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“We loved these apartments and the tour with Clarence Guo” 5 of 5 stars
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Warriors Apartment
Building B, Hongcity International Apartment, Bajiaxiang, Xihuamen, Xi'an, China   |  
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Ranked #1 of 613 Xi'an B&B and Inns
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“We loved these apartments and the tour with Clarence Guo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I found it very convenient to be housed in an apartment. We had a small kitchen with microwave, fridge and stove and a clothes washer in which Clarence’s wife washed some clothes for us. We were provided with fresh fruit, coffee and tea, eggs, bread, milk, bottled water and a couple of beers. The living/dining room was spacious and gave us a lot of room to move around. The flat screen TV even had an English station. No internet, though, which is quite a pain. One day, Clarence did arrange for me to use the internet in one of his other apartments on the second floor. We had the apartment on the 7th floor of a high rise. We were very conveniently located within walking distance of many of the city tourist sites. Others, like the big museums and Pagodas were a bus or taxi ride away. The airport is 40 km northwest and the Terra Cotta warriors are about 30 km to the east, so for those, we arranged car and driver.

Through Clarence, we arranged a driver to pick us up at the airport and take us to the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi on the way into the city. Not only that, but my husband had two caps on his front teeth fall off and Clarence graciously arranged to have the driver take us to a dentist in the city. The dentist did a beautiful job cementing them back on and the driver did an admirable job navigating Friday evening rush hour traffic in this city of 5 million inhabitants. We could not have done this without Clarence’s skillful help. Neither the driver, nor the dentist spoke English, so we called Clarence on the driver’s cell phone when we needed translation of important information. One day we hired Clarence for the day to take us on a tour of the Taoist temple, antique markets, cave dwellings and the Terra Cotta Warriors and museum. Do it. You won’t be sorry. The rest of the time we were able to get around walking and by bus and motorized tricycle.

I’m not sure what Clarence’s complete story is. I know he has been a tour guide and taxi driver for over 20 years. I guess somewhere along the line he bought 3 apartments in a high rise building just adjacent to the Muslim quarter and very close to the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and the Great Mosque. He is also quite the artist. We stayed in an apartment on the 7th floor, but I was able to see one of the other apartments on the second floor when I went down there to use the internet. Both apartments have very large cement warriors jutting out of the walls. In one room, they are used as a headboard. In the same room, smaller warrior figures are the base of the bed. Even our shower had colorful tiles depicting warriors. There are also paintings of cave dwellings that Clarence has painted. All of these are Clarence’s creations. Someone else described the apartments as quirky and I agree. We loved them.

Room Tip: The apartment on the 2nd floor was bigger and had more closet space, but the one on the 7th floor ha...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Excellent location right next to Muslim quarter and close to the bell & drum towers! Very spacious and everything is provided, including a washing machine & washing powder which was very convenient! (Actually we were told they'd do the laundry for us if we left it for them the next day while we were out but we were desperately short on clothes at that point so did it immediately)The apartment is decorated with terracotta warriors throughout and there was costumes as well - lots of fun. Apartment cleaned and fresh towels provided daily - not like in a hotel but more than expected in an apartment. Didn't use the kitchen as we ate out but there is a small one so you can cook. Very homely place.

Two little things to note:
- if you bring your own soap (I do as I have allergic skin) put it somewhere obviously separate from the soap provided. I had almost used mine up so it was quite sorry looking and it got accidentally thrown out in the cleaning which was a little inconvenient as I couldn't use the ones provided.
- if you are on the Kang bed, there's a cupboard fixed to the wall so be careful not to hit your head like I did (should be fine unless you try to stand like I was)

Clarence and his wife are very friendly. Met us at the train station, poor Clarence had to wait over an hour as our train was late. He also gave a quick introduction of the city as we drove. Took a tour with him the next day which was very enjoyable and hassle free, and he had interesting theories on the Warriors. He was very flexible changing his usual itinerary as I really wanted to see Banpo. The lunch was excellent too. He also booked a Tang dynasty show for us at short notice and picked us up after the show. Arranged transport to the airport as well. Full service!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We had 2 couples stay at the Warriors apartment for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. The apartment is unique and the location is great being a 2 minute walk to the Muslim Quarter, markets etc. Clarence met us at the train station and after settling in to our apartment, we had a day tour which took in a temple, we visited a old gentleman's home (he lives in a cave) and this was a highlight of our tour. The other highlight of course was the Terracotta Warriors and what Clarence doesn't know about the Warriors isn't worth knowing. He has written his own book on them and has some interesting theories about the site and the warriors. The apartment is great and there was plenty of fresh fruit, bread and bottles of water provided. Clarences wife even insisted on doing some washing for us, despite there being a machine in the apartment. I highly recommend this apartment but more importantly, do a tour with Clarence and you will really enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: We didn't find an issue with noise at all and stayed in the two bedroom Warriors apartment.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Clarence and his wife are great hosts! Lovely apartment with lots of room for a family of 5 to relax and be at home while traveling. There are all these cool Terra Cotta statues all built into the walls and all. The kids loved it! They have a washer to do laundry, wifi and satellite TV...We had a great stay there. Just don't come expecting the Ritz...it will be great though. Great value.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights end of May 2012. The hosts are wonderful ... if you take the airport shuttle to the Melody Hotel next to the Bell Tower, they come and get you and walk with you through the Muslim Street (a very nice attraction in itself) towards the apartments. Keep in mind that it is quite a long walk with luggage!
It is in a great location ... very near to the Muslim Street, the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, and walking distance from the Xi'an City Walls. Also quite close to a bus station and a tourist information.
The best of the apartment was that it consists of two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a spacious living room ... all for around 500 RMB per night! Now this is value for money. Also, breakfast is included and already in your fridge when you get there, consisting of breads, fruits, eggs, beer and as many bottles of water as you like!
The bed was nice and hard (which I like) and there is a washing machine where you can do your washing for free! The only down side of this place was that after you've showered it will have a "drain smell" for a while, but since we were not sitting around in the apartment, it did not really bother us.
I would definitely stay here again, because of the great value for money, as well as the dedication to the Terracotta Warriors that the hosts put in!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Perhaps the timing was wrong when I stayed in the Warriors Apartment last December. The experience was not entirely pleasant.

The entire apartment was beautifully decorated and furnished with Qin Dynasty's relics and related stuff. There's more than enough space for big family to comfortably settle in. Location is good in the sense that it is close to the Muslim Quarters and the Drum and Bell Towers.

The main concern was the extremely-cold apartment. To make matters worse, Clarence told us that there would be a power cut from midnight till 6 in the morning. Imagine having no heater or lighting in a big apartment filled with clay statues in the dead of winter in Xi'an!. The ceramic flooring must have added to the cold. We did not have a good sleep at all, if any.

I thought at least the owner could have at least have the courtesy to let us know earlier about the situation, instead of telling us only after we have settled in. When asked for a discount, he outrightly rejected, saying that the price has been fixed. Needless to say, we moved out of it at first light the next day.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We thought this B&B was exceptional value. Clarence and his wife thought of everything. The apartment included beer, great fruit and breakfast ingredients (self cook). It was very spacious, and everything that I could have wished for was there. It is worth commenting on the service. Clarence arranged a number of things for us before we arrived, and he kept us extremely well informed throughout the process. The service (provided by him, his wife, and a couple of tour guides) worked exactly as he said it would. The service exceeded our expectations. It was extremely thoughtful and highly competent.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Building B, Hongcity International Apartment, Bajiaxiang, Xihuamen, Xi'an, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
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