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I'm from Xi'an China and like travel and tennis. I would love to welcome you to our wonderful and historically rich city.
I need to thank Bob & his wonderful niece who were very friendly and helpful. I came very late to the apartment and they were ready and willing to wait for me and help with directions. The place is a nice, spacious 3 bedroom apartment as advertised, and not a small shack with 3 beds. The location was very convenient in close proximity to a lot of interesting places to visit.
My only gripe is that the bathrooms (with no bathtubs) and the kitchen, felt unattended and were really dirty. Also the place is quite bare, don't believe the pictures.
The apartment is conveniently located and is a 15 - 20 minute walk from the Ancient City Wall. It comfortably accommodates 6 people with 3 large beds - (we were a party of 5 adults staying for 3 nights). As another guest has stated the beds are very hard but this is normal in China and you soon get used to it (better than one too soft!).
Bob was friendly and easy to communicate with prior to our arrival.
Bob's niece Shuyan met us at the subway station and was very pleasant and helpful. When one of the air conditioners stopped working she immediately arranged for it to be fixed. With temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Celsius this was greatly appreciated.
I do have one criticism though, and perhaps this is a one off as many of the other reviews have been favourable. We found the apartment was very dirty. There was a buildup of grease and dust in the kitchen covering every single surface (cupboard handles, walls etc) and although I cleaned the worktops we decided to venture into the kitchen only for water. It had not been cleaned in weeks. I also had to clean the bathroom before using it and there was hair everywhere which was clogging up the drain outlets in the floor. The fridge was also very dirty.
The flat is nicely furnished so it is a shame that the lack of care has let it down.
침실과 거실이 넓고 깨끗한 아파트 입니다. 호텔과는 색다른 편안한 공간입니다. 가족끼리숙박하기에 좋습니다. 침실 3개와 거실은좋은편이고,주인은 친절하며 성실함이 보입니다. 서안성벽에서 택시5분거리이며 지하철역이 가깝습니다 지리적,환경적으로 괜찮은편입니다.다만 맨 꼭대기층으로 수압이 낮은편이나 그런대로 샤워 할수 있습니다, 화장실과 주방기기들은 지저분한편입니다(중국인 생활습관인듯) 세탁기사용은 좋습니다. 공항에서 택시타고가니 집앞에마중나와있엇습니다. 주변에 괜찮은 식당들과 청과물시장이 있어 편리합니다.우리4식구가 편안히 잘이용하고 돌아왔습니다
I would like to be as much objective as I can so that I can help both airbnb users and Bob , improving his service. So, the apartment was with perfect loation - just 5 minutes away from the subway station and just stops away from downtown. We arrived very late - about 2 a.m, but Bob`s niece waited us and it was extremely nice of her. Both of them are very nice people and tried to help us as much as possible. The apartment is very big and very convenient for 6 people. But we were shocked to see that it was very very dirty, bathrooms were full of hairs. I felt that it was not cleaned for at least month. I don`t know if it is part of Chinese culture and they don`t pay attention to it, but if my apartment was as dirty as this one, I would be ashamed to invite someone in it. In addtion , one of the toilets was clogged and eventhough we asked them to fix it - it was not fixed. So, it was a stay with mixture feelings.
Bob and his niece are great person!
Even if they do not speak very good english they made all their best to help us. She even slept in the house with us to make sure we were fine and one of her friend picked us up at the exit of the metro, so we could not get lost!
The house is great. It is on the 32nd floor, the last one!
Even if it is on the north side of the city center, 5 minutes walking distance there is the subway, so no problems at all! Otherwise you can always walk...It takes about 45 minutes to reach the centre ans you can see how the people of Xi'an really are
We enjoyed our 3 night stay in Bob’s apartment at the end of October. The apartment was spacious and clean. Bob’s niece met us as we left the taxi and took us up to show us around. Everything was very efficient and well arranged.
