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The Opposite House
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Building 1, No.11 Sanlitun Road, Beijing 100027, China (Beijing Workers' Sports Complex)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5,310 hotels in Beijing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This must be the most surprising hotel i stayed in. Nothing is as you expect it, the reception desk is almost invisible as you come through the huge door. the art work in the lobby is superb, and you feel at peace from the very few minutes.

The rooms are impressively minimal, great wooden floor, wooden bathroom, amazing atmosphere, and great service! Thumbs up!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Beijing, China
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed just one night and loved it from the moment we arrived. The hotel itself is such a refreshing change from the large hotels chains. The modern design, and art work in the foyer is very cool, but not at all pretentious. The room itself lived up to expectations, it was light and airy, and spotlessly clean. The slick easy check in service and a helpful overview of the room was a great welcome. We stayed close to the hotel enjoying the nearby shopping options and dinner at Sureno. Breakfast at the Village Cafe was included in our room rate, and was great start to the day with a filling western breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Everything about this hotel is wonderful! I stayed for two nights on a tourist visit and this place was an an amazing oasis to come back to after sightseeing each day. The design of the rooms and common areas is beautiful, the pool is completely unique, the staff are hip, friendly and professional, there's an amazing collection of interesting artwork throughout and the location within a buzzy retail and entertainment zone can't be beaten. There's also great in-room treats including a take-home bag of toiletries, beautiful skin and haircare products, an ipad to access all hotel services and a selection of complimentary snacks that's replenished daily. Note that hot breakfasts are cokked-to-order so if you're got to be somewhere, give yourself time for the food to be cooked. The only thing I can fault is the miserly amount of drinking water provided in the room - while you can call housekeeping for more without any issue, it would be easier if it was readily available in t he room. If you're looking for a place to stay that is a world apart from the homogenous chain hotels - this is it. I was wowed.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

It's nice to find a boutique hotel that lives up to the promise of boutique hotels. Modern designs, attentive service, delicious food, tranquil rooms, and innovative technology marked my outstanding stay at The Opposite House. Services ordered through the iPad in my room worked without a hitch. The free hotel app gave great advice on sights, bars, and restaurants while I was out exploring. I upgraded to a Studio 95 room, and felt like I was staying at a cool NYC apartment. Plus, the free minibar (yes, free!) was simply brilliant. I usually stay at the traditional 5 star luxury properties, but was very happy that I stayed at this perfectly located gem in trendy Sanlitun instead.

Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I stayed with my girlfriend for three wonderful nights in early May 2013. This hotel is very cool. The foyer / entrance is decorated with striking art and sculptures mixing contemporary and traditional materials and themes which are very beautiful.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. I have to say, I was impressed by the very high standard of service that we experienced throughout our stay: from check-in and out which was swift and no hassle; room service for meals and getting hold of an ironing board; to the staff at the entrance, and in the restaurants and bars in the hotel. All were top rate. The customer experience team were also very helpful and informative about where to go to eat and drink.
The room was amazing. We stayed on the 4th floor, overlooking the square / shopping area which was also very cool and hip looking, with lots of boutiques. The room was very private and quiet. The bathroom was awesome, especially the large square wooden bath tub. The mini-bar was complimentary (including beers), and was replenished daily. Overall I would say this was one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had. I would totally recommend this to anyone and would not choose to stay anywhere else but The Opposite House for any future trip to Beijing.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 4th floor. Try and get a room with a square wooden bath tub.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

I stayed with my husband for 3 nights in this beautiful hotel. We were actually staying in a different hotel but when passing this hotel and walking in we immediately decided to move! The hotel looks great and modern with many art pieces in the lobby.
The check in went quite smooth but you have to be a bit patient.

The rooms are just amazing and look exactly like the pics on their website! The many wood elements give it a very pieceful appearance. The shower and bath with the very nice smelling amenities are really good! The complimentary mini bar is well stocked and you can ask for eg. additional water if you require it (don't call room service for this as you will be charged in that case, but press the "how can i help" button on the phone.)

The hotel has some nice quirky touches like given you some nice post cards for you to send home with a postit on it with a funny text. We also received facial masks with again a quirky postit, which was actually very useful to get the dirt of beijing of your skin and came at the right just as I was filling up a nice hot bath.

The majority of the staff speaks English quite well with the exception of the cleaners. We had one funny situation with one of the guys at the door who was directing us somewhere and while pointing to the right told us to go left. Obviously we followed his body language and made it to our goal.

The area of the hotel is really modern with great shopping venues (both international and more local brands) and nice bars and restaurants. Avoid the bars on Sanlitun road as they looked like proper tourist traps. The bars/restaurants in the shopping area are much more upscale and good. For a good Japanese try Hatsune: very nice! The Mediterranean restaurant downstairs in the hotel is pretty good although a bit pricey.

We didn't try the spa in the hotel but went to Forest spa which is located opposite the hotel on the 6th floor of mall 33. We were both surprised how great it was: it looked amazing and the massages were brilliant!

To summarize: The hotel is in a great location to visit all the major sights in Beijing and when you come back you can truly relax in your room! Definitely value for money!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I loved staying here - the hotel's quirky, contemporary and interesting design, its well-trained and friendly staff, its modest size and its position in a lively and interesting district make it a stand-out. I was told this area was once very different and the hotel is one of a swathe of modern buildings that have replaced older streets. Fortunately there are still some areas around the hotel with traces of what stood there before - and there are plenty of popular bars and eateries a stroll away. There are also glass buildings nearby housing shops full of Europe's expensive top brands, not so attractive for me but I guess some travellers can't help themselves. The hotel's rooms are airy and light, with (surprise) wood-trimmed bathrooms, even extending to wooden shower, bath and basins. Organic, high-quality toiletries. A pull-out drawer contains a built-in panel of every sort of electrical socket a traveller could ever need. One of my companions loved being able to plug in his own music and play it loud - he was in the room next door and I couldn't hear a thing.The hotel lobby has great modern art pieces, such as ceramic 'garments' made of broken-up willow pattern plates. Clever. The lobby restaurant offers light, modern breakfast fare with yummy juices and fruits (to eat at tree-shaded outside tables if weather allows) and there are fine-dining options. Ate at one, where the food was excellent. There's an indoor pool, dark-tiled and low lit, so a bit gloomy as a swimming experience, but visually interesting. The Opposite Hotel was unlike anything I expected in Beijing. I anticipated big and impersonal. Instead, this place is reflective of a 21st century Chinese vibe that is cool, smart, friendly and sophisticated.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Building 1, No.11 Sanlitun Road, Beijing 100027, China
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Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
#4 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#5 Family Hotel in Beijing
#7 Business Hotel in Beijing
#372 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Opposite House 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Opposite House features 99 luxuriously appointed guest studios designed by the renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. Designed to provide a sense of space, warmth and comfort, studios start from 45/481 sqm/sqf, which are arguably some of the largest in Beijing. They come fitted with signature wooden floorings and oak tubs. Partnering with well-known Shanghai based Australian restaurateur David Laris and restaurant designers Neri & Hu, we offer an intoxicating blend of restaurants and bars. ... more   less 
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