Diaoyutai Hotel

Location: Xi'an, Sichuan & Central China | China

Price guide: $$$$$ $100-$200 per person per night

Hotels don’t come much more historic than Diaoyutai, which has been welcoming guests for over 800 years as an Imperial guesthouse and, now, a luxury hotel. This is a rare opportunity to stay in a property which has long housed foreign VIPs, government officials and royalty, and affords as lavish a stay as you might expect, with luxurious accommodation and superb traditional Chinese cuisine in two restaurants.
Perfect forA stay in historic Chengdu fit for a king.
In the know
  • 800-year-old former Imperial guesthouse
  • Property has long welcomed visiting dignitaries and honoured guests
  • Traditional Chinese cuisine
  • Set in the ancient streets of Old Chengdu

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Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Diaoyutai was included as one of China’s ‘Ten Great Buildings’ in the mid-20th century, and its long and distinguished history is evident throughout; the guestrooms and common areas feature a modern design, but the shaded walkways and bamboo gardens and traditional Chinese architecture of the property betray its long, rich history.

Rooms at Diaoyutai Hotel

Diaoyutai’s 45 rooms and suites are as beautiful as you’d expect from the long list of dignitaries and heads of state who have stayed in them: all lavishly appointed and supremely comfortable while each having its own distinct design. All are spacious, with a modern, minimalist design; the suites feature separate living areas, with Chengdu Suites also having their own balconies. The Diaoyutai Suite affords panoramic views over the ancient rooftops of the Old Town, while the sumptuous Executive Suite has its own little bamboo garden.

Food & drink

The Royal Court Restaurant will see you dining like a dignitary, with dishes which draw on eight centuries of stately tradition, combining classic Chengdu recipes with modern gourmet presentation. The Fangfei Garden Lounge is the place to go for a more informal lunch or dinner, or to enjoy a relaxed nightcap accompanied by traditional Chinese snacks, live music and entertainment.


The hotel does not have a spa or pool, but is home to a small fitness centre.


Chengdu is a vibrant yet laid-back city, famous for boutique teahouses, fantastic food, and pretty green spaces. It’s also rich in history – Marco Polo recounts being impressed by the city, which was also the source of the world’s first paper money – and nowhere is that history more evident than in the atmospheric Kuanzhai Alleys, which date back to the Qing Dynasty. Wildlife enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where you might even be lucky enough to see newborns in the autumn and winter. As the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu is the home of Szechwan cuisine, and foodies will love exploring its myriad traditional restaurants.

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Hotel location

The hotel is around half an hour’s drive from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

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