The previous Trip Advisor reviews of Ramada Bell Tower paint a clear picture of the hotel. But, having tried many Chinese hotels over the years, this one is above average. The below is my impression of the two rooms, your results could differ.
The room was very clean. I had plenty of hot water. The air conditioner could lower the temperature (given time and encouragement) to about 70F/21C. The bed is soft by Chinese standards. My hardwire internet was fast and reliable. The location is great, about 1/2 mile from the Bell and Drum towers, about 1.5 miles from the South Gate.
My room had two foyer lights that were on the same circuit as the AC, so I had a choice. Use the AC with the lights on, or no AC and the lights off. I tried to block the light with a sock and thus a fire. The sock caught on fire and fell to the furniture below. The fire burned the sock, part of a paper bag, and part of the vinyl top of the baggage stand. My smoke detector did not work. The smoke briefly woke me, but I thought the smell was cigarette smoke and fell back asleep. In America, a non-working smoke alarm is a 1 star. In China, about par for the course.
The shower design is bad. The tub has a raised edge, so that water is routed out of the tub onto the floor. The hand shower is unmovable and set at about 3 feet high. There is an overhead shower that sends water over the tub edge and onto the floor.
I do not know about the check-in process as my assistant handled that, I was not asked for my passport. The room design issues previously noted are correct, but the large room size compensated. I was on the building side, on the 12th floor, and traffic noise was not an issue.
The water was a bit cloudy, but I think was a Xi’an issue not a Ramada issue.
I spoke to my Chinese assistant; she felt the hotel was one of the better ones she has seen in China. She was pleased with all aspects of the hotel, except for the ability to call a taxi to the hotel.
All in, the hotel was about $90 per night. For that price and location, I would use this hotel again.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Bell Tower Xi`An Hotel Xi`An
- Ramada Xian Bell Tower China/Shaanxi