319 Xinjie St, ZhongLou ShangQuan, Xincheng Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
Softel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel XianA grand, 1950’s-era state guesthouse on the grounds of the Imperial Palace has been transformed into this luxury hotel, which continues the tradition of hosting the city’s visiting VIPs. Set within the old town walls, not far from the Bell Tower and Muslim Quarter, the historic French-Sino-Russian building’s high-ceilinged spaces are filled with Art Deco touches, elegant-contemporary furnishings, and original moldings, while—up in the four rooms and 27 suites---butlers attend to residential-style sanctuaries outfitted with stand-alone tubs, LANVIN products, Sofitel MyBeds topped with 600-thread-count linens, and your choice of silk bathrobe or kimono. Complimentary evening cocktail hours, use of house bicycles, pillow menus, and other amenities continue the private guest house feeling, while a small on-site museum tells the building’s story. Workout in the small, glass-walled gym or enjoy Tai Chi in the garden, take tea in the Chinese pavilion, do some laps in the indoor pool, and get pampered in the boutique spa, where one room is dedicated to traditional foot massages. After exploring Xian highlights like the Terra Cotta Warriors, re-fuel on traditional Italian fare (including wood-fired pizzas) at the Dolce Vita restaurant, East-meets-West light bites in the 1953 lobby bar, or premium wines and rare, special edition cognacs at the Louis XIII bar, presented in partnership with Remy Martin.