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.
If you want a hotel where you can find restaurants, taxis and easy access to the subway, then this is the hotel to stay at while in Beijing. The hotel is also in a section of the city where signage is in Chinese and a English, which is helpful if your Chinese is not very good.
Nice rooms and a nice location. Some colleagues stayed at another hotel nearby, they paid more and the service was no where close to as good as the Crowne Plaza. I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Beijing.
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.
The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the subway station. There are large malls close by. Many good restraints are easily accessible.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable with a kitchen and living area.
The pool was the perfect temperature and the scene was pretty mellow and relaxed.
The manager was very helpful and friendly.