All the room numbers start with 8, which is an auspicious number in Chinese. And you'd be lucky to have a chance to stay at this beautifully constructed compound with courtyards, fountains, pagodas, staff in traditional dress, even entertainment by a Chinese classical ensemble in the evenings.
The location, while outside of Xi'an's ancient walls, is superb as it is literally steps away from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the surrounding shops, restaurants, gardens and the free nightly music and fountain show (better than Bellagio's... really).
I found the spacious room to be very well appointed, including the great wooden tub in the bathroom and powerful rain shower. The bed and pillows are very firm, so if you like your pillow-top mattresses, this is not the place for you. The Chinese breakfast buffet is also superb. Tip: if there are two or three steaming racks, each one usually holds a different kind of bun, some with filing, some not. Just lift up a rack and look underneath.
Note: the staff speaks very little English. I think they can understand quite a bit but they just can't respond well. There is no tour desk, so don't expect any touristic assistance. Although WiFi is advertised throughout, it did not work in my room. I had to go to the dining room or lobby where the signal is fine.
Notwithstanding the few shortcomings, this hotel truly offers you an oasis after a long day touring the Warriors and tombs, or jostling with the crowds in Xi'an. Enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel China/Shaanxi
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