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“Xian old city Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Xian Skytel Hotel
Ranked #34 of 2,461 Hotels in Xi'an
Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Xian old city Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stayed 4 nights in this modern and clean hotel which is well located near the city wall south gate. It is close to restaurants, supermarket and metro. The hotel restaurant has an excellent breakfast amd dinner selections at reasonable prices. Staff speak English and very helpful. One curious item is that our bathroom had a partial glass wall between it and the bed area. We did not inquire about the other rooms.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Southampton
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

An excellent modern Hotel set within the city walls within easy walking distance of the 'South Gate' and the 'Bell and Drum Towers'. The rooms were clean and spacious and the beds comfortable. We would definately recommend this Hotel and would certainly return given the opportunity.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JaniceandAlan
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Denver, Colorado
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64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

This hotel is modern, clean and convenient. It is within walking distance of the Drum and Bell Towers and the South Gate of the city. The rooms were comfortable. There was good WIFI. The price was reasonable. You can find anything you need within walking distance. We would definitely use this hotel again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Francha
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed in Xian Skytel Hotel last May 2010. It was an almost perfect hotel. Very convenient location. My friend and I walked to the Bell Tower and South Gate our first night there. The room was perfect! I liked the lively colors of the chair and the paintings on the wall. All the furniture were stylish, modern and functional. The best part of the room was the wall facing the bathroom door: It was entirely covered with mirror. There were many shelves where you can place your things too. The room had a cozy feeling to it. The only catch was the noise down the street which was a bit disturbing at nighttime. Bathroom was clean as well as spacious. The breakfast was nice and the staffs were very friendly.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Eelzer
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San Francisco, California
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126 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

I paid 278 ($45 US) a night for a single room. I added breakfast when I got there for 35 RMB. The rooms were clean and small but I was solo and wasn't looking for anything special. Location was fantastic. Was able to walk to the South Gate and Bell Tower at night to take photos and felt safe as a solo female traveler. I should also add the the reception staff spoke decent English.

I was fine with breakfast which included some non pork items such as 2 sauteed vegetable dishes each morning plus fresh fruit. The food wasn't too greasy so I would choose the breakfast option. I did see a Starbucks about 6 minute walk away if that is what you wanted. There is also a coffee shop attached to the lobby but I don't know if they served any food.

Taxis from the airport can be a hassle. Lonely Planet says it should cost 100 RMB but I wound up paying 180 with the meter and I know I got ripped off. I discovered that the airport drop off and pick-up is a ten minute walk away from the hotel. Though you need to get there at least 2.5 hours before your flight. Missed that window and wound up paying 150 RMB for the cab to the airport

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GHamp23
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Jasper, Alabama
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Skytel had it all. A fantastic location, helpful staff, comfortable beds, even a rain shower. But there's one hitch. The bathroom, at least in the room I was in, consisted of a glass encased toilet and shower with one door (that did not go all the way to the ceiling, leaving a two foot hole at the top) that either closed for the shower or the bathroom. To make matters more interesting, there is a mirror positioned directly opposite the shower. That means that anyone else in the room is almost forced to see you use the bathroom or take a shower. So you need to either be very close to the person you are sharing the room with or be prepared to leave whenever it's shower or bathroom time...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brett_Talley
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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117 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Drum_Davey
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Property: Xian Skytel Hotel
Address: No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, 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
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Xi'an
#18 Spa Hotel in Xi'an
#31 Luxury Hotel in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Xian Skytel Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 172
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Also Known As:
Hotel City Lion International
Xian Skytel Hotel China/Shaanxi

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