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“Han Tang Inn Hostel” 5 of 5 stars
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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 106 Xi'an B&B and Inns
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Han Tang Inn Hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in the sister hostel down the street and it was by far the best hostel we stayed at in China. The room and facilities were all good but it is all about the service and the atmosphere. All the staff spoke good English but this places ace up it's sleeve is Lei-Lei. This guy sorts out all the activities around the hostel and after a couple of days felt more like a friend than a staff member. He got everyone involved, created a great social atmosphere and just went beyond all expectations to make our stay enjoyable. It was a shame we couldn't stay longer. Thank you to the Han Tang staff and especially Lei-Lei!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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7 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Good location, near metro line 2 (station Zhonglou, what probably means bell tower).

The room was small and dark. Cleanliness was so so. The sheets were clean, but there was a a lot of dust on the bedside tables and tv table. During the for 4 days we stayed, the room was only 'cleaned' when we asked for it on our third day. That day, when we came back, we found out they only refreshed the towels. Moreover, we were out of toilet paper, but it wasn't supplemented. In the evening a lot of people sit downstairs for a drink (there is also music). Because of adequate isolation, we didn't have any noise in our room (3th floor).
All in all, it's a good place to stay, but maybe we just expected too much from this hotel. I don't know if there are any better hotels in the area for this price though.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I have to agree with all the reviews I have read on this hostel. Great location, great rooms, amazing beds, good food and excellent staff ...

We stayed here three nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We arrived at 8am after an overnight train from Pingyao and we were in our room by 8.30am! We were on the 3rd floor which did take some climbing with cases as there is no lift.
The room was spacious and clean and the beds were really comfortable
Modern bathroom with an excellent shower.
Wifi was mainly okay, but sometimes a bit weak.

There is a water cooler/heater in the corridor, which takes some working out, but works fine.
We had laundry done (10 yuan per kilo - sun dried)
There is a good snack menu available in the hostel and local restaurants nearby
(The supermarket opposite sells cold Hans beer for just 2.5 Yuan!)
We could hear music in our room from about 9pm for an hour or so, but not too intrusive.

Easy walking distance from the Bell Tower and Muslim Quarter ...
We booked our trip to the Terracotta Soldiers through the hostel which included a free beer when we got back!
They also run an evening trip to the Big Goose Pagoda which is free (just pay your bus fare of 2 yuan). Whilst there, our guide took us to a sister restaurant where we were treated to free beer!
We then walked to the pagoda to watch the 20 minute 'fountain and light' display.

Overall an excellent stay in an excellent hostel which I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I stayed at the dorm but the quality of the room was impressive - clean, spacious, new and cosy. Location is also great - close to bell tower, metro and bus stations, can even try walking to the South Gate like I did. The only thing I didn't like was slow and sporadic wifi - but this is only a minor issue and the hostel was great overall. Also good value for money as I paid half of what I paid in Beijing. Definitely recommend and would go back again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in a double private room. The rooms are very modern and have more of a hotel feel. Really nice bathrooms and the room itself is a good size. The bed was the best we've had in China. Lovely and soft. The lobby area has seating areas a restaurant. The staff weren't overly friendly and were always so busy that we never felt they and time to answer our questions. The reception area is not well planned as there is too much going on. It is where people check in/out, where food is ordered, where questions are asked, where the bar drinks are ordered! You get the point. The staff are run off their feet!
We had stayed at their sister hotel Shuyuan Hostel also in Xi'an and we have to say we much preferred it. The layout was much better and the staff were much more accommodating.
The location of the Hantang is great though as it is near the bell and drum tower and the muslin quarter too. We also organised the terracotta warrior tour from the hostel which was really good with a great guide.
I don't think you'll be disappointed staying here as overall it is a good hostel. As long as you don't get to experience their other sister hostels then you'll think this one is great.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed here for 1 night. Actually, it turned out that we had made the booking for the wrong date but the staff was very helpful and we were able to get the last two beds in a dorm. Inside the hotel it had a great atmosphere, however, there didn't seem to be much social going on the night we were there. But we experienced a bit of a problem with our room. The aircondition wasn't working for a reason we didn't quite understand. And the fan in the ceiling was only working when the lights were turned on - which is not ideal when you want to sleep. We asked the staff about this and they couldn't do much to help other than get a small fan in the room which made it an incredibly hot night. This may seem like a small thing but in the situation it is quite important that something like this is fixed.
The next day we went on a terra cotta warriors tour arranged by the hostel and the tour guide was so nice. She was really attentive to the fact that we had to get back at a certain time to be able to catch our flight. And this was much appreciated.
Overall, the hostel was good but not great as it didn't have the small things that make it really nice compared to other hostels

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was the best hostel in my opinion. The beds were comfortable, the toilet was modern and clean. The dorm we stayed in could've passed as a hotel! Did not try the food but the rooms were really the best I've stayed in! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 106 B&Bs / Inns in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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