I visited Beijing on Business and to socialize with friends I developed over the years in China and New York. I chose this property because of a friends recommendation, and was happy I did so.
In reviewing any hotel, I need certain creature comforts which we all crave, but this place was unique.
1. Small Hotel made me feel comfortable and more at home. Reminded me of the small highly personal hotels in Paris I frequent. And this in the biggest city in China.
2. Staff and service. The people here are very well trained and professional. Friendly service people are always appreciated, but its the professionalism which makes a difference. Problems and requests get attention and results. i.e: how do i recharge my Shanghai Unicom in Beijing on my iPhone? can you translate this for me? Where can I find.....etc... All done! Btw.. 3 of the girls at the desk went to English speaking Universities to study Hospitality ( Usa, Australia,etc.).
3. Location, location...Sanlitun is akin to a city within a city. It is surrounded by so many quality restaurants, book stores, cafes, shops... many of which can be accessed underground and inside. Beijing can get cold, taxis can be erratically impossible, and a place-based strategy made a big difference to me in avoiding unnecessarily unpleasant journeys to other areas. Beijing is quite spread out and choked with traffic. I became quite pleased having my friends visit me for dinners and drinks at my place/area.( They considered it a treat.)
4. On my last day, I was checking out to take a car to the Airport. After saying goodbye , the
omnipresent Hotel Manager (Carl) was outside personally checking that all my luggage was properly in the trunk of the car. Bon Voyage!
If you are still reading, the 2 hotel restaurants downstairs are quite superb. Sureno and Jing Yaa Tang. And within a 5 minute walk an endless supply of more..i.e.: try the Japanese restaurant Koyama for amazing sushi ( yes, as good as NY, I promise),. Isola for italian, Transit for smoking hot sichuan, Aqua for Spanish tapas with sparkling champagne.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Opposite House Hotel Beijing
- The Opposite Hotel
- Opposite Hotel Beijing