Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian

Xian, China

At a Glance

  • The most luxurious boutique option in Xian

  • 24hr Butler service provided for each and every room

  • Stunning design with a definite French flair

  • Incredible Italian restaurant, La Dolce Vita

  • Located within the ancient city walls of Xian and only 15 minutes walk from the Islamic Quarter and cultural highlights

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Xian and the surrounding regions experience four distinct seasons and a continental climate. Summers are hot and humid, with maximum temperatures often above 40°C, however the monsoon season brings plenty of rainfall to temper the scorching heat. Winters are cool and dry, and not unpleasant for exploring the sights of the region, but cold weather clothing and layers are advisable as temperatures drop to freezing. Spring is pleasantly warm, with gentle breezes and long sunny days, making March through to May the best times to visit Xian. Autumn temperatures are similarly mild; however, September and October often bring frequent rain showers.

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Make sure that you request a chance to view the warriors on a lower platform, perfect for access for the warriors in Xian which Scott Dunn can arrange for you.

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A former state guesthouse opened in 1953, the Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel in the historic Old City of Xian offers a real sense of grandeur for your stay in this ancient former capital.

This grand building is reminiscent of the spectacular Soviet Palaces of Russia, built to impress and display a sense of power and luxury. All the rooms are extremely spacious and enjoy high ceilings, elegant decor and original classical features. The Sofitel Legend is an intimate and charming hotel that would not feel out of place on a Parisian courtyard.

Located within the ancient city walls of Xian, the hotel is perfectly situated for easy access by foot to the main cultural sites of the ancient city of Xian including the Islamic Quarter, Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient city walls.

As soon as you walk into this incredible hotel, you will be warmly greeted by your personal butler who will create an utterly seamless stay for you from start to finish. With a long and legendary history acting as Xian base to dignitaries across the globe for over 60 years from 1953, Sofitel Legend is well placed to continue as the most luxurious hotel in the city. Nowadays, the Sofitel Legend continues to treat all of its guests with the same personalised service enjoyed by the VVIPS of the 20th Century.

The hotel has a striking restaurant, La Dolce Vita, which offers authentic Italian cuisine. Alongside this there are two bars - the residential 1953 Lobby Lounge provides the perfect location for afternoon tea or cocktails whilst the smaller more exclusive Louis XIII Bar serves a collection of rare cognac and other special alcohols.

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Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian has 71 rooms in total, 37 of which are suites. Each enjoys spacious accommodation with extra high ceilings, original mouldings and large windows looking out onto the beautifully kept gardens or surrounding city of Xian. They are all equipped with the highest quality of facilities and amenities such as Mirror TVs, 24 hours butler service, pillow menu, Hermes bath amenities and complimentary mini bars.


Children are welcomed at Sofitel Legend and babysitting can be arranged by the hotel.


There is one main restaurant at Sofitel Legend, Dolce Vita, which serves deliciously authentic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven, open kitchen and centre antipasti table. Dolce Vita also acts as the breakfast venue for Sofitel Legend's in house guests.

There are two separate bars at the hotel with the 1953 Lobby Lounge providing a relaxed 'at home' feel and venue for the hotel's daily happy hour. Alongside the delicious cocktails, 1953 Lobby Lounge serves afternoon tea, Asian and Western favourites and light snacks. For the mature palate Louis XIII Bar offers rare cognacs and other special editions.

The boutique spa has three treatment rooms, one of which is specially designed for couples, beautiful indoor pool with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the surrounding gardens.


Alongside the beautiful spa the Sofitel Legend provides a number of relaxing and interesting activities including daily Tai Chi classes in the landscaped gardens or tea tasting in the Chinese Pavilion. Then of course Old Town Xian with the Wild Goose Pagoda, Drum and Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda are at your finger tips as the hotel is located within the ancient city walls.



