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Xian Skytel Hotel
Ranked #34 of 2,461 Hotels in Xi'an
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“great hotel ideal location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

When we arrived in Xian it was late and the first hotel we were given was abysmal(Xian city) our tour company then moved us to this hotel what a difference the location was superb with comfortable beds, good food, friendly staff, exchange desk etc, we had a great time here great value for money would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Shanghai
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101 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Yes, it's old (ex Prince Hotel), and yes the rooms are tired and a little "Quality Inn" old school style, but the friendliness of the English speaking staff (many ex Sofitel), and the lovely attempts of the Chinese speaking staff to improve and make the experience more comfortable, combined with it's absolutely stunning location adjacent to the Bell Tower with western conveniences and historical quarters surrounding make up for the stale issues. Value for money it's OK.

The rooms need a massive upgrade/renovation to be consistent with 4 star + style hotels. Group operators often put groups of tourists in the hotel because of pricing. For a mid range hotel in a spectacular location, it cannot be beaten,

So if you can live with a little old school style, you will save a bucket of money staying here.

I typically ONLY stay in 5 star hotels, but on this occasion, I stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment (see my photos), it wasn't bad at all for the money.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Modiin,Israel
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58 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Spent one night at the Skytel. It was arranged by the travel agency. The location is good. The room was not clean, maintenance was not good. The staff had trouble with English. Breakfast was manly Chinese type with few western items.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Oodimen
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

It is a shame that the cleanliness and poor maintainence has let this hotel down as it is in a good location and has a nice decor. However, we could not look past the lack of cleanliness in the hotel. The bathroom sink and bench were not cleaned properly and there was a cigarette butt on the bathroom floor. The carpets were stained and there was much damage to the walls and furniture. The breakfast room was also very dirty. Dirty floor, I picked up a dirty plate to put my food on and the tables were not cleared of food scraps after they were used. Would not stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Montrouge, France
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136 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

The hotel is quite centrally located - within walking distance to the bell tower and the south city gate. But it is small. OK for two persons. We had an extra bed added and we didn't have much room after we opened our luggages. Comfort-wise it is OK but not much to offer.

Breakfast is the same everyday. The chefs seemed to lack imagination. There are better hotels. Frankly, if I were to go to Xian again, I would not choose this hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Guilin
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Two of my colleagues and I stayed in this hotel from July 20 to July 23. It was a business trip, actually we made quite a online search and consult some local friends in Xi'an before going. Eventually, we booked the Skytel Hotel mostly because of its perfect central location. It is on the South Main Street within the City Wall. It is 3-5 minutes’ walk to the South Main Gate of the City Wall if you walk south, and 5-9 minutes’ walk to the Bell Tower towards north. And what's more, if you keep walk further northwest from the Bell Tower, in 10 more minutes, you get the famous Muslim Quarter with the Big Muslim Bazaar and the Great Mosque. Behind the hotel building, there is a large super market named Huarun Wanjia Super-market and the Defuxiang Bar Street. There are many noodle and jiaozi restaurants around it.

Its breakfast is on the second floor, quite a various of choice, simply but good taste.

There is free WIFI in every corner. Their people are friendly and helpful.

The only disadvantage in my eyes is the size of the rooms, little bit small. For large size people, better think about it.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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Shanghai, China
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109 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

This quite reasonably-priced hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Muslim Quarter and the South Gate of the ancient city wall. There are plenty of eating, shopping and sightseeing opportunities at close hand -- and the subway entrance is only about a block away. For price and convenience you can't beat the Skytel Hotel.

The hotel itself is decent enough, with courteous staff who speak at least a little English. The rooms are very small, but quite clean. Our bed was typically hard, but comfortable, and the staff quickly accommodated our request for additional pillows.

The wi-fi in the room worked well, and CNN was available on the flat-screen TV. There are no safes in the room or refrigerators, but there is an electric kettle, complimentary bottled water, packets of tea and the ever-present Nescafe!

We had breakfast daily at the hotel's upstairs dining room. The food was certainly passable, with both Chinese and western options. All were mostly indifferently prepared and none very hot, but the price was great and you could eat your fill of pastries, yogurt, cereal and fruit if you didn't care for the cooked options.

There is also a little coffee shop adjacent the lobby, but we did not check it out so I can't recommend one way or the other.

The air conditioning worked sporadically at best, so we did find ourselves uncomfortably warm much of the time -- and we were there in May, so I imagine that July and August could really be brutal. (I've also heard other travelers complain about the cold in the winter, which makes we think the hotel's entire HVAC system and/or insulation is sorely lacking.)

Hot water in the shower was plentiful, but as many other travelers have pointed out, there is a serious lack of bathroom privacy. There is no door to the bathroom; only a windowed dividing wall separates it from the bedroom. The toilet and shower stalls are all glass, and are true stalls in that the glass stops a few feet short of the ceiling so there isn't even any sound barrier. To top it off there is a mirror on the wall adjacent the shower, so anyone in the shower is pretty much on full display (which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your particular bent).

If you're traveling on your own, or with someone you're comfortable sharing all your bathroom rituals with, then this hotel is a very good option for both its convenience and affordability. It's not fancy but perfectly respectable, though I might caution staying there in either extremely cold or hot weather. With those caveats in place, I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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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