Among the nicer things about a visit to Xi’an is that prices are generally lower here than in Beijing or Shanghai. Quality chain hotels are available at shockingly low prices, so those package deals aren’t quite as amazing as they seem.
With a large tourism scene, there are plenty of restaurants with English-language menus around town, but of course visitors will tend to get better value at places without them. Drinks here are cheap as well, so this is a good stop for those who like to have a cocktail or three at night. There is a strip of English-friendly bars near the Drum Tower, but drinks are very expensive.
Spring and fall, although brief, see a nice amount of visitors to the area and slightly higher hotel costs. If visiting during the winter, you’ll be more likely to find budget prices for both hotels and airfare.