I chose to stay at the Skytel hotel because it is in a fantastic location in the heart of Xian where the ancient monuments of the City Wall and the Drum & Bell Towers are situated. It is also extremely convenient to get there from the airport by shuttle bus to the Bell Tower and at 26RMB per trip it is not bad value at all. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the area and it is quite easy to find your way around this area of the city.
As for the hotel itself, the man at the front desk was very helpful and spoke good English. I paid under 250RMB per night for what is called an "exquisite single room", it was clean, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was fine and well designed. The television may have only had one English channel (CNN) but it was still interesting to glimpse other channels which highlighted various aspects of Chinese culture. The WiFi connection was good and easy to set up. The heating system was adequate once you knew how to activate it and outside my window was a view of the South Main Street. For the equivalent of £25 a night, this represents excellent value.
I didn't utilise access of other hotel facilities except for the two restaurants for dinner each night. The first one was a more traditional Chinese which was nice but a lot of the staff can't speak English which would be a problem if you can't speak a few words of Mandarin. The meal was decent but there was confusion about the bill, I received two separate bills because of miscommunication between the staff. As for the other restaurant/cafe situated on the first floor, I found the food there very disappointing, I had ordered a beef curry with rice but it wasn't cooked properly or looked particularly appetising.
Apart from the restaurants, I found my stay at Skytel enjoyable, convenient and value for money. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to get the maximum experience when visiting Xian.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel City Lion International
- Xian Skytel Hotel China/Shaanxi