I consider several factors in choosing a hotel, then rating it afterwards. I also try and get hotels that have character or a feel for where we are, or the type of trip I am on. In other words, when in Prague, I don't want the Hilton.
Reviews by others are very important, and we do our homework. Also considered are location, price, breakfast, communication.
Comfort, lighting, bathroom space, water pressure...all things that make a stay or can ruin it.
That said, we were on our first ever tour and our first time in China. We stayed where the group stayed and I didn't do the usual research, although I DId read the reviews.
We loved the location. That was really key for this trip. it was so nice to be able to get out and walk around the city and explore. I recommend going outside the wall and walking around. It was a nice cultural experience. We did not go on top.
The bathroom had a small counter but we managed. Lighting and water pressure were good. the bed was harder than we are used to but we managed just fine. Love the silk comforters we got in the hotels, so even bought one for home. I liked the window treatments. Very different, but worked great for us. Older tv with limited chanels, but adequate when we were there to explore not the tv. The tiny pool was not heated, jacuzzi not full. My brother in law went to use it and the really nice staff tried filling it with a hose for him. Kind of funny, but he appreciated their efforts.
We enjoyed the breakfasts served in each hotel. I stuck mainly with the local fare and it was all good, but after 2.5 weeks I can't recall one from the other.
We had ipad wifi trouble everywhere we went in China, including airports, so by now we had adapted.
Take the time to explore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Metropark Hotel Xian Located within the historical city walls, in the heart of the shopping and entertainment area, close to the business and government districts. It only takes 10 minutes to the Xi'an Railway Station and about 1 hour to the eighth wonder of the world--Terra Cotta Warriors by car while it is 43 kilometers from the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. It is also conveniently located close to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, the Bell Tower and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.Grand Metropark Hotel Xi'an has 315 guest rooms, several restaurants as well as various conference and recreational facilities offering free WIFI and parking.In a new day, you may jog along the ancient city or enjoy the combination of its fashion and history. At the end of the day, you may take a rest in Oasis Lounge charming of the nature via listening attentively to water flowing and birds twittering, watching aromatic herbs and fishes playing. At this cozy moment the whole day shall be pleasing and colorful. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Xi An
- Hyatt Xi An
- Grand Metropark Hotel Xi'An China/Shaanxi