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“....an amazing experience....” 5 of 5 stars
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Shuyuan Youth Hostel
Ranked #6 of 247 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
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Perth, Australia
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“....an amazing experience....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

This hostel is amazing. The best I have visited in China - - - actually the best I have every visited!

The tours provided are great value for money, and excellent fun! I took the Terracotta Warriors tour strait after I arrived at the hostel. It was awesome!

Staff are incredibly helpful and friendly - - - there is a really fun vibe. The bar down stairs is patronised by locals, expats and travellers. It is not noisy because it is underground.

I stayed in a 6 bed female dorm on the very top floor - - - - it was sort of on the roof! Really so much atmosphere in this place.

Great location on the city wall.

Yum food & coffee. Excellent bunch of travellers coming through all the time.

Loved it!!!

Room Tip: Rooms on the top floor are nice - peaceful & quiet. Bathroom is outside though - so may be cold...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Fun atmosphere, great location, fantastic value for money at any age. The best part was the cafe on the premises, which was extremely cozy and wonderful to meet people. (though it was a little noisy at night with the thin walls). But I actually travelled in June 2011, not October.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Vercelli, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Great hostel within the walls of Xi'an. The location is slightly off center, located just south of the old town, inside the walls. A ten minute walk to the Bell Tower. The metro station is five minutes away, and buses to three minutes. It offers free pick-up from the train station. The hostel is very nice, cozy and clean. At guests' disposal there is a common room and several tables and chairs in the courtyard. The staff is very friendly and helpful and speak excellent English. The bar/restaurant inside is very good, both for the breakfast and meals (the menu is well stocked with european specialties). The ground floor rooms are very comfortable, but a little more "in touch" with people outside and this slightly noisy. Inside the room there is TV, air conditioning and a bathroom with a large shower. It offers a free luggage storage and there's free wi-fi, although not perfectly present in the entire hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Guangzhou, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights.Our first impression of this hostel was fabulous,excellent location,gorgeous decoration(Chinese classic style),good service of reception,complimentary coffee as welcome drink.At first,It exceed our expectation.

We booked a double room,it was OK,the price was reasonable.At the first night,we slept well,perhaps both of us were too tired.

Unfortunately,at the following 3 nights,I could not sleep quickly,because it was too noisy in the hostel!There was a bar under the hostel,it would open to late at night,the drunkards would walk around in the hostel and yell,they made suck a noise,but no staff stop them!Just drunkards' friend asked them to stop yelling,then it was quiet for a few seconds,but later,they yelled again and again!That was horrible!!!

If you could sleep well in noisy surrounding,perhaps this hostel is a good place for you! If you cannot,it is absolutely not the perfect place for you!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Don't stay here unless you want to lie awake in your bed until 2:30 a.m. each night, pay more for less, and take lousy tours (at least to Hua Shan). All the positive reviews really surprise me, as our experience was not positive at all.

Where to begin. The biggest issue is the bar located right under the place. It plays loud music that will keep you up at night (even with earplugs) unless you plan to drink yourself to sleep. This is particularly true for the second of the three courtyards at Shuyuan. Most nights drunken patrons also spilled out into the courtyard talking loudly for a while after bar closing. Furthermore, the bar doesn't really add to the atmosphere at Shuyuan as far as I could tell; the two times I stuck my head in it was packed with locals but no foreigners to chat with.

Neither is Shuyuan a good value. We paid 180 yuan for a double. The room was adequate and clean, but nothing to write home about. They also only turn on the hot water between 8:00 a.m. and noon, which seemed unnecessarily stingy given this price (we paid similar prices elsewhere during our stay for nicer rooms, and never had our hot water supply restricted). The restaurant in back is good, but also expensive. We had to consistently go up to the staff persons messing with there smartphones when we wanted to order despite no other patrons being present to occupy their time.

The staff at the front desk were OK, a few girls were friendly but most of the guys were not. Furthermore, the tour we were sold to Hua Shan was terrible (I strongly recommend you go elsewhere to book it). They stuck us on a bus with a bunch of domestic tourists and a non-English speaking tour guide. The bus then parked in a dirt lot far from the Hua Shan entrance and the Chinese tour guide handed us a poorly written note about how to catch several buses to the entrance and then back again at the end of the day. When things inevitably went wrong because one of the buses dropped us off in the wrong place and the bus driver refused to budge once there, we almost got left at Hua Shan.

The best thing was probably Shuyuan's location: right next to the old city walls near the South Gate. This, however, does not make up for all the shortcomings described above. If I ever get back to Xi'an, I would rather sleep on the street than at Shuyuan again. Alright, I am exaggerating a little. But I am not exaggerating a lot.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Ireland
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Had a very good four day stay here.

Very reasonable - 180 Yuan for a double room; Restaurant has a western breakfast which is good - plus nice place to hang out; DIY Dumpling cookery class on a Friday evening which was excellent. Organise all tours (Terracotta Warriors etc). Very friendly, English speaking staff.

Located at the south gate of the city. Nice reception area. Rooms are a bit dark and decor could be improved. Family friendly. They have a pet cat and dog also!

Overall - great place to base yourself when in Xian.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms less noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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vancouver
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110 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Pros: Sweet looking Chinese theme hostel with open air concept. Great pockets to hang out in. Bar downstairs. Breakfasts are good but expensive. Cheap laundry service. Great location near south gate. Reception desk is helpful and well organised. You always see staff cleaning the joint. They will pick you up at the airport for 150 yuan.

Cons: No wifi in room. Inconsistent hot water in private rooms. Private bathroom smells dank and it permeates the rest of the room. Room is rough around the edges and could use a face lift. Restaurant food is expensive and takes forever. Large open air concept means when it's raining, you're getting wet when walking around the hostel and to your room. Private room is expensive. You can get a hotel room near the Bell Tower for the same price.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Shuyuan Youth Hostel
Address: No.2A Shuncheng West Alley, Nanmenli, Xi'an 710001, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
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Ranked #6 of 247 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
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Hotel Class:2 star — Shuyuan Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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