review: St. Regis Chengdu

 

I booked this stay through Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts with a very reasonable rate - CNY 1150 (EUR 150) - which came with breakfast, room upgrade, noon check-in and a credit of CNY 640 (EUR 83) for spa or F&B. 

From the Chengdu railway station, we took a taxi to the hotel - CNY 26 / 20 minutes. 

 St. Regis Chengdu

St. Regis Chengdu

 St. Regis Chengdu

St. Regis Chengdu

 St. Regis Chengdu

St. Regis Chengdu

Upon arrival, we were welcomed by an elegantly dressed lady at the reception. Before long, our butler introduced herself and lead us to our room. Originally, I'd booked the Deluxe category and was upgraded to Grand Deluxe room.

 elevator 

elevator 

Standard rooms started from 65 sqm which was usually the size for suites in most hotels. My room had the same size but on a higher floor with a double sinks bathroom with shower and bathtub, a walk-in closet and a bedroom featuring a hideaway TV. 

 grand deluxe room

grand deluxe room

 grand deluxe room

grand deluxe room

 grand deluxe room

grand deluxe room

 grand deluxe room

grand deluxe room

 grand deluxe room view

grand deluxe room view

 grand deluxe room

grand deluxe room

 grand deluxe room

grand deluxe room

After our visit to the Panda Research Base, we went to the gym shortly before dinner.

 athletic club

athletic club

 athletic club

athletic club

 athletic club

athletic club

 pool

pool

On the way to Yan Ting, we stopped by the Decanter for the happy hours. Between 6 and 8 pm, the bar was closed for guests staying in suits and SPG Platinum members. One could order beverages from the menu and there was a small buffet set up at the main table. The lychee martini was divine; a shame that we hadn’t tried their signature bloody mary. 

 the Decanter & Social entrance

the Decanter & Social entrance

 the Decanter

the Decanter

 the Decanter - happy hours

the Decanter - happy hours

 the Decanter - happy hours

the Decanter - happy hours

 the Decanter - happy hours

the Decanter - happy hours

 the Decanter - happy hours

the Decanter - happy hours

 the Decanter - happy hours

the Decanter - happy hours

 the Decanter - happy hours

the Decanter - happy hours

 the Decanter - happy hours

the Decanter - happy hours

The experience already started before we even stepped into the restaurant. We were welcomed by a lady at the reception followed by the amazing hostess Fiona Dai who assisted us the whole evening.

 the Yan Ting

the Yan Ting

 the Yan Ting

the Yan Ting

From there, it was like a harmony of time and space. We were lost in this calming - but sometimes disrupted by a waiter’s high heels clattering on the wood - atmosphere. Each dish arrived at a counter in the middle of the room for examination before it was served. And it kept coming one by one. Our greedy eyes were far bigger than the hunger. In the end, it was enough food to make five adults a happy tummy or bring two in a food coma. 

 the Yan Ting menu

the Yan Ting menu

 the Yan Ting table setting

the Yan Ting table setting

 the Yan Ting - amuse bouche 

the Yan Ting - amuse bouche 

 the Yan Ting - assorted warm appetisers 

the Yan Ting - assorted warm appetisers 

 the Yan Ting - clear soup with tofu

the Yan Ting - clear soup with tofu

 the Yan Ting - beef in chilli oil 

the Yan Ting - beef in chilli oil 

 the Yan Ting - mapo tofu

the Yan Ting - mapo tofu

 the Yan Ting - Gong Bao chicken

the Yan Ting - Gong Bao chicken

 the Yan Ting - chefs preparing Peking duck 

the Yan Ting - chefs preparing Peking duck 

 crispy duck skin wrap with green onions. cucumber & sweet plum sauce

crispy duck skin wrap with green onions. cucumber & sweet plum sauce

 the Yan Ting - stir-fried duck with vegetable

the Yan Ting - stir-fried duck with vegetable

 the Yan Ting - dinner at Yang Ting

the Yan Ting - dinner at Yang Ting

 the Yan Ting - chestnuts dessert 

the Yan Ting - chestnuts dessert 

The next morning, we had breakfast quite early as the flight to Diqing departed before noon. The buffet was just as impressive as the one at Marriott Chongqing. 

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

 the Social - breakfast buffet

the Social - breakfast buffet

This stay was an unforgettable experience. While the room and the butler service were okay, everything else was perfect.