THE TEMPLE HOUSE CHENGDU IS NUMBER THREE IN THE HOUSE COLLECTIVE
It’s not easy for a hotel to stand out in a city with as many fantastic hotels as Hong Kong, but that’s what Swire Hotels’ The Upper House has always managed to do for us. There are many reasons – chief among which is its sleek, contemporary design – that make it a house we’d gladly call home. For years it was one of only two ‘houses’, the other being The Opposite House in Beijing, but this summer that finally changed when The Temple House Chengdu opened.
At 100 rooms and 42 serviced residences, The Temple House is part of a conservation project surrounding the thousand-year-old Daci temple in the heart of the capital of the Sichuan province (The Upper House takes its name from being high above the city [in fact, on top of the JW Marriott] next to Pacific Place, while The Opposite House refers to the guest house being on the opposite side of a traditional courtyard style home).
The term ‘room’ doesn’t really do justice to even an entry-level ‘Studio 60’, which clocks in at 60+ sq m, or nearly 700 sq ft. Very pale wood panelling on the walls of the living space mixes with creams, greys, and whites, with a pop of green in the corner. Dark lattice wood separates the bathroom, which starting from Temple Suites has the gorgeous bathtub and separate shower below. All rooms have free WiFi and Maxi Bar.
The MI XUN spa comes with this rather stunning swimming pool, as well as a teahouse that serves juices, teas, and vegetarian food. TIVANO is the Italian restaurant, while The Temple Café offers a mix of Chinese and international dishes throughout the day. JING is a speakeasy-style lounge and bar.
Rates for a Studio 60 start at 1,799RMB (around $285 or £185 at the moment). In addition to The House Collective, Swire Hotels has three hotels under the EAST brand (in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Miami – hopefully a sign that a House in the US or Europe may be coming in the future), and four other hotels in the UK. In case you recognise the Swire name but can’t place it, the company is also behind one of the better ways to spend time in the air: Cathay Pacific. You’ll find the red/white/blue logo on each aircraft.