Shuyuan Youth Hotel
They DO SPEAK and UNDERSTAND ENGLISH
I guess some of the guys who wrote negative reports expected 5 stars service for a HOSTEL!! As usual!!
Firstly the team at the reception speak AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH. They have all worked in English speaking environments. Steven and his team will do anything to make your stay one to remember. The rooms and the Hostel are CLEANED everyday. If they say they will do something it gets done, remember that in a fast changing environment we all make some mistakes! ? No one is perfect other than of course certain critics!!! Remember "This is a HOSTEL"! If you want 5 star service....PAY THE PRICE! We were there in May/June 2013. I ( 80 yrs old) do have a certain amount of experience as I was responsible for several travel companies dealing with French Ski Resorts as was my Wife (62 years old) in the Spanish Majorca,Minorca islands Summer and at head office in Winter.
Thanks Steven and you team.
Brian and Marie-Claude
Unique Quality: Walking distance from most places in centre Xian. Typical and around the corner from a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic....Excellent I used it! One of the girls will come with you to translate. In a quiet road 100 mtrs from a busy square and bus stops.
Directions: Artists district opposite City Wall South gate. 10 minutes walk to centre.
Great Location - Not Great Service
The hostel was supposed to collect us with our names on a piece of paper but there was no name displayed and we perused all waiting signs for about 30 minutes. Trying to ask was useless as noone spoke Chinese - this gets very frustrating as we'd contacted the hostel by email the day before to confirm this and received acknowledgement that they would be there. We had many hostels offering us their pickup service but we'd prepaid so could not afford to cancel at this late stage. Lucky for us another hostel contacted our hostel and then after numerous phone calls our pick-up was present but not with our name displayed on their board - we had no hope of finding them had it not been for this helpful person.
We were so relieved to finally get a ride out of there - Why???? We were made to walk about 15 minutes through 4 lanes of heavy traffic with luggage then had to cross the 8 lane road to get to the overloaded van - not happy Jan to say the least and they weren't happy with us either for keeping them waiting!!! Not a good start to this next leg of our trip.
We ensured the hotel reception were fully aware of the trouble we'd encountered but they didn't appear to be too concerned and really felt we were there so what was the problem!!
Our stay was comfortable and rooms were roomy with clean ensuites (open showers).
Service was inadequate and totally disorganised which is such a shame as location was perfect. Booking service offered inadequate service, we booked a Shaanxi Song & Dance Theatre Show but it was a no show pick-up and trying to get our monies reimbursed ended with a screaming match. Front desk staff prefer to fool around rather than assist their customers. Pity.
Unique Quality: Great location facing the ancient City Wall - you step out and there it is. Onsite restaurant with reasonably priced food.
Directions: Close to South Gate wall and entrance.
Pleasant Courtyard Hostel
Very conveniently located just 20m from the South Gate, this hostel's staff are courteous and helpful. The dorm rooms are perhaps a little cramped, with 4 beds in bunks in small rooms, but the comfy seating areas in the courtyards make up for that, and the showers and toilets are clean (although there could be more of them!). The Traveler's Cafe does good food, if a little pricy, and there's a small selection of books to borrow or swap.
The Park Qin bar in the basement is a great place to relax, they get the volume of the music just right, and the fact you get a small free beer every night you stay there is brilliant (you also get a free welcome coffee on your arrival). There's a pool table next to the bar too.
They show films in the cafe every evening, and hold a BBQ on Wednesdays. The free dumpling party on a Friday not is not to be missed - you get to learn how to make the dumplings, chat with fellow travellers, and then eat your efforts afterwards (and who said there was no such thing as a free dinner?!).
As of June 09 it was 50Y per bed in the dorms.
Directions: From the train station take bus 603 to the south gate. From there, head along the wall west for 20m, following the signs. Can't miss it.
I wanted to add that they also have a DVD room and a selection of movies. Inquire at the desk. I don't know if the movies are in English or not.
Directions: South Gate
South Gate's Option
Friday nights can be a bit loud here, with the attached bar, live music and a good amount of drinking... The live music's pretty good, but the rap they play on the breaks gets old. The staff are friendly, helpful and the hostel offers tours and trips to many of the sights around Xi'An, for what seem to be pretty reasonable prices. I still recommend you do them yourselves! You'll get a much better feel for the place!
