This is Part 5 in my series on Chongqing. For the rest, continue reading via the links below!
I: Chongqing: An Introduction
II: Sampling the Delights of Sichuan Cuisine
III: Adventures in Modern Chongqing
IV: Exploring Ciqikou, Chongqing’s Old Town
V: Hotel Review: Westin Chongqing Liberation Square
Without a doubt, one of the highlights of my visit to Chongqing was my stay in the luxurious Westin Chongqing Liberation Square, which is centrally located in the central business district of Jiefangbei. When looking for accommodation, I noticed that the rates for Starwood’s Westin properties in China were among the lowest I’d seen anywhere in the world, so I went ahead and booked a standard room for $125 per night.
The Westin Chongqing is located just adjacent to Liberation Square, a hub of restaurants, entertainment and nightlife that’s bustling with excitement 24 hours a day. It’s also only 5 minutes’ walk from x, one of Chongqing’s largest underground metro stations. Being located so centrally meant the Westin was a great base for exploring downtown, and it proved to be an excellent jumping-off point when I traveled to the outskirts of town as well.
All visitors to the Westin Chongqing check-in at the main lobby on the 50th floor. The check-in counters were empty when I arrived in the early morning, so I was able to check in right away. Early check-in is not standard, but is available for an additional fee. After promptly being checked in by one of the friendly concierges, I dropped my things off at my room and headed over to the hotel’s in-house restaurant for brunch.
The Westin’s in-house restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, is located on the 50th floor of the hotel and has expansive views of the city in every direction. Brunch was buffet style, and the array of food at the was truly sumptuous. Both Western and local options were available, and I tried a few dishes from each section. In the dim sum corner alone, I was spoiled for choice as there were ten different types available. In the end, I settled for one tray of prawn siew mai and one tray of pork dumplings each. Among other things, the restaurant also has an omelette bar, a meat-carving station, a wide assortment of sushi, and a seasonal selection of cold-drawn juices. The meal wasn’t cheap, at ~$30 per head, but it was just the pick-me-up I needed after arriving on the red-eye flight from Singapore.
My standard suite at the Westin followed the same formula of refined decor and luxurious comfort, with an Asian twist. The room itself had beautiful marble and wood finishes throughout, with unique touches like a traditional tea set (with high-quality green tea replenished daily), and oriental-style Hermes scarves framed on the wall. The room design was understated, but beautiful.
The bed was standard for one of Westin’s Heavenly Beds, and was incredibly comfortable as always – I got a full 8 hours of continuous sleep, which is a rarity for light sleepers like me. As an aside, all rooms at the Westin Chongqing are located at the 54th floor and above, so you’re guaranteed to have a great view – I recommend requesting a room with a city view, as you’ll be able to watch skyline light up at night after the sun goes down.
As one might expect, the Westin Chongqing wasn’t running short on amenities either. Along with the restaurant, the Westin also has a tony lounge bar, and a hot pot restaurant that open to the public. If you’re in the mood to simply relax though, there’s also an on-site spa with massage service available, though I didn’t have time to take advantage of that during my stay.
Perhaps my favorite feature of this hotel, however, was the glass-bottomed infinity pool located on the 56th floor. Cantilevered out over the street, one can swim in this pool while looking down at the street below. Not a sight for the faint-hearted. Pro tip: go visit the pool just before sunset, as you’ll get an incredible view of the sun going down over the CBD. Also the pool lights up in neon at night-time. I’d say it’s now one of my favorite pools in the world, right alongside the legendary infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
If you ever get the chance to visit Chongqing, I can’t recommend this Westin property highly enough. Not only are the rates extremely low compared to other Westin properties worldwide, but the service and amenities available are absolutely outstanding. I’ll definitely be coming back to Chongqing to sample more of its delicious food, and I’m already looking forward to staying here again.
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