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Xian Apartments Guesthouse Hq
Ranked #11 of 1,379 Xi'an B&B and Inns
Raleigh, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A Great Hotel Alternative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

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.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

This is a two bedroom apartment centrally located with the convenience of a modern washroom, living room, basic kitchen and a access to a computer with Internet. The communication was very good right from our booking to the end of our stay. The owners Mei and Todd were not available during our stay but Sandy, their go to person was at the train station upon our arrival even when our train was very late. Sandy arranged transportation to take us us to the apartment where we met Mei's mother who provided us tea and was very warm and welcoming. You are able to arrange tours through the apartment and our tour we chose was provided by Sandy, who was very gracious and well spoken. We would highly
recommend HQ Headquarters as an alternative accommodation to our friends and family! Thank you from Wendy, Mary and Susan (Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

Excellent central location, very close to major attractions, amazingly quiet. Everything independent-minded travelers would need; a home away from home, but much more than just a place to stay, due to Hq Guesthouse's fully professional and genuinely personalized service. Sandy, who is a wonderful guide, was managing Hq during our 5-night stay and consistently did everything she could to make our stay comfortable and to ensure that we got the most out of our time in Xian, providing exceptional assistance that went far beyond our expectations - we greatly appreciated her thoughtfulness and care. Mei was also very helpfu and engaged despite being out of the country at the time. I'm so glad we stayed at Hq; I definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2011

Our two bedroom HQ Guesthouse apartment was great for our three day stay in July. The bedrooms and living room are enormous, and even the bathroom is very spacious. It was very hot during our stay, so we were grateful for the air-conditioning in the bedrooms. The apartment was in a quiet area, but within easy walking distance of the Drum and Bell Tower and the Muslim Quarter. (The markets of the Muslim quarter were very colorful and lively, and we ate most of our main meals there, snacking extravagantly on the luscious dried fruits). We also enjoyed playing some of the many DVD's on the up-to-date computer in our apartment, and we liked having internet access as well. Most of all, we liked having such nice lodging from which to launch our visit to see the Terra Cotta Warriors.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2011

Mei and HQ took wonderful care of us. It was such a pleasure to find a clean, spacious apartment with great internet and a small kitchen located 2-5 minutes walk from the Muslim Quarter.

My family and I had only one night here, but loved it so much (and Xian as well) that we wished we'd stayed longer. Everything about our interactions with Mei was to notch and trustworthy, which made us feel safe and secure while traveling.

The apartment has a nice space to relax and eat as well as a coffee machine. We went to the Muslim Quarter street market for dinner, bringing back an assortment of delicious food and drink (kebabs, "chinese pizzas," beer, dried fruit, dumplings, etc) and ate it all at home. Lovely evening. Fond Memories of our HQ apartment.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

HQ apartment is one of our favorite apartments in China. A hugh 2 bedroom apartment with  a hugh living room. All rooms in our apartment have their own balconies, very handy if you want a bit of privacy after a long journey with a bunch of talkative friends.  

Mei, the owner who lives in the same building, arranges all the pick ups,  rented car etc. for us.
It is only a 3 minute walk to the big mosque area (near the  Bell Tower and the Drum Tower) with all the shops and restaurants.

Our wish list for the apartment is a stove in the kitchen. As the apartment comes without breakfast, a stove would be handy for a Thai or other non-Chinese breakfast. Though we love the local market nearby, to be able to do some other alternative cooking is a bonus for those with a few day stay.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2011

The HQ Guesthouse is a series of apartments in a residential building, owned by Todd and Mei. If you're looking for a 5-star hotel, this isn't for you. But if you just want a clean place to sleep, some friendly helpful hosts, and a fantastic location for sight-seeing at a great price, this is perfect.

The apartment is in the center of the city walls and is about a 2 or 3 minute walk from the Muslim quarter and night market. We ate our way through the market on our 1st evening for dinner, sampling whatever looked good from the street vendors. A little farther of a walk takes you easily to the Bell and Drum towers, and a bit farther to the South Gate of the city walls. (Ride the bikes around the top!) The restaurant district and Great Mosque are also not too far away to walk. The whole neighborhood is just small and twisty, so follow your maps closely.

We arranged a tour through Mei to the terra cotta warriors as well as to the Hanyangling museum / tomb of Emperor Jindi, which honestly impressed us more than the famous terra cotta warriors. Sandy was our guide and she was very knowledgeable and friendly. We also arranged round-trip airport transportation and were very glad we took advantage of that. On the way back to the airport, we probably would have been fine grabbing a taxi on our own, except our flight was very early in the morning and we weren't sure if we could find one.

We found Mei to be very receptive and helpful. Staying in this sort of place, you can see how locals live, and I always appreciate seeing that slice of life when I travel.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Xian Apartments Guesthouse Hq
Address: Building A, Hong Cheng International Apartment Complex, Xi Hua Men, Xi'an 710003, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
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Ranked #11 of 1,379 B&Bs / Inns in Xi'an
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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Xian Apartments Guesthouse Hq China/Shaanxi

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