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"Simply splendid hotel!"
I spent a fabulous three days at the Opposite House. From the warm and efficient welcome, to the room amenities - everything was top class. The hotel is situated in the affluent Sanlitun district, with very high class shopping on the doorstep. The rooms are out of this world. They are stunningly designed, absolutely enormous and with every luxury you could wish for, including an excellent selection of toiletries and minibar goodies. The beds are super comfy with top quality bed linen and towels. The front of house colleagues are very welcoming - nothing was too much trouble. Everything was very high-tech (to be the point that I struggled to operate the lighting and sound systems - but they would have helped had I asked). Please note that certain websites (such as Netflix) can't be accessed in China. But if you have a night in, they will lend you movies from their video library. In brief, stunning hotel - the website does not do it justice. Warmly recommended.
"A truly unique hotel in Beijing's popular Sanlitun"
The Opposite House is a hotel worth visiting even if not staying there for it is unlike any other in Beijing. When I first discovered the building shortly after it opened in 2008 - one week before the Beijing Olympics - I thought it was an art gallery. The shimmering exterior cubic style with shades of square green glass paneling suggested art. Period costumes created from Ming pottery appear in ground floor windows. The hotel embraces traditional elements within a modern framework. Behind its heavy, local-style wooden doors the similarly wooden-floored atrium includes a wall modelled on drawers found in a domestic Chinese pharmacy. Beyond, a large area opposite the popular Village Cafe features high-end instillation art displays changed quarterly. Indeed contemporary art is incorporated throughout the main public areas. A hotel it certainly is and one that soon influenced the concept of high-end hospitality in Beijing. The Opposite House, part of Swire Hotel's 'House Collective' was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and provides sumptuous comfort in a style that at first appears incredibly simple and uncluttered.The Opposite House, as its name suggests,is 'opposite' to the standard traditions of hotel design - there are no chandeliers and 'golden' fittings - instead clean simplicity is matched with a very high level of professionalism that comes to be expected from Swire. There is a casual appearance where the entire team, indeed more like an extended family, dress casual but are all highly skilled and proficient in their roles from overall management to housekeeping and maintenance. This ambience helps attract a regular clientele who truly appreciate this approach - many come from domestic and international arts and media. It appeals to young professionals who are looking for individualism and a relaxed feel during their stay - people who identify with the hotel's concept and style. It is after all located adjacent to the greatest concentration in China of the world's top fashion designer outlets, such as Alexander McQueen, within high-end Taikooli North (another Swire Property). The entire hotel in its design maintains this feeling of design from its metal lined swimming pool, to the popular Village Cafe, through to its range of accomodation right up to penthouse level. The rooms with floor to ceiling large windows are bright and naturally lit, but again simplistic in concept - many usual fittings are discretely hidden from view but are all there. It is like stepping into a very modern, stylish apartment. Use of glass paneling separates bathroom from sleeping areas.Wooden baths, wash basins and shower rooms do enhance the unique style of the rooms. Excellent wi-fi and large screen digital television allow worldwide connectivity and accessibility. The well-stocked mini-bar and snack shelf is free to use. Beds featuring white duvet covers are incredibly comfortable. Breakfast, a la carte and buffet, is served in the ground floor Village Cafe - which is also a popular venue for writers, professionals, mini-meetings and those looking for an excellent weekend brunch. Adjacent is one of Sanlitun's top night spots, Mesh Bar with its reputation for fine wines and cocktails - just inside the main entrance doors. The lower floor offers higher end dining with Sureno featuring a brand new menu by recently appointed Chef Talib alongside top end Chinese dining at Jing Yaa Tang with creations by leading Chef Li Dong. What has always impressed me has been the friendliness and warmth of the team who treat guests whether residing, dining or just visiting as friends. Very quickly they address clients personally and accustom themselves with their particular wishes, characteristics and personalities. Despite many new hotel properties opening in and around this popular part of Beijing the Opposite House remains a popular destinations and has retained its loyal and regular clientele. Well worth trying out if you are in this part of Beijing. English is spoke throughout the hotel, the location is excellent - particularly for first-time visitors to the city - and the hotel's facilities are simply great while conveying a feeling of serenity and quietude.
"What a life, what a joy, what a chance!"
The facade of the hotel not promising, and you will be not challenged to knock on door to check what is going on inside. Once you find the main entrance, you will understand that is not just "the cube" of glass. Amazing lobby, like a scene for some fashion show, the bar crowd of people. I've been wowed. Than I decided to change my hotel immediately even it was paid to the end of my trip in Beijing. The rooms....you should check. From that moment, everything has been changed. What a life, what a joy, what a chance!
It was an amazing dinner in jing yaa tang. It had a few guests left when we came to have dinner here. That's why we can get our food and drinks as soon as possible. Some more the service by Cher(hopefully it's the correct spelling) was perfect,she showed us how to take the duck correctly. What's more,when we were confused that how to settle down our bill,Cher separated it into three ,that really helped us. Thanks to the whole team to give us a so nice time as well. Thanks again to jing yaa tang.
"Fantastic services; love the swimming pool"
The staff are really top notch. Front desk especially incredible - they went out of the way to help me check in online for my departing flight. House cleaning staff so thoughtful - left various drawers and doors half open to show me where there was a stereo, or a pair of slippers. Staff at the restaurant for breakfast were also so accommodating - it was a culture of yay-sayers - don't say they don't exist. I also loved the stainless steel swimming pool + gym in the basement - no icky basement smell at all and probably the air was better than outside. Overall an A+ and if I have to go back to Beijing, that is the only place I will stay at now.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM