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Opened in 2005, this is the most luxurious hotel in Xian, and until the Chinese cotton on to the concept of top quality boutique hotels, the best bet in town.
There are a distinctly un-boutiquey 414 rooms and suites here, but with all the mod cons you would expect in a five star hotel. The restaurants serve Mediterranean, Moroccan, Cantonese and Japanese meals and there is also a slick spa and fitness centre.
The hotel is ideally situated close to many of the city's historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, Shaanxi History Museum & the Forest of Steles stone library.
Habana, the hotel's cigar bar, celebrates the most famous export of another nominally communist state half a world away.
Holly, Original Traveller