Friday, 16 February 2018

Valentine's Day at The Brickyard, Beijing


A while ago we stayed at The Brickyard and it was the most magical time ever - I knew we had to do it again before we left Beijing and Valentine's Day was the perfect opportunity. I love quirky, unique things and The Brickyard is definitely that!

We booked the Valentine's Day package which cost us 2188RMB but included pick-up and drop-off from our home, a massage, a bottle of bubbly and the room - so not a bad deal! The only problem with visiting during Chinese New year was the masseuse being on holiday, but they transferred the cost of the massage to food vouchers which worked fine for us.
The drive took around 1 hour from our home in Shunyi to The Brickyard. Its quite a nice drive - you pass lots of quirky sights and once you get into the village you get a glimpse of traditional life. If you visit in winter, you also drive past a completely frozen waterfall and you can hop out and grab some photos - it's a pretty cool sight!
We got off to a bad start upon arriving as we realised we didn't have a copy of our visa and they wouldn't let us stay without it so we had to take a little trip to the local police station to get a new copy of our visas. It was all pretty simple though so we were able to get back to our plans for the day pretty quickly. Learn from my mistakes though guys, ALWAYS take your passport and visa!
We grabbed some lunch, which was pretty awful (more on the food later) then headed straight to the Great Wall. The staff will organise a car to drop you off and collect you when you're done.
By the time we got back from the wall it was time to check-in and the rooms are just incredible. To be honest, it's the rooms I love the most and are worth every penny! The whole room is brick, with random bits of tile design for decor. It really is a girl's dream! The bed is huge and super comfy too, which is a big difference from the usual hard Chinese beds you get in hotels. Oh, and let's be honest, the bottle of bubbly (really sparkling wine that Im going to keep calling bubbly anyway) topped it off! From the bed there is a floor to ceiling length window with views of the Great Wall and it's super relaxing to lie on the bed and just look out of the window. My only complaint (and it's kind of a biggie) is that the toilet is built into a brick alcove, WITH NO DOOR! There is literally no element of privacy at all and let's be honest, it's just kind of gross. Poor Paul had to keep leaving the room every time I needed the loo, which isn't ideal in below 0 temperatures. There is a warning about the toilet before you book though, and you can choose to upgrade to a (much) more expensive room that has a toilet with a door. It's not enough to put me off though, the rooms are way too gorgeous for that!
There isn't a whole lot to do at The Brickyard other than relax, which is pretty perfect! There is a spa (although it was closed when we visited) and a games room and TV room. One of my favourite places in The Lodge. The Lodge is the restaurant/cafe/bar area but it's super cosy. They have big cosy armchairs and a log fire. I mean, who isn't a complete sucker for a log fire? They offer free tea throughout the day and it's such a great place to chill with a book.
We decided to use our food and drink voucher to get the Valentine's dinner they were putting on, especially for the day. I so wish we hadn't! The food was absolutely hideous! The food at The Brickyard is overpriced in general and not all that great, but this meal in particular was the worst. We started with antipasti which was some very unrecognisable meat covered in 'greens.' This was followed by a small bowl of mushroom soup, which was nice and came with a heart inside which made me smile. Next up was steak, with no accompaniments, just steak. However, it was the fattiest steak ever and being a fussy meat eater, I couldn't even touch it. The dessert was epic though! Even though the meal sucked, it was still lovely night! I would recommend taking a little walk for food though as there are lots of local restaurants around The Brickyard that are a whole lot cheaper and probably much nicer too!

I love this place and I'm so glad we took the time to visit one more time before we leave Beijing. It's much more of an experience than a simple staycation and I'd totally recommend checking it out if you're ever in Beijing!

