Beijing is wonderful city and full of many things to do, but sometimes one just needs to take a break from city life. The Brickyard Eco Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall offered just that during the start of the Chinese New Year for me and my husband. We stayed in the deluxe queen room, which looked out to the Great Wall. Upon arrival, we helped ourselves to snacks, fruit, and coffee/tea that's available in the main dining hall all day. Check in was easy and the staff were very friendly and answered questions about hikes and restaurants in the area. The room was bright, clean, and open. The bed is comfortable for those who prefer a firmer mattress, and there were multiple heaters that made the room actually warmer than we needed but could easily be adjusted. In the afternoon there was happy hour, where one could have snacks and wine. The breakfasts were mostly of the Western variety, but also had some Asian dishes (zhou). The food is locally grown and meals were well-made, although be prepared to pay more for this quality and care. We used the comfortable TV room to watch a movie (Management might check since some boxes lacked the DVD.). We also used the spa services and both had a Chinese massage. The spa was very peaceful, clean, and the massage was very relaxing. Finally, since we like to be active, we hiked up to the secret tower from the Brickyard and walked all the way up and back, about 2 hours in total. Apparently, you can hire a car to take you to the base before climbing the path to the tower, but I highly recommend just walking it yourself, if you can. In conclusion, we highly recommend the Brickyard at Mutianyu and look forward to going back one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brickyard is a lush and private eco-retreat that incorporates the kilns and other buildings of a traditional glazed tile factory in a design which is "green" from the ground up. The 16 queen rooms all have private terraces and story-and-a-half window walls with spectacular views of the Great Wall. Wireless internet but no TVs. Complimentary breakfast buffet and coffee, soft drinks, and homemade cookies all day the Lodge, where casual meals and bar service are also offered. The Activity Center is fully-equipped for conferences. The Brickyard Spa is set in our four-season garden with lotus pond and yoga platform. Enjoy complimentary use of the Exercise Room and the Outdoor Jacuzzi (available May). Try a Chinese massage or relax in the Spa's Gold Suite with Great Wall view sauna, private bath, treatment room, and courtyard with outdoor shower and cold plunge. ... more less
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- Brickyard Eco Retreat At Mutianyu Great Wall Hotel Beijing