a funky curved exterior (veined in purple neon) that is a standout feature of the city’s colorful skyline. The cavernous marble lobby is strewn with giant artworks, Asian-inspired sculptures and displays of wild orchids. The guestrooms are similarly lavish; the decor is pale green and gold, with floor-to-ceiling windows, subtle recessed lighting and plush velvet furniture. The Champs Elysées Club is a large spa with toffee-colored mosaic walls; it features a sauna, a hot tub and a well-equipped gym. The lap pool, which is lined with potted ferns and chunky day chairs, sits under a high, vaulted skylight. In the evenings, choose between fancy French cuisine at La Brasserie, sushi and sashimi at Fuji and seasonal Cantonese and Sichuan fare at the Palace.
In the Area
One of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Chengdu combines great sightseeing with buzzy bars, restaurants and music venues. Stroll up a tree-lined walkway by the river to Qingyang Palace, a lavishly decorated Taoist temple. Here you can relax with a cup of green tea and watch monks praying at the Two Immortals Monastery. For lunch, check out the food stalls, restaurants and bars on Jinli Street, a shopping precinct modeled after a dynastic-era street in ancient China. In the evening make a beeline for Here We Go, a music venue on the 21st floor of the Poly Center, next to the U.S. consulate; there are DJs or live bands every night of the week.
How to Get There
I booked a junior suite which was spacious and very comfortable with good sleep quality. You do though need to be very intimate with whoever you room with, for the shower and toilet areas do not have lockable doors and the shower area is entirely glass, affording little privacy.
The restaurant is good and there is a good selection to suit westerners at breakfast, although in four days i never once saw anyone waiting to cook eggs to order, instead there was a plate of turned eggs previously cooked. Possibly one can demand someone come and prepare them the way you like them but I couldn't be bothered asking.
I was disappointed the final morning when we had to leave early and went for breakfast when they opened at 0630. At first light I would expect there to be no shortages and I merely wanted a bowl of cereal to see me on my way. Bizarrely, spoons (which had been there on other days) were mysteriously unavailable and the best they could offer was either a teaspoon or a Chinese soup spoon! Nothing major but in my opinion an unnecessary black mark.
It would not prevent me from staying again though.
This Sofitel hotel just blew me away. With their customer service and their wanting to help you in every way they can. I arrived early and they were so accommodating in wanting to check in early so my family can settle in. Claude who was the duty manager was so professional and friendly, he made my family and I feel welcome so early in the morning. Herbert who was in the breakfast restaurant was very accommodating in looking after our special requirements and the level of service was just Top Notch. I have 4 more days here and I am looking forward to being in this hotel every minute as well as visiting this beautiful city of Chengdu. I will have more very nice things to say in my near future reviews about this hotel and impeccable staff.
I stayed here for two nights while I went for a work trip in Chengdu. The hotel was about a 10 minute drive to the kuan and Zhai alleys and 10 minute drive to the office which is pretty cool convenient. The room itself was pretty spacious and really nice. However, the gym facilities were pretty old and the knowledge of the staff in the local area was lacking. Gave me completely wrong information regarding the panda reserve in Chengdu and was also did not make me feel welcome. Overall, great facilities but the service could be improved.
My partner and I stayed for one night here. We booked a luxury queen room and got upgraded to a suite! Light was very friendly upon check in and made sure we were well looked after. We really enjoyed our stay.
- The staff that handled my check in marked the start of bad staying experiences. I had used my Accor points to book the room but the staff insisted that I had to pay the full price for them. He made nasty face at me when i try to explain. No apology was offered even after he checked and confirmed that no payment was required.
- Room is nice but was shocked to be told that they do not provide spoon or stirrer in the room. Wonder how they expect the guests to make coffee/tea. Lack of attention to such basic detail was a let down.
- Ordered in room dining twice. i’ll give 2 out of 5 for the food.