We booked this place even though it was described as loud and full of partying people in our guidebook. During our stay, (mid-December) this couldn't have ben further from the truth. In fact, its tranquility and gorgeous old grounds are the highlights of this hostel.
We stayed in a private double room, which was great at the price. Some minor annoyances (once you plugged the bathroom sink, you can't unplug it again), but we enjoyed the great bed, crisp clean sheets and good heating, as well as the modern decor. Lots of hot water in the shower, plus good locks on the doors so we really felt safe.
What we weren't so happy with was the staff's attitude, which was quite rude at times. Some of this may be down to the language barrier, e.g at check-in: "You're staying for three nights." - "No, just one." - "You booked three nights!" "We booked one, could you check again?" She checked, found we were right, didn't comment or apologise, just checked us in.
But other things were just thoughtless – like suddenly announcing at the café at 10.59 pm "We are closed now" and shutting off the lights, rather giving the half dozen people a heads-up earlier. Instead, they had happily sold us a pot of tea half an hour earlier without pointing out they were about to close so we probably wouldn't be able to finish it.
All in all, as long as you don't mind the occasional snippiness, this is still a good place to stay, mainly for its historic atmosphere.
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- Also Known As:
- 7 Sages International Youth Hotel Xi`An
- 7 Sages International Youth Hostel China/Shaanxi