The Opposite House

The Opposite House offers a welcome relief from Beijing’s “love affair with bigness,” said Aric Chen in The New York Times. This 99-room boutique property is a “design stunner that has the city’s chattering classes” raving about its intimately lit atrium, stainless-steel-clad swimming pool, and “agreeably spare” aesthetic. In the wood-paneled bathrooms, the separate toilet and rain shower feel “like mini-saunas, minus the sweat.” Sureño, the popular Mediterranean restaurant, leads, via a catwalk, “through a cascade of fiber-optic lights” to Bei, which features northern Asian cuisine. Room service is exceptional.