China Gets First Sofitel Legend in Xian

The city of Xian is now home to China’s first Sofitel Legend hotel, thanks to the opening of the Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian. Opened in 1953 as the State Guesthouse, the hotel was originally designed by Hong Qing, Chief Architect of the Northwest Institute of Architectural Design, who chose the site of an extensive garden that was once part of an imperial palace, and included French touches like the fleur-de-lys.

Surrounded by seven thousand years of history and tradition, this heritage building was given a new lease on life by award-winning designer Joe Cheng of Hong Kong-based Cheng Chung Designs. Now, the hotel houses 71 luxurious guest rooms and suites, each of which boasts lofty ceilings, generous proportions, and all the sophisticated amenities associated with Sofitel, such as Hermès toiletries and French-designed floral arrangements.

The hotel also boasts personalised butler service, an extensive garden setting, a private health club, a swimming pool, an opulent spa, and even a private museum. For the hungry and thirsty, there is also an authentic Italian restaurant, and an exclusive top-floor Louis XIII Bar. Located in Renmin Square, at the heart of historic Xian, the hotel is well-placed to explore attractions such as the Forest of Steles, or the lively Muslim quarter.

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