A mod Beijing hot spot
Fans of contemporary design will want to book their Beijing hotel reservations at this ultra mod Chaoyang hotel. Built during the crush of development surrounding the 2008 summer Olympics, Opposite House is just one example of the cutting edge architecture (the Olympic stadium and aquatics center being two others) for which Beijing has since become known. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, with plenty of open spaces, clean lines, and plays on the contrast of the traditional and the new. This is a place that’s still a spot for Beijingers to see and be seen; the lobby is nicknamed the “living room” and stocked with sets of low-lying white couches for sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the contemporary art that fills the space.
Inside the guest rooms, you’ll find slate-clad walls with more low-slung furnishings, along with some of the city’s most striking baths. Anchored by wood-clad Japanese-style furos (or deep soaking tubs), they include floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city, and powerful built-in rain showers you’ll want to linger under. Should you decide to leave your room, you can choose from three onsite restaurants that serve everything from Mediterranean dishes to craft cocktails and small plates.