Image by : Brickyard Retreat Mutianyu, Great Wall: Getty Images
EM Forster’s 1908 classic, A Room with a View, opens with Charlotte Bartlett complaining bitterly about her hotel room in Florence. She was promised a view of the river Arno, but is instead holed up in a courtyard-facing room. Every tourist or traveller will empathise with Ms Bartlett. Part of the appeal of leaving the comfort of one’s house and travelling hundreds, if not thousands, of miles is to get a different view, literally and metaphorically.
Now, what better way to see the world than to book rooms that overlook some of the greatest wonders of the world. To wake up and behold monuments that embody humankind’s soaring ideals through the ages. ForbesLife India has scoured the world for the best rooms with the best views.
GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Hotel: Stone Forest at Brickyard Retreat, Mutianyu, in Huairou County
With a dramatic view of the Great Wall, this freestanding vacation home was once an abandoned three-room hut with grass growing from broken roof tiles. It has been transformed into a rustic retreat with a private courtyard. The raised outdoor terrace offers 360 degree views of the Great Wall and row after row of mountains in the distance