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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Do NOT stay at this hotel!! We were booked into this hotel by our tour organisers and, of all the hotels in which we stayed in China, this was by far the worst. If they had minus star ratings, this one would earn minus five!! The rooms were dirty, carpets threadbare, wallpaper peeling off the walls, electric wall plugs were falling out of the walls and constituted an extreme hazard, curtains were filthy. Furthermore, our buffet western breakfast consisted of coffee with evaporated milk, a slice of spam, a fried egg and two slices of dry bread with a scraping of peanut butter - so you had two choices, take it or leave it. Luckily there is a Starbucks quite close by!

Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Kayenne90
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Rooms look dull and most furnishings are torn. Bath rooms sealants cracked with fungi growth. Windows dont open full and air becomes stuffy. Staff does not understand nor even tries to understand that you need airconditioning to be ON. Any form of service completely missing as soon as they hear English they and put you on hold forever. Thereafter you can hear giggling voices. Most pathetic breakfast which after eating on day one we had to stop.
Avoid this hotel even though location is good.

Room tip: Avoid this hotel as far as possible..
Date of stay: May 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank abbasbookwala
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

The best thing going for this hotel is its location. Buses coming from the airport stop right in front. So it's easy to go/come to the airport. Also, the hotel is right across the street from the Drum Tower(geat views from hotel window). Shopping areas are within easy walking distance. Lobbey was nice. Rooms were average. Yes, the rooms do need an upgrade. Wallpaper coming loose in several spots. Furniture could be updated. Overall room seemed clean and healthy safe. Hallways were kinda dark. No problems with elevators. Some reviews say its loud-hey,your in China--its always loud in Chinese cities. I enjoyed the restaurant. Thought it was clean and offered good food. The room served its purpose. it provided a decent place to sleep with a great location. I didn't go to Xi'an to spend all day in a hotel room-just sleep at night. It served its purpose at a decent price considering its great location to attractions.

Date of stay: November 2010
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4  Thank jlantern3
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

First of all, I cannot believe the pictures representing this hotel online. They are completely unrealistic. The rooms are alright, with the usual dirty walls and dirty carpets that are customary in most Chinese hotels in big cities, and the bathroom ceilings were rusty. This was not so bad, I had already become accustomed to this after spending a month travelling across China. It was the staff and service that made it fun.

We arrived very late and very tired, and gave the girls at the front desk three different credit cards, including Union Pay and VISA, which they do accept at the desk but which they all rejected because they apparently didn't work. When we gave them written instructions on how to use the credit cards, in Chinese, they suddenly repented and asked for the VISA back, as if it now magically worked. Then it turned out, their machine didn't work. They wanted cash, a very large amount which we now lost because they said online that they accepted credit cards. The girls at the desk kept giggling and making fun of us (they thought we didn't understand any Chinese at all), but after spending 10 hours travelling in rundown buses and planes it wasn't so amusing for us. One woman was trying to "help" but she ignored and cut off everybody who spoke except the person whose card we were using. The next morning, the credit card machine miraculously healed itself.

The manager of the hotel didn't allow us to sit anywhere else in the lobby because all the chairs were taken (they have something like two small couches and an armchair in the lobby); unfortunately, the lobby is the only place with the internet. So if you need to use it and there are no seats, the manager personally tells you to get out. They blocked our room key three times, for some reason; fortunately the cleaning lady was there to help us open our room. They also blocked it twenty minutes before check-out, and when we were just finishing with our luggage, they kept knocking on the door or opening it and coming in, rushing us out of there, even though it wasn't check-out time yet. Another funny moment was when one of the girls at the desk looked at our computer and then said to the other girl in plain, audible Chinese: "That computer is so cheap!" Thank you, that was a nice complement.

But yes, the location is great. Right in the downtown. Awesome. Aside from that, it was ridiculously expensive for the quality of rooms and for the service. All in all, it was a sweet rip off with lots of inconveniences sprinkled all over it like chocolate chips. Yummy.

Room tip: If you must stay, get a room on a higher floor so that it's less noisy. Also, the extra bed makes the floor feel inviting.
Date of stay: July 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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2  Thank Deetroll
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

There are only 2 pros that I can attribute to this hotel: the location and the black-out curtains that do a great job of blocking out the morning sunlight.

I have stayed in a lot of hotels as I travel a lot for both business and pleasure. I can honestly say that this is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in - even for a budget hotel. The rooms, hallways and elevators of this hotel are completely run down and outdated. The carpets are soiled and look to be decades old. The walls and ceiling of the room we stayed in were cracked, spotted with soot-like material, and in desperate need of a couple coats of paint. The shower was cracked and discolored and I do not recommend using it without a pair of flip flops between your feet and the shower floor. The air conditioning was decent at best. My husband found a hair in the bedding and we noticed several stains on it as well. The mattresses were hard as rocks. I found one English TV channel, but the sound was so poor and disoriented, that we ended up turning off the TV. In addition, the staff spoke very little English. To top it all off, all night you can hear honking, shouting, music, etc. outside because it is a very busy street and the windows are of poor quality. Maybe this is why it is called the "Melody" Hotel. One night my husband and I woke up to a competition between motorists in parked cars who could honk the most and try to compose the best song. We were also awakened to Jingle Bells one morning. Brilliant.

Overall, I do NOT recommend this hotel at all. For an additional US$20 (or less) per night, you can stay at a much better hotel down the street. Try the Bell Tower Hotel instead.

Room tip: Bring your own flip flops. Be prepared to pay a deposit upon check-in for any potential mini-bar items used.
Date of stay: July 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Crystalkae
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