Stayed here for 6 nights mostly on the reviews on Tripadvisor. I was not disappointed as this is a very good place to stay.
The hotel is very well located is a park with several other prestige hotels. It is a gated complex with security on the gate (although no-one seemed to be challenge those who entered). You do however feel very safe here. For those who have travelled throughout China may have experienced some hotels do not have that safe feeling and often there can be cards placed under the door for other "activities". You have to wonder how this can happen without the management being aware of these things.
I booked the standard room which was very nice however the room was not that warn at night. On speaking to the front desk (Tina) I was moved to a larger room with an enormous king bed. This room was fabulous with large bath and shower (one cracked floor tile). Sheets, towels and bathroom accessories were all first class and a bathrobe "to die for". and yes the room was warm ... as it was literally freezing outside.
Breakfast is a buffet style (115RMB), perhaps a little expensive for China but worth every cent when good breakfasts in China seem few and far between. I was offered coffee as I sat down! There are satff everywhere and they are all friendly and attentive. Hot breakfast included plenty of bacon (soft and hard) sausages baked beans and eggs (cooked to your requirements by a chef that speaks English! Plenty of fruit and some different cereals. Overall, first class.
I wanted to see the warriors and had already been told by the taxi driver it would be 450 (RMB about $75US. However the doorman organised a taxi for 400 RMB and I had a great day. You can organise a local unregistered taxi down the street for 200RMB but I felt safer going through the hotel.
There are many thing to do Xian and it is a great place to visit. Don't try the street food however. I did and and had an uncomfortable night. Have a look through the markets and always pay at least 1/2 the asking price. They all speak a bit of English and know the value of your money. Eat in the hotel or the larger reseraunts in the shopping centres which are amazing eg Wanda Shopping Centre with the largest escalator I have ever seen.
If you get the opportunity go to Famen Temple (about 120klms from Xian). Interesting monestry and a large tower. It is the centre of Buddhism in China and also holds a very large Buddha (gold of course).
Back to the hotel. Front desk staff are excellent. All speak some level of English and the supervisors and very friendly and communicate well. Overall this a good place to stay, well located, friendly and very comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Mercure Renmin Square is a heritage hotel, first opened in 1957 and is located in the grounds of Renmin Square. The hotel reflects the Sino Russian style of architecture, which is steeped in revolutionary history. There are 202 well appointed rooms, a restaurant and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure On Renmin Square Hotel Xi`An
- Mercure Xi An
- Accor Xi An
- Grand Mercure Xian On Renmin Square China/Shaanxi