We were pleasantly surprised.
Posted Sep 11, 2013
We traveled to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors and didn't have a clue or expectations of the city or our accommodations. The Cien Hotel is located in or at the edge of the "Peoples Leisure Town". It is not centrally located in the city but we found that that its location perfectly suited our walk around style of travel and if we had missed it we would have missed some. There is a very large and beautiful park with night fountains and night light shows right next to the Hotel and the City Museum is within walking distance. We also enjoyed the large covered Mall at the opposite end of the park. At night we enjoyed a light show at the fountains as well as the company of many families and university students, there are at least two and possibly three universities in the neighborhood. We didn't eat at the Hotel Restaurant because there is a very nice "food street" right next door where we sat outside, ate and drank beer and enjoyed a very friendly atmosphere. There are also several very nice restaurants just on either side of the front door. In the evening we enjoyed coffee in the cafe located below our room. English was spoken there and we were very much at home. Our room at the Cien Hotel was both clean and huge, the bedroom had an adjoining game area, which we didn't need but we appreciated the space. Though for the most part English was not spoken however the staff were helpful and friendly and made us feel welcome. We would definitely stay there again.