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Hantang House
No.32 Nanchang Alley, Nanxin Street, South of New City Plaza, Xi'an 731000, China   |  
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Ranked #1 of 501 Xi'an B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Wroclaw, Poland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“good price, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

There isn't wifi in the room (only in the restaurant), no lift in the hostel (but for us it wasn't a problem), comfortable mattresses, shower in the bathroom, no hairdryer in the room but you can borrow at the reception.
Hostel is located in the city center, close to the metro station and the Bell Tower.
Opposite the entrance to the hostel is a small grocery store.
Quite high prices at the bar.
The staff very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This hostel/hotel is geared for people with a few more dollars to spend and want a hostel-like atmosphere without climbing into a bunkbed. If you want to party with a young crowd, try their sister hostel down the road (whose facilities you can access).

It's a bit tricky to find but still easy walking distance to many tourist sites (bell tower, Muslim quarters) and quiet at night. The rooms were modern and clean (I stayed in a room with 2 twin beds and private bathroom). There is free wifi throughout the building but the signal is the strongest in the reception area/restaurant. We could get online in our second floor room but it was quite slow. But for a free connection, who can complain?

The selling point for this place is the staff. They are exceptionally friendly and helpful. I showed them 5 different addresses written in Mandarin and the staff found them immediately on a map that she provided me. They profusely apologized for a 5 minute wait while they checked someone else out. They also accomodated gluten free meal requirements and provided a new dish when one was contaminated (with gluten - not hair or anything). They were honest in their (non) recommendation of a massage place down the road, describing it as "so-so." I had to agree when we saw the practitioner blood-letting a client and he came out of the office with bloody gloves to give us his business card! (I highly recommend the "Blind Massage" in the Muslim quarters. No 118 Beiyuamnmen - on the main street of the market area)

There is no elevator so if you have loads of heavy suitcases, it may be a challenge!

Room Tip: If you have heavy bags, ask if there is a room on a lower level. They do have live music frequently...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed in a dorm room and it was lovely, pretty much the best one that we have stayed in so far in China. One bad point about this spot is that it's so big it doesn't feel like a hostel. There's also no kind of common room for people to meet as the Jamaica Blue cafe in the reception is more of a place that you feel as though you need to pay to be able to sit there. It says you can't bring your own drinks in which would be fine if the prices for food and drink weren't so extortionate here. I also would not recommend taking the tours from the hostel such as the Terracotta Warrior one, we went in it and were rather disappointed as we later found we could make our own way there for a lot cheaper and relatively easy as we met a few people that did it. One of the things about the tour is that they say you get a "free beer or tea", we assumed this was while we were out at the tour but in fact it was back at the hostel and even though we had paid for 2 people when we got our beer they actually shared one bottle between both of us! Pretty money-grabbing if you ask me especially when it was the cheapest beer which you could buy yourself over the road for the equivalent of 30p!!! If I were to come to Xi'an again I wouldn't stay here, I would however contemplate staying in the sister hostel Hantang Inn as that seemed to have a much better atmosphere!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Albufeira, Portugal
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We enjoyed four wonderful nights in this exquisite hotel. I find it so very hard to believe that anyone could have a problem with this hotel. Every member of the staff was genuinely friendly as well as being helpful. They made sure your stay was enjoyable without being pushy, or with their 'hand out'.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Switzerland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Its a very nice hostel: the location is good, its in walking distance to the bell tower (appr. 10 minutes), but in a quiet area. The room is clean and the bed comfortable. Its actually more a hotel than a hostel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is overpriced (especially the breakfast) but there are a lot of food stalls and restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Picking our way from where the airport bus dropped us, I wondered if we will ever find the hostel. Fortunately, the direction given along with the booking is accurate. They don't have room at ground level (I think) which made it a bit difficult to navigate the narrow staircase with our big trolley bags. Our room was definitely more than I imagine it should be, especially the hotel-style bathroom. The room itself also spacious enough. The food is good and the staff are great. Our favourite bus to navigate the city is Bus 603 which cost CNY1 for a trip, which can be taken at a bus stop not too far from the hostel (turn right from the hostel, turn right again at the alley entrance - passing in front of the IT shops, turn left at the end of the road and walk till reaching the underpass - the bus heading to Xian Railway Stn will stop here)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philippines
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Hantang house is conveniently located within walking distance to the zhong lou subway station, although this took around 15mins by foot so it wouldn't be exactly comfortable if you have lots of luggage. The bus stop going to the train station is also nearby and costs 1rmb, however we opted to take one of the motorcycles to take us to save time and energy (15rmb). There is also a cheap grocery store in front of the hostel to buy snacks, water, etc.

Ambiance is homey and cozy. Rooms were clean and comfortable, although a bit dim. One downside is that there are no elevators so you just have to suck it up after a long day of walking :D There is also no wifi in the room, only in the common area. They serve good, western food also although a bit pricey. Most of the staff speak good english.

Since it was a holiday, and there were a lot of anticipated tourists, we took one of their organized terracotta tours. There were 30+ of us during the tour.. although it was a great way to meet new people, I do wish they set a limit to the number of participants or have it divided into batches to save time. I was also hoping that our entrance tickets were prebooked (since the tour was organized in advance) to save time, but this was not the case. So I think there's not much difference joining their tour and doing it on your own even on a holiday. DIY would save you more money. One good thing about the tour is the english guide, so you get to learn more tidbids but that's it I guess.

Overall, we were quite happy with our stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.32 Nanchang Alley, Nanxin Street, South of New City Plaza, Xi'an 731000, China
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Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 501 B&Bs / Inns in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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