Church Walks, Llandudno, Conwy County, LL30 2HE, United Kingdom
Nice welsh dressers
Due to a ridiclous amount of traffic on the A55 Expressway (now there's an oxymoron), we called into Llandudno to break up our journey from Ireland.
We hit upon the Empire hotel, a three-star establishment at the end of the high street that was offering rather nice rooms for 70, 90 or 100 pounds with a full dinner and breakfast thrown in (available on Sunday and Thursday nights)
The hotel itself started life a a range of different businesses in the 19th century, but was eventually converted to an Hotel, and has remained in the hands of the present owners for several generations.
There is still something of a colonial feel to the hotel with good leather-sofa clad lounge areas, a smart little entrance hall and well provisioned, if slightly chintzy bedrooms.
The public landings were pleaseantly decorated, with several fine welsh dressers on display with collections of blue welsh china arranged on their shelves.
The pool area is undergoing refurbishment, and will really make the esablishment the complete package.
The only slight downside was the restaurant area. It had the appeareance of a slightly past-it Indian restaurant, with a a world-class collection of stains on the floor.
The food was quite acceptable, but had ideas above it's station. You'r food is not 'modern and trendy' just because you drizzle you normal dishes with a nice sauce and splatter it around the outside of the oversized plates.
Hands up who drank cocktails in the hot tub!
Check into hotel, change into swimsuit, order cocktails from bar, step outside the rear door for the hot-tub, taking cocktails with you.
There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, you can watch the underneath of the pool from the bar, bit weird watching peoples legs kicking around but whatever turns you on ......
and in another area there is a sauna and steam room, but never made it passed the hot tub with my cocktails where I stayed until supper time.
Unique Quality: The Victorian themed restaurant 'Watkins and Co'. offers table d'hôte menu with stern staff in long white aprons.
Menu of the day was 15 GBP per person. It was a limited choice of melon or soup, then chicken or pasta or roast of the day, with ice cream desert. Yes I could have had the a la carte, but Im on a budget, unless someone buys me dinner.
But hey a great choice of wines, so good in fact, I nearly forgot how boring the menu was.
From £55.00 to £95.00 per person Bed and breakfast
Directions: At the top of Mostyn Street (the main shopping street)
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This a very good hotel except for the reception staff who were off-hand and condescending .We are four friends of a certain age who met during our college days. Once a year we leave our families behind and enjoy each other's company in different locations. We intend returning again to the hotel as everyone else on the Staff werewonderful. Maybe the owners have read the unfavourable reviews and taken some heed as the last reviews do not mention the reception staff. So we look forward to another happy break
my husband and I fell upon this hotel whilst on a trip to wales. WHAT A FIND. We stayed in the annex called No 72 . It was by far the nicest hotel room I have been to in a long while. The Cast Iron bed was huge, marble bathroon and finshing touches such as a 32" wide screen tv, paintings, beautiful big mirrors,decanter with sherry in,full sewing kit and shoe cleaning kit ,fridge and full tea and coffeee facilities.
Needless to say we would definatly visit again. We also had dinner at the Empire and that was very good and included in the price on certain days of the week. Definatly wortha visit!!!!!!
Absolutely Top Notch
It has been a few months since our stay and I still cannot get this hotel out of my mind. Never have I slept so well in my life. The rooms in the annex building on the upper floors are are beautiful and the bedding is second to none! We spent 4 days in 3 different rooms with dinner included. The food was excellent, rooms were spotless and location could not be beat. This hotel might be the only reason I return to Wales, and if only I could get bedding like that. This hotel is comparable to a 5 star in the U.S..
Lovely hotel but ...
This is the fourth time we have stayed at this hotel and again we enjoyed our stay very much. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished and very clean and the bathrooms have had an update since our last visit with fantastic new showers - which was a huge improvement on the previous jacuzzi baths they had in before.
The food was top notch but as with other comments on the site we found some of the staff both on reception and in the restaurant in need of some customer service training and a smile wouldnt go a miss either. Michael being the exception.
The hotel is very nicely furnished but we did notice that the shabby chic look is now looking decidely shabbier than usual especially in the lounge bar/reception. The outdoor pool area could also do with updating and new sunbeds would make such a difference as at the moment it is not a very welcoming place to sunbathe.
31 August 2005
Just come back from short break at the Empire. Had fabulous stay there. All staff very friendly and helpful, particularly those on reception. Really refeshing to stay in family-owned hotel with personal style. Food really nice. Would highly recommend hotel and would like to go back. Only negative - leisure facilities in need of some refurbishment, especially the jacuzzi!
A Wonderful Break
The standard of service was excellent, the room was really comfortable with little 'extras'provided, such as sherry. There was even a Jacuzzi bath!
The service in the main restaurant was particularly good. Altogether, I consider the hotel to be a real gem.
Lovely room, Lovely food and lovely staff
I am staying at the Empire hotel for 2 months as part of a relocation package with my new company, I have been there for a month now and really enjoying it. The rooms I have stayed in have all been really well finished. Most have a spa bath with lovely bath salts and shampoo provided. The beds are all cast iron with lovely feather duvets and lots of pillows. You get a fridge with ground coffee, tea, biscuits, sherry and normal coffee.
The hotel has a great swimming pool on the ground floor which is quite small but normally very quite and there is a jaccuzi, steam room and sauna down there to!
The food is really tastey and always cooked perfectly. In the main restaurant you have a set menu for £20 of 4 courses with a wide selction. The waiters are very freindly and obviously highly trained, and to let you know after your meal you can go into the lounge opposite and have free coffee and listen to the piano play itself!
Couple of things to note although the Empire has its own car parks they aren't the easiest to find or park in. The best one to go to is car park 1 which is to the right of the hotel as you face it, then go up the hill on the left. Car parks 2 and 3 are to the left of the hotel and down the road at the side which is very norrow and you will normal either have to park blocking someone in or you will find your car blocked in or you may even need to park on the 45 degree ramp which is very scarry.
Another thing the rooms don't seem to have much sound proofing you can normally hear other peoples TV's or people stomping around upstairs. The best room I have stayed in so far for quitness is room 1 as you don't have anyone nextdoor. This is a nice room with 1 double and 1 single bed. Room 61 has 1 double bed and a flat screen TV but no spa bath but has one of those massive showers, its like standing under a waterfall. This room is right at the top of the hotel you will have to go up a spirol stair case but you do have a balcony with excellent views of the rock!
Another peice of advice if you are in the centre section of the hotel mobile coverage is very limited and you may find yourself standing on a chair to get any.
Apart from a few little niggles this is a really lovely and well respected hotel in the area and a great location. I would definately reccomend this hotel to anyone.
Still the best hotel in Llandudno
Have been coming her for the last 14 years and have never been disappointed. Have stayed at No72 & in main hotel, & whilst I feel that the suites in No72 are superior, we have always felt a little detached from the main hotel when we've stayed there..
The restaurant is fabulous & the quality of the evening meals is superb. Sunday dinner however was a bit of a disappointment & I much prefered the days when the owner used to carve in the restaurant. Peter remains a gem and all the waiting on staff deserve a pat on the back.
One other comment I can make, is that I feel they need to do some improvements to the surrounds of the indoor pool, which is starting to look very tired.
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Address: Church Walks, Llandudno, Conwy County, LL30 2HE, United Kingdom