Tripadvisor is a terrific resource, and one we use heavily when planning any upcoming trip. We put a lot of energy into deciding on a hotel, always seeking out those innovative, up-and-coming and unique places that really make for a memorable vacation. The candid traveler photos on Tripadvisor really give you a sense of the place, showing you firsthand what the rooms, bathrooms, amenities look like without careful staging or studio lighting. As much as I've been an avid Tripadvisor user, I've not been a great contributor. So, we're vowing to take the time and energy to shoot a few photos and do a quick writeup.
During our most recent trip to Beijing we stayed at the wonderful Opposite House Hotel
. The name comes from the guest house that would sit opposite the main house on some wealthy person's estate. The hotel isn't cheap (by China standards), but not overly expensive and its attached to an attractive mall with lots of lively nearby nightlife. Famed travel photographer Trey Ratcliff stayed at the hotel the week before us, and his pictures of the pool and spa are much better than the ones I took
Anyway, look for my reviews on Tripadvisor. Here are a couple of hotel photos to get things rolling.
The hotel's checkerboard exterior
A Studio 75 Room bedroom and sitting area
The incredible bathroom with rain shower and bamboo soaking tub
If you like minimalist design, you'll appreciate the lack of...pretty much anything
The study area and wardrobe, preset with a couple of really tasty treats
After a 13 hour flight from JFK, these cupcakes didn't stand a chance