Dominic Atterton (Staff)

Stepping into the Sofitel you feel immediately like youve been transported into another era. Marble and monochrome surround you and the whole place gives off a wonderful feeling of the past. For me it definitely felt more like a Parisian Hotel than being in one of Chinas most ancient cities. The rooms are spacious, full with more marble and stylish touches like claw footed bath tubs. The location is ideal for walking into the Muslim Quarter of Xian famous for its street food. There are gardens bordering the back of the hotel where you can sit out in the morning and watch local residents doing Tai Chi. Guests also have access to the full facilities of the neighbouring larger Sofitel including its excellent swimming pool. Its a fantastic hotel and the perfect place to retreat back to after a day spent learning about the fascinating Terracotta Warriors.


Sophie Jones (Staff)

Located away from the crowds of Xian the Sofitel Legend provides an oasis in the city. This boutique 71 room hotel is beautifully designed with a definite French feel. Each room comes equipped with butler service which makes it feel that bit more special.


  • 'The Song of Everlasting Sorrow' Outdoor Night Show

    Be delighted by a splendid outdoor night show, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow which tells the sad love story of Emperor Xuanzong and his beloved concubine. With nature as the backdrop and impressive visual effects, this is a performance not to be missed!

  • Bike the Ancient City Wall

    Cycle round the ancient Xian City Wall, taking approximately 1.5-2 hours.

  • Evening Shadow Play & Puppet Show

    Enjoy an evening of Shadow Play & Puppet Show, a live theatre performance that is performed in an beautiful traditional Chinese architectural house which was also the former residence of Gao Yue Song, an official during the Ming Dynasty.

  • Full Day Tour of Xian

    Enjoy a full day tour of Xian and a visit to some of the city's most important landmarks. Start with a tour of the Muslim Quarter and visit The Great Mosque before heading on to visit the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological wonder.

  • Hanyang Tomb Tour

    Explore the Hanyang Tomb, a joint tomb of Liu Qi while experiencing the underground integrated museum. You have the option toparticipate in demonstration of relic restoration, or join a family-friendly simulated excavation as an archaeological trainee.

  • Historical Xian Tour

    Explore the remarkable Shaanxi Provincial History Museum before setting off to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a famous well-preserved Buddhist pagoda built in the 652 during the Tang Dynasty.

  • Hua Shan by Cable Car

    Enjoy a tour of the North Hill by cable car at Hua Shan, one of the Five Great Mountains in China.

  • Magnificient Terra Cotta Warriors

    Be amazed by thousands of life-sized soldiers that were constructed to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, into the afterlife. Spend some time to explore the museum and gain an insight into the Terra Cotta Warriors.

  • Muslim Street Food Walking Tour

    Walk through the Muslim quarters rich with historic Islamic culture and embark on a street food walking tour. Try out their local delicacies such as their famous Liangpi “cold skin” noodles or mutton soup with flour cake.

  • Old City of Xian and The Big Goose Pagoda

    Enjoy historic Xian with your guide, learning about its city walls and visit the world famous Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Tang Dynasty Performance with Dinner

    Be treated to a Tang Dynasty show and enjoy its melodious music, live classical Chinese orchestra and intriguing historical stories. Dinner is included with delicious Cantonese delicacies provided at the Tang Dynasty Palace.

  • Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty

    The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty was a hugely significant discovery in the 1970s. The warriors are fascinating and well worth exploring with a private guide.

  • Walk the Ancient City Wall

    Enjoy a walk along the top of Xian's ancient wall with a magnificent view of the old city.

  • Xi’an by Jeep

    Uncover the secrets of two of Xi’an’s most enigmatic sites as you explore the mysterious cave dwellings of the loess rock formations and the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors.

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Location & directions

Xian, China

Located in the heart of the historical centre of Xian with easy access to key sites such as the Bell Tower and Renmin Square.

How to get there

Best accessed from the airport by taxi or private car, the journey should take around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic. Also accessible via the underground, stop Bell Tower.

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