Chengdu: Getting the Zen Vibe at Buddhazen Hotel [Hotel Review] - Vikingess Voyages

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chengdu: Getting the Zen Vibe at Buddhazen Hotel [Hotel Review]

Buddhazen Hotel
A Buddha statue in the hotel courtyard
Photo: Anette

The capital of the Chinese Sichuan province, Chengdu, is a city that boasts not only of hovering skyscrapers but also of century-old temples and a small-townish atmosphere. If you're planning to stay in Chengdu and want accommodation that reflects the laidback atmosphere of the city, the Buddhazen Hotel will not disappoint. Located only a couple of minutes from a Buddhist monastery, the beautiful courtyard inside the hotel will make you feel like you're experiencing a temple stay, but with all the comfort and convenience of a modern hotel at your fingertip. 

Above: The exterior view of the hotel

Above: The entrance to Buddhazen Hotel

Above: The hotel lobby
You can get to the hotel in around 50 minutes by taxi from Chengdu Airport, and the ride costs around 60 yuan. In our case we had the taxi driver take us to the Wenshu Yuan Monastery (文殊院), and walked from there. We soon discovered that the place displayed in Google Maps was wrong, so it took us a bit longer than expected to find the hotel, but we found some locals who kindly showed us the way to the hotel (See map description at the bottom of this post)
Buddhazen Hotel is a 4-star hotel that not surprisingly is inspired by Buddha Zen, and it is said to be the first hotel in China with Buddha Zen theme. As soon as you arrive you'll notice the unique interior design and the relaxing atmosphere. The good news for those who have chosen to stay elsewhere is that the hotel has a Zen spa, so if you're visiting the area you could stop by just to pamper yourself.
Above: The courtyard statue seen from the second floor
Above: The elegant courtyard
Above: Perhaps you can even get enlightened by a stay at Buddhazen Hotel...
Above: A garden inside the courtyard

The Guest Room

Buddhazen Hotel has 35 guestrooms, ranging from regular Double and Twins to Deluxe Suites and even a Honeymoon Suite. In our case, we had the pleasure of spending the night at their Superior Suite, a spacious 40 m² room with fine wood furnishing and a beautiful view of the traditional district outside.
Above: The Superior Suite's King Bed
Above: The Superior Suite's King Bed
Above: The separate living room

Above: The  separate living room


  • Shower
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Toilet
  • Bathroom
  • Slippers
  • Satellite Channels
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Hardwood/Parquet floors
  • Wake-up service
  • Electric kettle
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body soap
  • Shower cap

Above: (Left) Two complimentary bottles of water (Right) Flower arrangement and kettle

Above: (Left) coffee cups and complimentary beverages, and (Right) interior view

Above: View from our room's balcony
Above: Just when it couldn't get more perfect... A monk seen from the window of Buddha Zen Hotel

The bathroom was small but delicately decorated and came with a range of amenities to use during the stay. I personally loved the beautiful sink!
Above: The bathroom seen from the shower
Above: That sink!

Above: (Left) Various amenities, and (Right) sink

Our stay at the hotel included breakfast, and we got to choose our main dish from an a la carte menu along with a couple of side dishes like salad and eggs. Since we only stayed in Chengdu for one night we could only try out one of their dishes, but for long-staying guests, it is nice that the hotel offers a variety of meals to choose from during the stay. In addition to the main dish, the hotel also served a morning buffet that included cereal and various pastries.

Above: (Left) Cereal and (Right) Bread, juice & coffee
Above: The A la carte menu and a plate with fried egg
Above: My choice for breakfast; boiled dumplings

What to Do

Above: Maccha latte served at the teahouse inside the Wenshu Yuan temple area
The hotel is centrally located inside the circle of the Central Business District. Right by the hotel, you can find the mentioned Wenshu Yuan (文殊院), a Buddhist monastery and temple that comes with a garden and a teahouse. You can easily kill some hours and enjoy a relaxing day in the temple garden. We also were happy to discover that the world's first Mapo Tofu restaurant Chen Ma Po Dou Fu (陈麻婆豆腐老店) was within 15 min walk from the hotel. 
Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time available, but for visitors staying for more than a day, I reckon a trip to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding would be a must!

That's all for now! Hope you liked this post.
What do you think of this hotel? Please let me know in the comment session below.

 ◆Basic Info

  • Hotel Name: Buddhazen Hotel
  • Star Rating:★★★
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Address: 
  • No. B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang, 614000 Chengdu, China
  • 文殊坊B6-6号 邮政编码: 610081
  • Note that the location on Google Maps is wrong.
  • How to get there:
  • ● 50 minutes drive from Chengdu Airport by taxi
  • ● 20 minutes drive from the train station by taxi

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- Anette

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