Ideal if you need a few days break from Beijing or 'everyday’ accommodation as a tourist in China. Located in a neighbouring valley from Mutianyu it is a world-apart from Beijing's number two Great Wall tourist attraction and all the daily hubbub that moniker entails.
Opened just over a year ago, it’s an oasis of calm: understated, Stark-lit and terracotta charm in a verdant ‘model’ village below the wall. It rained one day I was there but this only added to the subdues atmosphere and was an intense relief after the oppressive heat of Beijing.
They publish a very comprehensive FAQ with the booking (which seemed a little strange and ‘collective’ at the time) but now I understand why. The location and set-up of The Brickyard is more upmarket eco- lodge than regular hotel so don't expect regular levels of hotel service or facilities. The staff tries hard but a reliance on interns and local Chinese with limited English and service skills can make for delays and frustration if you are not sufficiently chilled. Information on local restaurant opening times, public travel options and even breakfast hours can be vague, inconsistent or simply wrong but hopefully this will improve as they develop and in some way simply adds to the charm and reflects the challenge of life for foreigners in rural China.
Food options beyond the recommended breakfast are limited and you need to visit the sister-property of The Schoolhouse in Mutianyu (or a few other local eateries) for anything beyond a western snack so plan ahead! Wifi is not brilliant and will never be given their location but they are trying to improve coverage.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Brickyard Eco Retreat At Mutianyu Great Wall Hotel Beijing