I recently stayed 4 nights the Aloft Dalian hotel. The hotel is located right in the heart of the city just off of Zongshan square, and I was pleased with how good the location was. The hotel was great for walking around, and there are tons of restaurants and cafes nearby including a Starbucks around the corner. The hotel is about a 30 min ride from the airport depending on traffic, and not too far from the high speed motorway.
The hotel is a big modern building and you have the take the elevator up the lobby, which is pretty common in China. My check-in was fast and friendly and I found the front desk staff spoke good English. The lobby is large and modern and decorated in the younger trendy style of all Aloft hotels. That means funky furniture, constant music, and lots of bright colors. But I really like it.
My room was on the 30th floor, and was very comfortable. The room wasn't huge, but was perfect for me for this business trip. I was worried about being on the top floor that the room would be too warm in the winter when the heat was going (as I've seen in other reviews), but I found the individual temp controls in my room worked perfectly and kept the room cool and comfortable for sleeping.
The king bed was huge and actually one of the most comfortable beds and pillows I've had in a hotel in a while. I slept great! The room was very clean (although there were a lot of stains in the carpet, overall the room was really clean). The bathroom had a nice big walk in shower and had all of the toiletries you would need for a comfortable stay.
The room had key items like slippers and a really great bathrobe, and there was a safe for valuables. They room had an umbrella to use for free which came in handy as it rained quite hard during my trip. There was a "mini-bar" but it just had sodas.
The TV did have a couple of English language channels including BBC news and HBO, however the picture quality was not HD and was quite poor.
In the morning the breakfast area can get a little busy, but there is a decent selection of both Chinese and Western dishes. Honestly, I found the Chinese dishes good, especially the chef making egg and veggie pancakes, but the western stuff wasn't very good. The breads were all VERY stale and hard.
My only other complaint is that the Wifi in my room was painfully slow and was hard to hold a connection. The wifi worked fine when in the lobby so maybe it was just where my room was located?
For the price paid, I highly recommend the Aloft Dalian. I really enjoyed my stay and would absolutely stay here again.