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“One of the best hostels in China” 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 505 Xi'an B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Ghent, Belgium
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“One of the best hostels in China”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

While Xi'an isn't the most beautiful city in China, this hostel brightens your day from a long and exhaustive trip through the city. There is some (not all) English-speaking staff and are really helpful. There's good food, laundry service, wi-fi, etc... The best thing was that I met a lot of Western travelers. It feels good to speak your own language or English to people in a country where you don't understand anybody.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a great hostel - the rooms are clean, staff are friendly and it's incredible we'll set up for travellers. The shower was great and to have such an on suite at a hostel is a first.

I would also recommend the tour to the warriors. It was informative and then tour guide was excellent.

Stay here, you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Ask to stay on the third floor as the live music can make it a bit noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Dublin, Ireland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Lovely chilled out hostel located in the centre of Xi'an convenient for everywhere an they organize excellent reasonably prices tours to all the major attractions.
Reception staff especially Daisy are extremely helpful, the rooms are clean and good facilities, we had a twin room for 200 which I thought reasonable.
I wasn't mad about the hostel food and the beers are much cheaper at the food staffs just outside the front door where you can sit, sip a cheap beer and soak it all up.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We only spent one night here, in a double room on the 2nd floor. The room was clean, fairly large, and we couldn't hear any noise from other rooms or the bar downstairs. The service we received was fine, but the pick up from the station could have been better organised - we ended up walking for ages while the guy who met us tried to find the driver.

The best thing about the hostel was the location, just 5 mins walk from the bell tower and muslim quarter.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was the best place we stayed in during our month in China. The beds and bathroom were better than most hotels we've stayed at in China.

We ended up staying a few extra days in Xi'an just to stay at the hostel longer. They do a great tour to the Terracotta Army every day, and the atmosphere is a great mix of young backpackers and older budget travelers.

The coffee is overpriced, but that's the only issue I had. However, the food is good, and unlike the coffee, it is reasonably priced.

Room Tip: No elevator, so ask for a lower floor if possible.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The photos on the website looked much nicer than the actual rooms. Booked a Superior Double Room Private, and it was not superior. It was run down. No tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, but hot/cold water was available in a dispenser in the corridor. Shower was mouldy. No amenities. Air conditioner was not effective. Staff not helpful. No elevator! No sheets - too hot with quilt. Overall, dingy with poor lighting.

Room Tip: No elevator, so choose the lower ground if you have heavy luggage.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We decided to stay in Han Tang House because of the positive reviews. Little did we know how much we would regret it! We booked a deluxe double room for 5 nights. The room had a lingering unidentifiable smell but the bed was comfortable with clean white sheets, working AC, roomy bathroom with shower cabin - no amenities. English speaking staff were helpful most of the times. But at night we were in for the surprise. Our room was just above of where all the "action" takes place: mezzanine reception/ restaurant/ bar/ pub. With the live music and the guests having had a little too much of the hostel's overpriced drinks, the noise was unbearable! The hostel doesn't have an elevator and our room was just beside the stairs, so we could hear practically everyone coming up or down. In the morning we were waken up early by the street noise as the window isn't well isolated! So, we didn't get to sleep a lot.
Housekeeping is very bad, all they do is change your towel - if you're lucky, we had to use ours for 3 days - and empty the trash. We had to ask the reception for toilette paper as housekeeping would never put a new roll, the room was never aired, the floor was never swept (let alone washed), the bathroom was never washed and all the furniture was dusty.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 505 B&Bs / Inns in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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