During my trip to Beijing, my friend brought me to a boutique hotel located in Sanlitun. Prior to the visit, I only remember Sanlitun as a place with stretches of dingy bars. I was pleasantly surprised by the unique Sanlitun Village, which is a really cool shopping experience. In between this “Village” was The Opposite House 瑜舍, a boutique hotel developed by Hong Kong based company Swire Hotels.

It’s a bit hard to realise that you just stepped into a hotel because the reception “lobby” looks like the above. The Chinese porcelain art pieces on the right are by Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng.

The lobby has a very avante-garde ambience and the layout was very modern and spacious. There were interesting installations at different areas of the ground floor.

Art installation by a Beijing-based painter and fashion designer Li Xiaoling. The 9 mannequins are wearing white shirts from her design label “Rubinacci”.  Each shirt has its own design and Oriental embroidery!

An imperial robe made from PVC, titled “Dream of China” by Wang Jin. This is a permanent art piece at the hotel.

The architect of the hotel, Kengo Kuma, had a brilliant concept of partitioning the lobby with several plastic drawers of different shades. With the help of lighting, this presents a 6 meter high mosaic wall, made from more than 6000 drawers.

Now here is the exciting part. I had a chance to visit one of the empty studio rooms. Apparently, the boutique hotel has a “eco-friendly” policy and was largely built from reclaimed materials. The rooms are made with wooden fitting and furnitures!

The shower room which is fitted with wood! Amazing, isn’t it?

Close up of the wooden bath tub!

Comfy bed. The wooden theme continues at the bedroom. A pity that I didn’t have a wide-angle camera, only my Canon G7.

Very uncluttered layout with a simple study table, white couch and TV in front of the bed.

Apparently, the hotel also boasts a “20-metre pool lined in striking stainless steel and illuminated with a ceiling of tiny lights”, which I didn’t check out. Each studio costs about CNY2000 (approximately S$400) per night.  In terms of location, this hotel is within close proximity to Sanlitun Village which has many international stores such as American Apparel and Uniqlo.

If you do not intend to stay at the hotel, I suggest you could still make this a destination by planning a dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Sureno, or drinks at Mesh, which literally has mesh decoration hanging from the ceiling!

The Opposite House

The Village, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing China, Beijing, 100027

人在北京,竟然在时尚酒店“瑜舍”逛了一圈。坦白说,一踏进去瑜舍,我还以为进入了一家当代艺术馆。酒店大厅非常宽敞又富现代感,而且摆放许多中国艺术家的杰作。进入酒店其中一件客房,发现整个设计非常简洁,采用大量的木制家具,真的有别于一般5星级酒店。“瑜舍”位于三里屯最火的购物圣地Village,地点非常优越。若你到北京不打算住那里,也可以考虑过去“逛逛”,或者在酒店的餐馆Sureno用餐,以及在酒吧Mesh小酌几杯。

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