Over a 150 years old, this charming hotel sits just outside the wall, yet within a hop-skip-and a jump to the center of Chester's Ancient cobble stoned streets. I have stayed here three times in the course of my traveling experience and when I go back to Chester, I would not hesitate to do so again. The staff are superbly friendly, the atmosphere is light and quiet, a restful place in a busy busy town. On my last trip this past JUne in 2006, I traveled with my 10 year old son. Because we were getting in around 6pm from nearly 24 hours of traveling from the west coast of the US, I knew we would be too exhausted to find a place for dinner so the hotel kindly arranged to have a special meal served in our rooms within fifteen minutes of our arrival. We ate, we showered, and we slept...It was perfect as were the variety of people in the breakfast hall every morning of our stay.
Good views, old victorian atmosphere, good food, friendly service, creaky doors and tricky locks, HUGE Tubs and great water pressure in the shower, Clean, centrally located for all our adventures around Chester and the surrounding towns.
The convention was held at "The Royal" which is an old but recently refurbished hotel Right in the centre of Llangollen. It looked like an ok place to stay, likewise as they provided the food for the convention on Saturday and some of our group ate here on the Sunday the food seemed ok too, -- Maybe worth a try !!??
Are you looking for a great place to stay in Llangollen ?? If so then look No Further than "Plas Hafod" This is a Beautiful House on the edge of the town, So therefor a quiet location, yet only a five minute walk into the centre of town, Margaret has two rooms available, A double and a family room (1x Double bed + 1 x single bed) Both Very Tastefully decorated, Both with Tea / coffee making facilities and T.V. Both with Private Bathrooms, one being en-suite. Car parking is also available. A Great Breakfast with multiple choices of what you want to eat, A Friendly welcome and one of the Best B+B's that I have stayed in for a good while -- Why not give them a go if you are in the area -- you won't regret your choice !!
I had vistors stay in Mumbles. Quiet, quaint, right on the sea, many little shops, a castle ruin and a large undulating green from which to excite journal writings and the occassional picnic. Bike/walk path along Swansea Bay; 2 miles from Swansea for perfect morning journies. There's even a very local golf course tucked in between the roadway and bay. Swansea itself has a very nice art museum and excellent choral/singing and orchestra performances. Also, be sure to take in a performance at the Dylan Thomas theatre. When I was there, a great old movie theatre showed old classics for a pound. It was on the queensway in Swansea. Of course the university (mid-way between Swansea and Mumbles) has much to offer.
All together, a most excellent stay is to be had on the Gower....then drive out to the peninsula's end to Three Cliffs, etc. Maybe take in some industrial tours in Port Talbot or the Rhonda Valley. Perfect.
B&B for non-smokers in the village of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. Bryn-y-Gwynt is a Victorian residence refurbished and it retains its historical character.
Breakfast is served in pine breakfast room enjoys a wonderful view across to nearby mountians. Full English Breakfast was served at pre-arranged times although I';m sure they'd do a lighter meal if required. However with all the walking we did we need the influx of energy.
our room was well equipped and had remote control colour TV and drinks tray along with a hairdryer and ensuite small shower room.
The village of Betws-y-Coed is an ideal base from which to explore North Wales, and there are many things to do and places to visit within ¾ hour of the village. Easy to walk into the village with plenty of out of bounds shops and bars and restaurants.
Excellent location, firendly owners and felat like home from home
The room / suite was gorgeous and I was fortunate enough to get a great discount ... always good to enquire if there are any promotions for the weekend.
Suite style room with your private wine rack should you wish to indulge ...
The luxurious ensuite bathroom has a shower for 2 and the bath is positioned in way which allows you to watch TV.
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.
Very nice Hostel, right at the start of the Snowdon Ranger Path.
Staff are very firendly, it has a canteen and all amenities.
The hostel used ot be THE Inn for people climbing the Snowdon before it got bought by the YHA. It has lots of charm.
