The long-awaited Temple House in Chengdu has officially opened its doors.

Designed by renowned architects Make Architects, the 100-room hotel and its 42 adjoining serviced apartments combine modern design with traditional Chengdu architectural elements. Bamboo frames the hotel’s entrance, which is set in a restored Chinese courtyard first built in the Qing Dynasty.

The hotel offers a dynamic collection of outlets to guests and locals; all day dining at The Temple Café; authentic Italian cuisine at Tivano; live music at Jing Bar; spa at SPA Mi Xun; and unique gifts, refreshments and tea at the Mi Xun gift shop and tea house.

The development is part of the Chengdu government’s conservation project to preserve heritage buildings near the historic Daci Temple where Chinese emperors and many scholars have stayed. The hotel aims to continue the Daci Temple’s tradition of humility by creating understated luxury experiences through personalised services.

“The Temple House is a modern hotel that celebrates its historic location. We aim to provide discerning travellers with residential-style accommodation, where they can enjoy an authentic Chengdu experience,” says Mark Passmore, general manager of the hotel.

It “presents an ideal opportunity to extend our brand into one of China’s wealthiest and fastest-growing regions,” adds Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels.

The House Collective by Swire Hotel has three properties in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chengdu (see previous story here).

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Joyce Lau