Commune by the Great Wall
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Set amidst the mountains of Beijing’s Great Wall, the spa provides a sanctuary of privacy and tranquility for guests to indulge in exhilarating sensory journeys.
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by_lish
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
Perhaps it was the big reviews or large price tag, but we had high expectations for the place. We went as a group of 7, 2 children, us, & 3 elderly and were allocated 2 low tatami style bedrooms in the bottom level. They were nice and new, but not made up yet at 1+pm. The climb two floors up and then two floors down were not suited for elderly, neither were the low low beds in the cold weather. Fortunately, the manager allowed us to change after we explained the hazards of our frequently falling granddad.

Transport was great as we just need to call and wait for the official MPVs to move us all around. So we were moved to another abode much much higher up the slope, older but relatively nice and quiet. However the room was lightly infested with 20-30 stink bugs. The sweeping and cleaning didn’t rid them as new ones reappeared.

The manager in charge of the block said it probably came In from outside, but actually it was the vents and they didn’t take us seriously.

The private Great Wall was not a good climb. The slopes nearer to the wall were sandy and anchored only with ropes across trees. You’d think that with so many paying to see the small piece of wall, they’d at least put in some steps so elderly and children can climb. So both groups have to forfeit the climb.

Food wise, I didn’t mind paying but it was exhorbitant for a small standard buffet. About 380-400 RMB per head and the line was about two tables only. Breakfast was a little better.

Overall, I only spent a night there and glad that I did not spend more. There really isn’t much to do and the food isn’t a draw.

Written October 27, 2017
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Melissa A
Muscat, Masqat, Oman124 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Be sure to ask for Joe Geng as your tour guide! Bruce was also very helpful at supervising the trip to make sure all went well.
I lucked out with this great trip by WikiBeijing! I had originally signed up for the tour by myself because my flight to Beijing arrived too late in the day to join a large tour. My flight was 2 hours late and the team at WikiBeijing were able to change my pickup location and timing at each site to make my day just as spectacular as I had expected. The Commune hotel is lovely to see for the beautiful buildings by the 12 different architects....the short hike to the The Great Wall passes quickly and Joe can go at any speed which is comfortable for you. The views from this VERY private section of the Great Wall make you feel like you are the first person to have discovered this site. You get to take your time taking photos since no crowds which means plenty of time for cheesy fun.
T-Square and the Forbidden City were also part of the tour and Joe did a great job of monitoring my interest level and would move on to the next site before I could get bored at any point.
I have already shared this website with all of my friends on Facebook. At this point, I have been to 53 countries in the world and this was one of the best experiences to date. Book soon before too many people find out about this hidden treasure in Beijing!
Written September 4, 2017
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Dag G Sandås
Vaasa, Finland440 contributions
Aug 2016 • Business
It has it all - nice contemporary architecture, accomodation, restaurants, outdoor walking trails, Great Wall - you name, they got it! Nice place to have team meetings where you can combine business with outdoor activities.
Written March 21, 2017
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adrianmsimpson
Great Missenden, UK24 contributions
Feb 2019
This is a disgusting place. Just look at my candid photos of the horrific state of the accommodation building, Deluxe rooms (£250++) a night and the staircases and walkways. It needs to be closed, totally refurbished and reopened when fit for purpose.

The only habitual areas are central bar & restaurant but the later is incompetent & poor. I ordered a £65 bottle of white wine which arrived warm & stater and main that was so “fresh” it arrived together 7 mins later - yes 7mins!

The embarrassed, nice but useless staff clearly know it’s a total S**t hole but are powerless to improve the situation. You can’t as they say polish a turd.

