As a family of five with 3 children aged 10, 9 and 7, this was a good place to stay, and certainly value for money. Firstly, the location (once you get over the fact that you do have to go down a poorly lit street to get here) is brilliant. You are certainly walking distance to the Bell and Drum Towers as well as the Muslim Quarter. We also walked to the South Gate. The apartment was comfortable with everything we needed. The bathroom was a bit pongy (drain problems I expect) but otherwise fine. The kitchen was well equipped, though the fridge was a bit small. The beds could have been better (the top bunk has no safety guard), and wifi would have been handy. Mei was fantastic in the way she helped us overcome a couple of logistical problems we were facing, and Mei's mother (at least I think it was her mother) is a complete dear.
Overall I would definitely recommend this place to anyone, but especially families.
I would also recommend cycling the city walls, a great family outing. We bought baguettes and cheese at a supermarket under the bell tower, washed down with beer and softdrinks readily available on the wall.
Can I also say that the terracotta warriors can be done by public bus for 20 yuan per person return, plus entrance fee. Get a bus to the train station, then get the 306 to the warriors, and hire an official guide there for 150 yuan. Getting there is harder than getting back, but don't give up.
The big Wild goose pagoda can also be done by bus (610) caught between the drum and bell towers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hq Guesthouse Xian: Boutique accommodation for families, couples and independent travelers of all ages located in the centre of Xian. Offers bunks, double rooms with balconies or your own self contained 100m2 apartment near Muslim Qtr, absolutely perfect for families. Spacious, cozy, clean and extremely central: experience absolute comfort for a fraction of the usual cost. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Xian Apartments Guesthouse Hq China/Shaanxi