Being the sister hotel of Hong Kong's The Upper House, I had high hopes for The Opposite House and so I decided to do a staycation in Beijing. We checked in for a night and we were grateful of the complimentary upgrade to suite 70. Rooms are of very chic, minimalistic design, just my kind of tea - but if you are looking for something grand and over-the-top this place may not be your thing. Another concern for some travellers could be privacy - the bathroom and living area adopt a relatively open design.
I was very impressed with the up-keeping of the hotel given that it has been in operation since 2008. Minibar is complimentary, and wifi is free. Service staff are sincere and genuine. The room rate is hefty, but my first impression of The Opposite House was indeed quite positive.
When we got back to the room after dinner at Jing Yaa Tang, I realised something is not right - the noise. The location in Sanlitun is perfect in a way that you are so close to the shopping/dining/nightlife district in Beijing - but it comes with the problem of noise. We were on the 3rd floor and I could literally here the basses thumping from the club scene outside. There was no choice but to ask for a room change and I must say I am utterly grateful my request was entertained.
Our second room, which was also on the 3rd floor, was devoid of the nightclub fever but it wasn't entirely silent either. I could hear street-cleaning trucks working till 1am. I am not sure whether it was to do with our rooms located at relative lower floors, but The Opposite House is not a high-rise hotel itself and I am guessing a number of rooms could easily have had to deal with our situation.
I also feel like quite a lot has to be improved with Kocoon Spa. First of all for guests safety I think it is important to ask guests whether they have any medical concerns before commencement of therapy. Their strength preference for massages, and also whether they have any particularly body parts they want to focus on are important areas to address beforehand as well. The quality of therapists was also variable, and all-in-all, this was not the kind of spa experience I expected from a 5-star hotel.
Overall The Opposite House is a nice boutique hotel - but given its associated with The Upper House I was probably expecting a bit too much from it.
- 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