chengdu: the temple house opening

© make - the temple house complex

with a population of around 14 million residing in the metropolitan area, chengdu ranks among china's biggest cities for a good reason. this is an economic powerhouse to be reckoned with, and one that has gained an accelerated significance this past decade. the boom has been to such an extent that the city has managed to propel itself into the ranks of top tier cities shanghai, beijing and guangzhou. reflecting chengdu's rapid transformation is s flurry of high-profile retail and hospitality openings, and the latest one to have shaken up the local scene – in a good way, obviously  is the temple house. an initiative of hong kong-based swire hotels, and the latest addition to its portfolio of design-led hotels called the house collective, there's something highly distinctive about it.

the hotel is part of an ambitious project to preserve surrounding heritage buildings, including the thousand-year-old daci temple. one of the ancient structures and its ornately designed courtyard, now form the splendourous backdrop of the hotel's entrance, and is partially enclosed by two sleek L-shaped high-rises that collectively house 100 rooms, 42 serviced apartments and most of its facilities. all buildings are connected by a sequence of meticulously landscaped courtyards. the complex has been designed by make, a practice based in london, and sets a new standard of modern hospitality in this boomtown.

the guestrooms and suites come in various sizes, and there's even a penthouse for those who like the luxury to be laid on thick. all pads share a clean, uncluttered modern design that's welcoming at the same time and subtly infused with elements from the sichuan region. and obviously, it fully meets the requirements of today's savvy traveller, featuring amenities such as complimentary high-speed internet access, a 46-inch interactive tv and a spacious bathroom with rain shower. adding up to the temple house's upscale lifestyle experience are a string of happening facilities, designed by new york city-based creative practice avroko, that are each a destination in their own right.

situated on the ground floor is the temple café, an informal all-day restaurant serving an array of international dishes. upping the ante is tivano, a gourmet restaurant offering authentic dishes and flavours from italy amidst a lavish setting that includes an open kitchen, a fire place, and there's even an curated wine cellar. to end the night in jolly fashion there's jing, a buzzing lounge + bar that serves any drink imaginable, and has a deejay who's ready and able to infuse the fun with matching beats. relaxation? check. the temple house is home to a stellar spa + wellness facility which offers various treatments, and there's a swimming pool and gym for those who crave proper physical excerise. location: 81 bitieshi lu [jinjiang].

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