More Chinese Hotels Creating Bespoke Services For Guests Who Prefer Tourism Off The Beaten Track
With hotel construction booming in key cities throughout China over the past few years, and every major global hotelier planning huge nationwide expansion in the years ahead, competition at the higher end has become ever more fierce, leading a growing number of boutique and five-star hotels to offer more personalized services that will appeal to Chinese and international tourists alike.
Recently, Jing Daily profiled the “Wet Market Culinary Journey” at Hong Kong’s Upper House — which takes guests on a foodie’s dream tour of a traditional outdoor Hong Kong market — and Langham Place’s “Art Feast” in Beijing, which treats visitors to cutting-edge Chinese contemporary art as well as an art-inspired prix fixe menu. But while these packages focus more on the gastronomical, others are looking to satisfy guests with a need for speed.
Running through the end of September, another Beijing boutique hotel often mentioned by Jing Daily, the Opposite House at Sanlitun Village, wants to give guests an introduction to Beijing that’s a little closer to the ground, offering a new motorcycle sidecar tour of the capital’s ancient sights and modern makeover. Helmed by a local guide, the vintage-looking sidecar motorcycle winds through some of Beijing’s lesser-known areas, avoiding the traffic jams and tourist traps and giving guests a chance to feel what it would’ve been like to cruise through the city in a Changjiang 750 in decades past.
The bespoke motorcycle sidecar package, which includes a one-night stay in a Studio 70, breakfast and a four-hour customized trip for one guest, goes for 2,900 yuan (US$451). A two-person package, which also includes a one-night stay, breakfast and a four-hour trip, runs 3,700 yuan (US$575). Reservations can be made by calling the Opposite House at +8610-6417-6688 or via the hotel website, www.theoppositehouse.com.
The Opposite House at Sanlitun Village
Building 1, 11 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang district, Beijing