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Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall

Yingbeigou Village, Beijing 101405 China
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#4 of 1,704 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Brickyard Retreat is a repurposed glazed tile factory. Our 25 rooms and suites all open to vistas of the Great Wall though story and a half window walls. We also offer 11 vacation homes nearby with 2 to 5 bedrooms that were created from village homes. Our Spa offers an outdoor jacuzzi open year round with view of the Great Wall. The Gold Suite’s unique sauna features panoramic glass windows looking at the Great Wall. Every treatment suite has an en suite bath and is open to light and nature. Dining is all day from 07:00 to 21:30 in the Lodge. Everything we serve, from breads to ice cream, is homemade from scratch. A generous country breakfast is included for all guests staying in rooms in the retreat and at other times we offer an a la carte menu with comfort foods from China and around the world. Our hotel offers many other facilities for the enjoyment of our guests, including free wireless internet throughout.
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Special diet menus
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Gift shop
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Charlie KB wrote a review Oct 8
8 contributions
We love the Brickyard and this stay was no exception. From the moment we arrived - with our 3 children and our puppy, we had a fantastic time. What I love about this small, intimate hotel is the friendly care taken by the team under the guidance of the General Manager. The hotel is really great with rustic homely rooms, all with excellent and breathtaking views of the Great Wall. The grounds are beautiful and tranquil and you never feel like it is too crowded - which is wonderful if you have come to escape the busy city (like us). But what really makes this hotel my favourite hotel ever (and I’ve stayed in a few), is without a doubt the service. The team just get it right; the service is friendly and the team cannot do enough to help you. We love it because it truly is a restorative break, a home from home. Oh, and the food is just lovely too: I recommend the chicken curry ‘China in a Bowl’ which is delicious...and if you have any space left, the homemade cakes are the best I’ve had in Beijing! Not great for your waistline but great for your soul. We are already planning our next trip...
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Maggie Ng, Innkeeper at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Responded 1 week ago
Dear BeijingTraveller47, Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with family and puppy, YES DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE BRICKYARD thank you for appraising our service provided by the local village staff, we have shared your positive review with our team" it means a lot" Thank you for your support and leaving your honest review on the Trip advisor community, We look forward in welcoming you again in near future.
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joha0903 wrote a review Oct 4
Beijing, China21 contributions10 helpful votes
We’ve just returned from our second stay at Brickyard this year, having spent 4 nights in one of their vacation homes in Beigou Village. I can’t comment on the hotel rooms or their hotel breakfast, as we’ve never stayed at the actual hotel before. We loved the vacation home (Lilac Cottage): cozy fireplace, great outdoor area with comfy chairs, pizza oven and gas grill, and a well equipped kitchen. We enjoyed cooking our own meals. But since there is no decent grocery store close by, we had to bring all the food, drinks and ingredients with us. We absolutely love the remoteness out there though, having our own home and still being able to approach the Brickyard staff anytime and get fast and friendly service. They deliver a breakfast basket with homemade bread and delicious chutneys everyday and the housekeeping is available upon request. Here are a few suggestions on how to improve even more: Prepare hiking maps or tips on what to do or explore in town. A bigger fridge or a second fridge in the storage area would be nice. As a group of 4 staying for multiple nights we had trouble fitting our groceries in there. As it happens often in China, there was a subtle sewer smell in the house a couple of times while we were there. I think that can probably be fixed easily. Some extra towels would be nice, not just for drying hands or dishes in the kitchen, also for sunbathing outside. Overall, we love it there and even though it’s quite pricey we feel like we get our money’s worth every time. We’ll be back and will try out a different vacation home next time.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Maggie Ng, Innkeeper at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Responded 1 week ago
Dear joha0903, Thank you for your recent stay at the Lilac cottage and leaving your honest review to the Trip advisor community, glad that you enjoyed "luxury of simplicity" and also our service during your lengthy stay, Thank you for sharing your honest suggestion and yes we will make sure to get them resolved for the future guests, we appreciate your support that keeps us honest and hope to see you again in near future best regards
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Mr_B-W-O wrote a review Oct 4
London, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
I rarely write reviews, but I loved everything about this special place and needed to share. I frequently stay in 5 star hotels for business, the hospitality at Brickyard is some of best I've received. The staff make the relaxed atmosphere they create seem effortless, but they must work very hard to maintain it. No staff members seem stressed, despite the excellent level of service, which is a testament to their professionalism and the management. The grounds and views are simply stunning, and throughout the retreat are charming touches of decor, including the exposed brick, and cosy areas to relax. We sat in one of the gardens with a glass of wine watching the sunset one evening, another evening we chilled out and star gazed in the jacuzzi thats open all hours. Talking of wine, the retreat's wine and craft beer list is excellent. The view from the room's huge windows is also stunning. Looking at the view from our room with a morning coffee after a long hike the previous day was one of our favourite things to do. I loved the room's decor and rustic feel, the bed was incredibly comfy, the open shower and organic toiletries from Shangri-la farms is a great touch. Food & bakery - wow. There was a wide variety of options, all cooked to the standards of my favourite Michelin restaurants. We didn't plan to, but ended up eating at the retreat every day and night because of the quality. The food was locally sourced or grown onsite and tasted very fresh. The staff gave us great advice for our hikes. Thanks to them and their maps that make things simple, we got up onto the wall erly during the height of Golden Week and it was.... Practically empty! We saw four groups in two hours, during most our walk we had the wall to ourselves. Everything is so reasonably priced for the quality. I will be returning to Brick Yard for sure, next time with a group of friends and family. Thanks to all the lovely staff for a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Maggie Ng, Innkeeper at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Mr. B-W-O, WOW Thank you for your recent stay and leaving your review, you made our day, i have gone ahead and shared your review to our team member, truly appreciate your support and we hope to welcome you again in near future. best regards
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Calliopehk wrote a review Oct 3
Singspore301 contributions79 helpful votes
Stayed here for two nights. Nice location and well set up. Comfortable rooms and very friendly service. The brickyard heritage is nicely woven into the design of the hotel. Considering this is one of the most expensive 2 nights we’ve had in years (and we’ve stayed at pretty nice hotels! - probably due to Golden week price hikes) we did expect a little more. Rooms are pretty bare-bone affairs - think bed, table, chair, mat. Shower toilet As previous people mentioned the open plan bathroom (particularly the door less toilet) is not to everyone’s taste. More specifically as it gets colder, the shower / basin area are together so after the shower you end up standing in a cold puddle or need to put on the very uncomfortable grass slippers . The hairdryer is built low into the wall under the sink with a very short cord, and you need to be pressing the button continuously for it to function. Almost impossible to dry long hair. We were surprised at the lack of local hiking availability/ information- and all the routes to the wall were blocked by guards in red coats. Even if you just wanted to walk around the area. I’m not sure if we just didn’t ask the right questions but there is a nice trout farming village nearby that we discovered by ourselves. A little pamphlet on things to do in the area would be nice. The breakfast /lounge room in nice with a fireplace area but gets very noisy and full. The (smoking) majong room is another option for sitting but was extremely smelly. Nice for the experience but think we’ll explore other options in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Maggie Ng, Innkeeper at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Calliopehk Thank you for your stay , very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay during the golden period, our prices are structured in compliance to provide complete taxes and full wages to local staff all year round. Yes the rooms are designed to enjoy the surroundings & Great wall and most of our guest does appreciate but We also offer rooms with completely separate bathrooms and I am sorry you did not choose one of them, We are located in a remote location in village with changing restriction specially with hiking during the chestnuts harvesting time, Yes we do provide hiking map/ guide book I am very sorry that our guest relations team did not provide full information on hiking trails and also local dinning option, which I have already addressed. Yes and thank you for mentioning the smell we have already planned to redo the whole plumbing of the toilets. we have also shared your comments with the whole staff, Again, very sorry. Thank you for your comments and wishing you happy travels.
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LouiseF16 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom107 contributions65 helpful votes
The hotel is amazing with fantastic views of the Great Wall. Rooms are designed to make the most of the view - although lack of decent curtains makes it tricky to have a lie in if needed. The location is very good with lovely nature walks nearby and access to the Wall is very convenient. The frustrations: - room layout, it is VERY open, We've been married 20 years but don't necessarily like to share our bowel movements. Please put a door on the toilet - lack of hanging space - brick dust, in the "wardrobe space", it is very tight and clothes get brick dust on them - lack of eating options nearby. The staff don't help to guide you to other places to eat so you end up eating at the hotel, which is VERY expensive - lack of assistance. We were trying to get a taxi back to Beijing and they just could not help us Positives: - the outside jacuzzi is amazing - the beautiful garden and the quality of the food
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from jimatmutianyu, Owner at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Dear LouiseF16, I am very sorry that you met some frustrations during your stay at the Brickyard. We also offer rooms with completely separate bathrooms and I am sorry you did not choose one of them. You are completely correct that our rooms are not light tight and we do offer eye masks. We are in a remote location and when you stayed with us other local restaurants were closed. In their season, we typically offer free shuttle rides to other places so that our guests can have a choice for dining. Our average ticket per person for a lunch or dinner runs USD 20-30 and I am sorry you felt that was expensive. Something must have gone amiss with communications with you about your needs during your stay as our guest relations team usually gets praised for assisting guests; we have shared your comments with the whole staff, including about the brick dust in the closets you mentioned. Again, very sorry. Thank you for your comments and wishing you happy travels.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Which popular attractions are close to Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Nearby attractions include Mutianyu Great Wall (1.0 miles), The Great wall of Jiankou (1.4 miles), and Huairou Xiangshuihu Great Wall Scenic Resort (3.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Yes, free parking, paid private parking on-site, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, Yu Jia Ao, and Xin Shuang QuanSheng Tai LvYuan Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Great wall of Jiankou (1.4 miles).
Does Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.