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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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