Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, The Opposite House features innovative architecture and interiors that embrace natural light and reclaimed materials, leaving visitors wide-eyed with appreciation. Just six kilometres from the Forbidden City and nestled in Beijing’s retail and lifestyle hub, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, this hotel calls for guests to bring an empty stomach and suitcase in order to embrace the food, shopping and nightlife on offer at this gourmet Mr & Mrs Smith getaway.
Style Gleaming glass glamour
Setting Sanlitun leisure locale
Why this week? Take advantage of Smith’s exclusive gourmet offer that will see you sampling restaurateur Alan Yau’s vision of China at Jing Yaa Tang restaurant. To tempt taste buds, the menu offers innovative cuisines from across China that warrant perusal, but for the most delicious of evenings, order the signature Beijing roast duck dinner for two. Crispy-skinned bliss.
Our favourite bits… The smooth oak bath tubs will have you disrobing and, with rain showers to boot, you’ll relish your cleansing rituals in each room’s spa-inspired bathroom. Clean, minimalist rooms are accentuated by two-toned timber interiors and effortless white walls, linens and furnishings. Every little luxurious detail has been realised at The Opposite House, from the floor-to-ceiling windows inviting natural light and openness to the underfloor heating, BaYanKaLa toiletries and mood lighting. Your proximity to nearby retail complex Taikoo Li Sanlitun means you’ll never have to look far for something to do. It’s an exciting contemporary hub spread over 19 buildings, with more than 200 shops and 30 restaurants and bars.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Beyond the lobby, coolness pervades a bright atrium, where billowing steel drapes skillfully diffuse the light as it seeps into the 22-metre stainless-steel pool below… If architecture is the masterful, correct and magnificent play of volumes brought together in light, then Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect of the Opposite House, has hit the nail on the head. We like. A lot.’ Read the full anonymous Opposite House hotel review…
You say… ‘I liked the stunning wood-decked rooms; it’s a real escape from the normal giant chain hotels in China and a wonderful location for restaurants in Beijing.’ (Harriet, Blacksmith, stayed on 19 October 2013.)
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