Shangri-La Xian, one of the well established luxury hotels in Xian (REVIEW)

Xian, Nanjing, Hangzhou – three dynasties (Qin – Ming – Song), three ancient capital cities, three Shangri-La hotels – in one trip

Situated in the Gaoxin High-Tech Development Zone, Xian’s fast-rising central business district, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian is one of the well established luxury hotels in Xian. The hotel is just a 30- minute drive from Xian International Airport, and is within easy reach of many top tourist attractions, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum and Xian’s breathtaking city walls.

Opened in 2007, the hotel is very well maintained having undergone regular maintenance works. However, I understood the hotel will soon  upgrade its rooms with a redesign which would actually be more in line with the newly opened Shangri-La Hotels. I believe rooms could benefit from a brighter color palette of furnishing as well as improved lighting. The lobby could be improved by making it brighter thus improving lighting and introducing lighter colored furnishings.

My suite, which had floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden, was furnished in a blend of contemporary and classic style, very cozy and comfortable. Beds are exceptionally comfortable and the marble bathroom are spacious, separate bathtub and walk-in glass-enclosed shower. Mention should also be made that the accommodations are among the largest in the city. Rooms feature the latest technologies with new LCD HD Tv´s, high-speed wi-fi and

One of the highlights of the hotel is the Chinese restaurant. Offering authentic Cantonese cuisine ranging from traditional dim sum to freshly home -made noodles, Tian Xiang Ge also serves famous dishes from other regions of China and local Xian specialities. I had a delicious dinner with an array of local dishes.

The all-day dining restaurant of the hotel, the Yi Café features show kitchens with cuisines from China, South East Asia, Japan and Europe. Breakfast at Yi Café boasts a most lavish buffet, with a wide array of Asian and International dishes. The hotel also has a Thai restaurant, Siam Garden, which serves the finest traditional Thai cuisine in Xian by using imported herbs and spices prepared by the Thai master chef.

After a long day of sightseeing, I had a fantastic Spa experience – an exceptional therapist provided a flawless massage in a very warm treatment room. The wellness offering of the hotel also includes an indoor heated pool and a fully-equipped gym.

While the hotel predominantly caters to corporate travelers, it also has a solid share of leisure guests who are keen to explore the wealth of historical sights of the city. During my stay in Xian, I visited the most important landmarks of the city: Terracotta Warriors Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the ancient City Wall and the Muslim Street.

Service throughout the hotel is consistent – I was particularly impressed with the Concierge, the Spa and the restaurants. The entire team is constantly striving to provide a welcoming and efficient service. Make sure you resort to the services of the hotel´s full time Tour Manager, a unique feature of the hotel. I was fortunate to benefit from two days of extensive touring which covered most of the attractions of the city, all tailor-made according to my preferences.

Oliver Petcu in Xian