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“Does not disappoint” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Ranked #1 of 1,284 Beijing B&B and Inns
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Oslo, Norway
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123 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Does not disappoint”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

Having now stayed at the Brickyard two times, I can absolutely say it is a little 'gem'. Simply in the buildings exterior and some of the interior there is a refreshing attention to detail, and many things to appreciate. It seems like a magnificent mix of east and west, unique, and made by someone who cares. The service and friendliness is also excellent, so really a little oasis. Can be a bit tricky to find if you drive yourself, and there is no public transport to this location as far as I know. The view to the great wall is splendid. Walking there and back takes some effort, though. The local Chinese restaurant in the village looks a bit stark, but serves excellent food.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

A excellent adress, with all services expected from a best in class adress near the wall. A natural environment, buildings respectful of Chinese tradition but renovated with talent, tasty green food. The employees are dedicated to help you and provide support to get to the Great Wall and from it, although you can also reach it by foot from the hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

Stayed in the Sleeping Buddha suite. Was absolutely beautiful with a huge picture window which looked out over the mountains. Everything was high-spec, warm and comfortable and the only thing to complain about is that the menu at the Brickyard (and also the Schoolhouse restaurant) is basically Western with just a couple of stock Chinese items on them. There's no getting away from this as the local cafe is bloody horrible. However, that's a minor quibble.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calif
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

We stayed a The Brickyard for 3 nights in October and loved it ! It is very quiet and wonderful to be in a rural atmosphere and see the Great Wall at a distance from our room. The food was OK for dinner - not too many choices but Loved the breakfast ! We especially loved the Date Nut bread they served and the fact you could go in the cozy lodge and have Tea,Coffee or Soda and fruit or cookies at anytime ! Made us feel really at home ! Also loved the little fireplace area where you could have a cocktail or read a book !
Our favorite day was using a map they provided to us we walked up a trail from the Schoolhouse to the "Wild Wall" (trail #7 I think ) and experiencing the Wild Wall was fabulous but a bit rough !
Make sure you have good shoes on as one you climb on to the wall from the hilly trail it is a bit overgrown with bushes and trees and a steep drop down ! We walked over to the Toboggan at watchtower #5 I think and came down and walked back to the Schoolhouse. It was great to have the shuttle to and from the schoolhouse to eat and hike etc.
The next day we did the typical tourist part of the wall going up the gondola and down the Toboggan once again !
I would highly recommend staying at the Brickyard to experience the Great Wall !

Room Tip: Any room with a view of the wall !
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Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed in the Chairman's Suite for 3 nights and loved the whole experience. The staff were fantastic, particularly Gina and Danna who were both very friendly and helpful. Went for a massage with Jake and he is truly gifted. The resort is beautiful and perfectly positioned.

The Chairman's Suite has 2 wood burning fireplaces which were wonderful considering the cold weather at night. It also has a small kitchenette and a great fresh coffee grinder / brewer in the suite, a mini bar and all the general utensils, cutlery and crockery.

The other reviews pretty much say it all. The only suggestion would be to perhaps have a slightly bigger menu at the Brickyard.

Room Tip: The Chairman's suite is not essential but it does have 2 wood burning fire places :)
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

This is our 4th trip to china and we've been all over, and this is our favorite hotel in China so far. We love China, but sometimes on 2-week trips you yearn for some good western food and a soft western bed just for a couple nights. This place is done in the Hutong style and is very Chinese (it's all old brick factory), but the western touches make a westerner at least feel he is really being pampered. Food is fantastic. Our room was one with an all glass wall looking out at the Great Wall. We had our own private patio facing the wall. The place was just so beautiful and relaxing. A true "retreat."

Room Tip: Get the rooms with the glass wall facing the Great Wall
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dripping Springs, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

I only had a very short stay at the Brickyard in Mutianyu, but wish I could have stayed longer. Its a great property in a great location. Its very convenient to getting to the Great Wall and other local attractions.

The property itself is done as an eco resort. I did not get to make use of all the facilities, like the spa, etc, but they looked great. The staff is very friendly and attentive and I did not have any difficulty with language, the staff can communicate is English.

I think if you are going to the see the Great Wall in China and also want to have a few days to chill out, I would recommend the Brickyard.

Gerald

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gerald C
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Property: Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Address: Yingbeigou Village, Beijing 101405, China
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Region: China > Beijing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1,284 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 33
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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