This place is perfect for 2+ families or 1 family with at 4+ travellers. Clean, large and very centrally located. While the owner is not on site (at least when we were planning the trip and in Xi'an), all correspondences were very quick and knowledgeable. Owner's parents are there on site and are nice.
The location really can't be beat and its a nice local feel. Walking distance to many of the sites you want to see.
I would recommend the pick up airport transfer, along with the museum tour that is near the airport. It may be hard to find the place (but not impossible), so having a guide/driver who knows exactly where to go is best at the start of your trip.
For other sightseeing in Xi'an... I think there are much better options. One, you can do yourself as others have noted. But if you want a guide... go with a guide with years of experience in Xi'an or is from Xi'an and has stories to share from living life here. Alice is a nice girl. But she is young and only has been a tour guide under 5 years and is not from Xi'an or the province. I imagine that those who are novice to travelling or in China are just grateful for an English speaking guide... which I can appreciate. But she very much is a "state what I learned from a history book or saw on a plaque on a previous trip" guide. And that's how much of the discussion was. Never shared much about culture or city life unless we asked. Never -engaging- with us. Her only proactive discussions was to share "this building is x" and "the history behind is y". So for all the comments on the property's website about high value and quality tour (and also in the apartment), I don't feel the same.
I also didn't care for the fact that we asked to stop for coffee before heading on the long drive, and we were told no. Then the next day, we should have had 1.5 hours maximum at the city wall before we headed to the airport, and we were told "20 minutes". I didn't push it, but Alice was very much on a schedule and didn't care about our preference... so we just ate lunch at the airport.
This, plus a few other things that would just be hammering the point home... I think you can find better quality tour guides in Xi'an... and my recommendation would be to find one that is from Xi'an or lived many years in Xi'an, and has been a tour guide for many years.... experience counts!
But for the apartment stay... absolutely. Do consider staying here. It is comfortable, has air-con, so close to everything, great for a larger group travelling.
- 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