Best hotels and hostels in The Great Wall

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mutianyu

    Brickyard Retreat

    A 1960s glazed-tile factory renovated into an idyllic garden resort, Brickyard has 25 stylish rooms with soaring skylight views of the Great Wall. Rates include use of a spa, and shuttle services to the Wall and surrounding villages. Brickyard is in Beigou village (北沟村, Běigōu Cūn), about 2km from the Mutianyu Great Wall. Booking in advance required.

  • Lodging in Huanghua Cheng

    Tenglong Hotel

    One of a number of small guesthouses in Huanghua Cheng. Most are on the river side of the road, but this place, accessed via steps on your left just before the Wall, clings to the hill on the other side and offers fine views of the Wall. Rooms are basic but clean and sleep three to four people.

  • Lodging in Gubeikou

    Great Wall Box House

    This hikers' hangout offers four doubles (two with private bathrooms) and dorms in a 100-year-old courtyard. An overgrown spur of the Great Wall runs along one side of the property. An on-site restaurant serves Chinese food and a few Western dishes.

  • Lodging in Jiankou

    Zhaoshi Shanju Farm House

    The last property in the valley (in Hamlet No 5 of Xizhazi village), this is a favourite for Chinese hikers. There is a large shaded terrace dining area with fine Great Wall views. Rooms are neat and clean, and sleep two to seven people on traditional kàng -style beds. Most have attached bathrooms. Accepts online bookings at www.trip.com.

  • Lodging in The Great Wall

    Commune by the Great Wall

    Beside the Shuǐguān Great Wall off the Badaling Hwy, the Commune was heralded as an architectural marvel when it opened in the early noughties. These days the dozen modernist villas, each designed by a different architect, are showing their age, and service standards have slipped since Kempinski hotel group parted ways with the project.

  • Lodging in Jiankou

    Yáng Èr

    This is one of the first nóngjiāyuàn (农家院, village guesthouses) you come to as you enter Hamlet No 1 of Xizhazi village. Simple rooms with private bathrooms are set around a vegetable-patch courtyard. Country cooking available (mains from ¥40). No English.

  • Lodging in Huanghua Cheng

    Zaoxiang Yard

    Modest but comfortable enough, this guesthouse is housed in a 70-year-old courtyard building. Most of the rooms have private bathrooms, and the food is good (mains ¥30 to ¥80; English menu).

  • Lodging in Jiankou

    Guanlangu Hostel

    The poshest option at Jiankou, with comfortable, modern rooms that sleep up to five on long kàng -style beds. Can book via www.trip.com.