Over the past 4 years, I have gotten to know the people at Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel quite well. Sim, from Singapore, and his wife Maki, from Japan, run perhaps the best guesthouse in all of China. Sim, Maki and their staff go out of their way to make sure that your stay in Chengdu goes well. After the recent earthquake in Yushu, Sim and Maki invited my family and I to stay in Chengdu, in order to get away from the earthquake area. They treated us like VIP guests and really helped us to take our minds off of the earthquake. After staying there for 4 nights, I noticed that Sim and Maki treat all of their guests with great courtesy and respect. They are some of the most personable guesthouse owners I have come across in my more than 10 years of traveling the globe.
Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel has been donating 10% of their recent profits to aid the Tibetan earthquake victims from Yushu. Sim and Maki both enjoy traveling in Tibet (they actually met in Lhasa over 10 years ago) and appreciate and respect Tibetan culture. On a recent trip to Yushu, I was able to meet up with Maki, who was there with a small team delivering money and aid to the victims. There are very few guesthouse owners in China who would do this. Since my family and I consider Jyekundo to be our "hometown in Tibet", I was very thankful of their dedication to give 10% of their profits to the victims.
Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel know how to run a quality guesthouse. They offer good Chinese and western food, have a great bar with well priced drinks, have courteous staff who speak English well, offer great tours of places around Chengdu and the rest of Sichuan, offer local bike tours, plus their rooms are great and very well priced. Along with dorm style rooms, they offer spacious family sized rooms that are perfect for travelers with small children. There is a reason why Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel is listed in all of the major guidebooks: it is a great place to stay.
Next time you are in Chengdu, stay at Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel. You will be glad that you did!