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The Opposite House


Neighborhood: Chaoyang District

City: Beijing

Phone: 011-8610-6417-6688


Expert Review

Clad in paneled emerald glass, this 99-room hotel was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma with a singular artistic aim: to transplant the outdoors and nature into an interior hotel space. Dressed in brushed oak, and red and black tinted glass, its signature feature is an open six-floor atrium flooding light into the building. Guest rooms are minimally designed with crème paneling and bedding, and oak wood floors and furnishings. The open layout maximizes space, with neat touches including complimentary Wi-Fi and minibar, iPod docks connected to Bosch ceiling speakers, a spa-inspired shower room with Ba Yan Ka La bathroom goodies, and a solid oak bathtub. Lower ground floor attractions include a stainless steel 22-meter swimming pool, gym, and wellness center. Also subterranean are restaurants - Bei, serving contemporary North Asian Cusine; and Sureño, dishing up Nuevo Mediterrenean treats - and a club/lounge, all conceptualized by Greek-Australian restaurateur David Laris, and designed by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. Breaking the hotel lounge mould is Punk, a revolutionary club concept encased in dark punched metal and tinted glass. And the name? In traditional Chinese courtyard homes, one of the main buildings is called The Opposite House.

Tags: luxury | expensive | boutique hotel

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