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The Opposite House

Beijing - Hotel Review

Opposites Attract

The exterior of The Opposite House in Beijing
The exterior of The Opposite House in Beijing

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 mingles with modern, harmonizing to create a space of simple yet chic style.

Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the glass exterior was inspired by traditional Chinese wood lattice and displays different shades of green to convey calm. This theme extends to the interior, with its open design, including a large central atrium. The modern style is accented by touches of classic Chinese décor, including the ground floor's contemporary art gallery, featuring a sculpture collection from ten Chinese artists.

The 98 large, minimalist-style studios include nine suites and a two-level penthouse with a roof terrace. Guest rooms are only simple in design — high ceilings, natural light, natural wooden floors and king-size beds — as the amenities go above and beyond with under-floor heating, complimentary wireless Internet, mini-bars, luxury down bedding by Ploh, toiletries by BaYanKaLa, LCD TVs, Denon entertainment, mood lighting systems, French press coffee and spa-inspired bathrooms with rain showers and deep-soaking tubs.

The Penthouse bedroom at The Opposite House in Beijing The lobby and atrium at The Opposite House in Beijing
The Penthouse bedroom
The lobby and atrium

Keeping with the theme of contrast, The Opposite House is home to six different venues for dining and nightlife. The menus are diverse, with Mediterranean and Southern European dishes at Sureño; Bei's blend of Asian flavors from Japan, North China and Korea; and Village Café, a casual eatery featuring a menu of international favorites. In addition, there is a private dining room and two bars: late-night club Punk and wine bar/cocktail lounge Mesh. The property also houses a gym with Technogym equipment, a 22-meter stainless steel pool, two massage rooms, a steam room and a juice bar.

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 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 — although you may wish it were longer, with airport transfers in the hotel's Maserati Quattroporte or Audi Q7. Good news: if you want more time, the hotel also offers private city tours.

As with all properties within the Swire Hotels group, The Opposite House sets out to express individuality through style and personalized service. The hotel is in good company with the addition of new business brand east hotels, the first in Hong Kong and one now in Beijing, as well as its sister property, The Upper House in Hong Kong.

For more information, visit www.swirehotels.com


The Opposite House
The Village, Building 1
No. 11 Sanlitun Rd.
Chaoyang District
Beijing, China 100027
8610-6417-6688 | Reserve with Booking.com for the best rate!
www.theoppositehouse.com


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(Updated: 12/19/12 CT)

 


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