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King Dynasty Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.1 Daqing Road, Xi'an 710082, China   |  
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Ranked #84 of 2,154 Hotels in Xi'an
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“Location, location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Being close to the city walls the King Dynasty was ideally situated for aspects of the old city and seeing how it contrasted with the new. The impressive entrance lobby, seemingly a feature of many Chinese hotels, belied some of the behind the scenes quality - a non-flushing toilet for example. As a base to visit the wealth of cultural and historical aspects of Xi'an it was ideal, although because of its location, the traffic noise was sometimes obtrusive. Free wifi was greatly valued.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Our Wendy Wu tour, and as you will read, a lot of other tour companies stayed here. One of the best hotels we got. As we went along the quality of the hotels and the food got progressively worse. There must not be any carpet cleaning machines in China because they were always dirty. Go with laminate much more hygienic, specially when you don't have the means to keep carpets clean. We booked a 4 star tour according to Vacations to go, but we did not get that quality.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 June 12, 2013 via mobile

Try to book a room with a view of the city wall a bit more noise than the other rooms but worth it for the views. Wi Fi in lobby good food choices for breakfast. Short walk 20 minutes to the gate to get up on the wall. Hire a bike and do the 14 km loop of the wall it will be a high light on your trip you see so much more from the wall.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Second hotel of our Wendy Wu tour and was a major improvement to our Beijing Hotel. We had a large room and a double bed (which lots of others did not get all trip). The bed was hard but that was expected. Good bathroom and nice views at the park opposite and the city wall. However it was a little noisy because the hotel is right on a busy intersection and lots of passing traffic that is always beeping their horns. Breakfast was fairly good and staff were attentive and topping up foods etc. Went for a drink at the bar before dinner and this was a bit of a joke. We were told it would take about 30 minutes to get a couple of drinks so we did not bother. Apart from this the hotel was fine - nothing to rave about but clean and comfortable. ATM's all around the hotel and good for a walk opposite in the park in the morning (there are traffic lights and a crossing so you can manage to get across the road).

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Our second hotel on a 16 day tour of china - some things better than our hotel in Beijing, somethings worse Rooms are a good size but definitely in need of a lick of paint etc Bathroom a bit dingy - bath plug did not fit and the towels were very poor quality ( when I went to use the flannel it turned grey as soon as I put it into water and towels had holes in) On a more positive note, breakfast selection was good and the lobby large and welcoming with free wifi Hotel also very well located right next to city walls

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was the second of three hotels we stayed in on the Wendy Woo 10 day China Experience (Shanghai / Xian & Beijing).

As an opening comment, I think you have to remember the price you pay and what it includes in the whole tour before you judge the hotels too critically.

On arrival our cases were taken into the lobby, though then you are on your own.

Checking in was swift, though again this was down to our guide Tom (‘Du’) who had called ahead to ensure we weren’t hanging around. If you are lucky enough to have Tom he’s a great national guide.

The lobby area is large, with free Wi-Fi. The name is ‘wireless’ and you don’t need a password or login. The Wi-Fi was very hit and miss in the lobby, dropping off every 5 minutes or so.
The hotel is quite dated in décor even in the lobby area.
Though there are 6 lifts to the rooms, as the hotel spans 24 floors, the lifts are quite slow and it took 10 minutes one day to get up to our room!

Our room was quite large with a king bed and the sheets were clean.
There’s a TV, min-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, though the coffee is a sachet of Nescafe with powdered milk so if you take black coffee you are out of luck.
There’s also a mini safe, an iron and robes and slippers.
Our room was quite shabby and the carpets quite grubby, so the slippers came in handy. We should really have asked for another room.

The bathroom has a separate bath and shower, with a selection of toiletries replenished daily. Toilet rolls appear to be on ration.
The bath and hand towels were really grey and shabby; though they had been laundered they just looked bad. They are replaced daily if required.
There’s a wall mounted hairdryer in the bathroom.

Breakfast wasn’t a great selection though there’s both a western and Chinese selection. The western include the usual cereals, eggs to order, bacon and sausage. The quality of the food in my opinion wasn’t good, so I survived on toast with sliced cheese and buns.

The bar area is in the lobby, and a small bottled local beer was around 28 Yuan (25 Yuan + 15% tax). Service in the bar was quite slow and there’s no atmosphere.

The hotel has a pool which is in the basement with no natural light. We didn’t see the pool so I can’t comment on its condition.

Generally the hotel was Ok, though it’s definitely worn out and requires refurbishment in the rooms. It was fit for purpose during our tour as you don’t spend so much time in the hotel.

As other reviews state the hotel is right on a roundabout adjacent to the Xi’an city wall, and watching the antics of the cars, bikes and pedestrians provided amusing entertainment.

A few from our group went out to a couple of bars next to the hotel.

The first you can see in one of my photos to the centre with the green umbrellas, it’s a local restaurant popular with locals, very basic and a little scruffy, but cheap at 12 Yuan (about £1.30) for a 600ml bottled local beer. The food being cooked outside and the condition of the restaurant might put you off, but for just a beer it was fine, and some of the locals were eager to talk with our small group.
The second bar was much more modern, and very popular with young Chinese. There was some live music, and the place was very nice. A small 330ml beer here was 50 Yuan, so about £5.60 and therefore not cheap! This bar on the photos is over the moat from the first one, just at the bottom of the city wall, the red building above the red bus.

As a few general comments about the Wendy Woo tour:

Be prepared for a hectic time, all the days are an early start around 7-8am and a late finish around 9pm. You’ll only come back to the hotel on a couple of days to get showered and changed, and the other days you are out all day before returning to the hotel.
The hotels are not 5 stars, but bear in mind the itinerary of the tour and the experiences you will have and what’s included. In my opinion it is very good value.
The food isn’t what you are used to, and don’t think you’ll be getting your local Chinese takeaway cuisine. You will eat a large and varied Chinese table buffet each lunch and dinner. This gets very repetitive. Some people on our tour also felt it was very bland.
I ‘broke’ twice during the tour and resorted to finding a McDonald’s / Pizza Hut for a ‘western fix’, however even this isn’t the same as the UK.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

As part of our Travelsphere holiday, we stayed 2 nights at the King Dynasty hotel in Xi'an and found it to be a good 4 star hotel. The bar prices tended to be on the pricey side and as a result, most of our group ventured out for a drink. Due to a large number of groups in at the time, breakfast on the first morning was manic.

One excellent form of entertainment is watching the traffic on the roundabout outside the hotel - total chaos!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: No.1 Daqing Road, Xi'an 710082, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Luxury Hotel in Xi'an
#42 Best Value Hotel in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — King Dynasty Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 542
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