Rooms: Basic but it's only 178Y per night! cheapest hotel of my trip... and definitely worth it. The rooms are very clean. Didn't turn on the TV. Beds are pretty hard and forces you to sleep on your back, which apparently is good for you. There is plenty of space in the room itself, bathroom is a bit small but showerhead is powerful so no complaints from me. Complimentary bottled water although there is a limit of 4 a day. No fridge and no safe.
Service: The staff speak English which is very helpful. I wouldn't bother with the business centre for help with how to get places. They mostly sell their own tours which is fine.. and not unreasonably priced but we prefer to travel alone. We asked for help on how to get to Hua Shan and they said they didn't know and instead of helping us they tried to sell us the tour.
Location: I thought the location was fantastic. We spent 6 nights in Xi'an, and yes it would've been nice to be closer to the action but you weren't that far away that you couldn't walk there (20-30 min walk to Muslim Quarter). Taxis in Xi'an are cheap - we didn't spend more than 15Y to get around the city. You can catch the public bus to get to the train station (1Y). I only worked out how to get to the train station but not how to get back. Just look for the words 火车站 and you'll get there. We tried Bus number 14 but there were a few others. We got the shuttle bus from the airport (25Y) to Melody Hotel (next to the bell tower) and walked to Ibis. It was a good half hour walk especially since we weren't familiar with the streets. Make sure you buy a map at the airport (10Y). By chance, we found a taxi driver and he drove us to the airport for 100Y. Pretty cheap and efficient. (I got his business card so contact me if you're going to Xi'an. One of the more honest taxi drivers I thought..).
Don't bother with breakfast. Yes it's only 18Y but you can get much better food for 5Y. There is this fantastic restaurant a block away. It is usually quite busy with locals. Give it a try, we went there 3 times and always ordered too much food for about 30Y (for 2 people). Menu is in chinese but there are pictures!
Laundry is very expensive.. we found another one in a side street for 4Y per item of clothing (compared to 12Y at the hotel).
Free internet in the room and lobby and two computers in the lobby were definitely very helpful to us since we were trying to get places ourselves an always needed access to the internet.
Would definitely stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of our top picks in Xi'an. Ibis Xi'an Heping has air-conditioned rooms with free wired internet, 4.8 km from Xi'an Station. The hotel features a concierge, a restaurant and a business center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Xi An
- Ibis Hotel Xian
- Chenggong International Hotel China/Shaanxi