If you're interested in planning a trip to The Brickyard, check out their website. Make sure you look at the special deals too as they have lots of great deals for special occasions.
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  1. Looks like a great place for a short break. Definitely feeling that fire and those chairs. :) Oh, and I totally get you on the no toilet door thing. My ex and I stayed in a hotel like that once and we agreed to put headphones on and listen to VERY loud music when the other was using the bathroom! It was the only way. ;)

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    1. Seriously, I do not understand why a hotel would not think it was a good idea to have a door! It is such a great place anyway through, despite the toilet dramas! x

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  2. So nice! I’ve never stayed at a place like that before, I feel like I experienced it with you. I’m so happy you were able to get a copy of your Visas, I feel like that would happen to me and my husband :-). Glad you enjoyed it, looks beautiful.

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    1. Haha at least it gave us a story to tell. We're always so unprepared for life!

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  3. What an original place to celebrate Valentine's day!Looks like you had a blast - and great you guys were able to fix it with your visa's! It looks so cozy as well.. thanks for sharing dear!

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    1. It's gorgeous - I absolutely love it here! Hope you had fun celebrating too.

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  4. This location looks so rustic and like a great cozy getaway. What is the spa like at The Brickyard?

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    1. It's not the best, but it's ok. The hot tub overlooks the wall which is nice, especially in winter when it's freezing outside. The spa is basically massage, but still nice, especially as a massages usually included in all of the package deals they offer.

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  5. I'm sorry to hear that the food was so horrible! It's always a disappointment, especially in a place as nice as this.

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    1. Thanks, we still had a great time anyway! :-)

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  6. Looks like great place to spend your holidays too . Feels like home. Its been a long time since I've seen some brick architecture.Really sorry about the food though . Thanks for an honest review.

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    1. Thanks Kartika, it was still a great time, even with the terrible food!

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  7. It's a really cool combo - exposed brick looks very industrial while the furniture brings out the old world charm. Looks like a great place to spend Valentines.

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    1. I love it here, it's one of the super cute and cosy places. :-)

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  8. Se manifique moments captured. Great views and vibes. love the photo collage, portrays a cozy and wholesome experience

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  9. I've never been to Beijing and this is such an interesting getaway. But I am not sure if I like the fact that the loo doesn't have a door. haha I mean well, here at home, my bathroom and toilet life is pretty public with the kids going in and out while I am doing my thing. But in a place like this, I would like the door, thank you!

    Btw, what happened about the lunch? It looked kinda nice. :)

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  10. Wow! Seems like you got an awesome deal. Sorry it didnt start as well as you may have liked, but the food looks and sounds great!

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  11. Well this looks like you have a pretty great time! Love the brick, but I would have enjoyed a more open view (like you said the long windows).. I'm a nature lover so having a view is important for any trip.

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  12. Sounds like a great place to go to when you want to just relax and rest. I like the industrial/modern feel of the rooms.

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  13. Your post is one I look forward to the most. You visit the most amazing places. Love the vibe and taste of the rooms. I find that I dont get such nice rooms as I am always focused on the adventure but you're making me reconsider that. Great post!

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  14. I love this. It looks like such a fab place. I love all the brick - hence the name of course. It looks like you had a lovely time.

    Ami xxx

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  15. I am loving the rustic vibe of The Brickyard, food looks super tasty and bed looks like heaven.

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  16. Wow, I really love the rustic look! It almost looks like a castle inside. Great detailing and info!

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  17. What a lovely, cute cosy getaway - Loving the look of the place. That desserts looks super scummy too x

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  18. What a lovely looking place. I am sure you had an amazing time here. The bed is inviting.

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  19. Oh what a quirky little place to stay! I love the rustic look, the bare brick is so stylish right now!

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  20. The brickyard looks like a fab place to stay. It’s a shame about the food but I guess you can’t hsve it all. Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day all in all!

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  21. This place makes my Behijing dream stronger:-) I like this place, it looks so cozy, and the fireplace really conquered me!

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  22. The place looks great! Too bad the food isn't that much. Still, the whole experience isn't bad for a V-day celebration. :)

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