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Opposite House, Beijing 

11 Sanlitun Road
The Village, Building 1
China 100027
Tel: 86 10 6417 6688
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Encased in tinted green glass and opened just in time for the 2008 Olympics, the interior of this artsy 99-room lodge, by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is based on the theme of an urban forest. Stepping inside the lobby—which has a welcome lounge rather than a check-in desk—feels like entering an art museum (exhibits include a Mao jacket and a qi pao dress created from broken pieces of Chinese porcelain by artist Li Xiaofeng). An angular atrium floods the area with light, and two flat reflecting pools sit beneath ceiling-draped wire mesh curtains. Visible below is a 22-meter stainless-steel swimming pool. The minimalist open-plan guest rooms are outfitted with brushed oak floors, glass paneling, and cream bedwear. Each room features free Wi-Fi, complimentary minibar, plasma TV, stand-alone bathtub, and rain forest shower. Shanghai restaurateur David Laris has conceptualized an eclectic collection of restaurants and lounges. There are three places to eat, including Sureño, which serves Mediterranean food in a space decorated with sultry dark woods and caramel detailing. If you're looking for something a bit more authentic, try Bei, specializing in northern Chinese cuisine as well as Japanese and Korean dishes. The hotel's Mesh Bar buzzes with a post-work crowd followed by the party set later in the evening. Opposite House is destined to be the choice of film stars, visiting architects, and anyone who wants to be surrounded by the capital's most dramatically stylish interiors.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Set in Sanlitun, a neighborhood with bars and the world's largest Adidas store, this Cubist glass edifice is "a stunning building" by Japanese avant-garde architect Kengo Kuma. Loft-style rooms have high ceilings, natural light, and heated hardwood floors; spa-inspired bathrooms have oak soaking tubs. Sureno's wood-burning oven turns out Mediterranean dishes. Chinese DJs headline at Punk.

(98 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 92.9
  • Design: 90.3
  • Food: 96.8
  • Location: 96.8
  • Rooms: 90.3
  • Service: 90.3

Amenities: Pool

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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Upon entering the high-ceilinged lobby, you are greeted by an eager polyglot staff and ushered onto an ottoman for check-in by tablet computer. Celebrity architect Kengo Kuma created the hotel's emerald glass exterior as well as the shimmering chain mail screen that swoops from the lobby ceiling. The 99 guest rooms are quieter in feel, evoking a Japanese minimalism with ingenious built-ins and natural brushed-oak floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with light while blocking out street noise, even here in the Sanlitun nightlife district. Bei restaurant, which serves north Asian cuisine, draws a local crowd. Cocktails from the fabulously wicked Punk bar can even be sent to your room. —2009 Hot List

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