So happy we chose the Westin, so hard to choose with many wonderful looking hotels. We tend to go for smaller boutique style hotels relating to country we are visiting. This hotel is relatively new, built outside the old city wall, & within walking distance of the Wild Goose Pagoda. A wonderful park & square across the road, & a new shopping precinct just opened. There are beautiful gardens surrounding the pagoda full of peonies, the national flower of China. Very well photographed flowers! There is a fabulous lake with musical lights & fountains at night. This area is the best for a stroll in the evening, wonderful lights, & a square where the locals dance for hours, young & old, gracefully & beautifully. Great bars & eating areas...so very chuffed with the area in which we stayed.
The hotel is contemporary but blended well in the Asian style. Needs to settle in to itself & lose the sharp edges which it will do with age.
Chatty friendly front office manager Robert, from Australia...great to speak English to, & ask lots of questions, as the English is limited...this applies to much of China...lovely friendly people knowing the basics, & they will only improve with more Western visitors. Find them just lovely & so willing to help in any way.
Taxis cheap cheap, but always carry the Chinese name of the hotel, very important, or one can have huge problems!
My only gripe was the visit to the hotel museum....not one word of English, so sadly couldn't understand any history of the articles displayed. Was so disappointed.
X'ian is the most beautiful city, one of the oldest in China, 9 million people...they think that is small !!...& they are very proud of it. I so want to go back, still much to see. The Terracotta Warriors were on my bucket list along with The Great Wall, & the Forbidden City....loved them all, so privileged to have seen them. What an amazing country China is.
Will happily stay at the Westin when I go back. Btw, up grade to Club floor, worth it for breakfast, snacks, free drinks, & basically a meal at night. Lovely to veg out any time.
Keep it up Westin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in an exciting historic location, just steps from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian’s many cultural gems, as well as restaurants and an upscale shopping area. Guests also enjoy easy access to an array of multi-national companies. ... more less
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