When you’re looking for a design hotel in Beijing, The Opposite House is bound to come up. During my recent trip to Beijing, I stayed at the wonderful hotel in Beijing’s lively Sanlitun neighborhood. I had visited the hotel’s sister hotel in Hong Kong already – The Upper House. Both hotels have a stunning minimal interior – highly instagrammable and popular with the instagram crowd.
The hotel was designed by architect Kengo Kuma. In the main hall / lobby area, you are greeted with a sky high roof, letting in lots of light, a design of sails hanging from the ceiling, and modern silhouettes. Below is a showcase of artwork from local artists – upstairs are the rooms.
Rooms have a very minimal design, which I quite like. There’s a lot of use of woods, glass and neutral colors. Rooms are spacious, making you feel more relaxed and comfortable, and the windows let in a lot of light!
The Opposite House is a hotel where you can easily spend a day relaxing and getting into the Beijing time on a slow pace. Wake up and have breakfast at the Village Cafe and choose your pick from their a la carte menu. You can also choose to have breakfast brought up to the room I was told – no extra charge (which is quite unique I say!). I loved their smoothie bowls and was actually surprised to see this Western trend here! After breakfast, head down to the pool or gym for a workout session. I regret not taking a photo of the pool – it’s a stunning dark room with lights hanging from the ceiling.
Spend your day in the city center of Beijing and do some sightseeing (here’s some tips). For dinner, head back to the hotel restaurant Jing Yaa Tang – an award winning restaurant serving roasted Beijing duck. I was supposed to have dinner with my sister here but because she was delayed, I had dinner all by myself here. Which was perfectly fine mind you (food and I are a great pair already). I loved the walnuts and Chinese toon dish, the stir fried king prawns with honey sesame walnut and my favorite was their recommended dish of fried tofu cubes with cumin (what a unique flavor!).
The Opposite House is a hotel where you are able to wind down and relax and get prepared for your Beijing adventure. Where you’ll be inspired by the beautiful artworks in the main hall. Where you’re bound to spend lots of time (window) shopping in the Taikoo Li Sanlitun mall next to the hotel! And where you get a good grip of a beautiful mix of Chinese and Western culture. My only regret is that I didn’t stay here long enough – I could have spent my whole week here exploring the hotel and neighborhood!