Architecturally, the hostel is interesting, with two courtyards -it'd be really nice in the warmer months to sit outside under the trellis of wire and vines- and both private rooms and dorms, that are simple, yet comfortable. The beds can be a bit uncomfortable, but they at least have some cushion- you just lie on the springs.
Unique Quality: Aside from the restaurant, whose food is decent but not spectacular, (and they offer of a free beer if you go to the restaurant at the right time- marketing...) they have laundry services (6 yuan per kilo- Feb. '08), rent bikes (I think they have 4?) and they may have access to basketball and badminton courts. Three of four computers work (Feb. '08) though, as with every hostel I've been to here, I tried to fix the broken computer to no avail. The computers are highly used, so you may have to wait.
This is another one of those hostels where it seems like the travelers like to sit and hang out (read "hide out") here instead of experiencing the real restaurants, drinking and telling stories about how drunk they were... it's not much for intellectual conversation, at times, so get out and experience! Of course, if you like that sort of thing, you should have a great time here, with lots of interesting people and stories... "this one guy was so wasted... two girls got him to get their names tattooed on his..." and so on...
100 yuan per night for a double, low season! Good prices here, and discounts on food and drink if you stay here!
Directions: Just west of the south gate (inside the gates). Take the 603 from the train station to the south gate stop. Walk toward the gate and turn right on the street just before it. If you come from the long distance bus station take the 914 to the train station.
Staying near the east gate
Shu Yuan is okay as hostels go. It is located by the east gate, and a few doors away from a beautiful restaurant building (see night scene photo).
I think I would prefer a more central location by the Bell or Drum Tower, but it was a weekend and we didn't have much choice.
A clean relatively-comfortable bargain
This hostel was a pleasant surprise. It's located on a quiet street just to the west of the South Gate. The staff was helpful, there is a computer room with free internet access, and the restaurant offered good food & beverages at reasonable prices.
We were in room 2203, on the second floor of the center courtyard. Our courtyard was relatively quiet. I think it would get quite loud in the third courtyard since it's by the bar / restaurant.
The room was very clean with two twin beds and a private bath. The beds were very firm (I wondered if I was sleeping on a box spring rather than a mattress), but I would rather have the bed too firm than too soft. The only downside to the room was that the bathroom floor did not slope to the drain and water accumulated on the floor when we showered. They provided two clean towels and plastic bathroom sandals.
I thought this hostel was well worth the approx. US$20 per night ($10 per person).
Directions: Just inside the city walls to the west of the South Gate
Hostel within the city walls
Well, we had a private room at this hostel and it was really spacious, clean and comfortable. We were located upstairs in the hostel and when we opened our door we were on like a little tiled courtyard which was nice. Despite the bar and cafe and the hostel being busy, there was not much noise.
We wanted to extend our stay and so we arranged this in reception. The next day they knocked on our door and said that we were to vacate! After a confusing conversation on who said what, and who we spoke to, they let us stay. Apparantley they had a big group coming (which they had other days of our stay too) and they had double booked our room.
There's a sister hostel, but not in as good a location as this - so I think that they went there.
The staff are all very friendly and the tour guides they use are brilliant. The hostel cafe/bar is pricey, but the food is international and is excellent.
The offered free internet when we were there, but the internet wasn't working!
All in all, this is a nice, well located place to stay. But it is busy and communications can get mixed sometimes. However, I would stay there again.
Nice Little Hostel
We stayed for a few days, which was long enough to enjoy a nice western breakfast and a relaxing evening at the hip bar downstairs.
Unique Quality: Pretty good food.... The only thing I have not been able to get used to in China, is the brakfast food... or lack there of. So I jump at the chance to enjoy a nice western breakfast while traveling. I had the French Toast which had a sweet jam in between the pieces (not served with powdered sugar or syrup.. the American way). Though it wasn't what I expected, it was still super yummy.
Directions: From the railway station, take the 603 bus to the South Gate Station ...
Home away from home
This hostel is a perfectly preserved traditional Chinese court yard, facing the old south gate, next with the ancient city wall. it's locate at down town, u can get everything u need just by walk around, except the internet:( but the transportation is very convenient, u can go most of the sight seeing by bus from there.
the dorm price is 30 per person, the hot shower, laundry, beers. but i didn't try the food there, cause there are so many delicious local food wait for me on the street and a lower price.
Directions: from the railway station take the 603or 608 bus to the Nan Men stop and 20m west of the South Gate.
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Address: Nan Dajie Xi Shun Cheng Xiang 2A, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
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