Temple House

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Chengdu, China

This recently opened luxury boutique hotel is located in the heart of the ancient city of Chengdu in southern China. Designed by acclaimed British architects, The Temple House offers a stunning mix of traditional and modern design inspired by the city’s heritage and natural surroundings. Offering a combination of unique style; top-notch cuisine; superb facilities including an exquisite spa; and an impressive contemporary art collection, the hotel will appeal to those seeking a tranquil and unique urban escape.

The Temple House provides 100 sleek and sophisticated rooms and suites designed for maximum comfort and privacy. These inviting sanctuaries feature a chic blend of contemporary design with traditional influences, using natural timbers, soft tactile fabrics and a colour palette of cool greys, black and white to create a calming ambience.

As well as visiting the famed Giant Panda sanctuaries, there is plenty to see and do in and around the city. Visit temples and archeological sites, explore the breathtaking Sichuan landscape, hit the shops or sample the famed local cuisine. Back at the hotel, relax by the magnificent pool or be pampered with a massage.

The Temple House is part of Swire Hotels.

Temple House Information

Location and getting there

The hotel is situated in the centre of Chengdu in China’s Sichuan Province. It is approximately 20 km from the international airport.


There are 100 rooms in nine different categories as well as 42 apartments for short-term or longer stays. Studio 60 rooms starts at 63-sqm, suites starts at 90-sqm and the magnificent Penthouse is an expansive 287-sqm. Each room features a king-size bed with down bedding, handcrafted furniture, wooden screens, a lavish bathroom with rain shower, state-of-the-art technology and luxury amenities. Some also come with balconies. The two-level Courtyard Suites are stunning.


- 3 restaurants and bars
- Café
- In-room dining
- Day spa
- Pool
- Gym
- Chauffeur-driven car fleet


The Temple House is superbly located for exploring Chengdu and the surrounding area and is only 30 minutes from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. It is close to an array of shops and within easy reach of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other spectacular landmarks.


Children are welcome but facilities for them are limited and the hotel has more of a grown-up feel.

Temple House Price Guide

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Exterior of The Temple House
Exterior of The Temple House


A blend of traditional and modern design, the recently opened Temple House located in Chengdu is inspired by the city’s heritage and landscape and offers a unique experience. Part of the Swire Hotels group which owns The Upper House in Hong Kong and The Opposite House in Beijing (some of Lightfoot’s faves), the new property has been on our radar for a while and Lightfoot Travel’s Nikki was excited to test it out.

The Temple House is very striking looking. Can you describe the look and feel of the hotel?

The experience begins from the moment you arrive, the front gates are opened and you are walked through the beautiful courtyard to the reception area. This section of the hotel is built right into an original Qing Dynasty structure, which gives it a wonderfully authentic feel. There is tremendous attention to detail with just about everything, and you really get the impression that a lot of thought has gone into each and every item placed throughout the hotel. The artwork is quite eclectic (there is an electronic painting of a teapot with actual moving butterflies flying out of it), though everything somehow seems to match.

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Charming pathways, The Temple House


What are the rooms like? Are they traditional or modern like The Upper House in Hong Kong?

The rooms are very modern and sleek, but feature several elements that tie it with the style of the hotel – light fixtures made from bamboo wood and traditionally Chinese-styled panels that separate the sleeping area from the bathroom.  The beds are huge (larger than California Kings in my opinion), and I loved the fully stocked maxi bar with complimentary drinks and snacks, replenished every day. The bathroom mirrors also have built in TV screens within the glass, just in case you get bored whilst brushing your teeth!

Bedroom at The Temple House
Bedroom at The Temple House


What is the dining like at the hotel?

There are two restaurants and a bar at The Temple House. Temple Café is the all-day dining restaurant, and is where guests have their breakfast (there is no buffet, only a la carte). The café serves up fresh salads, pastas, sandwiches and afternoon tea, as well as a great selection of deserts, including a ridiculously indulgent banana caramel donut, and homemade ice cream. Tivano is the highly anticipated Italian restaurant and the setting is absolutely beautiful. Featuring a bar, main dining area and private room on the second floor, it definitely sets the bar for both design and Italian cuisine in Chengdu. Lastly, Jing is the bar with both indoor and outdoor space. When I was there, the outdoor section was packed and had a really good atmosphere. While not really a cocktail person myself, I did partake in a few of their signature Sichuan Mules, which give a kick to the traditional Moscow version, using fiery and numbing Sichuan peppercorns.

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Tivano restaurant, Temple House


What stood out to you most about the hotel, and what would make you go back?

The hotel is like a big oasis in the middle of the bustling city. The design is one of the coolest I’ve seen – just look at the swimming pool! – and it’s totally unique to anything else in Chengdu. The service was also fantastic, and up to the standards we’re used to from both The Upper House and Opposite House in Beijing. Unfortunately when I visited the spa and tea house weren’t open, but I had a peak and they both looked really beautiful as well.

For newcomers to Chengdu, what is there to do in the city?

Chengdu makes for a fantastic weekend getaway, or as a stop on a greater China itinerary. Visiting the pandas is a must at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (yes, that’s actually what it’s called) which is only a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Make sure to get there right at 7.30am when the park opens, as you’ll be able to walk from enclosure to enclosure in relative peace and quiet before the crowds arrive. It’s actually extremely well done, and watching a group of pandas lumbering around eating huge piles of bamboo is quite possibly one of the most amusing things I’ve seen. Chengdu is famous for its street food and fiery Sichuan cuisine, and you must try and sample as much local food as you can. There are also face changing operas that are hugely popular and really interesting as well.

Pandas at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
Pandas at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base


If you’re looking to extend the trip, Jiuzhaigou is a national park in the north of Sichuan located a one-hour flight from Chengdu, that is known as one of the most beautiful regions in China, and can easily be visited in two or three days. Chengdu is also often used as a starting off point for visitors into Yunnan Province, as there are daily flights between the city and Yunnan’s Lijiang and Shangri-la.

Huanglong National Park
Huanglong National Park



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