Portmeirion, LL48 6ET, United Kingdom
CELTIC COMFORT...AT A PRICE!
The first question to ask when you book is...am I actually staying at this hotel? No, it doesn't specialise in philosophy midweek specials or metaphysical long weekends but it has 14 rooms in the main building and 26 rooms and suites outside in the village (which is uninhabited other than by guests). Some are designed for self catering but others use the facilities, restaurant/breakfast room of the Portmeirion Hotel.
Being familiar with the TV series we chose to live 'on the set' and stay in a village property. It was delightful, light and airy though it's worth noting that they do vary in size shape and character. One couple in a property a stone's throw from ours had a bedroom whose french windows directly overlooked the bay giving them the possibility of greeting the dawn from the comfort of their own bed. Very romantic - allowing for the Welsh weather - but of course, the whole village is superlatively romantic.
Sadly the hotel does make a considerable additional charge for breakfast but it's an exceptionally good one. Those with children should note that a child's breakfast can be ordered at half the price. We did this for of our two boys - much to their initial annoyance! - and the only difference? A single bacon rasher! Dinners can be taken in the restaurant here (something we resisted as the cuisine was most definitely the hautest of haute and very very expensive) or in the delightful but slightly less formal sister Castell Deudraeth restaurant but a 5 minute walk through the woods. Our meals here were simply superb...not for trenchermen perhaps but superb nevertheless!
All in all a great place to stay albeit with one proviso! Although Portmeirion village closes to tourists in the evening it is a popular place for wedding receptions and the like. During our stay the Portmeirion restaurant had been completely taken over by a wedding party - just as well we wanted to dine at the Castell then! So, if you want total peace and quiet enquire when booking, go off-season and avoid weekends. You'll love it!
Unique Quality: Frankly, it's unique quality is that it's...'er...unique!
Where else can you get an entire village to yourself in the evening?
More about Hotel Portmeirion
The Hotel Portmeirion
Accommodation at Portmeirion is as follows: The Hotel Portmeirion with 14 rooms in the main building and 26 rooms and suites in the surrounding village, Castell Deudraeth with 11 contemporary styles rooms and suites, and Portmeirion's 17 self-catering cottages sleeping from 2 to 8 people. The Hotel (1850, extended 1926 & 1930; listed Grade II 1971) was the original mansion of Aber Iâ.
It was built around 1850 and first described by Richard Richards in 1861 as "one of the most picturesque of all the summer residences to be found on the sea-coast of Wales.”
The Hotel enjoyed a celebrated clientele such as H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, Noël Coward and Sir Kenneth Clark.
Walk along the Coastal Path
There is a lovely coastal path at the foot of the village which goes past the Portmeirion Hotel, a model of a stone boat then towards the observatory tower on the headland. There are lots of pretty floral displays along the way together and plenty of benches if you fancy a rest or are looking for somewhere to eat your picnic.
Admire the beautiful buildings
Portmeirion is one of North Wales' popular tourist attractions. The Village is privately owned and run by a charitable trust. Visitors are only allowed to visit the Village during the day unless they are lucky enough to be staying in one of the charming cottages or the waterfront Portmeirion Hotel.
The buildings in Portmeirion are similar to those on the Ligurian coast of Italy. Many of the features and architectural styles of the buildings and colors are only seen in that part of the world. Some of Portmeirion's buildings have been dismantled, brought to this location, and rebuilt. Others have been purpose designed by its architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis to compliment the whole effect.
Once you have paid the entry fee you are free to wander around the paths and gardens and soak up the ambience.
Admission Charges for 2009;
Adult - £7.50
Concessions - £6.00
Children - £4.00
Half price entry after 15:30
Opening times; 09.30 - 19.30
Visiting Port Meirion
Clough Williams-Ellis built Portmeirion from 1925 to 1975 on his own private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales.
He wanted to show that 'the development of a naturally beautiful site need not lead to its defilement'.
His lifelong concern was with Architecture, Landscape Design, the protection of Rural Wales and Conservation generally, and he strove at Portmeirion to give his ideas physical expression.
Portmeirion is owned by a Registered Charity called The Second Portmeirion Foundation.
All the cottages in the village are let as part of the Portmeirion Hotel and the village also has several shops and restaurants and is surrounded by the Gwyllt sub-tropical gardens and woodlands and miles of sandy beaches.
Portmeirion is open all year round for both staying guests and day visitors alike.
