The Opposite House

Beijing, Beijing & Around, China

At a Glance

  • Ultra modern boutique design hotel

  • Located in San Li Tun, a vibrant area with lots of great bars all around

  • Amazing indoor swimming pool in the basement with a cool design

  • Impressive service and contemporary and fashionable design

  • Studio 95's come complete with a terrace and day bed which is unique in the city

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With scorching summers, cold winters, temperate springs and pleasant autumns, Beijing and its surrounding area experiences four distinct seasons. During the summer months, the mercury can reach over 40°C, bringing monsoon rains and extreme humidity, despite being the peak season for travel. From November through to March, northern winds whip through the city, seeing temperatures tumble to as low as -20°C in January, the coldest month. Springtime is windy yet pleasant, although sandstorms from Mongolia sweep through at this time of year making outdoor sightseeing uncomfortable. The Fall months are the perfect time to travel, with fewer tourists and the most clement weather for exploring the city.

 

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Insider's View

Punk Bar in the basement is one of the coolest Beijing hangouts attracting DJs from all over the world.

Get up early and head to the stainless steel swimming pool in the basement for an early morning swim - a great way to start the day.

Make time for dinner in the Chinese restaurant, Jing Yaa Tang, fantastic value but make sure that you book well in advance as it is one of Beijing's most popular hangouts, especially if you want to have their incredible Peking Duck

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Opposite House or take a look at our itineraries to Beijing

Description

The Opposite House is a chic and trendy property located in the cosmopolitan, creative and vibrant heart of Beijing’s Santilun Village. With a contemporary style it is a refreshing option in the city's many luxury hotels.

Taking its name from both an old Chinese guesthouse across the courtyard and from the architectural contrast of old and new, the Opposite House is one of Beijing’s most stylish addresses. With its striking emerald glass exterior its stunning contemporary design is inspired by traditional Chinese wood lattice and reflects the vibrant street life surrounding the hotel.

The accommodation at The Opposite House comprises 98 contemporary studios and a penthouse boasting a large roof terrace. All rooms feature a striking open plan design, high ceilings and plentiful natural light, evoking the feeling of spacious loft living. With crisp, white Egyptian cotton linen, modern comforts and spa inspired bathrooms with deep soak oak tubs and invigorating rain showers, the Opposite House is the ultimate in contemporary luxury.

The property houses a superbly equipped gym and a large, stainless steel pool showcasing a dramatic interaction of light and metal. A genuine passion for food is also evident here, with a choice between 4 restaurants and bars including the Mediterranean Sureño, Mesh, the Village Cafe serving an all day western menu and Jing Yaa Tang serving fantastic Chinese cuisine.

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Accommodation

The hotel's 98 Rooms and one Penthouse all have high ceilings, plenty of natural light and wooden floors and furniture which, contrasted with the white fabrics provide a crisp, clean contemporary space. The studios feature deep soaking oak bathtubs for an in-room spa experience and all have complimentary mini bars and Wi-Fi. As per their names, the Suites range from 45 square meters up to an expansive 115 square meters of the Penthouse. This luxurious room is spread over two floors and has a large roof terrace and a kitchen.

Childcare

Children are welcome at The Opposite House but there are no special facilities except for babysitting which can be arranged on request.

Services

Luxury cars and drivers are available for guests to hire, there are no check in or check out times, cultural tours of Beijing's hutongs take place every Saturday and there is an excellent concierge service to cater for any special requests or needs.

Facilities

The Opposite House has four restaurants all very contemporary in style with cuisine ranging from Mediterranean to Asian and two bars (a lounge bar with chilled tunes and pulsating Punk with live DJ).

The 22 meter stainless steel indoor swimming pool is adjacent to the gym, steam room and rejuvenating spa.

Activities

Enjoy the hotel's ground floor which acts as an art gallery for the well regarded collection of contemporary sculpture which changes on a rolling 3 month basis. The Opposite House is at the center of Santilun village which has been the heart of Beijing's diplomatic quarter since the 1950's. Enjoy this dynamic community based on traditional Beijing Hutong's and courtyards where fashion mixes freely with dining, arts and entertainment.

