After an incredible cruise down the Yangtze River on the Victoria Jenna, we made our way two hours west to the town of Chengdu. Why Chengdu? To see China’s most iconic animal, the panda of course!
Chengdu offers a variety of accommodation choices, but we opted to stay Fraser Suites’ luxury serviced apartments. I can honestly say that our one bedroom apartment now ranks among my favorite places of which I’ve stayed while traveling; it felt like home.
After an easy check-in, we were brought to our apartment and greeted with not only a gift basket of snacks, but a platter of fresh fruit as well.
If you’re looking for comfort and class, Fraser Suites Chengdu is the place to be. Their serviced apartments range from studios through to four bedroom apartments. With a fully equipped kitchen, living room with cushy couch, flat screen TV with a home entertainment system, and a proper working desk, it’s the perfect place to relax for the night. With use of their complimentary high speed WiFi, I was able to catch up on quite a bit of work.
The adjacent bedroom had a queen-sized bed and overlooked the city at night. In fact, we were told that each room within Fraser Suites offers panoramic views of the city.
Not only did the bathroom (accessed from both the bedroom and the kitchen) have a shower and a separate tub, but the bathtub even had a TV in front of it!
Each night there was a turn-down service where the staff tidied up our apartment, left us small snacks, put out slippers, and made up our beds for sleep. The service was absolutely impeccable. While we were out during the day, the housekeeping staff provided additional toiletries (which included rum shampoo, cilantro conditioner, and Vitamin B moisturizer), and were even thoughtful enough to replace our laundry detergent as well. The fact that the apartment had a two-in-one washer and dryer proved extremely convenient.
Aside from the facilities within the room itself, Fraser Suites Chengdu had a phenomenal health center. The gym and yoga studio overlooked the city of Chengdu, making for a great backdrop when exercising at night when the city is all lit up. I spent quite a bit of time making use of both the facilities — the yoga room was definitely an added bonus.
There was also a lovely swimming pool and patio for those looking for a few laps or quick dip.
Fraser Suites Chengdu is in the ideal location for anyone visiting the city. Minutes away from Tian Fu Square, it’s perfectly situated in the shopping and restaurant district; it helps that it’s conveniently located directly next to a subway line as well. The typical food from Chengdu is the hot pot — a pot sizzling with Sichuan peppers (we were, after all, in the Sichuan Province) in which you cook all of your food.
The front desk personnel at Fraser Suites suggested various places in which to try this local dish, and, better yet, it was only a five minute walk from the front door. Let me just say, they don’t call it the numbing pepper for no reason; my whole body was tingling after the meal!
I couldn’t talk bout Chengdu without mentioning the Chengdu Panda Research Base. The staff at Fraser Suites knew that we wanted to visit the pandas, which was about a twenty to thirty minute drive out of the town center depending on the hour. They took the initiative and offered us a private car for 300 RMB (45 USD) that would drop us off and stay there until were ready to leave; we opted to take a taxi, however, for for 60 RMB (9 USD) each way. The location card given to us for Fraser Suites upon check-in definitely came in handy.
I wish that we were able to enjoy the comfort of Fraser Suites longer, and to have spent more time exploring Chengdu itself, but there’s always next time!
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**Special thanks to Fraser Suites Chengdu for sponsoring our stay. As always, all opinions are my own.