Written by Naomi and Javier
The Gran Melia is located near Tang Paradise in the southeast part of town. It’s a five-star hotel – one of the finest in Xi’an. A friend of us recommended that we check out so we did. The hotel is fully stocked with a cigar bar, lobby bar, all-day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, an exclusive Spanish restaurant and a spa. The Gran Melia just opened in October so it’s probably the nicest facilities available in town. As soon as we entered, we were immediately greeted by several staff. The lobby area is beautiful, huge and decorated for the seasons. It’s a great place to relax while you wait.
We had the opportunity to visit Duo, the Spanish restaurant. It’s a very upscale place with an open kitchen, a bar, a small stage with live music, and cozy lighting. The restaurant has multilingual staff that quickly takes care of all your needs and demands. As soon as we sat down, the head chef from Spain, Abel, came out of the kitchen to greet us. We got to enjoy the set lunch. It includes a starter and a main course. For starters, you can choose beef Carpaccio on tomato coulis with a touch of foie or Mediterranean fishermen’s soup. Four the main course, you can choose baby squid creamy rice with green asparagus and shitake mushrooms or a sole filet with fine herbs. We tried both pairs and the highlight might have been the fish filet or the rice dish. They were both super delicious. After we finished the dinner, Abel came out to ask how it was and say goodbye. Everyone was so kind and service was impeccable.
As for that spa, it includes spa services mainly massages, and facial and body treatments. They have single and double treatment rooms (for one or two people). The treatment rooms have massage beds, hot tubs and showers. They offer Indian traditional massages and Chinese traditional massages. They also have a big swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness room. The fitness room includes treadmills, stationery bikes, weight machines and a yoga room. You can do yoga on your own or hire an instructor. All the facilities are brand new and the service is amazing so you should definitely check it out.
PRO: A great place to escape to have a European vacation in Xi’an. It’s possibly the best place to relax in Xi’an.
CON: Expensive. The Gran Melia mostly hosts upscale visitors.
The Gran Melia is definitely a five-star experience. The facilities are brand new, the service is more than excellent and the restaurants are unique to Xi’an.
Average Price per person/人均消费: 118-148 RMB
#1666, Qu Jiang Cheng West Road, Qu Jiang Xin Qu. ( 曲江新区曲江池西路1666号 )
Tel /电话: 029-6821 6666 Hours /时间: 11:30am – 2:00pm 5:30pm – 10:00pm