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Ancient City Youth Hostel Reviews

No. 4 Lian Hu Road, close to Bei Da Jie Street, Xi'an, China

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265 Total Reviews
  • 91%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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We had a lovely stay with very helpful staff!

  • 27th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Excellent place and nice people. Best smelling wash soap on my trip.


Location is very good. Metres from metro station. Walking distance to Muslim Quarter, Bell and Drum towers, railway station, bus stations for HuaShan and Terracotta Warriors. Room was big, comfortable, clean. Bathroom is Chinese style wet room. 3 Washing machines and drying area so no problem to do laundry. Only downside was the staff all of whom were at best average - not professional, friendly or helpful.


Fantastic location, nice rooms, good beds, friendly staff, nice cafe/bar. Like most YHA hostels a bit soulless but does its job well.


Good staff , all speak English

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wow, all of our staff are so proud and pleased to get the high praise .so thank you for your warm words about our location, staff, facilities and good things to enjoy.we will do our best servie to the guests and let every guests love to staty in hostel.You know,it’s your surpport and trust that encourage us to work harder and better.Thank you for your active feedback again.Best wishes and kind greetings


In my opinion an excellent place to stay, nice, clean and big rooms, friendly and helpful staff, working facilities, it had everything you need in a superior standard. It is also well located in downtown Xi'an, easy to reach by bus and you can go everywhere at walking distance.


This place was great. It was a larger hostel and had a restaurant and bar avaliable. Was a great location for visiting xi'an and seeing the sights. The staff were friendly and helpful in directions.


Hostel was great, happy to give directions to get to a lot of the sights over paying for the tours that were available. Really useful, and really friendly

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Thank you for your active comment and recommendation. Your trust and support is the best reason of our long-term persistence in our work. We will keep it in mind and try to offer the warmer and more considertate service to our friends all over the world.we will do our best servie to the guests and let every guests love to staty in hostel。Best wishes and welcome to come next time with your freinds and parents.


We had a great stay! The staff is friendly and extremely helpful. The hostel is perfectly located both for walking tours and to use public transportation (metro and tons of buses just around the corner) I'd definitely recommend it!

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wow, thank you for speaking highly of our hoste。we are so grateful and touched。As what you said in the review, we have the grest location that will be easy to go everywhere。As what you mentioned, we arrange different kinds of activities every night that is easier for you to meet new friends 。we will enhance ou reffort to improve and try our best to give you a good environment to enjoy and relax. all the staff hope you have a nice trip。


Hostel is located very centrally with big rooms.. However 1 room on each floor is smaller and if the hostel is sold out they will use this room. I stayed here one night, it was still fine and the next 2 nights they moved us into a normal sized room. Other than that the service was good and the hostel was clean.


excellent quaity/price value for backpacker in dorm

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Thank you to give us such a high review, which makes us be proud, thank you.To be honest, we are very appreciated that you have a great time during the time in our hostel. In your support and encouragement, we redouble our efforts to share the culture and happiness to you, wish you happy, healthy and beautiful.all of us sincerely hope you have been better and be happy no matter where you are.Ancient city .


Wonderful hostel, staffs are very kind and helpful, the location is perfect, close to the subway station and there are many restaurants around the area. The hostel has an elevator, restaurant, and everything you need.

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Wow, we are so appreciated that you speak highly of the guide and the staff, we will feed back to them and do our best to learn something interesting.we will continue to work, try to be better.Finally, thank you for sharing your experience to her friends and us which is precious and will be remembered all the time. Welcome to your next stay


There's definitely some information missing from the website. We could only book a mixed dorm but we were told that we couldn't stay in the same room upon arrival. It seems that they don't allow Chinese to mix with Westerners. This was worsened by the rude staff who blamed this on us and said that we should have called before arriving. Fortunately the staff the next day were much more helpful and resolved things by giving us a private dorm. The room was good but the public area was a bit dead.


Nice place, good location


The place is good, the staff speaks good english, they are helpful but fairly busy .


very chill environment.


Really great hostel, great value for money, could do with being a block closer to the centre, as much of the more visitor orientated places are south of the drum tower not north. Its really easy to find though and the city centre is small enough to walk around no worries. We didn't try any of the tours or extras, but the bar and common area and friendly atmosphere definitely deserve a thumbs up


Really nice hostel near the North Gate of Xi'an. Highlight was the common room/bar area with a great selection of food and drinks (Western and Chinese) at surprisingly low prices, and some of the best coffee I've had in China. Toilets and showers all at a good level of cleanliness, beds comfortable if you're accustomed to Chinese mattresses, might be a bit hard for someone visiting from another country, though. Patient, helpful and friendly staff. Overall very good.


One of the best hostels! I love cleanness and this is the perfect example of clean! Warm and kind staff! Great people! A+

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From your warm, kind and powerful words, we know you have a great time and like our hostel , so thank you for sharing your happiness and experience, we will enhance to be the best one. we will keep all your words and support in mind and try our best to be the best hostel and home. Welcome your next coming. Best wishes


This was a great place! Friendly staff and a fantastic location in the heart of the walled part of Xi'an. This was our first hostel without my Chinese-speaking sister to help my boyfriend and me communicate with the staff, but they were very helpful and spoke enough English to help me find a vegetarian option for a cheap take-out dinner when my boyfriend was sick. (Although I did have to say "I don't eat meat" in Chinese for them to get that I was a vegetarian, but that was just true everywhere)

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