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Sofitel Legend

Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel

Opened in 1953 as a state guesthouse and located in a grand building that blends French and Sino-Russian architecture with local style, the Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian is an attractive luxury property in the heart of Xian, an excellent base for exploring Xian’s famous sights. The hotel’s fascinating history is on display in a little gallery off the main lobby. The hotel was tastefully renovated, making the most of its spacious rooms, lofty ceilings, elegant mouldings and art deco features. Guestrooms and suites here are elegantly furnished and well-equipped with modern amenities that enhance the hotel's character. Facilities include a first-floor swimming pool overlooking the gardens, a spa, an Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace, and a Lobby Lounge serving cocktails, light snacks and afternoon tea.

Our rating: Deluxe

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The hotel has 44 luxurious guestrooms and 27 sumptuous suites, all have first class amenities including coffee maker, safety deposit box, en suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower, LANVIN toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi access.


The property is ideally located inside the ancient city walls, within walking distance of the historic Bell and Drum towers and the Muslim Quarter. It is 5-minute drive from Xian railway station and 40 minutes from Xian Xianyang International Airport.

Food and drink

Dolce Vita serves international buffet breakfast and offers a classic Italian menu for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy their meals in the stylish dining room or on the outdoor terrace. The Lobby Lounge is a lovely venue for wines, cocktails, light snacks and afternoon tea.


All suites and some guestrooms have interconnecting doors making them ideal for family use.

Facilities and activities

The hotel’s leisure facilities include a fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool and a spa. Guests can participate in daily Tai Chi classes in the landscaped garden or sample fragrant local tea at the Chinese pavilion.

Our opinion

The Sofitel Legend is one of the most luxurious properties in Xian. Unique architectural and unbeatable facilities, amenities and service make this one of our favourite high end options.

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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