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This ultra-modern luxury hotel enjoys a prime location in Beijing's diplomatic quarter.
Although The Opposite House takes its name from the Chinese term for a guest house that sits on the opposite side of a traditional courtyard-style home, the name is more fitting to describe it as a "place of contrasts," where opposites attract and traditional and modern styles mingle, harmonizing to create a simple yet chic space.
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the glass exterior was inspired by traditional Chinese wood lattice and displays different shades of green to convey a sense of calm. This theme extends to the interior, with its open design, including a large central atrium. A contemporary palette is accented with elements of classic Chinese décor, and the ground floor's art gallery features a sculpture collection from 10 Chinese artists.
The 99 large, minimalist-style studios include nine suites and a two-level penthouse with a roof terrace. Guest rooms are uncluttered in design — high ceilings, natural light, natural wooden floors and king-size beds — while the amenities go above and beyond with under-floor heating, complimentary wireless Internet, mini-bars, luxury down bedding, toiletries by Appelles, LCD TVs, Denon entertainment systems, mood lighting, French press coffee carafes and spa-inspired bathrooms with rain showers and deep-soaking tubs.
Keeping with the theme of contrast, The Opposite House is home to a variety of venues for dining and nightlife. The menus are diverse, with Jing Yaa Tang specializing in Beijing roast duck, Sureño serving Mediterranean dishes and casual eatery Village Café featuring international favorites. In addition, Mesh is a top spot for wine and original craft cocktails. The hotel also houses a gym with Technogym equipment, a 22-meter stainless steel pool, two massage rooms, a steam room and a private function space.
Exploring your surroundings outside the hotel is a must, as it is located in the village of Sanlitun, the heart of Beijing's diplomatic quarter since the 1950s and a hot destination for fashion, dining, arts and entertainment. It's close to the central business district, as well as embassies, and is only a 30-minute ride from the airport. The hotel offers private tours of the city and attractions on Beijing's outskirts, such as to the Great Wall of China.