Date of Stay: January 11-14,2012
Reservations: iPrefer Website
Room Type: Studio 45
Loyalty Card: iPrefer Member
Location: Very hip location for a very hip hotel. The hotel is on the North side of the Sunlitun Village Shopping & Life Style Centre. The back entrance of the hotel leads you to rows of shops with brands like Miu Miu, Emporio Armani, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Alexander McQueen to name a few, whilst the other side of the village has more popular brands like Nike, Uniqlo and Apple. There are restaurants in the area but I spent my dinners searching for the best Peking Duck in Beijing so the restaurants in Sunlitun weren’t much of a help.
Transfer: Like most transfers at Beijing International Airport, someone meets you at the gate and escorts you through immigration and baggage claim before taking you through this small passage to an elevator which leads to a VIP drop off area where the hotel car is waiting for you.
Check-in: The moment I stepped out of the car and was warmly greeted by Kelvin, the Guest Experience Manager, with “Kumain ka na?” (the Filipino translation of “Have you eaten?”) I knew the Opposite House wasn't like most hotels. Checking in was just like staying over at a friend’s place, you are invited to the lounge where Kelvin chats you up while his team runs everything through their iPads.
Room: The room was very spacious, apparently I was given the Studio 70 for my stay. I knew from the iPrefer website I was entitled to and upgrade but nobody mentioned anything to me, and since it was booked under a special advance purchase rate I didn't bother to ask. I never liked dark rooms so the floor to ceiling windows ensures there’s enough light coming into the room from the courtyard outside. There’s also a day bed by the window, which I never used since I was just alone. The mini bar was complimentary and is refilled daily too. They used motion sensors for the lights in the closet so you won’t get up from bed the moment you turn off the lights and realized you were able to close the closet doors properly. Instead of mints on the pillows, evening turndown service leaves you with little gifts every night and a small note. I received a stack of postcards, a facial mask and a lip balm. I couldn't recall much about notes but I remember one of them saying, “it was a cold day, make sure to use the lip balm” or something like that.
Bathroom: The layout is very open, sectioned from the room by glass and curtain, so if you are staying there with another person you don't really know as part of a group, it might get a bit awkward. The toiletries are also interesting since I believe it's a local luxury skincare line that used local ingredients like Chinese Mulberry, Lotus Seed and Tibetan Roseroot.
Check-out: Check-out was simple, since everything was prepaid I only had to settled my breakfast bills and was off to see Beijing one more time.
Overall: Beautiful rooms are a dime a dozen these days. Hotels have been putting more thought in planning and designing rooms today but what sets the Opposite House apart from other hotels is the impression it left me after my stay. From the Filipino greeting by the Experience Manager, to the nightly gifts with notes I receive on my pillow, the Opposite House made me feel very much at home, just like what I said above, it was like staying over at a friend’s house.
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