Be careful however for parking, there is an aera but it is quite narrow and very close to the road. Also, expect the building to shake when a bigger-than-average car passes by. Hopefully, there is not much traffic at night, but when there is, you are the first to know.
I didn't take a picture of The Hand from the outside. This former 18th Century coaching inn overlooks the River Dee. There are twisty and windy stairways to the 50 some rooms.
It was a comfortable and fun place to spend our one night in Wales.
The downtown was practically outside the door. We enjoyed our brief visit here.
The view outside our room was overlooking the River Dee. It was a treat to have a "room with a view". That usually doesn't happen to me.
The best way to see wales is to drive. Though some parts are difficult to get around even with a map. We stayed in a cottage that over looked a stream, with a pub just down the road. probably the only pub in a 10 mile radius!:) But was an amazing place it used to be packed every evening. Yes we were there every evening! The local beers and guiness (better than any you get in the cities) are worth checking out.
Cottage - mainly for large groups - has about 4-5 rooms complete with all facilities. I think it was bit on the expensive side.
We always camp in Bracelands while in the Forest of Dean ( I know its kinda half and half on the England /Wales border, but it still counts in my book!).
It has 2 huge shower and toilet blocks which are always very very clean and the showers are lovely! One of the blocks has hairdryers for anyone that needs them. There is a phone box there and a list of emergency numbers should anyone need them. The warden also lives on site . There are also electric hook ups and plenty of water taps.
There is a great view from this capsite, there is forest all around you with many many great walks right outside your tent! There is plenty of room for the children to play and run around, its a good chance to get them away from the TV and give them some fresh air and excersize!
Having stayed in this very room when we came before some 18 years ago, we specifically requested the turret room for my parents. The weekend was a surprise present for my mum's birthday, and her face was a picture when she walked in to this room.
The room is enormous! We worked it out it must be at least 80 square metres, it covers the entire floor of the turret, and has 8 sides.
There is an anermous four poster bed, a large, period fireplace, a writing desk., a free standing wardrobe, as well as a couple of settees with a large coffe table in the middle of the room.
We were meeting my uncle there too, from Sweden, so we had plenty of space to sit around with a drink (or five) before going down for dinner.
Oh, and I forget, the bathroom has a Jacuzzi!
This is an amazing place to stay. We first stayed here in 1987 for our tenth wedding anniversary, and in 2005 we took my parents here to celebrate my mum's 80th birthday.
This is a genuine castle since converted to a hotel and features many of the original buildings. From 1277, some famous people have stayed here, including King Edward VII, Lily Langtree and Prince Charles. And of course us!
The castle is set in its own grounds and is beautifully decorated in period style, with huge ooen fireplaces and deep sofas to sink into with a drink. The hotel has its own helicopter pad if you wanted to get there in a hurry and the garden is abound with peacocks.
The turret room is the best (see tips below) and the castle often holds Medieval Banquets (see restaurant tips).
The Abbey Hotel is located directly across from the Tintern Abbey. Tintern is a small town located about 30 minutes north of Cardiff. The drive is pleasant in itself and provides plenty of beautiful scenary. The Hotel has an elaborate dining room, pub with same meals as the dining room and a loung with wide screen tv and plenty of lounges.
Both rooms we occupied were spacious and equipped with good shower facilities.
Checkout wotif.com for cheap last minute rates on this hotel. We paid about 50 pound for a double which normally goes at 100 pounds.
View of the Tintern Abbey in the morning was spectacular. The setting and surrounding country side was very relaxing and provided plenty of walking options.
Our stay here was disappointing. The guide said it was great but it really wasn't. We paid extra for a private room, as it was our first holiday together, and got there to find our 'room' was in the women's area with a curtain as our only privacy-not happy. It was only open from 5 at night, and we had to leave by 12 in the morning. We were there for two awful days. My partner was ill one day, and we still had to leave and go find things to do!!! The rooms were freezing cold and damp all the time, no real security and in the middle of nowhere, so had to pay a taxi to get anywhere! NOT a good place to stay.
Great if you love being cold!
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