I spent one night at the Best Western Hefei this week while travelling to Anhui Province for business meetings. The hotel was selected by colleagues.
Check in was quick, and I was put in a non-smoking room on level 17 (room 1719). Some simple English is spoken at reception and in the restaurant at the hotel.
The room was a very unusual design, being a loft-type arrangement, with a living room (and toilet) on the lower level, and the bed and bathroom on the upper level. The room was quite comfortable but it was a strange layout. The room featured very fast wi-fi, provide free of charge, and a well stocked mini-bar. There was a big screen TV on each level. It's a nice concept, but means that if you are going up and down the stairs frequently accessing your luggage downstairs (there is not much room for luggage upstairs). Despite being on a high floor, the room still had lots of outside noise.
The bathroom was small, but featured a range of toiletries. The ceiling height in the upper level (particularly the bathroom) was also quite low.
The hotel has a range of restaurants – I had dinner in a private room on the 2nd floor Chinese restaurant, and breakfast on the 1st floor buffet restaurant. The food was good at both meals. There is a swimming pool at the hotel.
The lighting in the room is very confusing to operate – there is a big chandelier hanging between the 2 levels, and once the master switch is off, it turns off not only these lights but also the bedside lamps, which is a pain if trying to read at night. The lifts are also very slow and there always seem to be long waits for them. The other problem with the room was that it was stiflingly hot in the rooms (despite being cold outside), and no amount of adjustment of the thermostats seemed to be able to change the settings.
The hotel is quite expensive for its location, but is very well presented. Check out was reasonably quick, compared to most regional Chinese hotels. The stay was good, but I would probably try one of the other hotels in Hefei next time I visit the area to get a comparison of what else is available. less