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Gudu Wenhua Hotel
Ranked #23 of 2,658 Hotels in Xi'an
Reviewed November 13, 2013

My husband and I spent two nights here with ChinaTours.com (Oct. 21-22). The lobby and cafe were lovely as was the hard to get to giant statue of which our room did not have a view. The room itself was a bit shabby and on the small side so a bit cramped. Why, oh why do hotels feel they have to fill every space with furniture when we'd rather just have two small or one large luggage rack, a larger closet and hangers that can be taken off the bar so clothes can steam in the bathroom?

As seems to be the norm in China, the otherwise clean bath had a bit of black mold in the shower, and the air conditioning controls were set around 29 Celsius/85 Fahrenheit so the room was too warm when we checked in after dark and only got warmer. As it was right above the kitchen venting, we could not open a window without smelling kitchen grease. I wonder if the problem is reverse in the winter and the heat is set to something like 16/60 and can't be turned up?

Breakfast offered plenty of food with a fairly full range of traditional Chinese and traditional American/British fare, and front desk staff was friendly, efficient and accurate at check-out time. Wifi was in public areas only and most hotspots crowded with net users so you need to stake out your spot if you spend lots of time on-line.

The parking lot at the front of the hotel was undergoing some construction so it was difficult to navigate (on foot) out of the hotel the first night we arrived after dark, but don't miss the street food vendors across the street and check out the two bakeries in the middle of the street although you need to be aware that everyone in the area doubles the price of anything you buy because you're a foreigner (just like in Italy!). Get up early and turn right out of the hotel then right at the first corner and you'll be treated to part of the Muslim quarter with tons of street vendors, ordinary people going to work/eating breakfast, and sites and smells particular to China. Check out the mosque by turning right at one of the first streets.

If you have time, you can also turn right out of the hotel and walk several long blocks into a more modern shopping area. Neither of these two walks is for the novice traveler, not because there is any danger, but because being alone in the midst of all the people might spook you. The first is not recommended for anyone with serious health problems, difficulty walking, or balance issues as the air is not particularly fresh and the walking surfaces are often uneven. If you are a novice traveler, you may want to take either of these walks in a small group (2-4) and look out for each other. If you walk in the other direction, you will eventually meet part of the old city wall which is absolutely worth exploring on your own even if your tour will take you there.

I'd actually give this place a 3.5 if that were possible.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

An average sort of place with no issues, we enjoyed our stay here. The room was clean and the bar downstairs quite a chilled place to spend a hour over beer with fellow travellers.

Wifi in public areas only but a good area of coverage so no problems there.

Buffet breakfast was good, with plenty of choice.

One of the best things about staying here was the walk outside, go outside the hotel and take the very first right turn. This road will take you into the Muslim quarter of Xian, a fantastic place to see the street market, vendors of different types etc. People really friendly and not at all pushy to sell their goods. A mosque was tucked away up about half a mile up this street on the right, lady at the entrance to it's grounds was keen for us to go in, felt really welcome. Overall a good place to walk and a little off the beaten track.

Would stay here again, no problems.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Nothing really stands out about this hotel. It was clean and the beds were not as hard as beds generally are in China. Wifi was only available in the lobby, but was fast enough. And that's all I have to say about that.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

We stayed here from Oct. 27, 28. Our room was on the 12th floor right next to the elevator that we never heard ding at all once in our room which was a pleasant surprise. Yes, the Chinese don't like to clean their carpets, we never had a hotel or cruise ship room that had clean carpets so I guess I can't hold this against them. :) Everyone on our tour thought this hotel had the best breakfast. The lobby was amazing!! Everyone had good cell reception in the lobby. We have T Mobile who started a new plan Oct. 20 with overseas unlimited for $7 so we had access to Facebook, Google Maps, etc EVERYWHERE we were our entire 2 weeks. We did not go to the Tang Dynasty Dinner but all who went said the costumes and entertainment were worth the money. We did go to the Dumpling Dinner excursion, not all that great. Around the corner from the hotel is a Muslim Street. Looks seedy but we walked it in the evening and felt fine, our tour guide had told us we would be OK. We walked down it a ways then turned right on the major street and walked to the Walmart then continued walking to the round about then turned right and walked down and then back on our street to our hotel, figured it was about a 2 mile walk. Hard beds but that was typical everywhere we went our our two week trip. Pillows were great!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stopped here for two nights as part of a tour. It has an impressive lobby. The rooms are well appointed and clean and tidy for this type of hotel (the Chinese seem to have a problem with cleaning carpets by our experience). As usual there is an excellent range of toiletries and the bathroom was clean and relatively spacious. We didn't have much experience of the service but we did order a snack in the restaurant quite late one evening and they were very helpful. It's situated in what seems to be quite a good position. Xian itself is a lively city and well worth a visit in itself, not just for the terracotta warriors. I would recommend this hotel as a reliable place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

This hotel has a beautiful lobby with an impressive statue outside behind the front desk visible from the lobby as well as our room. Spacious lobby which is important as wifi is only available in the lobby. The rooms were a decent size and very clean. The beds were very firm, but the standard as I found for China. The buffet breakfast had a great variety of food and plenty of seating. The staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

The lobby is awesome. It has an impressive statue that For china this hotel was fine. Beds were hard but less hard than other hotels we stayed at. Good location. Taxis were cheap to get where you need to go. Hotel will grab one for you. Bring the hotel business card with you. The cab driver will only speak Chinese. Lots of food on Buffett for breakfast.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: No.172 Lianhu Road, Xi'an 710002, China
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Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Best Value Hotel in Xi'an
#22 Luxury Hotel in Xi'an
Price Range: $47 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gudu Wenhua Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 480
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Also Known As:
Hotel Grand New World
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Grand New World Xi An
Gudu Wenhua Hotel China/Shaanxi

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