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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grand New World
- Grand New World Hotel Xian
- Grand New World Xi An
- Gudu Wenhua Hotel China/Shaanxi