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“Perfect location, good value” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Soluxe International Hotel
Ranked #10 of 2,352 Hotels in Xi'an
Certificate of Excellence
Durban, South Africa
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57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Perfect location, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

With an unexpected spare day on my business trip to China I decided to indulge in a trip to Xi'an to see the terracotta warriors. Choosing a hotel was a rather random affair, and I stumbled upon the Grand Soluxe (ex Xian Diamond)

I arrived to find it a well appointed hotel at its price, and was pleasantly surprised. Well appointed, nice decor, spacious rooms.
Being Muslim, I was quite prepared to not find adequate food nearby. Much to my amazement, there was a Muslim street cafe right outside their doors (well two doors to their right to be honest, but close enough). I walked past it a few times, trying to gauge if it was safe to try. There was a friendly enough guy tending the fire outside, and the smells from the barbeque skewers finally got the better of me.

I ordered 4 skewers through gestures as no-one spoke a word of English. Magnificent! I ordered 6 more to round off my meal. Satisfied.

The next morning, being my free day, I wanted to go to the warriors as planned. By chance the guy at reception suggested i try the bus. Not having tried buses in China before, I decided that it was now or never. Being right opposite the train station was now a serious advantage as the buses left from the station square. Bus 306 to be precise. One leaving every hour, and a pleasant luxury-ish coach too. Really cheap at RMB7!! I kid you not. Would have paid about RMB150 for a taxi, and yet the bus goes right to the warriors. A dedicated service. I was now very very happy with my choice of hotel.

After a morning of excited discovery at the archaeological treasure trove, I returned to the Xian Diamond hotel and enquired as to how to get to the Grand Mosque. Directions were scribbled onto a card in Chinese, and off I went.

The taxi presented me to the "Islamic Street": a kaleidoscope of color, fruit stalls, curios, crafts, and searing fires sizzling meats, and a hustle and bustle to rival any market anywhere in the world.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank A K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

What to say ? Truly a grand hotel. Excellent rooms, immaculate service, very clean. Top Chinese restaurant, although pricy.
Good WiFi connection in the lobby.
Hotel is close to railway and bus station so ideal to visit the Terra Cotta Army, bus to airport, or domestic (night) train connections e.g. to Beijing.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank derschmutziger
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for one night last week after a long train journey from Pingyao to Xian.

Location: very close to the xian train station. This is a big plus for this hotel.

Room: clean and spacious.

Staffs at front desk: extremely UNPROFESSIONAL and UNFRIENDLY. They may not be trained at all by the look of it. At check-in, the staffs were confused and tried to charge us for 2 nights instead of 1 (can't they read the reservation or the printed voucher given to them?). The scarry part is they asked us to sign a credit card bill to pay for over $1000 rmb for room deposit, but at the same time, they asked us also to sign a credit card bill for one more nightly rate. If I just signed all bills thinking they are for the deposit, I would have paid double.

At check out, once again they printed a credit card bill wanting me to pay the 1 night I stayed, despite I showed them the hotel voucher that it has been prepaid. Even after they finally figured out it was really prepaid, they ran a second credit card bill and wanted my signature on it to pay for that one night. Note language barrier is no excuse as I communicated with them with perfect mandarin. They just have no idea of what they are doing.

Very unfriendly front desk: after the check out saga , I ask the staffs for direction. Upon asking 2 separate person at the front desk, they both refused to give me direction and one of them told me to go out of the hotel and ask someone else. I have never seen a hotel that operates like this, even a 2 star motel may have better service than grand Soluxe that claims itself is a 4 stars ( may get their stars purely based on hotel facilities ).

So a sincere warning to all travellers that consider staying in this hotel for its location. Be careful of what they ask you to sign and check your bills carefully.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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3 Thank May014
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Moncton, Canada
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71 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Beautiful hotel, elegant lobby with bridges, water feature with koi, grand piano. Very clean, our room was very spacious with sitting area with couch and chair, desk and chair. Bathroom had only a shower no tub, but the shower enclosure was huge. Others on our tour said their rooms were lovely but not as big as ours. Loved this hotel, we spent 2 nights here as part of our tour with Sinorama. Also enjoyed the hidden garden on the roof that was accessed from the 5th floor.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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6 Thank Mildred J
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Montreal, Canada
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514 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We were there for 2 nights in april. nice location, near everythoing (say 20 min. Covenient as there is a convenience store attached to the hotel. However, we were assigned to a small room as we asked a "non smoking" room. They have a nice garden on the 5th floor.
We were there on a Tour.
Walking distance from the train and to go shopping.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank RoxidouNoiro
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London
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243 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

The rooms are clean and the amenities are acceptable and it is good value for money. The Chinese breakfast is okay. The staff friendly and helpful but hardly any English spoken but that goes for many hotels in this class. Be careful when you stay there. We were trapped in the hotel for several hours as the hotel is opposite some government building and the road is liable to closure at a moment's notice! You can walk but no vehicles are allowed on the road. Also remember Xian time is not China time and you might be two hours out if you are making arrangements with your guide etc.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank vbm6
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Brighton, UK
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65 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

Located near the station and the city walls. Breakfast very nice. Rooms clean and comfortable and big.

Cocktails in the lounge bar with piano accompaniment - really quite pleasant. The Chinese restaurant was also very pleasant with helpful staff albeit with little English spoken - but, hey, it's all a wonderful experience that is China.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank pauldean78
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Additional Information about Grand Soluxe International Hotel

Property: Grand Soluxe International Hotel
Address: NO. 177 JiEfang Road, Xi'an 710004, 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 ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Xi'an
#8 Best Value Hotel in Xi'an
#9 Family Hotel in Xi'an
#9 Spa Hotel in Xi'an
#10 Luxury Hotel in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Soluxe International Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 388
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Also Known As:
Hotel Sunshine International
Diamond International Hotel
Sunshine International Xi An
Grand Soluxe International Hotel China/Shaanxi

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