"South Gate's Option" Shuyuan Youth Hotel Tip by John195123
Shuyuan Youth Hotel, Xi'an: 187 reviews and 12 photos
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 Qualities: 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!
Address: 2 Xi Shun Cheng Road, Xi'An, CN
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
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.
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