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“Divine Dining at Sureno Restaurant - Opposite House”
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The Opposite House
Ranked #3 of 6,473 Hotels in Beijing
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Hong Kong
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“Divine Dining at Sureno Restaurant - Opposite House”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Opposite House Beijing - Sanlitun district of Beijing, China.

What’s in a name?

Think of something, like say an international five star hotel, and then your mind may well conjure up images of formal lobby’s, brocade curtains perhaps even, heaven forbid, guilt ormolu. Along with stuffy service staff with starched uniforms….now stick with that thought and then consider the complete opposite.

Do this, but in a good way, and you end up with what a hotel should be, somewhere actually interesting and desirable to go to rather than faux formality and possibly an awkward experience. The Opposite House Beijing does more than reversing one’s thinking of what a hotel should be, and creates, and very well at that, a hotel that is enjoyable to be in and offers more that just a place to stay but a place to really “chill out”, dine at and enjoy overall.

The Layout

I recently had the pleasure of dining at the Restaurant known at Sureno; while this dining establishment is located on the lower level, half the fun is in getting there, as the lift takes one to a lower lobby known as the “Egg” it’s an interesting, and cozy entrance to the features of the lower level and leads to the front of the restaurant. This has the added bonus of opening onto an outdoor courtyard, and as the dining area features floor to ceiling glass it offers a nice semi-garden view as well. Note the establishment has the benefit of a high yet angled ceiling, this follows the layout pattern of separate squares that also features in the buildings overall architecture, having been designed by the renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kum.

Sureno features warm wood and leather providing an inviting atmosphere of casual sophistication, and very caring and attentive service from the wait staff. I visited over a recent long weekend, as it was a Monday the Hotel had their weekday lunch special on offer. At RMB 138++ for four courses and 158+ for four courses and a glass of house wine, which in the case was a French red or white from Cotes Du Rhone. The Dining tables are well presented and appointed with large bottles of Olive Oil and Balsamic along with proper, in this case Alesi pepper and salt mills.

The Food

Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, the lunch special offers a Tapa’s style semi buffet as your choice of first course, offering a very good array of tapa’s style food, bread, olives, salmon and salads. To follow was a served Mushroom soup, and clearly a very well prepared one at that, the taste and texture was superb, and it was quite evident that a range of mushrooms was used to provide full flavor. For the main I ordered the grilled Sea Bass, also fresh and fulsome in flavor, accompanied with grilled al dente vegetables and a light drizzling of pesto oil. While the vegetables were a tad salty overall the dish was excellent. For Desert, I opted for “homemade” red berry ice cream over the other choice of a Profiterole. The ice cream was pleasant enough and a nice palate cleanser for the end of the meal.

The Verdict

This was an excellent meal at very good value; the service and quality of food for the price was outstanding. Other nice touches such as linen napkins and frequently re-filled water glasses sets the establishment apart from others in the area.

Bouquets - Quality and value for really good food
Brick bats - Not the easiest place to find for the initiated
Why you will come back - Come back in the evening to enjoy an alternative ambiance.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Philipp B, Manager at The Opposite House, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Dear AnthonyHKHongKong

Many thanks for your kind words. The Sureño team and I are very excited to receive such nice praises from you. The Sureño team in particular have been working very hard on the new Spring/Summer menu and would like to welcome you back to try it in the near future.

If you are travelling back to Beijing please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly for rooms or restaurant bookings.

Kind regards,

Philipp Blaser
Executive Assistant Manager - The Opposite House
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

I have been fortunate to stay at the Opposite House several times over the past three years and every stay has been fantastic. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, while the hotel is stylish, comfortable and uber-cool without feeling cold or like it's trying to hard. Some of the nice touches include the complimentary mini-bar, in-room amenities and free wi-fi. Breakfast at the Village Cafe was great (I appreciated the green juice at the cold bar) and dinner at their Chinese restaurant was delicious. Definitely the place to stay in Beijing.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

The hotel is unlike any other I have visited. It is very hip and cool. The service is over the top great. The design and feel are amazingly open and cool. Now I love carpets, but the fine wood in the rooms is a treat. No charge for the room bar was a very nice touch. The wi fi worked great. Wonderful bed and bathtub. Great room amenities. The Mesh bar is outstanding; they know how to make generous drinks. The lower Chinese restaurant is beautiful and the food fine with outstanding service. The breakfasts were good but again wonderful and friendly service. Check in is made an ease with lovely competence. The doormen who seem to be able to do anything do it with a grand smile on their faces. The area is alive with flair. I would go back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

A friend of mine recommended that I stay here if I visit Beijing. The Hotel lived up to expectations...the room was spacious and the wooden bathtub was a nice feature. The staff were extremely helpful and the surrounding area was buzzing with life. The Chinese restaurant on the lower ground was superb!

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

I highly recommend this place, especially for people visiting Beijing. I only met friends for drinks but I would love to stay here. Service and atmosphere were superb! Very trendy modern hotel with great drinks and fantastic late night food. The lobby bar is a must to meet for drinks with friends. Stunning modern decor. Staff were all very friendly and took the time to chat and get to know us. I highly recommend this place!! Very nice upscale trendy location! If you are looking for a cool place to hang out this is the place!! Amazing!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

I stayed here for a few days with my boyfriend. We actually ended up extending our stay, because we just really didn't want to leave - and I usually hate fancy hotels. Definitely didn't hate the Opposite House. Prepare for your subsequent hotel experiences to feel lame and boring. No claustrophobic hallways or brocade drapes here.

The Opposite House has impeccable service, an awesome restaurant (definitely splurge on a one-of-a-kind dinner at Sureno), and it's right in the middle of Sanlitun - Beijing's biggest food, shopping, and nightlife district. No complaints in any department, but the atmosphere left probably the biggest impression on me.

The design is minimalist, and a perfect mix of avant-garde (clever, not pretentious) and comfortable. Room entrances face out onto balconies overlooking the main space, and glass elevators travel soundlessly between the several floors. There's asymmetric architecture and art installations. Every detail adds to the overall feeling of zen luxury. There are large sections of flat color and space in subtle greys and greens, with occasional glimmers of copper and silver. For someone who hates frippery and visual clutter this place is like a brain massage. It almost feels like being in a temple (a futuristic zen temple) though the hip bar downstairs is always at an arm's length. Grab a couple of lychee martinis there before dinner. And don't forget to check out the swimming pool & spa on the lower level.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Everything is right about this hotel, from the design, lighting, interiors, unique style of service, completely eliminating the traditional stuffy hotel feel. The decor is ultra sleek, from the massive rooms, the wooden bath tub, wooden hand basins, open rain shower with wood flooring, the toilet behind a sliding wall, iPad connecting you to hotel services centre. I could not have enjoyed this hotel anymore and would give up my apartment and move in.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Property: The Opposite House
Address: Building 1, No.11 Sanlitun Road, Beijing 100027, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Beijing
#6 Family Hotel in Beijing
#6 Business Hotel in Beijing
#11 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#148 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Opposite House 5*
Number of rooms: 99
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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