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“A green oasis in the desert of Changsha”

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Vaya International Hotel
Ranked #16 of 1,408 Hotels in Changsha
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“A green oasis in the desert of Changsha”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

There must be a very good reason for you to plan a trip to Changsha. I mean, Changsha is not so bad, and in Changsha nothing is really different from the other 20 and more megacities of Southern China. But if you are going there please, at least, try to book a good hotel to mitigate the impact on your health of an environment with a persistent an dense haze of smog and humidity, 40 degrees Celsius, and millions of crazy drivers stucked in never ending queues.
Vaya hotel could be a good spot for you since it is conveniently located near the city center (train station) and not so far from the airport and the new eastern area of the City. The nearest metro station is just at 10 minutes from Vaya by taxi while a taxi ride to Orange Island could take up to 40 minutes depending on traffic conditions.
Rooms are OK, they probably need some improvement (especially the windows that are not insulated) but, frankly speaking, nothing real dramatic there. The only issue, especially if you are staying in the side facing the main street, is the continuous and persistent noise coming from the thousands of vehicles, motorbikes, trucks, coaches, taxis, bikes crossing the street at every time of the day and the night.
But the big asset (and difference) of this hotel is only one: the park. A quite extended green area just in front of the main entrance where you can find yourself wandering over the (fake) great wall or relaxing by the small lakes that are characterizing this green oasis in the middle of the grey and asphalted Changsha.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

During a ten-day long vacation to Zhangjiajie and the Yangtze River, we had a night's stay in Changsha. As we were with a tour group, we checked in at a different entrance to the hotel which was slightly confusing but nevertheless efficient. We stayed at the apartment wing of the hotel which was some distance away from reception, passing through their small shopping street and through the outside. Even with the shelter shielding us from the rainy weather at the time, it was inconvenient to pass through the cold winds before proceeding to our rooms.

The room itself was above average. Tidy and furbished nicely. The double beds were comfortable and were of moderate hardness. As with most Chinese hotels, the shower cubicle could be clearly seen from the bedroom, so make sure to close the blinds before bathing. No outstanding stains or specks were found.

Unluckily, within minutes of settling in, my father received the grave news of our grandmother's untimely death. No longer in the mood to continue the holiday, he decided to return home as soon as possible. We went to the flight centre at the aforementioned shopping street to book a one-way ticket home. They said they could only search domestic flights within China, while we lived in Singapore. When they did produce a result, it was a $1,500 ticket indirect flight leaving on the next day. Using the free Wi-Fi service they had provided, we found tickets that cost a mere $300+. Our travel agent who also assisted us showed similar results to mine. It's baffling how their flight centre is so inept as to come up with such expensive results but at least the service staff there tried their best.

Breakfast was good. Western dishes was served along with cereal. A bit of a hard find as it later proved during the course of our trip. Since we had no time to explore the hotel the day before, I decided to have a look at the swimming pool. My poor command of Chinese made communication with a staff member at the lift lobby to the swimming pool difficult. She eventually replied in Chinese very rudely, "What are you doing?" I was appalled at this standard of service and I reasoned with her on my intentions. She said that the swimming pool was closed. Granted, she may have believed I was playing a practical joke, but it remains unacceptable that they make such quick judgements.

Wi-Fi is only available on the ground floor. It works moderately well.

Overall, it's a good hotel for staying in Changsha. Not something utterly spectacular but it does the job well. Having booked with a travel agency, we were not sure of the pricing of the hotel. I won't call this out in particular as a hotel to stay in but I will give the go-ahead for those wishing to.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

I live on Changsha Dadao and the Vaya hotel is on my city block next to the golf course. Your map shows the hotel where the Walmart is located about 1/2 mile away...Please fix this..thanks.
Vaya Hotel has a 9 hole golf course and driving range on property and a Chinese Gardent and historic Temple..see pics.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Rooms are nice with a comfortable bed and pillows. I am very sensitive to having the right soft pillow and these where perfect. Would have liked more international breakfast options. The most positive was the room

  • Stayed November 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

A typical local Chinese hotel in need of better cleanliness in the rooms. The breakfast was basic and nothing special compared to others that I have had in China. I was disappointed with the complimentary wifi, which I could not even detect in my room. With that said, it is a good value property to stay at when visiting Changsha.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

The Vaya Hotel in the Local Governmant area of Changsha looks fab on the surface, scratch a little and you will find where the real problem lies. In the cleanliness. The long shag pile carpet in the reception seating area is filthy. The carpets in the bedrom floor hallways are filthy. The bedroom carpets are filthy. Our room had the smell of local pub before the smoking ban. Ok, I do not sleep on the floor, slippers are provided and the bed was clean however what a waste of beautiful carpets.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

In all fairness, some of the not-so-positive comments made about this hotel in earlier reviews are a bit exaggerated. For one, this is a Chinese-run hotel according to China's (inner city) management style. One must recognise that in China, only a handful of five-star hotels in the big cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou are truly comparable to the best in other parts of the world. So let's not be too harsh on this outfit in one of the inner cities which is actually considered a second-tier (or even third) city in China.

Vaya seems a bit dated, admittedly and some of its facilities are showing wear and tear. The service is sub-standard, but not non-existent. There are many smokers in the lobby and even in the non-smoking rooms, but this is only to be expected. The Chinese don't care about this rule and if you are so bothered by this, then don't come to China. They're like that and I accept it. To me, most importantly, the rooms are adequate and clean enough to stay in, and the food at the restaurants are of acceptable standards. The internet access in the room works well, and I got the king-sized bed which I requested for. So nothing too spectacular, but nothing to really complain about.

I was there on the invitation of one of my clients, so I won't know how much the rates cost. I was told it's more expensive than the Wyndham, but I am sceptical. Location wise, it's really some distance from the centre of town. But the gardens surrounding the hotel are beautiful. I think if you aren't too fussy, then maybe you'll find it comfotrable enough here. But lots of caveats, as I'd said.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Vaya International Hotel
Address: No.81 Wanjiali Middle Road, Yuhua District, Changsha 410001, China
Region: China > Hunan > Changsha
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 1,408 Hotels in Changsha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Vaya International Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 866
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