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“Very disappointing” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Seman Hotel
Ranked #32 of 81 Hotels in Kashi
Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Service dreadful. Staff disinterested and dismissive. We put laundry in and had to ask repeatedly to get it back. Breakfast appalling. Dont do it. Go next door to Johns cafe. Decor horrid and the stench of cigarettes in most rooms.
Never again

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wrenander
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Beijing
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Yes, this hotel is certainly grimy and rundown. But there's nowhere else in Kashi I would have preferred to stay. Not least because of the pastel pink and baby blue painted room - felt like sleeping inside a kitsch wedding cake.
The rooms themselves vary greatly in cleanliness and size, so it's worth checking a few out before you make your choice. We had rooms on the 1st floor which had newly installed baths. The sheets are clean. The floor not so much.
The housekeeping wasn't the most thorough, but for what you pay, these rooms are fine. The A/C worked, though the refrigerator didn't. Not a big problems since it was nicer to have a drink at John's cafe, located inside the hotel. It is very friendly, with great food for breakfast, and snacks and drinks at all hours.
Abdul Wahab at Old Road Tours, whose office is also located inside the hotel, is really friendly and helpful (as opposed to the hotel staff who can be pretty gruff). He is full of local information, and his tours can be tailored to suit your time frame and wishes. Abdul helped arranged a day tour for us and also offered us advice on carpet buying - all in a very low-key, no-pressure way, which we really appreciated.
Despite the negatives I've listed about the hotel itself, I recommend it for its location and from the sense of history you get from this place. You need to keep your sense of humor when staying here though - don't expect luxury.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aroundaboutasia
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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

This place is run down and smells faintly of boiled cabbage. It is also oozing with character, so as long as you set your expectations accordingly it can make for a pleasant stay.

It's well located, quiet and fairly priced. I had a room overlooking a leafy courtyard away from the city bustle. The bed linen was clean and while that bathroom was falling apart at least it was clean. Thankfully they provide slippers as I didn't fancy walking on the sticky carpet in bare feet.

I'm sure there are better and more modern hotels in Kashgar but I think it is unlikely you will find one as unique as this. I stayed in August 2011.

Also of note is that Abdul Wahab tours has its office just off the hotel lobby. When I arrived I organised a guide through them to take me on a four day trip along the Karakoram highway to lake Karakul, staying with local families in yurts and hiking in the Muztagh Ata region. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wayne K
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Ramrod Key Florida
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82 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

The hotel is really rundown. The rooms were satisfactory. There was a bad smell in the lobby. The room was on the third floor and there were no elevators. The Air Conditioning was good. The shower was a hand held. John's restaurant was just downstairs and had excellent western food at low prices and good service

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

We stayed at Seman Hotel a long time while waiting for our package that would arrive there. The only reason stayed there and kept staying there is because it is the cheapest option for a double room with a private bathroom. There is however nothing athmospheric about this hotel. We stayed at the right side of the hotel. The room was ok, the beds where hard and the room was dirty. Sheets where clean but towel smelled like sigarette smoke. The bathroom needed updating. Our toilet broke the first day and didnt flush and was clogged a lot. The head of our shower fell down and if the head was on it was spraying in the toilet instead of on the person showering so we left it off. We had hot water maybe four times in the two weeks we stayed there and asking the staff to fix it didnt help. A lot of noise during the night and very early morning and we even had security knock on our door twice after midnight because we didnt pay for that night yet. Staff was sometimes friendly sometimes rude and spoke hardly any english. Very helpfull people at Wahab travel agency. John's cafe was closed. No internet connection only at Wahabs for 5 yuan/hour. For washing our clothes we had to pay a buck load of money, 10 yuan per average piece. The location is ok but the old town is a bit of a walk and there you can find the most cheap eats. There are some good restaurant around the Seman. Chinese food is mostly more expensive than Ugur food.

I think the hostels in town are much better options (later I found out when barganing the prices for a private double are a little cheaper there than at Seman). They have good athmosphere, you can meet fellow travellers there and have a drink in the bar. We spend most our time at one of them since w ecould use the internet for free and do our laundry for 10 yuan per load including powder!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KD-ontheroadagain
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Toulouse, France
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82 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

A good surprise as I read some averages advices about this hotel. I slept on the left side of the hotel, near the cafe, closed at night. The bed are ok, the room not big but,so quiet. It is possible to catch the wifi from the cafe from some rooms. The only bad thing is the bathroom which need some fresh painting! The hotel is in front of very good restaurants.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank lafforgue
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Hong Kong, China
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538 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 404 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

On first glance, most Western travelers used to 3-4 star accommodations may be a little taken aback at Seman Hotel's shabby front and slightly dirty bathrooms, but after your first night here, you may be grateful that you're living here instead of one of the other hotels in Kashi's Old Town.

Seman Hotel has a lot of character, unlike some of the newer options in Old Town. Its beds are softer and more comfortable than Chinese-style beds, shower water was warm at least, and John's Information Cafe is conveniently located on the hotel grounds. Abdul Wahab's Old Road Tours is also located in the hotel lobby so this makes the booking of tours in and around Kashi extremely easy.

Staff only speak Uighur and limited Chinese though, so communicating with them may be a hassle. They didn't seem very helpful when we spoke to them in Mandarin but when our guide from Old Road Tours spoke to them in the local language, service seemed a lot faster. Seman Hotel is also a little out of the way and you'll need to catch a taxi to the city centre and other attractions. The only thing that really rankled us was how they got all our laundry mixed up with those of other guests. It's one thing for a shirt to be mistakenly swapped with another guest's but they got our underthings wrong as well.

All in, we had a comfortable 3-night stay, taking into account also that accommodation options in a city like Kashi is limited.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mei L
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Additional Information about Seman Hotel

Property: Seman Hotel
Address: No.337 Seman Rd., Kashi 844000, China
Location: China > Xinjiang Uygur > Kashi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 81 Hotels in Kashi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Seman Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 203
Also Known As:
Seman Hotel Kashi

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