I booked Ci'en after reading the reviews. We are a family of four and they were able to confirm all of us in the same room (two doubles) which can be difficult outside the USA.
Firstly, this is no B&B or inn. This is a pretty big hotel, with at least a hundred rooms.
Check-in was a little rough. no one spoke english and they had to wake someone up to communicate with me that they were going to put a few hundred dollars on hold of my credit card. It was fine, it just took a while.
Our room was a little weird. It had a poker table in it, lots of ashtrays and condoms in the bathroom. But everything was clean, and we laughed at the goofiness.
Water is hot. Ac is cold. internet is lousy.
Breakfast isn't great for americans looking for morning comfort food, and the chinese guests eat heartily before 8am, so get here early. We ate hard boiled eggs mostly. The coffee was instant.
It has a great location though, right near the drum tower, the night fountains, the Xi'an museum and a big food court. And on the second floor is a pretty good massage place.
If you are willing to sacrifice charm and ease for location and price, this is a good choice.
We wrote more about the hotel and our days in Xi'an here on our travel blog.
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- Also Known As:
- Ci'En Hotel China/Shaanxi