Hotel Review: Angsana Xi’an Lintog

Angsana Xi'an Lintog Exterior

This article is a guest contribution by Kathryn Creedy (some photos are also by Simone Anne Lang)

While a lot of people may enjoy the familiar comfort of American hotel brands, there are other, more adventurous souls, who want to experience the culture while in their luxury getaways. If that is the case then you can’t do much better than the Banyan Tree hotel brand, which includes the Angsana. Together with the other two brands in the Banyan Tree portfolio – Dhawa and Cassia – they not only provide you with the ultimate in luxury but embed you in the culture you are visiting.

Overview of Angsana Xi’an Lintog

For families traveling to China, the Angsana brand is perfect because it is family oriented and includes co-branded suites and dining areas tied to popular children’s brands such as Hello Kitty. Angsana Xi’an Lintog, of course, also caters to business, as well as leisure, travelers with numerous plush meeting and conference rooms, a karaoke room and even rooms set aside for that most ancient of Chinese games – Mahjong.

Facilities of Angsana Xi’an Lintog

In addition to the requisite gym, the Angsana Xi’an Lintong has a huge indoor/outdoor pool area including a play lounge with giant floating flamingos for the kids. Its banquet rooms and palace-sized central courtyard had me thinking they must be wonderful venues for weddings.

Angsana Xi'an Lintog Food

Pool

As it is, the palatial courtyard provides the backdrop at holidays such as Christmas or Chinese New Year when the hotel creates a lavish winter wonderland complete with entertainment and sparkling decorations as befits the occasion.

Activities at Angsana Xi’an Lintog

The Angsana Xi’an Lintong is also uniquely situated incorporating the famous hot springs that have drawn visitors to the area for millennia. In addition, rather than being in the center city, it is only 15 minutes to the area’s main attraction – the famed Terracotta Warriors, a third century BC necropolis honoring China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, the first to unify the warring regions.

An active archeological site, the three pits available for viewing prompt awe and wonder considering the army was hand crafted by artisans now 23 centuries gone yet somehow still here nearly 100 generations later. The site includes an estimated 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 300 horses, most waiting their turn to be freed from the hard-packed clay of their earthen tombs.

Angsana Xi'an Lintog Culture

Culture

Huaqing Hot Springs makes Angsana’s location special. The springs are an important part of the property’s experience which, in addition to its spa, provide a relaxing and hypnotic experience after a day of touring. The hot springs are also the site of one of Xi’an’s unique offerings, an outdoor production of A Song of Everlasting Sorrow, a spectacle staged on top of steaming waters of the spring and beneath Lishan Mountain. The ballet is the romantic and tragic story of Emperor Xuanzong and his favorite concubine who so captivated him he ignored his duties. The theatre encompasses the entire mountain, which is lit with a fine web of lights twinkling like falling stars.

Rooms at Angsana Xi’an Lintog

While there is much to see in Xi’an, which enjoys only nonstop service from the US with United’s San Francisco-Xi’an Boeing 787 Dreamliner service, the resort itself is so sumptuous it is like falling into a soft, cushy cloud. While western hotels may offer up a chocolate on your pillow, Angsana betters that by a wide margin. Its tradition includes a small gift of remembrance on the bed each evening and, the hotel even invites guests to take their toiletry kits home as a souvenir. The Angsana brand is better known for its seaside properties and that theme is carried through at Xi’an with its signature sea star design delicately decorating the kit as well as a robe that is placed on the bed each evening.

While Angsana may be geared more toward families, it does not ignore that a lot of its guests are there for romance, liberally sprinkling the bed and the steaming waters of the round bathtub with bright red rose petals which greeted me on my second night there. Unlike European hotels, the rooms are huge as are the en suite bathrooms. In addition, offerings from the mini bar are complimentary.

Forein guests at Angsana Xi’an Lintog

While the experience may be all about being immersed in the culture, the staff ensures that non-Chinese guests are not intimidated by their surroundings. They go out of their way to ensure your comfort, drawing out even the shyest of guests to participate in their exotic surroundings. They are very approachable, speak English and are happy to provide guidance on attractions and hotel features including its spa and the hot springs.

Dining at Angsana Xi’an Lintong

While the sumptuous breakfast buffet, which seems to stretch on forever with numerous cooking and buffet stations, can be a little confusing, staff guides you through the offerings enticing you to try even the most exotic-looking Chinese dish.

The breakfast noodle bowls proved to be a favorite although offerings included the food for western tastes including pastries, fruit, eggs and cereals.

The property also includes numerous restaurants, which serve both exotic and familiar dishes that warm the heart of the most hardened foodie.

Bottom line Angsana Xi’an Lintog

Guests will have a hard time going back to the luxury of western hotels after sampling the over-the-top offerings at the Angsana Xi’an Lintong.

This article is a guest contribution by Kathryn Creedy (some photos are also by Simone Anne Lang)

 

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