I chose to stay outside the hustle and bustle of the walled city. Tang Dynasty Garden is a beautiful oasis with lush courtyards, fish ponds and a view of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. My emails with the hotel were answered promptly and clearly. Information in Chinese about how the reach the hotel by taxi was emailed before our arrival. Check in was smooth. English is not widely spoken here but a few employees know enough to communicate.
The rooms are not perfect. There's some peeling paint and the beds are a little hard, but what this hotel lacks in its condition is more than made up by its character. You could feel like you are living back during the Tang Dynasty with some staff dressed in imperial garments, musical performances in the evening and tranquil gardens. Ask for a room that opens up into the courtyard, otherwise your room will face the street. For those who need it, free in room wifi and an in room computer is available to stay connected. Our teenaged sons reported a smell of sewage from their bathroom but our room was fine.
The location is 4-5 kms from the walled city, easily accessible by taxi ( around 15¥ metered) or bus. Currently there is no Metro station nearby but they are hard at work building a new north to south line.
There are a lot of restaurants within a 10 minute walking radius north, south and west. This area seems to really come alive in the evening and at night (8:30 or 9:00) there is a fountain/light show to music in the north plaza.
Breakfast is included (they will give you a breakfast voucher at check in) and has both western and Asian food. Not the greatest tasting but certainly adequate to get you started for the day. I'm happy with the decision to stay at the Tang Dynasty Garden Art Hotel.
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- Also Known As:
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