The place is great, very trendy looking, all eco-powered apparently.
The rooms are fantastic, with huge picture windows that look out on the wall and the mountains. Views that you (almost) can't buy! There a 2 minor niggles with the rooms, firstly the shower has a limited amount of hot water (I think it's the eco-power and as having a long hot shower is my ecological black-spot), I was a bit disappointed when the heat ran out - as was my wife when she wanted to get a shower as well! Secondly, the bathroom area is a kind of raised area behind the sleeping bit, with a low wall separating the two. While it may look cool to have no door on the toilet (with one of the best views in the world probably), it is not great for modesty preservation, so I'd ask the owners to think about adding some doors.
The only other thing that the hotel got wrong was our arrival and check in. It was cold and dark when we got here and were made to stand outside for a long time, firstly at the registration area while our passport details were taken, and then again OUTSIDE the bar/restaurant while out payment was taken. That could all have been done inside, or after we'd go to our room. So come on guys, think a bit more about that.
That aside, the staff were all super-friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The bar snacks (only snacks, no 'proper meal' service at the Brickyard) were amazing, The nachos in particular were super and we found ourselves talking a lot with the staff and getting on well with them.
Breakfasts are quite good by China standards and the home made breads and jams are pretty amazing.
There is a free transport service between the Brickyard and the Schoolhouse (a sister hotel). The Schoolhouse does have a more extensive menu and I'd recommend eating there if you want western style food and good wine.
One thing to be aware of is that the skylight and large picture window don't have curtains, so if you need it dark to sleep, you'll have to take advantage of the complimentary eye masks that are thoughtfully provided. However, you may also find your sleep disturbed at around 7.30am by either building type work, or some kind of announcement over the village tannoy system. Now, you may very well be wanting to get up an make an early beeline for the wall, but if you are looking forward to a lie in, this will be a disappointment.
Overall, I'd recommend the place, especially for a bit of peace and quiet and relaxation near the Great Wall. I think it'll be even better when there are spa facilities open, as a nice massage after the big climbs up to, then along the wall would have been just perfect. The Wall climbing itself was great and in late October, we had fantastic autumn colours in the trees.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Brickyard Eco Retreat At Mutianyu Great Wall Hotel Beijing