Reviews

5

Dominic Atterton (Staff)

One of my favorite hotels in China the Opposite House lives up to its name offering a way of living and sense of style that cant be found anywhere else in Beijing. Located in a new and fashionable area of the city the hotel is part of a large mall complex that might sound underwhelming but actually means you have a number of recognizable shops and restaurants right on your doorstep. Something that can be quite comforting particularly for people arriving into China for their first time. We went out one evening during our stay and next door to the hotel is the main expat area for the city with some great bars and restaurants all easily explorable on foot and great if traveling with teenagers or if you want to get out and mingle in the evenings with other English speakers. The hotel has a huge open plan lobby area with their main restaurants and bar all coming off this central atrium. The rooms all face out onto the city and have large windows letting in lots of light. The rooms are very modern, very white with lots of pine and feel very spacious and relaxing, ideal after the bustle of the Beijing streets.

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Sophie Jones (Staff)

The Opposite House is located in a brilliant location - cool and sophisticated with some very high end bars and restaurants close by but also understated and very much with a local vibe and sense of place. Great all round Beijing experience that you can experience on your own after days of exploring this beautiful and interesting city. On top of this the hotel itself is a rolling art gallery with different exhibits every three months in the enormous foyer.

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Victoria Hogg (Staff)

The rooms at The Opposite House have to be seen to be believed and are the ultimate in contemporary cool! Each Studio (as they are called) has been designed with crisp and contemporary lines, white walls and light wood to give a very calming feel. We were in a Studio 70 and I loved the floor to ceiling windows and the huge wooden bath - perfect for a good soak after sightseeing in Beijing. Each Studio also comes with a complimentary mini-bar - a nice touch that you do not get in many hotels!

Experiences

  • Acrobatic Show in Chaoyang Theatre

    Enjoy a stunning acrobatic show that showcases the highly skilled acts from contortionist to balancing routines to high wire stunts.

  • Beijing City Tour

    Today, embark on a full day tour of Beijing city as you explore the highlights including the Yonghe Lama Temple, Guozijiang Street, the Drum Tower and the Temple of Heaven.

  • Beijing Highlights - Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Palace

    This morning, explore the highlights of Beijing. Visit Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City. Delve into the rich history and witness the past grandeur and glory of the Chinese imperial family.

  • Beijing Sidecar Fun

    Take an exciting ride exploring Beijing in a sidecar! Discover the other side of Beijing as the tour brings you to the less known Hutongs, Fan Yuan Si - the oldest Buddhist temple, Confucius Temple or the Drum and Bell Tower.

  • Biking in Beijing

    View Beijing in a different light as you embark on biking tour at night. Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City and cycle through Tian An Men Square and the National Theatre. End at the night market where you can sample some local snacks.

  • Chinese Kungfu Show

    Enjoy an exciting Chinese Kungfu Show this evening where a Buddhist monk endures trials and challenges as he grows up to be a successful Kungfu master.

  • Cooking in the Hutongs

    Learn how to cook traditional Beijing cuisine during this fun and interactive cookery lesson in Beijing's hutongs (narrow streets, courtyards and alleyways).

  • Gubeikou to Jingshanlin Great Wall Full Day Hike

    Embark on a full day hike from Gubeikou to Jingshanling. Visit this untouched and remote ruins as you witness the original glory of the great wall.

  • Hutong Cultural Immersion

    Enjoy a unique Hutong experience on this half day tour as you take a rickshaw to visit the Drum Tower and a local home. Take part in the cultural activities like Chinese paper cutting, kite making and biking through the Hutong.

  • Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong

    Tai Chi and Qigong are two fascinating physical exercises which Chinese people often like to practice in preparation for the day ahead. During this short class, understand the history and health benefits of this morning ritual and learn some basic moves.

  • Jingshanling Great Wall Exploration

    Visit Jingshanling Great Wall where fewere tourists venture. Enjoy the pristine beauty and serenity as you walk along the wall.

  • Morning Jingshan Park Visit

    This morning, climb up to the top of Jingshan Park for a great view of the majestic Forbidden City. Interact with the locals going about their daily routines and gain an insight into their lives.

  • Mutianyu Great Wall Exploration

    Today, visit the restored section of the Great Wall - Mutianyu. Take a cable car ride up and go for an easy walk before riding down on a toboggan!

  • Summer Palace Exploration

    Discover the enchanting Summer Palace, one of the most well-preserved of palaces in Beijing. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and take a private boat ride on Kunming Lake.

  • Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

    Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.

  • Visit Tinanamen Square & The Forbidden City

    Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.

  • Visit to The Temple of Heaven & The Summer Palace

    Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.

  • Walking around the Great Wall of China

    Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.

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Location & directions

Beijing, Beijing & Around, China

The Opposite House is located in the cosmopolitan district of Sanlitun, the heart of Beijing's diplomatic community.

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