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Hanwood Youth Hostel
Ranked #52 of 340 Speciality Lodging in Xi'an
Reviewed 28 March 2013

My intended visit here was for a few days and I ended up staying a week (there's certainly enough in Xi'an to keep you busy). The location was really convenient with major bus routes located nearby and easy to reach from the train station (just follow their directions) and best of all plenty of good stalls, cheap places to eat and a minimart located right behind it. The hostel itself has a good sized common area that always has someone around and with a pool table, dartboard and assorted games; good sized rooms with good showers; decent wifi. But best of all in my opinion were the staff who are a valuable source of information and are always on-hand - and with a smile on their faces. A special thanks to Catherine who helped make my stay that little bit more comfortable and who's English is flawless. An excellent stay all over and I'll definitely comeback when I return to Xi'an.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Except for the friendly staff, I could not recommend this place. My friend and I shared a 2 bedroom room. The beds were hard by any Chinese standard, the linen was dirty and the towels stunk of urine. The shower was a nightmare and left you feeling more dirty than when you went in. Slack cleanliness throughout the entire building (a rooftop party was held and when we did our washing and pegged it out on the roof the mess was still there 3 days later).

The location isn't that convenient and is a mission to get to the walls of the city. The Goose pagoda is lovely to see and stroll around but it wears thin after the millionth time into the walls of the city which is wear its at.

I struggled to recommend it to anyone- not many foreigners there only locals. We were there for the national holiday weekend the place still wasn't booked out.

Worst accomodation I stayed in China.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Except for the staff that is really nice and helpful, I would not recommand this place at all. Not very well situated (a 15 mn bus ride to go to Xi'an walls), even if the Goose Pagoda is a beautifull place to see by night. To room was VERY small, and the price was not very different from what you can pay for a room inside the walls of Xi'an (we have spoken to other travellers that stayed in others hostel and they got something way nicer for almost the same price). The shared toilet was not really clean and there was not enough lights, so the place was pretty dark. It seems that the owner don't leave much money at the front desk, because every time we wanted to buy a beer (let's say 12RMD for two beer, paid with a 50RMD) or something else, the staff did not have enough money to give us the change. And there was lot of people using the common places that were not clients of the hostel. Worst experience in China!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights! Arrived at 6am from sleeper train- staff had stayed up from 5 am to meet us. Shown straight to our room- able to get some rest, so fresh for the day!

Staff so friendly and welcoming- willing to help organise how to get to places and helped us organise our transport on to Chengdu. We wanted to try accupuncture, they arranged for someone to come to the hostel the same day! Amazing experience and great treatment!

Communal shower area did not always feel 100% clean, but still useable. We booked basic double, literally small box room with double bed and a little room to manoeuvre- but acceptable for price paid, ideal base to explore the city- all we wanted the room for was sleeping!

Would recommend for backpackers- groups, couples or single travellers!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We checked in just before the 1st of May (holliday) and the hostel staff was so friendly to give us a lower rate for our 3 nights than the usual holliday rate. Besides this we booked a double room however for the second night there was no room available so the plan was that we had to move to the dorm for one night. However the staff managed to let us stay in our room for our entire stay!
The breakfast is low cost and good. As well the atmosphere of the hostel is great.
One thing that could be improved is the cleanness. Our room was pretty dark, having one light-bulp and the bed didn't have linnen but woven bed sheets which didn't feel and smell clean to me.
The shared bathroom was ok, but then again not so clean. Also the water was super hot in the mornings with no cold water at all.

Overal I had a great stay there and I would stay again for a few days. However guys, if you could improve the hygiene I'm more then happy to come back!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

the Hostel has a good location, nearby the big wild goose pagoda and Historical Museum. there is a very nice palace around us. their staffs speaks very fluent English and help us a lot. I'd like to come back ,,,,,,,,

Room Tip: The big bed on the first floor is very comfortable.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Staff was amazing! We were lost tying to find the hostel and one of the girl actually came out and look for us! I do recommend taking the taxi from the airport. The airport shuttle doesn't stop at where the stops are. (Hence that's how we got lost). The common areas is a bit cold but the rooms are nice and warm if you turn the heater up. All the tours are reasonably price too! Overall a great place to stay!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: South Square, Dayanta, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China
Region: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #52 of 340 Speciality Lodging in Xi'an
Price Range: £9 - £10 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
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