Chengde is full of surprises. An old haunt and playground of the wealthy imperial family who used to escape the hot Beijing summer and come up here to read poetry, hunt and drink pretty good rice wine. I recommend the old Summer House and large gardens and hills of the main residence. This hotel surprises with its huge rooms, electric curtains near the bath and brand new fittings. The buffet breakfast rivals those in Beijing(the Hilton on Jinyu Hutong for one). Yes, a good break from the traffic in Beijing and truly an oasis that surprises. A 2 night stay and then you can head up to the high plains or down to Simatai and the Great Wall and stay at Gubei Water Town.
Stayed in Chengde for two nights and was happy about the hotel. Large rooms, clean, well maintained and nice bathroom with separate shower. Comfortable beds and good working air condition. Staff speaks English.
Very nice rooms, but all the experience was made bad after the housekeeper stole money from my wallet (I left the room with the NO DISTURB sign on, but it was ignored by her. She made a carefull search for the place I kept my money, good thong I only had USD 200 left in the room).
Nice spatious room with comfy bed. The problem in China is that pretty much anywhere you can smoke... so my room smelled like smoke so much... To be honest I couldn't be bothered to ask the reception to change rooms... The food is good. Location is not great, quite far away from everything. Free WiFi, no pool, only spa(paid)
While slightly off the beaten track this hotel has all the amenities one could desire. The staff are friendly, fluent in English and eager to please. The only oddity was the fact that in the evening we were there neither the 24-hour cafe or the bar seemed to be open for business.