If you're heading to Xi'an anytime this winter, hold onto your seat: this December, Westin Hotels and Resorts will be opening their first institution in Shaanxi Province with a lavish, high-class hotel, complete with its own museum. Yep, you read that correctly—a museum/hotel combo. There are also rumors that its archives will include the world's only solid-gold suit of armor.
Xi'an is a popular tourist destination in China for a number of reasons; chief among them the Terracotta Army. But before the Terracotta Warriors were discovered in the 1970s, Xi'an was already known around the world as the ancient capital of China and the seat of multiple dynasties, and had long been the eastern terminus of the famous Silk Road. When China was first united during the Qin Dynasty under the rule of the mighty armies of Qin Shi Huang, the capital was Xianyang (now part of metropolitan Xi'an). Originally known as Chang'an (Cháng'ān, 长安), the city persisted for thousands of years and by the late Ming Dynasty was known as Xi'an. Needless to say, there is a wealth of history held within the Xi'an city walls.
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The Xi'an Westin will open mid-December, and there are deals through February on rooms, coming in at RMB 1,110 for a regular room and breakfast for two. Given Xi'an's connection to ancient history, it is a logical place to have an on-site museum that celebrates thousands of years of culture, and one displaying over two thousand artifacts, from traditional Chinese murals to Buddhist statues at that. Did I mention there's a solid-gold suit of armor?
And, of course, the Xi'an Westin has all the luxury amenities you'd expect from a Westin joint, including five choices for eating and drinking, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, banquet halls and ballrooms, and a world-class staff ready to plan and assist in the execution of conferences, weddings and events.
So, if you don't plan on visiting Xi'an for the Terracotta Warriors, or the City Wall, or the Bell and Drum Towers, or the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (which is conveniently located across the street from the Xi'an Westin), or any of the other great attractions in Xi'an, do it for yourself; get pampered (and cultured) at the new Xi'an Westin.