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“average hotel in great location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Xi'an City Hotel

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Xi'an City Hotel
Ranked #841 of 2,328 Hotels in Xi'an
Ithaca ny
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28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“average hotel in great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I recently stayed here for two nights with my teenage son as part of longer China tour. I do not know about the price/value since this was included in the package price. The hotel is basic, located on a quieter side street in a very busy central district of Xian. As far as I could tell none of the rooms have any type of view. Our room was very quiet. The location is excellent, just one block from the central bell tower, 5 minute walk to a large indoor shopping mall, Starbucks, and many other western shops. The Xian city street layout is a square, so it is hard to get lost wandering around the central city. Our room was quite small, but clean with excellent shower, and outdated tv. The breakfast buffet was slim pickings, mostly Chinese offerings, and not English explanations for any of the food. Given the location I would certainly stay here again,

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

China is not really cheap to travel in, and the City Hotel (offering at that time a special rate of 188 RMB or about $32 USD for a fairly shabby room with truly ancient, stained carpeting) is still a bargain. The bed was billed as a single but actually close to double size and reasonably comfortable by western standards if you do what I do - sleep on top of the bedding and haul out the extra blanket to pull over you. (Koreans and Japanese sleep on the floor while the Chinese simply have mattresses as hard as a floor).

2 great things about the City Hotel (besides price - again, China doesn't offer great travel values compared to what you can get elsewhere in Asia - and quality is often not nearly as good) ...

But first great thing is they speak English pretty well. This is rare in many parts of China - I also went to Chengdu and my supposed 3 star hotel did not have one word of travelers' English (not even 'airport' or 'bus' or 'train' - they looked up every word I wrote down - pretty mystifying when all the staff were fairly young and are required take English for 4-5 years starting in middle school).

Second is the City Hotel is really centrally located. You can walk out the door and be at either the Bell Tower or the City Wall in the historic part of Xi'an within 10 minutes. It's a busy area, but the hotel is set back off the main street and my room was also super quiet (at least for China!) And it's just round the corner from the direct bus to the airport - very handy! (Taxi to airport will cost 150 RMB - I think the bus was 28 RMB).

I didn't try their restaurant (which was supposed to have 'international' breakfast - but the morning I checked, it didn't)... and their advertised 'massage' was not available when I asked (but a great place was just two blocks away - one of the best massages I've had). Although there are heaps of foreigners at the City Hotel (mostly Europeans), the TV doesn't have the English CTV channel, but a nice touch is the English China Daily newspaper in the lobby.

As long as you don't care much about appearances, and want to save your money to spend on all the overpriced tourist admissions in China, the City Hotel is a bargain by Chinese standards. Again, China is NOT bargain Asian travel - you are always paying for something, and except for cheap transport and (sometimes) cheap food, it's pretty high priced. For ex., the main reason to go to Xi'an - though not the only site worth seeing - is the Terra Cotta Warriors museum - and it's about a $25 admission (plus the cost of getting there - use the public buses or you will pay a fortune!). Just about everything will cost $4 and up to enter in China - and I do mean everything, including Buddhist temples, etc.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Firstly, Xi'an was a great relief after coming from Intensly busy Beijing. The hotel is in a great location right in the middle of a really nice street of shops and restaurants including some western food like Pizza Hut and Dunkin Donuts and some big shopping malls with designer labels. We stayed here for two nights, the room was nice enough, small but had the beds were ok enough to sleep. The shower didn't have any sort of door or curtain which meant water went everywhere in the bathroom. The staff spoke enough English for us to organise a second night which helped. Location was definetly the best quality of this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Sarahlikestogoplaces
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vancouver
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105 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Pros: Location is perfect. Right in the middle of the bustling part of town. Close to Muslim Quarter Bell Tower, Drum Tower, and South Gate. Lots of food options in the area. Three minute walk to Airport Express bus.

Cons: No wifi in room. No wifi in lobby either while we were there. There is LAN connections in the rooms which work well. Restaurant on 2nd floor seems like an odd place for breakfast. Fuse blew out a couple times while we were there and had to call multiple times and wait forever for housekeeping to deal with it. The bathroom in the mini room (booked on Agoda) is a frosted glass cylinder next to the bed. You shower on top of the toilet. No door on the "bathroom", only a curtain. So if you're looking for a romantic time with someone and you want to retain some air of mystery, do not stay here in the mini-room. Other rooms had normal bathrooms. Mini room is small but the name says it all. Strong smell of smoke everywhere. Reception doesn't speak much English.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank vancity8
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wagga
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248 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

fantastic xian location close to everything you would want. carpets stained as typical in chinese hotels but otherwise clean and comfy. terrible view out the window. bonus points for letting us into our rooms straight away when we arrived at ~ 8am after having NO sleep on overnight sleeper western breakfast pretty ordinary chinese version ok

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Stayed here during Explore tour,so can't comment on price.But hotel was in a great,central location,few minutes walk from the Bell Tower.
Entrance tucked away in side street,so no views.But rooms were clean,comfortable and quite stylish.The "Western" breakfast was not up to much (warm fruit juice!),but the Chinese selection looked varied. Staff seemed pleasant enough.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Hastonian
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Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

I was traveling alone and stayed at this hotel in August 2011. The location was great, about 1 block from the Drum Tower and a few more from the Bell Tour. You can take the bus infront of the hotel which can take you to the train station where you can also catch a bus to the Terracotta Warriors (veeery cheap) or the other way you can take a bus to leave you in the Wall Gate entrance where you can visit and ride a bike !!
The hotel was very clean, there was no wifi service only cable. There is an area where you can use a computer but I believe they close it at 11 pm. The girl in the front desk was very nice, spoke english and there they can sell you a city map in ENGLISH !! :) They also have a tour agency, I didn´t use it but in case you are interested it is an option. The hotel entrance is not in the main avenue, it is in a small street around the corner. There is also a 24/7 mini market just beside the hotel in case you might need anything ! Another good thing is that from the airport, there are buses continuously leaving and they stop until the last plane arrives.. you can take a bus which leaves you just in front of the Melody Hotel and Bell Tower, you can walk from there to the Drum Tower, turn right and walk about 2 blocks to the hotel, I would definitely stay again in this hotel, great price for what you need !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Xi'an City Hotel
Address: NO. 70 South Street, Xi'an 710002, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #841 of 2,328 Hotels in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Xi'an City Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 139
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