Luxury Hotels in Xian (5-Star Hotels)

Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel Editor Pick!
Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel, Xian A very modern hotel, the Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel offers everything a business traveler or tourist could hope for.
The stylish design and superb service are the first things that stand out. But the real delight of the hotel is the rooms – they are truly massive and beautifully furnished compared to other hotels in this range. Some also have great views of the city walls and the roof-tops of historical Xian. Discounted prices start as low as $85. Business facilities are first-rate and there are Cantonese and Western restaurants on-site. The Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel is located just outside the south gate of the city walls, meaning most sights can be reached on foot.
Address: 18 Xiduan Huancheng Nan Lu Web: www.hojochina.com Ph. (029) 8818 1111
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Hyatt Regency Hotel, Xian
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Xian There isn’t a lot to say about the Xian Hyatt Regency, except that it exists.
If you’ve stayed in any of their hotels then you have an idea of what to expect. The Xian instalment doesn’t let the chain down – it’s suitably opulent and features all the facilities you would expect. The location, closer to the east gate of the City Walls than to the Bell Tower, is a bit away from the action and the service is snotty. But, naturally, the rooms, restaurants and business facilities at the Hyatt Regency are of a very high standard. Prices aren’t over the top either – a standard room can be booked for as little as $110.
Address: 158 Dong Dajie Web: http://xian.regency.hyatt.com Ph. (029) 8769 6799
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Grand Park Hotel, Xian
Grand Park Hotel, Xian Modeled on the Big Goose Pagoda, the Grand Park Hotel looks impressive from the outside and features a spectacular lobby.
Unfortunately, the rooms don’t live up to the high expectations this introductory view evokes. They are on the small side and more of a four star standard. However, great views of the City Walls are some compensation. Rack rates at the Grand Park Hotel are ¥1100 ($161) for a standard room with a city wall view or ¥1500 ($219) for a suite, but by booking online you should be able to get them for around $85 and $130 respectively. The hotel facilities are definitely five star, but the Howard Johnson Hotel just down the road is still a better bet.
Address: 12 Xiduan Huancheng Nan Lu Web: www.parkhotelgroup.com Ph. (029) 8760 8888
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Mid-Range Hotels in Xian (3-Star and 4-Star Hotels)

Bell Tower Hotel Editor Pick!
Bell Tower Hotel, Xian The Bell Tower Hotel is where most package tour groups will stay in Xian, and for once the operators have chosen well.
The Bell Tower Hotel offers a superb location, good service and above average facilities. Opened in 1983, but renovated a few years ago, parts of the hotel still look a bit old-fashioned. But the rooms are good quality, have free internet access and most of them have great view of the Bell Tower. Prices are reasonable for a four-star hotel: expect to pay about $55 for a standard room and $70 for a deluxe room. Breakfast, an extensive Western buffet with Chinese elements, is an extra $12. Staff speak good English and are very accommodating.
Address: 110 Nan Dajie Web: www.belltowerhtl.com Ph. (029) 8760 0000
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Melody Hotel
Melody Hotel, Xian The Melody Hotel is an adequate and cheap three star offering just a stone’s throw from the Bell Tower in the center of Xian.
The Melody Hotel is a good choice if you don’t need high standard rooms and just want a cheap hotel with a good location. Rooms are a little small but most of them have great views across to the Drum Tower. Cleanliness is the major issue with stained carpets and bathrooms common. Discounted rates start at $35 for a standard room. Service is generally competent and friendly staff help to brighten up the otherwise dark and somewhat depressing interior. Irritating touts camp right outside the entrance. All things considered, it’s a decent budget choice.
Address: 86 Xi Dajie Web: www.melodyhotel.com.cn Ph. (029) 8728 8888
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Hotel Royal Garden, Xian
Hotel Royal Garden, Xian The Hotel Royal Garden is an above average four star hotel that is suitable both for tourists and business travelers.
It benefits from a convenient location on Dong Dajie, only 5 minutes walk east of the Bell Tower, with many shops and restaurants nearby. An ugly exterior makes the very impressive lobby area quite surprising. Similarly, the rooms are appealing – spacious and comfortable. However, the bathrooms could use some touching up. Expect to pay as little as $50 for a standard room if you get a good discount. Hotel Royal Garden also has conference facilities, two restaurants (Western and Chinese), and a fitness center. Service is efficient and friendly.
Address: 334 Dong Dajie Ph. (029) 8769 0000
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Grand Soluxe International Hotel
Grand Soluxe International Hotel, Xian The Grand Soluxe International Hotel is only worth considering if you need to stay near the train station.
Although it has been refurbished fairly recently, the rooms are already showing signs of deterioration and there is no outlook from the windows. Moreover, the staff don’t speak very good English and often seem frazzled or uninterested. But the discounted prices are fairly low: you’ll pay around $45 for a standard room and there are also cheaper ‘economy’ rooms on offer. Overall, the Grand Soluxe International Hotel works well enough as place to lay your head if you need to be close to the train station. Otherwise, it’s not worth it.
Address: 177 Jiefang Lu Ph. (029) 8576 8899
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Youth Hostels in Xian

