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Bell Tower Youth Hostel
Ranked #40 of 289 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
Sydney, Australia
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“Better than a hostel!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed here 3 nights and found this hostel better than a hostel, it was like a serviced hotel. You couldn't have found a better place to stay in Xian for the price, it was right in the centre near the Bell Tower so everything was in walking distance. The metro station and local bus stops were just outside.

The room was clean, spacious and comfortable which was serviced daily. The beds in China are firmer than most countries but we have stayed in some places where the beds are too soft or so worn you can feel the springs so we prefer firm to soft. The room comes with a TV (we only found one one English channel though), air-con, wifi and a huge bathroom.

Our room was located on the 5th floor which was a hike up the stairs but I think staying on Level 4 or 5 is better than the lower rooms as the corridors are carpeted. The lower floors had concrete which gave an old feeling about the place.

The music room just above the stairs from reception is a chic comfortable sitting area and the bar next door which is also connected to the hostel was like an upmarket uni bar. Clean, funky and full of atmosphere. It wasn't crowded when we went there but if it's full of locals, I imagine it would get noisy, like any bar really. We had dinner there one night and it was one of the better meals we had in China with local and western meals on offer.

The hostel provided us with free coffee/beer coupons. The free coffee is served in the small dining area in the hostel and the free beers at the bar. You can't get better than that!

The staff were friendly and helpful with information. Their English isn't the best but good enough to understand.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We moved from another hostel to stay here. We had read all the other recent reviews on the place and we really like it.

The place is right opposite the Bell Tower in the middle of Xi'an and has the most amazing views of it by night. People are right in what they say, the corridors are dirty but all they need to do is put a new carpet and the place will be alright.

The staff were all friendly and spoke good English & helped us get some train tickets. We were up on the 5th floor, so it was a bit of a climb everyday but fantastic views from our room (Room 503). The rooms themselves were spacious, cleaned daily and had great showers with hot water.

The location is what sells this place and it was a lot quieter than I thought it would be at night time, which was a bonus. There are excellent bus connections to the various parts of the city and bus 611 or 201 take you to the car park by Xi'an station where you can catch the buses to the Terracotta Warriors, Huashan Mountains and various other places.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

The hostel is well located but he is too dirty , the breakfast eggs was cold .
I think the hotel must invest in renovation if he wants to have more clients and offer a better service.There was no lift, the receptionist was quiet, unconfident and spoke litte English .
We have the Wi-Fi in the bedroom . the bar next door which was filthy and stuck of smoke.

Room Tip: our room was on the 4 floor , private with the private bath. Not noisy but old old !!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

This hostel is located right in The middel of the city under 100 m from Bell tower.. This gave us a Little trouble because The Big Streets was closed because of demonstrations for The two Days we stayed here, so we couldnt go out.. The rooms and The Building is not in The Best condition, but The food in The restaurant is Good og The people working here Are helpfull..

  • Stayed September 2012
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AUSTIN, TX.
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

After a horrible experience at a more decorated hostel, I went to the Bell Tower Hostel just because I knew where it was (popular location), it is a diamond in the rough. Yes, the hallway carpets are old and some of the room fixtures, but it's 80 year old elegance is wonderful and the view out my 4th floor window was of the Bell Tower which is breathtaking. The staff speaks good English, the hotel charges fair prices, honors the YHA card (unlike the other hostel I stay in), has excellent food (unlike the other hostel). I stayed for 5 nights and hated to leave. I stayed in a single room for 150 RMB per night which is excellent considering the location and quality of the room. Best place in China that I stayed so far!

Room Tip: Demand 4th floor or lower unless you love stairs! Room 426 rocks!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Our room was fantastic but the reception was grubby and floors 2 and 3 were covered in graffiti from previous guests. There was no lift, the receptionist was quiet, unconfident and spoke litte English and the Wi-Fi was only available in reception or the bar next door which was filthy and stuck of smoke. Dingy doesnt come close.

At Y140 a night it was acceptable but the real gem was the room. Steaming hot shower in a wet room, huge soft bed and cable TV with CCTV News in English. The rad was hot too and the room warm.

Good location right in the centre of the walls.

Room Tip: We stayed in a double of floor 4. Long walk up and down but the room was faultless.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

The location is excellent, right in the centre of Xian. It was a great place to meet people and party. The staff took us to a local club/bar and helped us have fun.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Bell Tower Youth Hostel
Address: No.1 North Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710003, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #40 of 289 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
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Hotel Class:2 star — Bell Tower Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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