Booked this Hotel as a retirement gift for my partner who had never visited Portmeirion, I have visited as a day visitor many times. Booked with Late-rooms and paid £125 per night for a luxury suite (Neptune). Everything about our stay was perfect. the suite was so comfortable, little kitchen area and a small decanter of sherry. Enjoyed watching an episode of the Prisoner on the T.V. We ate in the Hotel and the food and service were faultless,one night there was a harpist playing as we ate, magical. The weather was freezing but sunny and with snow on the mountains it was so pretty. Portmeirion is such a unique place and it was lovely to visit at such a quiet time of year. Finished our trip with a visit to Llanberis and tea in Petes Eats cafea famous place where walkers and climbers go,used to go years ago when I was able to walk up mountains! lovely to find it hadnt changed.Hope sometime to stay again at Portmeirion Hotel,as a previous reviewer said why did the Prisoner want to leave!
Wild Welsh peace versus the Generator
The Portmeirion Hotel, built in 1850, sits on a stunningly beautiful Welsh peninsula, in the Mediterreanean tourist village of Portmeirion, built by the architect Clough Ellis in the 1930s. Davyd, the hotel porter, is a great greeter; the other staff are equally friendly. The decorative schemes within the hotel perhaps reflect the idiosyncratic nature of Portmeirion. High Victorian fireplaces with ornate wood carvings mix with Scots baronnial, a classical drawing room painted in a phlorescent spearmint, a contemporary Conran bar area and a 1930s Odean-type dining room. The bedrooms are comfy; contemporary leather headboards, silk or fur throws, piping hot water, thick towels and a carafe of sherry for an old fashioned touch. But beware of the 'superior' rooms 5 & 6, which are above the kitchen wing. All night long you will be disturbed by the heavy whir of a generator, whose noise is reflected from the sheer rock wall to the rear of the hotel. At midnight I was told this was the fan in the ladies' loo and that it would be turned off later in the night. No such luck - this is a design error of some magnitude.
More than just a hotel
Stayed here one night in October 05 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We booked via laterooms and got an excellent rate for Fountain 2 which is one of the village suites. This suite is fairly close to the main hotel with fantastic views of the bay. It was very well appointed and comfortable with nice touches like the decanter of sherry in the lounge area. Dinner in the hotel was excellent didn't have breakfast so can't comment. The village is a magical place and having accommodation in the village makes this a very unusual and special hotel. Only problem was the weather - rained constantly! Plan to return sometime hopefully when the sun is shining.
Fantastic Honeymoon destination.
I stayed here for 3 nights in the Peacock Suite for my honeymoon. I had a fantastic time here. I had always wanted to stay since I first went 20 years ago. I found it peaceful and relaxing. The room was lovely and clean, the food was outstanding (and plenty of it - so starve yourself first!). It was perfect as in the evenings we went for walks around the village or into the woods, to watch the sunset. I loved the idea of the hotel grounds being close to the sea, with the woods, gardens and village.
We had sherry on the table in the suite in a decanter that we could help ourselves to, which we did, and I found the note in the hotel notes giving permission to remove the toietries from the bathroom quite amusing - never seen that in a hotel before!
First visit - gorgeous!
We had a one night whirlwind stay here over Easter, having wanted to visit for years! Service was excellent - from the staff on the gate, hotel reception and waiting staff ... We paid enough though - £209 for the room amd £100 for dinner (inc wine and pre-dinner drinks). Room was beautiful (House 4 with sea view) and the decor was newly done and looked and felt 'fresh' - charcoal grey, white and eau de nil with a very comfortable bed with egyptian cotton linen. Towels were soft, fluffy and generously sized. The bathroom was dire - the suite hadn't been replaced for years - cracked tiles, a plug that would not stop in the sink (how does a man shave?), poor lighting and the most foul looking mira shower head covered in black gunk - quite revolting and I refused to run it for fear of what it may reveal! The evening meal was superb - the freshest scallops, beautifully cooked welsh lamb and apricot clafoutie followed by the best coffee ever. The dining room and bar which have been refurbished were really lovely - ask for a table in the window if there are just two of you. The village is amazing and we plan on returning with friends / our children and staying in one of the village cottages and perhaps trying Castell for a meal (a more informal brasserie type of restaurant). Was very suprised by the age of the clientelle - we were at least 20 years younger than most - felt a bit surrounded by OAP's! We only spotted one couple who were obviously younger than us. There were several families evident but I think they may have been staying in the cottages - not sure! Would return but please refurbish the bathrooms!
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