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