The Chinese city shows no signs of slowing down.
Hong Kong and Shanghai may be China’s most dynamic hubs, but there’s a new city on the rise. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, has seen exponential growth in the past year, from restaurants to real estate to a burgeoning arts scene (it even landed a spot on our list of Best Places to Travel in 2015). But what is it that makes the city so attractive to both foreigners and natives alike? Many report that life in Chengdu has become more relaxing, promoting a healthy work-life balance. Others claim it’s something about the environment, with an abundance of trees and public parks—and let’s not forget about the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a major attraction for visitors. Then, there’s the city’s distinctive culinary scene, best known for their teahouses and signature spicy cuisine. But the one thing's for sure: with the influx of start-ups and Fortune 500 companies looking to establish themselves in the emerging metropolis, there's a big need for more lodging.
The hospitality industry has taken great notice; the Ritz Carlton and St. Regis both recently opened properties, and last year saw the launch of the upscale Temple House and The Niccolo by Marco Polo. 2016 will be no different, with many major international resorts slated for openings. Read on to find out more about the city’s booming hotel scene and the properties we’re most excited about.
Grand Hyatt Chengdu
Set to open its doors in March, the Grand Hyatt Chengdu is situated on South Chunxi Road, one of the city’s best and most famous streets for shopping. The hotel will take up the 10th through 39th floors of the Chicony Plaza, and was designed by New York-based decorator Tony Chi, who was inspired by the grand country estates of France. The hotel’s main restaurant, #8, serves up traditional hot-pot specialties, though Western-style dining options are available, too. The property also boasts its own Maze Garden, nightclub, patisserie and “cook it yourself” Chinese barbecue, as well as an indoor pool and gym.
Four Points by Sheraton Chengdu, Pujiang Resort
The brand new Four Points Chengdu opened this past New Years Eve and holds the reputation as Pujiang County’s first-ever internationally branded hotel. Pujiang County, the southernmost part of Chengdu proper, is home to the stunning Stone Elephant and Chaoyang Lakes, as well as Xilai Ancient Town and Mount Qingcheng, making it an ideal location for nature lovers and history buffs. The property, which sits next to a golf course, has its own fitness center and pool, as well as two restaurants that serve up both Eastern and Western cuisine. All guestrooms have their own balconies and come with free WiFi, bathrobes, rainforest showers and LCD televisions.
The Fairmont hotel, which will open during the late summer months, is located within the Palm Springs International Center in the Tianfu New Area, a satellite town officially established as a hub for modern infrastructure. Once the ambitious project is complete, Tianfu New Area will reportedly cover 981 miles. (The New Century Global Center, which holds the title as the world’s largest building, opened in the area in 2013.) The Fairmont Chengdu will feature 323 guestrooms, with an additional 60 residences and 16,000 feet of event space. The upscale property will also have its own spa, fitness center, and pool, as well as scenic views of the city.