For most of our trip around China we stayed in hotels, mostly in the £80-£100 bracket, some much more but having read the descriptions of the Warrior Apartments in Trip Advisor we decided to take a chance.
To book we tried the web site, there is an English version, an email address and a mobile phone number. After many attempts at getting a reply I gave up and booked via Ctrip.
I then needed to contact Clarence (the owner) to arrange pick up from the station and a tour to see the Warriors, still no reply. Eventually I asked Ctrip and they kindly gave me a different mobile number. I texted Clarence my request and got the reply "OK", that was it, no more so I was a little apprehensive but as we were arriving at 9am in Xian we took the view that if it all went wrong we had time to find a "proper" hotel.
Our worries were further increased when there was no one to meet us, but about 10 minutes later an apologetic Clarence arrived to take us to the apartment.
We were a bit perplexed with the location shown on the interactive trip advisor map, it is wrong, the apartments are in a very convenient position near the Bell Tower, ignore the Trip Advisor map.
You need to be met at the airport or station as finding anywhere in Xian is very difficult, the local maps are awful, we looked out for a decent map and were unsuccessful. The apartments are in a not very nice block of offices and flats, they remind me of student accommodation, everything you need, but fairly cheap and cheerful with a bit of maintenance required.
As everyone else has mentioned, every where you look there are warriors, warriors in the bedroom, warriors in the kitchen, warriors in the living room even in the shower.
Would we recommend staying here? Yes, it would not be ideal for a one night stay but as a base for 2-7 days we would highly recommend it. It is very close to the Muslim area so it was great to be able to get good street food within walking distance, the metro is about a 10min walk away as is the airport bus. Most of the hotels seemed to be outside the city walls so not very convenient at all and at less than £50 a night the apartments are really good value.
Of course the reason most visitors come to Xian is for the Terracotta Warriors and you would be hard pressed to find a better guide than Clarence so make sure you book a days tour when you book the room. He charges £50 a person but that is a full days tour (not just the warrior site) and includes all the tickets, road tolls etc as well as a very nice lunch.
Both he and his wife (sorry, I don't remember her name) were very helpful indeed.
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- Also Known As:
- Warriors Apartment Hotel Xi`An
- Warriors Apartment China/Shaanxi