The Asia Pacific region is getting its first Hotel Canopy by Hilton in Chengdu, and there’s nowhere that seems more appropriate. This historic city was the starting point for the famed Silk Route, which created a link between the East and the West.

It’s not surprising then that the design of the hotel offers a blend of both Chinese and Western charms – creating a contemporary yet traditional Chengdu environment, with a touch of the comfort and warmth of home.

Canopy by Hilton in Chengdu, China. (Credit: Cheng Chung Design)

Canopy by Hilton properties pride themselves on not just being hyperlocal, but also offering immersive local experiences. And this one is no different. Located in the very heart of Chengdu’s bustling dining and nightlife corridor, it gives guests the chance to take in a myriad of socio-cultural sights and landmarks, including a lively night market, the Chengdu Museum, Peoples Park, the Qingyang Taoist Temple and Wenshu Monastery. Its excellent setting within a local neighbourhood ensures guests an easy integration into the local culture and gain the most authentic insights into Chengdu life.

“We are thrilled to introduce Canopy by Hilton to Chengdu, Hilton’s first lifestyle offering of its kind in the entire Asia Pacific region,” said Qian Jin, area president, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton. “As part of China’s Go West Policy, Chengdu has quickly become famed as an international centre of culture and cuisine, with unique nooks to explore, like historic alleyways transformed into destinations for art, shopping and dining.”

Each Canopy by Hilton property imbues the distinctive characteristics of the city it is set in, and the Chengdu property is no less. Traditional references of art, design and culture have been skilfully woven into the fabric of the hotel’s décor and aesthete thanks to the reimagination of Hong Kong-based design studio, Cheng Chung Design. The property has even created a back-story, which revolves around the story of ‘a scholar who goes to the city to take the imperial exam’. This invented history of the hotel has been reconstructed and integrated with the memory of the Imperial City.

And so, the reception lobby — with its green bricks, grey tiles, wooden doors, bronze rings and views of the market and peddler stalls — recreates a walk down the street of a bygone era. Engaging the modern, however, Chengdu blue bricks have been used in combination with the Canopy’s brand colour, bright orange. Applied throughout the hotel’s design, this has the effect of subliminally drawing the guests in to a nurturing world.

This ethos continues within the 150 rooms — all unpretentiously yet elegantly appointed— that are spread over seven floors, as well. What draws special attention is the high headboard rising over and above the bed — it recalls the hotel’s brand name as it forms a gentle canopy, almost as if protecting the guest resting below.

The panda statues placed outside each bedroom add to this whimsy. Arranged in different poses, the charming beasts can be seen sitting, standing or lying, whilst holding a book with a room number in their hands. And as these sentries welcome each guest home, they instill a sense of belonging that is unique to the Canopy by Hilton Chengdu.

All images courtesy of Canopy by Hilton Chengdu/CCD

Staff Writer