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Old Black Lion

4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Lion St., Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
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Ranked #14 of 28 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014
Sonia B Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We had such a special weekend and were made to feel so welcome, a home from home. The room was amazing, so full of character, comfy big bed, beautiful relaxing view from the upper level armchairs; the perfect place to get into a good book. Food was delicious and special and beautifully presented, the service excellent, attentive, personal, courteous and... More

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Milford Haven
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22 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We had a room in the annexe. Warm and cosy if a little tired. Ate in the restaurant, good choice of food and very good quality. Breakfast was cooked to order and tasty. Although I would have appreciated a choice of fresh fruit on the menu. Comprehensive wine list to accompany evening menu. Staff very friendly. Very central so walking... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is a charming pub/restaurant/hotel in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. The staff is very courteous and friendly. The room was very charming and cozy, tons of pillows and nice bed, the bathroom is ok, shower is tiny and the water doesn't get very hot, but this is not a big deal. The restaurant/pub downstairs is very cozy and there's a feel... More

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Gloucestershire
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10 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

Had a short winter break at the Old Black Lion in Hay recently, room was cosy and the food in the restaurant was lovely. The owners were friendly. All in all a nice place to stay, very relaxing, and would go again.

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My husband and I have just returned home after a two night stay at the Old Black Lion. The location is superb. Plenty of free parking. We were welcomed by the very friendly and efficient Stacie and shown to our room. We treated ourselves to the Cromwell suite. (Book directly for a great rate). Wow! A magnificent room, huge, with... More

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Neath
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Stayed a few weeks ago for a night to celebrate my birthday. Lovely old inn with plenty of character and the staff were very friendly and efficient. Fantastic breakfast, but our evening meal was not good. On the night we ate there, there seemed to be quite a divide in customer satisfaction in the restaurant i.e. some diners obviously had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We had a lovely stay here recently. A very comfortable room, a delicious dinner and an extremely generous English breakfast. The staff were all very pleasant and our stay in Hay on Wye was a very happy time for all of us.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Just had an 8 person family lunch here - our first time at the Old Black Lion - and we were so positively impressed. The food was delicious, with big portions plus extra veg and the chef was extremely forthcoming in catering for quite varied dietary requirements. All sauces and food are made fresh on premise, really great! Service and... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

We've stayed the last 7 nights in various 4 star inns around the country, all for around the same price. Unfortunately, The Old Black Lion suffers by comparison with all 7 others. Outdated rooms, creaky beds and a shower that was no more than a trickle, while the breakfast poached eggs were like bullets. The view from the Room 6... More

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We felt at home as soon as we stepped in through the door. This historic Inn has the essence of comfort and hospitality steeped into its timbers. The room was cosy and warm, the bed comfortable, the beer was good and the meals superb. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to be able to visit again.

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Also Known As:
Old Black Lion Hotel Hay-On-Wye
Old Black Lion Hotel
Old Black Lion Hay-On-Wye, Wales
Address: Lion St., Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Hay-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Black Lion has ten delightful bedrooms. We have an AA rosette for our food which can be taken in either the no smoking restaurant or bar area with scrubbed pine tables and log burning stove. Hay on Wye is situated on the River Wye and surrounded by stunning countryside and overlooked by the Black Mountains. It is also the worlds largest second hand book centre, so you can shop till you drop and then come back and enjoy a relaxing meal. ... more   less 
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