If we could sum up our stay at The Opposite House, Beijing in one word, it’d be: wow (and we’ve stayed at some pretty amazing hotels). The sister hotel to Hong Kong’s The Upper House is designed to be a place of contrasts, and accomplishes that immediately once you walk into its unique “living room” lobby.
In fact, the entire ground floor of The Opposite House is a contemporary art gallery, with an amazing sculptural collection and regular exhibitions by some of China’s best artists.
There are no suits at The Opposite House, just young, friendly and English-speaking hotel staff in grey vests and jeans who swiftly check us into the hotel with an electronic iPad-like tool. Within minutes, we are escorted to our room and given a clear run-through of what’s inside.
There are a total of 98 studio rooms (ranging from 45, 70, 95 to 115 square metres) in The Opposite House and a penthouse suite spanning two floors, all designed with floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious lofty feel.
Our Studio 70 was like a breath of fresh air, featuring an uncluttered, minimal design with the bed and daybed on one side and bathroom on the other. The natural ridges of the hardwood floor under our feet were a nice touch, as were the spa-like wooden sinks and bath tubs.
What’s more — all rooms at The Opposite House come with complimentary Wi-Fi, a fully linked up digital entertainment system (to connect with all your gadgets) and free mini-bar (filled with chocolate bars, beer and water with daily replenishments).
You’ll be spoiled for choice by The Opposite House’s dining options including Sureno for Mediterranean cuisine, Bei for North Asian dishes and the Village Cafe for all-day international fare. Head to Mesh on the ground floor for some wine and cocktails, and of course, an appropriately chill lounge music soundtrack to wind down to.
Thanks to its location in Beijing’s bustling Sanlitun Village, there’s lots to do once you step outside of The Opposite House. Head to the North Village for your high fashion fixes (Miu Miu and Versace) or the South Village for China’s first Apple Store and brands like Uniqlo and Adidas. Or, practice your bargaining skills at the Yashow market just a few blocks away.
At night, Sanlitun is filled with the young and beautiful expat crowd, with plenty of restaurants and bars just steps away from The Opposite House. Our recommendation? Cross the road for some Beijing-style themed karaoke at the Soho Towers nearby (ask the friendly staff at The Opposite House to book for you).
The Opposite House, Building 1, No.11 Sanlitun Road, Beijing 100027, China, +86 10 6417 6688,www.theoppositehouse.com
(Originally published on LifestyleAsia.com)