As other reviewers mentioned, the beds were traditional Chinese and HARD as a rock. I wondered if we were sleeping on a box spring! (We weren’t, it just felt like it). There were enough towels in the apartment for our party of 5. Winter is starting and the apartment was a bit cool. However, the A/C units also work as heaters. Only 2 worked (the master bedroom did not), but that was enough to keep the evenings comfortably warm in those bedrooms, and an extra quilt did the job in the master. The washing machine works fine, but there is no dryer. At one point, Bob had indicated there was a “dryer function” on the machine – there is not. There is a spin function, which we have discovered due to translation issues people sometimes mistake for a dryer (the Chinese is “spin dry”). There is a balcony to hang the clothes, but we just hung them in the rooms with the heaters going and they easily dried overnight.
We also tried the UBC coffee shop restaurant our first night for dinner. It is a chain. Food was fine and service was friendly. However, the restaurant was probably one of the worst I have visited in China for cigarette smoke (and that is saying a lot!). We did ask one group next to our table to shut the door of their private room to contain the smoke which they willingly did. The next night, we had an excellent meal at the hot pot restaurant just to the left of the entrance gate of the apartment. The kids said it was one of their favorite meals in China so far. Be warned, no English on the menu, so if you don’t have a native speaker with you, I suggest you do some online research on the types of hot pot food you will enjoy and bring that along. Walking around and pointing at other tables can also work. This one had lamb, beef, and some fish items along with all the veggies, tofu, etc. The lamb and beef were both of good quality. Restaurant was quite clean and staff was very happy and helpful.
It is very tough to get taxis in Xian. We could not get one on our departure, so just ended up taking the Metro to the train station. A bit of a pain with luggage, but workable. If you need to get to the airport, I suggest hiring a car service or pre-booking a cab.
Overall a very pleasant stay and we would recommend this apartment to others. Our group of 5 was quite comfortable.
We arrived early - at 5am and this was not a problem - YuShing met us at the gate and opened the apartment. It was clean, spacious and comfortable. Our kids felt safe and happy there. I enjoyed the access to a washing machine which was very handy. The location was great - an easy 15 min walk or taxi to the town walls and muslim quarter. Just one block to the right of the building are great fresh food markets. Directly across the road we had a great meal at a restaurant - delicious!
We are a family of five and stayed at Bob's for 6 days. It was a great pleasure to stay at Bob's apartment. Bob's niece greeted us warmly at the gate of the building and got us settled. The apartment was clean and neat and a fantastic, affordable option for a traveling family. The apartment are very close to the Metro station, department store and supermarket.
Sorry for the late delay. We were in travel mode and have just arrived back in Canada.
It was a pleasure to stay at Bob's Holiday Rental while in Xi'an. Bob's niece and her friend met us and got us settled. Bob's place was plenty large for the 5 of us. The washer was a bonus after being on the road for a week already with just carry-ons!
The apartment was clean and had great amenities. The housing garden it is located in was very nice. Even the people we met going up and down the elevator were genuinely happy to see us and very engaging. My tall husband was a big hit with two young girls and their father that we met in the lobby a few times. They practiced their English on us a lot. They even got Daniel to hoist them up on the mail box ledge as their dad was too short to do it! The area is great. Close to the Metro and buses. Just a couple of stops from the City walls and Bell & Drum Towers. Great restaurants in the area and close to the silver market. UBC coffee is right next door. Great food, and my nephew who is a jazz pianist studying at McGill University got to play a set on their grand piano!
Bob's instructions were easy to follow and it was a pleasure dealing with him through e-mail. He always responded to our questions in a timely manner. I speak for all five of us when I say, 'Good luck Bob with your Air BnB business. I think it will be very successful'!
This is a great chance to experience the modern living in China. Armed with Bob's clear direction, we arrived at the building. Bob's niece greeted us warmly at the gate of the building and she answered many of our questions. She also showed us where the building is located on a city map (this building is very close to one of the subway stations in Xi'An - Xi'An has just opened the new subway since September 2011). The view from the 32nd floor is simply amazing! The apartment is ideal for our little group of 4 - there are 2 modern bathrooms here. With the easy access to the subway, Bob's place is an ideal base to tour around Xi'An and the other ancient sites around the area. One thing on the subway to keep in mind: It closes early (around 10:00 pm).
Bob is an experienced Airbnber, and his friends and family are a fun gang, spreading joy and peace everywhere. I'd also like to mention that Bob's wife appears to be an excellent cook who brought a feast to our little kitchen, thanks much! They are kind and easy to communicate with, and left the Sun Valley Inn in great condition in addition to the lingering laughter.