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Shuyuan Youth Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   No.2A Shuncheng West Alley, Nanmenli, Xi'an 710001, China   |  
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Ranked #5 of 214 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Never again”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Don't stay here unless you want to lie awake in your bed until 2:30 a.m. each night, pay more for less, and take lousy tours (at least to Hua Shan). All the positive reviews really surprise me, as our experience was not positive at all.

Where to begin. The biggest issue is the bar located right under the place. It plays loud music that will keep you up at night (even with earplugs) unless you plan to drink yourself to sleep. This is particularly true for the second of the three courtyards at Shuyuan. Most nights drunken patrons also spilled out into the courtyard talking loudly for a while after bar closing. Furthermore, the bar doesn't really add to the atmosphere at Shuyuan as far as I could tell; the two times I stuck my head in it was packed with locals but no foreigners to chat with.

Neither is Shuyuan a good value. We paid 180 yuan for a double. The room was adequate and clean, but nothing to write home about. They also only turn on the hot water between 8:00 a.m. and noon, which seemed unnecessarily stingy given this price (we paid similar prices elsewhere during our stay for nicer rooms, and never had our hot water supply restricted). The restaurant in back is good, but also expensive. We had to consistently go up to the staff persons messing with there smartphones when we wanted to order despite no other patrons being present to occupy their time.

The staff at the front desk were OK, a few girls were friendly but most of the guys were not. Furthermore, the tour we were sold to Hua Shan was terrible (I strongly recommend you go elsewhere to book it). They stuck us on a bus with a bunch of domestic tourists and a non-English speaking tour guide. The bus then parked in a dirt lot far from the Hua Shan entrance and the Chinese tour guide handed us a poorly written note about how to catch several buses to the entrance and then back again at the end of the day. When things inevitably went wrong because one of the buses dropped us off in the wrong place and the bus driver refused to budge once there, we almost got left at Hua Shan.

The best thing was probably Shuyuan's location: right next to the old city walls near the South Gate. This, however, does not make up for all the shortcomings described above. If I ever get back to Xi'an, I would rather sleep on the street than at Shuyuan again. Alright, I am exaggerating a little. But I am not exaggerating a lot.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Had a very good four day stay here.

Very reasonable - 180 Yuan for a double room; Restaurant has a western breakfast which is good - plus nice place to hang out; DIY Dumpling cookery class on a Friday evening which was excellent. Organise all tours (Terracotta Warriors etc). Very friendly, English speaking staff.

Located at the south gate of the city. Nice reception area. Rooms are a bit dark and decor could be improved. Family friendly. They have a pet cat and dog also!

Overall - great place to base yourself when in Xian.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Pros: Sweet looking Chinese theme hostel with open air concept. Great pockets to hang out in. Bar downstairs. Breakfasts are good but expensive. Cheap laundry service. Great location near south gate. Reception desk is helpful and well organised. You always see staff cleaning the joint. They will pick you up at the airport for 150 yuan.

Cons: No wifi in room. Inconsistent hot water in private rooms. Private bathroom smells dank and it permeates the rest of the room. Room is rough around the edges and could use a face lift. Restaurant food is expensive and takes forever. Large open air concept means when it's raining, you're getting wet when walking around the hostel and to your room. Private room is expensive. You can get a hotel room near the Bell Tower for the same price.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Fantastic 3 night stay!! Staff was very helpful, food in the bar was great, bathrooms were very clean! Good location, coffee, and breakfast, good laundry service as well. Would love to stay longer. The dog of the hostel is adorable and very friendly. Location is very central, close to many attractions.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Dunbar, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

returned here after 4 years as experience was a good one with really friendly atmosphere . I remember being aware of noise from the bar downstairs but quietened down about 1am - not so this time!! Everyone seemed to spill out from the bar and congregate in the corridors and courtyard and smoke and chat loudly till 4-5 am!!! The cleaners then started at 6am and were clanking buckets and talking really loud throughout the whole place. I asked to get other room and the staff could not have been nicer and more helpful in doing this but unfortunately it seems as though there is no avoiding the high noise level - infact an argument broke out one morning 4am and girls were screaming at each other and a bloke set of the fire extinguisher. No staff seemed to come to try and sort things out!!After 3 nights i was so glad to leave. This is so sad as I feel for other reasons this would be a fantastic place to stay- good food and very friendly atmosphere during the day!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Nice location next to the major attractions in town. Staff is helpful and will reserve you the best rate for the terracotta army without any shopping stops. The rooms are clean and the restaurant provides good meals to fair prices. Best is the bar down stairs with live music entertainment and cheap beer until late. Best hostel in China so far!!! Book it :)

Room Tip: Single room are not to expensive but bathrooms are smelling weird. That's the only negative thin...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

my favourite hostel stay in China. Stayed in a double room for 1 night and dorm rooms for 2 nights and both were very comfy and clean. The hostel itself is beautiful, based around two courtyards with a lovely lobby area, great little cafe/restaurant in the back with excellent full english breakfast and resident kitten and dog. Also has a very cool bar downstairs that is possibly the best in Xi'an. It's a big place and is always full and has a great atmosphere. Received free beers and coffee vouchers when arrived, and the staff were all extremely friendly and heplful. Very handy location in front of the South Gate just within the city walls. Highly recommend this place.

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Address: No.2A Shuncheng West Alley, Nanmenli, Xi'an 710001, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
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Ranked #5 of 214 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
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Hotel Class:2 star — Shuyuan Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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