Best hotels and hostels in Sichuan

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tagong

    Nomad Homestay

    Organised by the Khampa Nomad Ecolodge, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay with a genuine nomad family in their tent. Don't expect anything about the experience to be comfortable. It will, however, leave you with stories you'll one day recount to your grandchildren.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dzongsar Valley

    Khyenle

    This peaceful guesthouse is part of a renowned art centre and is run by a fluent English-speaking Tibetan woman and her family. At the time of research, simple but spotless and comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms were available, but they were also in the process of constructing some more luxurious options with bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tagong

    Khampa Nomad Ecolodge & Arts Center

    Tibetan/American couple Djarga and Angela run this superb ecolodge way out in the grasslands. There are only four cosy rooms (one of them can just about fit in a family of four) with wooden furnishings and picture-frame window views over a snowy mountainscape. There's a small dorm plus a sauna and hot tub that's bliss after a long walk.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ganzi

    DzachuSama Hostel

    This traditionally styled, large and bright American-owned hostel has some of the most luxurious private rooms you could hope to find in a hostel, all with Tibetan accents. The bathrooms even have big wooden bathtubs. The four- and eight-bed dorms are equally impressive. Staff can organise treks and excursions in the area.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chengdu

    Flipflop Lounge Hostel

    Currently the ciy's best hostel, this lively place offers travellers all the usual services plus a few rare gifts – a pool table, a rooftop terrace, and experienced help when it comes to onward travel. The dorm beds are made of rough timber and have a fair amount of privacy, while the private rooms are more hotel than hostel.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chengdu

    The Temple House

    Cool to its core, every room is hip and understated with elegant stylings and modern amenities that come together perfectly around a traditional-style courtyard. Superb location bang in the middle of an upmarket, city-centre neighbourhood. Discounts of 25% are available outside of high season when booking directly.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kangding

    Zhilam Hostel

    Run by an American family, this fabulous hillside hostel is a comfortable base in Kangding. It provides all manner of top-end hostel services, from camping-gear rental to good western food (served in a nomad tent built into the dining room!) and travel advice. It’s a winding 10-minute walk uphill from the city centre.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Danba

    Joy Mystery Hotel

    So, you thought travel in Kham was going to be tough? Think again! At this sublime 15-room boutique hotel, set in a renovated 700-year-old building complete with its own temple, life is all about luxurious textiles, walk-in Italian rain showers, delicious meals (included in room rates) and pre-breakfast laps in the infinity pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chengdu

    Xishu Garden Inn

    Superfriendly English-speaking staff, bold jungle-green rooms with panda motifs and an unbeatable location beside People's Park make this one of our favourite hostels in the city; not to mention the great rooftop terrace that caps it all off. The only drawback is that the dorms contain a LOT of beds (10 or 22!).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Four Sisters Mountain

    A Lee Ben Hostel

    Take a look at all this place offers: a pool table, underfloor heating, info on local sites and an English menu in the cafe, and you'll probably – and rightly – come to the conclusion that this is a model hostel. Private rooms are plush, while dorms are very comfortable and have private curtains and a large, clean shower.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jiuzhaigou National Park

    Zhuo Ma’s Homestay

    A genuine Tibetan homestay, this pretty wood cabin in a tiny village about 10km from the main park has six simple rooms and a wonderfully accommodating family. There’s a common bathroom with shower, and prices include three meals and pick-up from the bus station (otherwise it’s around ¥60 in a taxi). There's also a new upscale ecolodge in the works.

  • Lodging in Chengdu

    BuddhaZen Hotel

    Set in a tranquil courtyard building, this boutique hotel near Wenshu Monastery blends traditional decor with modern comforts and a taste of Buddhist philosophy. You can ponder life while sipping tea on your private balcony, circling the sand garden or soaking in a wooden tub at the spa. It's lovely here.

  • Lodging in Jiuzhaigou National Park

    Angelie Hotel

    Angelie Hotel is equal parts hostel and hotel, and the friendly, English-speaking staff organise Huánglóng tours (¥120), cook Chinese and Western food, and book tickets – all the usual hostel stuff in a hotel-ish setting. Dorms are stand-alone rooms on top of the roof, which offers incredible views of the mountains. From the park entrance cross the street, turn left and walk 400m.

  • Lodging in Le Shan

    Jiayun Mingtai Hotel

    This is an impressive new addition to the Le Shan hotel scene. River-facing rooms have big, free-standing bathtubs overlooking the chocolate brown river while the (noisy) road-facing rooms have giant, wall-projected TV's that made us feel like we were in a lecture theatre. Needless to say, the road-facing rooms are to be avoided.

  • Lodging in Dege

    Dege Hotel

    This government-run place is the town's original hotel. It has rooms split between two riverside blocks. All are large and classically styled with private baths and some even have lovely mountain views. Turn left out of the bus station, cross the bridge, and follow the signs to turn right down the lane into the hotel courtyard.

  • Lodging in Danba

    Hán é Zhuāngyuán

    High up above Zhonglu village, this traditional whitewashed stone building set in a large flower garden has been converted into a fantastic boutique hotel adorned with antique furnishings. Spacious rooms do away with beds and just have the comfy mattresses placed on low wooden platforms. From the roof terrace, there are astounding views in all directions. Excellent meals are served.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Emei Shan

    Teddy Bear Hotel

    If you can get past the theme (bears, bears, everywhere), this very clean, long-standing backpacker hotel offers nice rooms and English-speaking staff that provide solid, hostel-style travel services plus decent coffee and western food. There's always a good crew of international and Chinese travellers staying.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Langzhong

    Ancient Hotel

    Hotels don't come with much more history than this appropriately named place. It was founded as a hotel during the Tang dynasty and is still the place to stay in Langzhong. There are multiple attractive courtyards, lots of weathered and termite-chewed timber, deliciously comfortable beds, and even an open-air stage (performances Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 10pm).

  • Lodging in Dzogchen

    Dzogchen International Buddhist Exchange Centre

    The huge monastery guesthouse is the best place to stay in Dzogchen, offering plain but clean and quiet rooms in a blissful valley setting with amazing mountain views from some rooms. The showers have ample hot water and there's wi-fi in the lobby. There's also a large, institutional-feeling restaurant serving Sichuan dishes (¥15 to ¥20).

  • Lodging in Chengdu

    Holly’s Hostel

    Prepare for trips out west by plugging yourself in to Chengdu’s small Tibetan district, which surrounds this welcoming hostel. Holly’s has bright, comfortable and four- to six- bed dorms, plus English-speaking staff, bike rentals (¥20) and a nice rooftop cafe (western and Chinese mains ¥10 to ¥50). Staff can also help with permits to Lhasa.