Named for the guest house that sits across from the main house in a traditional Chinese courtyard home is The Opposite House. The hotel is located in Beijing’s Sanlitun district surrounded by trendy bars, restaurants and boutiques.
The luxury design hotel is set in a cubic structure clad in green glass. Inside is a massive central atrium, loosely divided into distinct semi-public spaces, unapologetically modern in style and geometric in form. It’s kept warm by rich colors and liberal use of natural materials, right down to the guest suites, where even the odd rectangular bathtubs are carved from deeply grained wood. The smallest is not all that small, and the biggest is big indeed – all come equipped with the very latest in high-end design furniture and fittings, along with the occasional weathered wood antique. Other room facilities include a flat-screen TV and digital entertainment centre.
The hotel has an extensive spa, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Jing Yaa Tang celebrates Beijing Roast duck and several other most favoured Chinese dishes, while superb cocktails can be enjoyed at the stylish Union Bar (or non-shaken tableside).
✅ free Wi-Fi • 99 rooms • hotel opened: 2008 • architecture: Kengo Kuma • interior design: Kengo Kuma and AvroKo (Union Bar) ✅ free on-site parking ✅ pets welcome • 24-hour front desk