From our room, we had an exquisite view of the Wall. It was great getting on a closed section of the wall as there was no one else around. (Caution for those who like peace and quiet as the further West you go, the noisier it becomes!) The food was amazing and we had the braised eggplant three times! The prices though were an issue as we were emailed the price of 120 a night for a double room then charged 150 a night as they were 'new rooms'. this was disappointed as was the extra 10RMB we were tried to charge for the driver. After so much hassle with the locals in Beijing, we were really fed up with tried to be charged extra for little things which just didn't need to happen. We took a lot of water as it's really expensive at the hostel (5 RMB for 500ml). The bed was ok but the corn husk stuffed pillows affected my one and only allergy and it was only by good fortune that I caught before I slept and made a pillow out of a jumper instead. they have extra blankets for those travelling after October but a sleeping bag wouldn't be a bad idea for cooler months.
the 'guided' tour to the Wall for sunset wasn't guided at all and we ended up getting lost in the dark! We were not pleased with this but there was no apology.
If you want a personal view of the wall and some peace and quiet while you stare at the northern stars, this is a great place but expect to pay about 1,000 RMB for two nights after you pay the driver, room and food.
The food was good but a contradiction in terms. It's more expensive because they need to bring things in but travel to pick people up daily and then supple most of the food from the village which is a 10 minute walk from the hostel....Go figure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dongpo inn is a little guesthouse located between two of the most beautiful and least touristic sections of the Great Wall: Jinshanling on its Western part and Simatai on its Eastern part.There are 2 beautiful treks you can do from there: one lasting for less than 2 hours and one lasting for 3/4 hours.It’ s possible to walk on the Simatai section from Dongpo inn (200 m). The hike is around 2 hours. Then, the trek from Simatai to Jinshanling lasts around 3 hours. Those two sections of the Great Wall are not touritic spots at all, and allow you to enjoy the Great Wall in amazing conditions.Prices of the rooms are as follow:· Double bed room 120 yuans· Twin beds room 120 yuans· Traditional heating bed room « kang » 230 yuans(fits 4 adults or up to 5 with kids)The inn is also a restaurant and an especially good one as the owner was a chef in luxurious hotels. Prices are slightly more expensive than what you get in Beijing, but when you will see the location of the inn you’ll understand that logistics has a price.Food is excellent as all they can get locally, they take it from their parents’ kitchen garden in the nearby Dongpo village (that you can visit if you have time it is at a 15-20 minutes’ walk from the Inn). ... more less