Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square
What We Love
- Ten swish private karaoke rooms at the Habana Club
- Indoor heated swimming pool
- A choice of five on-site restaurants
- Oriental massage and aromatherapy treatments at Touch Spa
What To Know
- The Terra-Cotta Army is a 45-minute drive
- Le Chinois restaurant has 12 private function rooms
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just a 45-minute drive from the world famous Terra-Cotta Army, the Sofitel Xi’an is a colossal luxury hotel overlooking peaceful Renmin Square, a modernist dream in glass and marble. The 414 sleek and spacious guestrooms, suites and apartments are decorated in gold and burgundy, with ultra-comfy memory foam beds, rain showers and well-stocked minibars; some come with access to the exclusive Club Sofitel Lounge. Diners are spoiled for choice, with five restaurants to try: Cantonese at Le Chinois, Moroccan at Casablanca, Japanese at Koi, Mediterranean at Azur and Brazilian at Churrasco. After dinner sip a martini at discreet Bar Bambu, or party like Ernest Hemingway with a Cuba Libre at the hotel’s Latin nightspot, the Habana Club. Here you’ll find 10 plush karaoke rooms and a voluminous catalog of Chinese and Western pop songs. But don’t leave without getting a hot stone massage in one of Touch Spa’s 12 uber-luxe treatment rooms.
In the Area
The hotel is about 25 miles from one of the great wonders of the world: the Terra-Cotta Army. But there’s more to this ancient city than one attraction, however magnificent. Don’t miss the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic seven-story structure built 1,300 years ago during the Tang dynasty. The huge plaza at the foot of the pagoda plays host to calligraphy demonstrations and daily musical fountain performances. At night, for a fresh perspective on the city make a beeline for the bustling restaurants in the Muslim Quarter, where you can sample Chinese-style hamburgers (rou jia mo) and spicy jelly noodles (ma jiang la pi).
How to Get There
Italian restaurant on ground floor has great menu and excellent breakfast.Poolside is nice and a big garden area to relax from the city hustle and bustle.The bar has Paulaner draft beer and some nice french wines.
The hotel is in good location walking distance to Drum ,Bell Towers and Muslim quater.It is but a very dated hotel needs rennovation , Club lounge dated and very dark.Room nice with 2 bathroom but old and worn.
Staff nice and helpfull even if very little english spoken.
The Xi-An hotel is very good. It has all the typical amenities - good brunch/breakfast to start your day. The best way to start your days, especially in the late spring / early summer is to borrow a bicycle from the lobby. They can loan you a bike for up to 3 hours every day at any time.
Since China is on a single time zone, the sunrise can seem ridiculously early. As an extreme, Beijing sunrise near the summer solstice is like 4:30 AM. So there is still plenty of daylight in the early morning before traffic ramps up. I was able to safely pedal to the Drum Tower and the Muslim Quarter without the crowds. The old city wall is a 9-10 mile perimeter. I don't recommend along the wall, as those paths are for pedestrians and tai-chi practitioners.
Our room was immense - we had an 'apartment' which felt like a double room and then some. The apartment suite had a range, microwave, fridge and freezer. Our apartment suite had a connecting room with another suite to the common hotel hallway, so one key can be used to open up all rooms. This is ideal for large family arrangements, or for westerners with various levels of jet lag and/or different sleep schedules.
First thing they get you with is trying to get you to pay for an upgrade and in our case it was 50% additional fees. Requested a cot for for 1 year old and it was unusable as it was so old (dog bite marks or something) with the dirtiest baby mattress ever seen with new linen on top of it which became our dirty clothes basket instead. Carpet was worn and had lifted in some bits but the cleaners kept the room tidy enough for comfortable stay (except being forced to have baby sleep in our bed). Walkable distance to Muslim street and bell tower and excellent area if you want to do morning or evening walks for exercise. Shopping centres walkable distance too. Free parking outdoors included. For a 5 star no food included and restaurants with exorbitant prices so didn't get to taste any food even with accor silver membership as no discount applicable. Staff English besides reception is very limited and concierge constantly on the mobile phone before acknowledging or want to help. Booked 2 rooms but only get credited with 1 room for nights stayed in your calender year. Had I known this would have done 2 separate bookings so that we could get close to the membership upgrade with double room nights counted so beware they try to avoid loyalty membership upgrade. Bottled waters in the morning and evening each day were bonus.
Our stay at the Sofitel was a really good stay; however, the only thing that kept me from giving it the highest five-star mark is that for the high price we are spending at this highest level of the Accor hotels chain, EVERYTHING needs to be right. For example, our junior suite had cheap promotional upholstery (sofas and chairs) that showed some real age (fabrics were worn, cushions breaking down/not smooth) because whoever was in charge of replacing the last batch of furniture decided to save some money and thought no one would notice, but it just looks cheap. Cheap furniture not only does not look as good but does not last as long and should have no place in a high-end hotel such as Sofitel because does not compliment its surroundings (the rest of the room). Ibis or Mercure perhaps but not a Sofitel.
Good things about our stay are location, size of the hotel and attentive service. I want thank Libra and the staff (sorry I did not get the other names) that worked with her in the Le Club lounge on the 11th floor for all of their great service and attentiveness . . . well done!
Also, you must walk over to the Sofitel Legend Peoples Hotel right next door and see this incredible historically important hotel. Maybe staying one night here would be worth the experience as the burn rate is about 3 x this Sofitel I am reviewing.