The Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xi'an originally opened in 1953 as a state-run hotel for visiting Chinese leaders and foreign dignitaries. Guests have included former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, French President Francois Mitterrand and US diplomat Henry Kissinger. After extensive renovation and preparation over the past 28 months, the 71 rooms and suites include Hermes toiletries and French-designed floral arrangements along with a personalized butler service. Set within 40,000m² of landscaped gardens in the city's Renmin Square, the hotel offers a range of luxury facilities including include a private health club, swimming pool and spa, an authentic Italian restaurant, an exclusive top-floor Louis XIII Bar and a private museum. All-weather links provide easy access to the neighboring Convention Centre and Grand Theatre. Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xi'an becomes the first Sofitel Legend hotel in China and only the second in Asia.