We were attending a conference and, right from the beginning, the conference website indicated that "standard rooms" at this hotel were unavailable. Well, the next level, called Loft Apartment, was just a few yuan more, so we booked that.. Later we found that everyone in the conference who was at our hotel had a loft apartment.
For just a little over USD 100, we (two of us attending the conference) had a loft apartment, with full breakfasts each morning.
The loft is quite impressive... a full living room, and a full bath, on the lower floor. There is a work desk (with full net connectivity, and multi-outlet international power strip), and a nice living room, and huge 2-level window, electrically operated drapes...! There is a small fridge and a tea-coffee maker... the only thing missing is a hot plate/oven...!
The upper (loft) level is reached via a wooden staircase and includes of course the bed, the dresser, and another full bath - with a tub.
The negative of course is lugging the suitcases to the loft level... one has to be a bit careful on the "open design" wooden staircase.
The breakfast is impressive - full array of Chinese and Western dishes. We could not even sample 30% of what was on offer..!
The subway (metro) station is about 6 minutes away... though the line this station is on often required 2 changes to get to central areas of the city.
We are not sure if the rate we got was substantially lower than the regular rate, but we got a lot of hotel for what we paid.
Oh...another minor negative... knowledge of English for many staff is barely at an acceptable level, even at the front desk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ariva Beijiing West is a new and chic 317 room hotel and serviced apartment located in the heart of Zhongguancun Science Park. Ideal for both business and leisure traverlers, it is 30 minutes drive from Tiananmen Square and 40 minutes from the airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ariva Beijing West Hotel And Serviced Apartment
- Beijing Novotel