If you are traveling on a budget then this is the perfect place for you! The rooms are quite clean and comfortable, exactly what you would expect for the price. There is also a nice bar/restaurant that seemed to be routinely filled with other travelers. We rather enjoyed the breakfast each morning and being able to enjoy a cold drink in the evening upon return. However, the best thing about Hantang is its location. You are a 10-15 minutes walk away from the Bell and Drum Towers and also Muslin Street, a popular place to get food and buy small trinkets. You can also easily walk to the Old Town Wall (20+ minutes) where you can rent a bike and take a loop around the wall.
Hantang also provides many convenient services for its guests at reasonable prices such as day trips to the Terra Cotta Warriors, trips to Huashan, train tickets to on-ward destinations, airport transportation, etc... These are not free services, but they are convenient. We joined a day trip to the Terra Cotta Warriors with other Hantang guests, which was a bit touristy, but hey, any trip to see the Terra Cotta Warriors is going to be a bit touristy. Our only complaint was that the guides English was not great, a little difficult to understand at times.
My only caution is that while in Xi'an, especially around the Bell and Drum Towers, be very careful with your belongings. Xi'an is famous for its pit-pockets and I found this out the hard way. I had my iPhone stolen about 5-10 minutes after leaving Hantang while walking towards the Bell Tower and Old City Wall. But this was not Hantang's fault.
To summarize, Hantang is a very good place for budget travelers to stay in Xi'an, but make sure to be careful of the pit-pockets while walking to and around the various tourist sites in Xi'an!
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- Also Known As:
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