Shuyuan Hostel
Shuyuan Hostel, Xian Shuyuan Hostel has fun staff and a very lively common area and bar – without a doubt the best of any in Xian’s hostels.
The hostel has a great atmosphere with regular dumpling parties and free beer every night. Shuyuan Hostel is built in a traditional courtyard-style house but rooms have been renovated in a Western design. All windows look onto the communal area, but luckily this area is open so getting fresh air is possible. Standing just 50 meters from the south gate of the Xian city walls, the location is very handy for tourist sites. Dorm beds are ¥20-¥50 (there are some cleanliness issues with the cheaper ones) while the smallish private rooms with ensuite are ¥160.
Address: 2 Shuncheng Xi Lu Web: www.hostelxian.com Ph. (029) 8728 7720
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Bell Tower Youth Hostel
Bell Tower Youth Hostel, Xian The Bell Tower Youth Hostel’s greatest strength is its location: right on the central junction of Xian with views of the Bell Tower.
In fact it’s hard to find too many faults with this hostel. The rooms are a bit old-looking and the bathrooms could use some stain remover. Also, the tiny reception area can be hectic. But these minor quibbles are by far outweighed by the positives. Spread over five floors, the Bell Tower Youth Hostel has made great use of the narrow space they had to work with. Private rooms with ensuite are ¥180, while dorm beds range from ¥30-¥45. The common bar and restaurant area is brilliant – very atmospheric and a great place to meet fellow travelers.
Address: 1 Bei Dajie Web: www.xianhostel.cn Ph. (029) 8723 3005
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7 Sages Youth Hostel
7 Sages Youth Hostel, Xian 7 Sages Youth Hostel is built in a delightful courtyard setting, but the interiors of the rooms are old and worn.
Rooms are in various buildings around the complex, surrounded by shrub-filled and stone-paved courtyards and corridors. There is a lovely outdoor area for eating, drinking and socializing. Dorm beds are ¥35 and private rooms a mere ¥120. The shared bathroom facilities are sufficient but the toilets are severely lacking in privacy and most are squats. 7 Sages Youth Hostel is very close to the train station, but a bit of a hike to the center of town. Staff are quite friendly but perhaps incompetent: double-booking a room seems semi-common here.
Address: 1 Beixin Jie, Courtyard 5 Web: www.hostelxian.cn Ph. (029) 6229 6977
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Xiangzimen Youth Hostel
Xiangzimen Youth Hostel, Xian Xiangzimen Youth Hostel has a delightful design but suffers from staff that are either a bit slow, or else just indifferent.
It’s in an old courtyard-style house that has been renovated to the point that it truly sparkles. Moreover, they’ve retained this character in the design of the rooms by using traditional Chinese-style beds and stone floors. While that’s interesting, it also diminishes the comfort level, and all windows look onto the enclosed communal area. Private double rooms with ensuite are pricier than elsewhere at ¥240. Dorm beds cost ¥40-50. The common area, with pool table, is great. Xiangzimen Youth Hostel has a good location very close to the south gate of the city walls.
Address: 16 Xiangzimiao Web: www.yhaxian.com Ph. (029) 6286 7888
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