A luxurious retreat in southwestern China
The historic city of Chengdu is the starting point for most journeys into western China. A cosmopolitan outpost in the Sichuan region, Chengdu is famous for its giant panda sanctuaries, spicy cuisine, historic teahouses and vibrant markets.
In the center of it all is The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, overlooking Tianfu Square. Conveniently located in the central business district, the luxurious address offers easy access to the city’s cultural landmarks. Opened in 2013, the 41-story tower was built near a newly discovered site of a former imperial palace and the land’s majestic history feels as though it’s been embodied by the contemporary high-rise.
Inside, find destination restaurants, tea-themed spa treatments and extensive business facilities.
Modeled after traditional Chinese courtyard homes, guest rooms combine touches of old and new for a stylish result — picture various types of marble, damask furnishings, warm wood accents and bright windows overlooking the city.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• Across from Tianfu Square in the business district, the Chengdu hotel is strategically positioned within minutes of cultural sites, historic teahouses, luxury shopping and business hubs.
• There’s an intimate spa on the 23rd floor with 10 treatment rooms. Here, you will find tea- and herb-infused treatments, as well as services featuring excellent products from Swiss skincare brand Valmont.
• Also on the 23rd floor, there’s a 82-foot-long indoor swimming pool — with underwater music — and a large fitness center.
• Throughout the luxury hotel, the design pays tribute to Chengdu’s past as a Silk Road outpost with details made from wood, silk, marble and metal.
• The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu has earned applause for its restaurants, particularly Li Xuan, where you can try Sichuanese and Cantonese specialties.
Things to Know
• Located in the Sichuan province of western China, Chengdu was an especially prominent point on the Silk Road, dating back to the second century B.C.
• Chengdu is known for its beautiful silks, spices, tea and red-hot Sichuan cuisine — and was even named a UNESCO “City of Gastronomy.”
• The city itself is easy to explore thanks to cheap taxis and an efficient metro system.
• Outside of the city, explore China’s rural beauty in areas like the Jiuzhai Valley National Park, Mount Qingcheng, or the Chengdu panda base.
• The hotel also operates a private tea estate — about 62 miles southeast of Chengdu, near Mount Men Ding — where you can arrange a private visit.
• The urban retreat is home to 353 sky-high guest rooms that are among the largest in the city, starting from 538 square feet.
• Each room feels like a contemporary interpretation of a traditional courtyard residence, with wood details and Chinese artwork, as well as several types of local tea available.
• Those staying in a Club Room will enjoy access to the dedicated club lounge — with city panoramas on the 38th floor — complimentary city transportation and around-the-clock butler services.
• For ultimate exclusivity, the Presidential Suite provides 270-degree views from the 41st floor, as well as an indoor Jacuzzi, a private study and walk-in closets across 3,477 square feet of space.
• The prestigious gastronomic address is home to five restaurants and bars, each serving a different flavor. For an elegant night out, head to Li Xuan Chinese restaurant for Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine, or to the Dining Room for Mediterranean flair.
• All-day dining sees a theatric spin at Spices, where chefs showcase international cooking techniques at live stations.
• Afternoon tea is best enjoyed at the panoramic Lobby Lounge on the 25th floor. Stratospheric views combine with a traditional tea service for lavish experience.
• If sundown calls for a chilled cocktail or a nip of cognac, head to Flair Restaurant & Bar, where drinks can be enjoyed with sushi or tapas on a terrace.