I'll get right to the point and start off with the bad to save your time since that's what I generally look for when I'm looking for reviews. My BF and I stayed here for 3 nights from 4/22-4/25. The lobby seemed nice, but reminded me of an Embassy Suite where you can see all the rooms from the lobby (meaning, smoking floors really don't mean much because all the floors are open to the lobby). Even though we were placed on a non-smoking floor (room 703), the room smelled like a smoking room as soon as we got in. There were also ashtrays filled with cigarette butts outside the elevator, right next to the "non-smoking floor" sign.
My BF noticed at around midnight that there were some squeaking noises. I realized that that noise was coming from the adjoining room and it was pretty obvious that the couple next door were involved in some "activities." Luckily it didn't last too long, but then the construction activities started. I assume that the people in the adjoining room had then started smoking, because we basically got hot-boxed. The cigarette smell was unbearable that we had to put a wet towel in under the door. I am not sure how long the construction noise lasted as I put in my ear plugs and passed out.
The next day we both woke up seriously congested (I assume from the smoking) and went to the front desk to get a room change. I requested to not have an adjoining room as well as another side of the building to avoid the construction noise. They were nice about it and put us in room 718, which did not have an adjoining room. Thankfully the room did not reek of cigarette smoke. Unfortunately when I pulled the curtains back, I had a full view of a construction site. To make matters worse, we could see light coming in from the window frame--there was a gap between the window frame and the wall, which allowed more noise and dust to come in from the outside. We didn't really want to try to move again so we decided to just deal with it. We were kept up by the construction noise every night but were able to pass out and get some sleep. I don't believe they do construction all night, but it was always going on around midnight.
The shower sucked. The shower head leaked like crazy, which got water all over the floor. The water would regularly (around every 15 seconds) get scolding hot. We ended up turning the shower head towards the wall so that we didn't get burnt.
The location is good. You're about 3 minute walking distance from the south gate. All the previous reviews are true--good luck crossing the street. There are no pedestrian crossing lights and cars are allowed to turn right on a red without stopping. We had already been in China for over a week at that point so were pretty good at crossing the street. Just remember: the cars will not stop for you and it's up to you to get out of their way. It's ok to stop in the middle of the street and wait for cars to go by, they do avoid you if you're already standing there, and standing still. If you start moving, expect to be honked at.
We took a taxi from the hotel to the train station to catch the 603 bus to the terracotta warriors. Taxis are a little hard to get as the hotel entrance is off of the main street. The bellboy always went out to the main street to hail them for us and we just ended up waiting out there with him until one stopped by.
Random tips on taxis. In Xi'an, there is a $1 RMB (for congestion) added too every ride, so whatever your meter shows, add another $1 to it. Try not to take a taxi between 5-6pm, since they change shifts. We learned this the hard way, several times. Buses are pretty good here, just make sure you ask the hotel and info desk what buses to take.
There is an airport bus that will take you to the Melody hotel (10 minute walk to the Grand Park). Take it there and then get a taxi if you have a lot of luggage, you'll save a lot of money.
There is no WFI in the rooms. They offered 2 hrs free WFI, which you can access from the lobby, but it was slower than a slug and you have to deal with the smokers. We ended up going to SPR Coffee (couple of minutes walk past the south gate into the city).
Breakfast buffet is 100 RMB per person. It was unimpressive once we actually tasted the food.
For the amount of money we spent, we probably won't be going back to Grand Park again. Expedia has always been pretty accurate with its rating system, this was a total miss in my opinion.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Park Xian Hotel Xi`An
- Grand Park Xian Hotel
- Hotel Grand Park
- Grand Park Xi An
- Grand Park Xian China/Shaanxi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 325-room Grand Park Xian boasts a prime location in the heart of the ancient capital city of Xi’an. Showcasing an imposing façade that evoke the grandeur of an ancient palace, the hotel offers 325 luxurious rooms & suites and is within walking distance of main tourist attractions, restaurants and parks. In an ideal location facing the south gate of the ancient City Wall, guests can look forward to grand views of one of the most majestic parts of the long-standing City Wall. ... more less
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