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“Fantastic Carvery” 4 of 5 stars
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Bessemer Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Hermon Close, Dowlais CF48 3DP, Wales   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dowlais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Fantastic Carvery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

Very popular due to fantastic carvery. Open most nights of the week but ring as I believe it does close for one night. There is a more extensive menu but extremely popular with the 'carvery crowd' delicious!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 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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essex
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

Location is a bit strange-housing estate directly behind, industrial units directly in front! Once you get over that then the hotel is lovely. We stayed for 4 nights and for us the location was great, close enough to our family we were visiting and just a short drive away from local attractions including the 'Big Pit', Brecon Steam Railway and the Brecon Beacons. Also only half an hour or so to Cardiff. The hotel itself, well, the decor is very dated but it was spotlessly clean, the staff are great(very friendly and informative with directions etc) and the food lovely, especially the carvery. It must be good as it was very busy with local families every night we were there. All in all, a great 'base' hotel if you just want to eat and sleep there and tour around the local area-we will definitely be staying there again.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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75 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

We stayed here one night. The decor hasn't changed for decades but the room was good and clean. The evening meal was good. Some negatives - we couldn't get our laptop to work, despite some assistance from the receptionist, no soap was provided and there were no dining options during the day. Inexpensive so reasonable value for money.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wendover, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

Service was excellent and the staff were all friendly and very helpful. Room was excellent value and very clean. The restaurant was a little dated but the steaks were very good. Would definately stop here again!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cwmbran,S.Wales
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

This place is a real Jewel.Look it is in the historic village of Dowlais which 150 years ago was in the iron capitol of the world(Merthyr valley full of iron foundries hence the name of this hotel).The carvery has a superb reputation and you wont find better grub in the country.Yes the criticism of the location is a point but it is on the main road into the town of Merthyr Tydfil yet literally 2 minutesoff the A465 and this is the main link into the Brecon beacons A470 and it really is a fantastic base.The Brecon mountain steam railway is just 5 mins up the road one way,Cyfartha Castle and the Merthyr town and retail park not much further away in the other.You can be walking in beautiful beacons in ten minutes.The rooms are very clean,staff marvellous and I would have no concerns whatsoever about this jewel.The critical reviews no longer apply as the housing behind is now complete and new parking and landscaping is now completed so there are not any issues.No it does not have any grounds as such but has patio/play area and for grub and a clean base you cannot beat this hotel.Try the carvery and you will go back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberfan, United Kingdom
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43 hotel reviews
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

Stayed here in May for our wedding night as it was the closest hotel to our wedding reception venue.
We arrived late in the evening and were given a triple room by Kevin the very helpful receptionist,
Our room décor was a little like something out of a 80's catalogue picture however it was very clean the beds a large double and single were comfortable and the room well equipped with Flat screen TV, Coffee making facilities, Radio alarm clock, telephone, air con and trouser press. there was a comfortable seating area with armchairs a coffee table and ample closet space.
The bathroom was large and fitted to a high standard including a hair dryer and a selection of complimentary toiletries.
We went for a late night cap as several of our family were also staying in the hotel, The bar was small and cosy with a homely feel the prices were on a par with the local pubs, Kevin our versatile receptionist was also the barman and happily served our party late into the night even arranging snacks for some of them although by then we had long retired to bed.
At breakfast served by the omnipresent Kevin (does this man ever sleep) and a very friendly waitress there was a selection of bread, cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit and fruit juices as well as plentiful tea and coffee. a cooked option was also available to order and was of a very high quality.
Overall a quirky and little dated but comfortable hotel with very good staff and customer service where nothing seemed to be to much trouble. would highly recommend to anyone visiting the Merthyr area.
One extra mention for Kevin he really is a great asset to this hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

Bit of a strange location but once inside a warm and friendly greeting welcomes you. Corridors to rooms have a lavish plaster coving decoration which leads to modern bedrooms with all the trimmings, the only gripe was that the frilly pillows were a bit itchy at the back of the neck due to the covers but an easy solution was to turn them over.....simple. Good choice of brekkie items but you will get grapefruit even if you want pineapple chuncks... Brill value for money all round, we will be back and will recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: room 211 no probs accounted and fab trimmings.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bessemer Hotel

Address: Hermon Close, Dowlais CF48 3DP, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Merthyr Tydfil County > Dowlais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dowlais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bessemer Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A brand new 20 bedroom family run hotel on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. ... more   less 
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