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The Temple House  

High design, urban, great spa

No 81 Bitieshi Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu 610021

(86) 28-66-36-9999

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At a Glance

Leading the way in Chengdu’s tourism boom, the Temple House boasts sleek accommodations, superb dining, impeccable service and an award-wining spa.

Read More: Spotlight: The Temple House


A design-lover’s paradise, the Temple House is the third property in the HOUSE Collective, the brand known for the Opposite House Beijing and Upper House Hong Kong.

Drawing inspiration from the area’s deep roots in tradition, the hotel is built upon the historic Daci Temple: an ornate, 100-year-old relic of the Qing Dynasty. The structure—like the hotel itself—is a masterpiece, beginning with the gorgeous, sun-soaked courtyard filled with intricate woodcarvings and lattice window designs. From there, the temple leads to a stunningly modern indoor/outdoor complex. Designed by London-based MAKE Architects, the property resembles an outdoor art museum complete with shimmering steel facades, undulating walled surfaces and lush bamboo sculptures. The scene is an outstanding work of urban architecture, thanks to imaginative design that creates an unexpected yet harmonious blend of old and new.

Despite its commanding presence, the Temple House has only 100 rooms. Like the property as a whole, accommodations are designed impeccably, with warm yet spare décor and chic furnishings. Minimalist sculptures and sleek lighting fixtures celebrate Chinese heritage, while the overall style is simple and classic. All rooms come equipped with high-tech touches such as portable Bluetooth speakers that are surprisingly easy to operate. Those looking to splurge should book one of the hotel’s elegant specialty suites—some of which boast private terraces, fireplaces and Jacuzzis.

The Temple House is connected to the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li retail complex, a trendy pedestrian area home to some of the city’s best boutiques. This outdoor mall, together with the Temple House, is part of Chengdu’s latest initiative to energize the neighborhood with exciting shopping, dining and luxury accommodations. Due to the hotel’s fluid open layout, guests feel at once in the center of the action while also tucked away.

Visitors have a choice of several excellent dining options on property, including an all-day brassiere and 1920s-inspired Italian restaurant. The latter serves wood-fired pizza and has a large selection of international wine. There is also Jing Bar, which is similarly appointed in sumptuous, retro furnishings and hosts a DJ on weekends. Guests should be sure to try the spicy Sichuan Mule, named after the region’s famous pepper.

Only steps away from the glamorous restaurants, which are often buzzing with guests and outside visitors, the nearby teahouse serves as a reminder of the Temple House’s great heritage. Housed in a historic courtyard, Mi Xun is hidden in a quiet corner of the property beside the spa. There, dishes like spicy tofu and vegan moon cakes highlight the menu, and diners are transported into a different century while seated in the gorgeous quadrant, complete with traditional wood paneling and overgrown greenery.

Nearby the Mi Xun Spa, an 11-room facility accessed through the stunning temple courtyard, is a true oasis, offering treatments that combine holistic practices with cutting-edge techniques. Guests are encouraged to throw a coin into a fountain in the dreamy secret garden before their spa experience for good luck. Next door is an 84-foot indoor pool, which—in keeping with the property’s contemporary design focus—is positioned below a grand, circular skylight.

What to See and Do

Beyond the Temple House, Chengdu offers a wealth of activities for visitors. Most notable is the Giant Panda Research Base, where travelers can admire the gentle giants (and cubs) up close (www.panda.org.cn). The Wide and Narrow Alley is a feast for all five senses, complete with street performers, delicious local treats and a wide array of shops and is a must to experience Chengdu’s warm, colorful and often whimsical culture.

Written by Blair West

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