I was looking for a hotel in Xi'an and found that many are a good distance from the center of Xi'an. I then found out about the Hq Guesthouse and after reading the reviews, I decided to give them a try. Overall, I was not disappointed.
I arrived in Xi'an by air and took the Airport Shuttle Bus to the Melody Hotel, near the Bell Tower. Sandy met us in front of the hotel minutes after the bus arrived and walked us to the Hq Guesthouse, a short distance (perhaps 1/2 Km) away.
Our apartment was a two bedroom apartment with one room locked (we only paid for a one
bedroom one). It was clean, roomy and comfortable. During our stay, Sandy asked us to move to another apartment since the one we were in was equipped for larger parties, the 2nd apartment was larger and even nicer.
Sandy was quite helpful, offering advice on local sites. During one of the evenings we were staying in Xi'an, she invited us back to her aunt's (Mei's mother) apartment where we had a pleasant conversation for over an hour. Sandy's aunt was also very hospitable and does a great job keeping the apartments clean for guests. Regrettably, her command of English is on par with my command of Mandarin (pretty minimal) ... she seems to be a very nice lady ... would have liked to have gotten to know her better.
Sandy and her Aunt arranged early morning taxi transport for us to the Airport, including having her aunt take us to meet the taxi at 5:30 AM.
Location-wise, the Hq Guesthouse is really hard to beat. We were probaby 200-400M from the end of the Moslem quarter where we found quite a few good eateries and also gift shops. It is also a short distance from the Bell and Drum Towers, the center of Xi'an and the hub for almost all public transport.
I had one minor complaint about the rooms ... The shower in both apartments were simply a curtained off area of the bathroom. It was hard to keep the rest of the bathroom floor from getting wet, leading to a slippery bathroom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hq Guesthouse Xian: Boutique accommodation for families, couples and independent travelers of all ages located in the centre of Xian. Offers bunks, double rooms with balconies or your own self contained 100m2 apartment near Muslim Qtr, absolutely perfect for families. Spacious, cozy, clean and extremely central: experience absolute comfort for a fraction of the usual cost. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Xian Apartments Guesthouse Hq China/Shaanxi