This is my third stay in this hotel. That probably tells you something. It's an "international" hotel, the staff generally speak good English, and those that don't understand they might need to grab help from those that do. If you want it, they have western style food in house (at western prices, naturally), but I prefer to eat local for 1/4 of the price.
Simon from Denver, CO
This family-friendly hotel is located in Beijing (Haidian), close to Big Bell Temple, Zhongguancun Electronics City, and …More
Our room was comfortable with a huge comfortable queen size bed that came with 4 pillows. Bathroom was nice with marble floors and walls, complete with a tub and separate shower and separate toilet! But looks were somewhat deceiving as the toilet stopped flushing twice. Having a separate shower was great, except the water doesn't drain completely after use and water sometimes seeped out into the adjacent toilet area. In the room itself, your treated to a nice sized LCD TV with loads of channels, but I wish they had more English channels....there's only so much Discovery channel you can watch at night. As for other hotel amenities, the indoor heated pool was nice as there's almost never people in it. There's also 3 restaurants inside, Thai, Chinese and an international buffet. Weirdest thing though was every floor we went to smelled like cat urine in the morning. Strange...but overall the stay was comfortable.
But the problem is location. It's in a quiet more residential district that's far from central Beijing. Although it's on the main artery, it's about 40min from the airport, so getting to Tian'anmen square takes almost 25 min by bus. The bus stop is about 3 min walk but the nearest subway was about a 10 min walk. Best suggestion if you want to take the subway, is to take the bus 1 stop to the Wukesong station. Good food is rare here as well. But I guess you get what you pay for.
Pat from NJ
This family-friendly hotel is located in Beijing (Haidian), close to Central Radio and T.V. Tower, Beijing Shijingshan …More
Stayed at Ariva double storey suite from 30th June-13th july ( Room 1303) and on 22nd July ( Room 1246). Both suites are superb, room 1303 is near the lift but 1246 is like a 150m walk to the lift. Ask for non smoking floor if you do not smoke and also a room near to the lift.
Love the glass panel attached bathroom on the second floor. I slept very well all the nights I stayed in the hotel. And they have a distinctive "Ariva scent" to all their toiletries, i never used those things provided by hotels, but those from Ariva - I really love them. They allow you to place your luggage after you checked out, i kept mine over there for 10 days when I head over to Inner Mongolia. Late checkout is at 2pm, you just got to request from them.
Traveller from singapore
This family-friendly serviced apartment is located in Beijing (Haidian), close to Zhongguancun Electronics City, Beijing …More
The hotel was nice, room was spacious, but the location made it very difficult to come and go. Located on the outskirts of Beijing, it was difficult to explain to the taxi drivers how to get to. Also, expect to wait 10-25 minutes when leaving for an available taxi to come by.
James from London
Located in the Haidian district, in Beijing West, and on the end of Beijing Chang An Boulevard, Park Plaza Beijing West is a …More