Location is great but seriously stay elsewhere - and invest in a driver instead.
Written February 23, 2019
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Esther V
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
I am writing this review while still at the Commune. We came here from our home in Beijing hoping to spend 2 days relaxing at a beautiful location with 5 star service. Nothing like that: the Commune is no longer managed by Kempinski already since last November 2012, but that does not appear anywhere in their website. As a consequence of this, there is nothing else of the 5 star experience to it but ONLY the prices. We paid over 300 EUR for a standard double room (including terrible breakfast and dinner buffet). The high 5 star luxury hotel prices you pay here do not correspond with a the 5 star luxury standard. So I will just list here all the disappointing experiences:
- Upon arrival (looking forward to have a massage after a stressful drive) they inform us that they DON'T HAVE A SPA anymore. Kempinski took the spa with them upon selling the propriety. This "detail" does not appear anywhere in the website and the spa is still on all the information material about the hotel. They don't have any wellness area or anything related to "wellness"
- Rooms and decoration etc... are still great, the environment as well, nature is beautiful. Only: our room was not clean. Toilette was terribly dirty full of yellow stains, and the bathroom was flooding after first use.
- Food was of the lowest quality: greasy chinese food for the dinner buffet, with very few options apart from some pasta and a couple of meat dishes. The breakfast buffet was same bad quality: no fresh fruit, no cold cuts, bad quality bread, no fresh juicies. Nobody came to ask about our drinks, coffee or whatever.
- Only 1 international movie channel in the room TV and the usual BBC and CNN. Apart from going hiking during the day there is nothing to do in the hotel (no activities at all and NO SPA). So watching TV would have been an activity for the evening, but there where nothing to watch since they don't have any of the usual international channels.
- Half of the complex was still closed (swimming pool, farm cafe). So there was only 1 restaurant and 1 bar.
- Some of the personnel looked experienced and spoke good English, but many of them (mostly in the restaurant) looked totally disoriented and lost and not well-trained.
All in all, we would have been happy with the nature and the architecture of the place if we wouldn't have paid such a high price for our room and if they would have informed us right upfront that they are not Kempinski anymore and they do not have a spa. They cannot still charge 5 star prices if they are not offering a 5 star service and value anymore. It looks to me that they just took over from Kempinski (and try to hide it, since there is no information about the changes anywhere) reducing all possible costs but still charging the same prices and making a huge margin with it.
There are other hotels at the Great Wall which offer much better value for money.
Written April 4, 2013
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Cindy59717
Vancouver, Canada91 contributions
Oct 2015
The Commune by The Great Wall is located about 2 hours by car north west of Beijing. The Commune is an interesting concept where guests share a house with a large common area/kitchen. The bedrooms are essentially a hotel room. There were 3 bedrooms in the house in which we stayed. This is first class accommodation with modern, well-equiped bathrooms, wifi, etc. There are 2 restaurants and since The Commune is situated in a forest, guest are captive patrons. When we visited the Chinese restaurant was not open so we dined at the continental restaurant which was OK, but not great, especially when considering the cost. However, any deficiencies with cuisine cannot detract from the main attraction of this hotel -- private access to the Great Wall.
When we visited we were not quite adjusted to local time and so found ourselves waking very early. This was a real bonus because we made an early hike up the trail in the hotel grounds to a section of Wall only accessible to hotel guests. The morning we visited we were on the wall as the sun came over the mountains and we were the only 2 people we could see anywhere. I cannot begin to express how special this experience was. Everything about it was breathtaking. This is a memory we will keep with us forever. (Note: the trail and The Wall are steep - not for people in poor physical fitness)
Written October 14, 2015
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Brenda T
Los Gatos, CA249 contributions
Aug 2015
The concept and the buildings are quite impressive. However, the services at the western restaurant were so bad! We ordered our own appetizers and main courses. When the soups and salad dish came, they just put them all in the middle of the table. After we rearranged our own soups and salad ourselves and started for 2 minutes, the pasta dishes all came - all placed in the middle again!? Heard that this used to be managed by Kempinski but no longer. That may be the reason!
Written September 3, 2015
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TommyTMaine
Cape Elizabeth, ME15 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
The trip to the Great Wall included my wife and I, my cousin, her husband and daughter (Nina) and my other cousin. Nina had heard about The Commune by the Great Wall from someone at work. It sounded like a great place to view the wall while getting a private tour. The ride was about 1.5 hours (one way) from Beijing. When we arrived our guide Alexandria (Alex) welcomed us. Alex is Russian and grew up near the chinese border and picked up the language as she grew up. Alex was not only very personable but very informative. We had a number of guides during our stay in Beijing and Alex was head and shoulders above the others. The hike to the great wall was not to long nor to strenuous. After visiting the Great Wall Alex gave us a tour of the buildings in the Commune and explained the history. We also ate lunch on the premises which was delicious. Thank you again Alex!
Written July 19, 2015
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Ruchika M
Beijing, China3 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
We went there for an overnight stay and loved it. Brandon at reservations was very helpful and prompt in the email follow-ups. We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite at the Canteviler House no. 7. The rooms were small but clean. There was no view of the great wall as promised, so that was a disappointment. However, the quiet private section of the wall was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The dinner(hot pot buffet), breakfast buffet and evening tea were very good. We left our iphone adapter there by mistake and they couriered it to us within 2 days. We will be back!
Written February 3, 2015
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Culturecrosser
Tel Aviv, Israel28 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
I haven't actually stayed at this hotel, but visited the area, had a drink at the cafe and checked out the Great Wall nearby.
I can only say that the architectural design of the different suites, scattered all over the forest, is beautiful and very modern. Loved the use of eco-friendly bamboo! Not many visitors on this part of the wall, either. Perhaps because it's a bit of a schlepp to get to the top? Very pretty and semi-overgrown, though.
The cafe was quite expensive, from what I remembered, but with a nice garden surrounding and view. All in all, quite pretty.
Written September 20, 2014
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