The newly created Swire Hotels group, owned by Hong Kong-based Swire Properties, opened its first hotel "The Opposite House" in Beijing in summer 2008.
lobby of the Opposite House
exterior of the Opposite House in Sanlitun, Beijing
The hotel with its green glass exterior and minimalistic interior offers 99 suites starting at 1850 CNY per night (minimum stay 2 nights).
all rooms feature wooden floors and are very bright
the bathrooms feature bath tube and double sinks made of oak wood
the only traditional Chinese accessory is a wooden chest used as coffee table or storage
a room (studio 95) with a balcony
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel is part of Swire's first integrated commercial project in China, a giant new shopping, lifestyle and dining development, called The Village, at Sanlitun in Beijing. So if you wonder why all the old houses had to vanish, for what and why all these glass cubes look alike, then you know: it is all part of an integrated project by this Hong-Kong based company.
from right to left : the (South) Village, addidas store, Yashow market
If you have been in Sanlitun lately and have any dining or shopping experience in the Opposite House's neighbourhood, let me know what you think.
map and contact, click to enlarge
photo source: the opposite house