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Elen's Castle Hotel and Restaurant
Dolwyddelan, Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia National Park LL25 0EJ, Wales   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Dolwyddelan B&B and Inns
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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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“Chilled break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Had a couple of days away with our dogs, so lucky to find somewhere like this. Welcomed with a smile, shown to our room, nothing too much trouble. Had two lovely meals in the bar with our dogs, lovely wood fire, totally relaxed atmosphere. Food choice good, veggies cooked to perfection, mains exactly as advertised. Convivial chat with mine hosts and the other guests, we will be back next time we get a couple of days off to recharge the batteries.

Location great for the Snowdon National Park, but easy to get to from the North West

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Betchworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

My partner and I were staying at a self-catering cottage in the village and went to Elen's Castle for dinner on three evenings after a hard days walking in the mountains when we were too tired to cook for ourselves.

The owners were welcoming and the bar area comfortable and relaxing. The food was good quality and decent portions. Our dog was made welcome too and would also give Elen's Castle a positive woof!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WelcomingHosts, Owner at Elen's Castle Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Thank you for this lovely review. We really do try our best to make people (and dogs) feel comfortable and welcome and your positive feedback is gratefully received!
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Manchester, England
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14 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

We enjoyed our few days here in this small family run hotel. It is very centrally located for exploring much of Snowdonia. The people who run it are friendly and welcoming, yet always professional and helpful. We ate there each night as the village doesn't have an alternative with which we felt comfortable. Plentiful car parking available. The room was adequate, but there are several nicer ones available. The shower and toilet were in a very small cubicle partitioned off from the bedroom, and seemingly isolated from the heating system as it was always cold in there. The handbasin was in the main part of the bedroom. The decor and furniture were a little tired, but the bed was very comfortable. Certainly worth paying a little extra for one of their nicer rooms. Food was always at least adequate and on occasion, surprisingly good. Not much variation of the menu though. Breakfast was excellent every day! A nice place for a short stay in a relaxed and friendly environment. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again if visiting the area.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

From the minute you enter Elen's Castle Hotel to the time you depart the owners make you feel so welcome, its like being in a second home and the owners were part of the family. The food they serve there was top notch and if there was anything they could do to help you enjoy your meal better, they would go out of their way to accommidate your needs.
I have visited this hotel for the past 4 years and not once have i had any complaints of any kind. To Cap this review.
Lovely Area, Lovely hotel and fantastic People...

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights and 4 days for the Easter 2012 break.

- Situated right on the main road in Dolwyddelan.
- Hotel has wonderful nice rooms, we got one with the view. The double bed room is a large one with nice snow-capped mountain visuals from the main window.
- The hotel has got its own private parking with ample car park spaces.
- Dolwyddelan is just 5 miles from the bigger town "Betws-y-Coed". There is a local superstore SPAR situated just 5 mins walk from the hotel for any general stuff. There is a SPAR in Betws-y-Coed as well.
- 40 mins drive from the main tourist attraction town: Llanberis. We did 2 major attractions here: One is the Snowdon Mountain Railway which is a cog wheel train that takes you to the Mount Snowdon Top. The second is the Electric Mountain tour which is a 2 hour ride inside the slate mountains to see the Dinorwig Hydro-electric Power Station.
- If you happen to visit Snowdonia, do make a stop at "Beddgelert". This is a beautiful town with a bridge and a stream, looks wonderful on a sunny day. There is a famous Pizza place called "Glaslyn Ices". We had wonderful pizzas, ice creams and milkshakes here.
- We also did the "Welsh Highland Steam Engine Tour" from "Caernarfon".

- Places to visit in North Wales: Llanberis, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Conwy and Llandudno.

- The hotel owners are nice people. The guy suggested two nice red wines for us, which were brilliant. We got the wines from the hotel's main bar. There is also a selection of DVDs to take and watch in the room.

This is a great place at a fab location because it gives you a chance to drive to a lot of places located within an hour from the hotel. And one gets to see the real beauty of North Wales - valleys, streams, snow capped mountains.

Highly recommended hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

This inn is filled with great character and is very clean and well maintained. The owners were always on hand to help and everything is really well laid out. The rooms are comfortable and the beds are very comfortable.

My wife and I wanted a couple nights away and found this place on the internet with a quick search. We needed somewhere that would accept pets as we had our Bichon Frise with us. She was also made to feel very welcome and at no point did we feel unwelcome or a hassle. A couple locals popped in for a drink in the evening and were very friendly.

Even though this is a pet friendly hotel it didn't even have a wiff of pets. Very impressed!!!

Beautiful views and set in a nice and peaceful area so very good for relaxing or long walks. Well worth te money.

Room Tip: We had the budget room but even that was nice. Small, but nice.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

We spent a fantastic long weekend at this lovely family run hotel. We stayed in room 4 which consisted of a master bedroom with 4 poster bed and a small additional room with bunk beds which was ideal for our daughter. There was plenty of storage available in the main room and the views over the valley were breathtaking.

Both Adam and Helen could not have been more friendly or welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The bar and lounge were warm and cosy and the food in the restaurant was well cooked and presented. Our room was clean and tidy with tea and coffee, hairdryer, trouser press and tv.

The hotel is ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia with plenty of things to do and see in the area. The weather was very good and much to her delight our 6 year old daughter climbed Pyg to reach the summit of Snowdon in around 3 hours.

The hotel itself is a lovely old building which has obviously been updated and renovated. Yes there is the odd bit of wallpaper that needs tidying up but for us this just added to the character and charm of the place. I spend a lot of time travelling the UK staying in modern, souless hotels which all look the same and provide the same disinterested level of service. Personally, I would rather spend a cozy evening in front of the stove at Elen's Castle enjoying a well earned drink!
We would definitely return in the future.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Dolwyddelan, Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia National Park LL25 0EJ, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dolwyddelan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Dolwyddelan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lovely historical inn with all modern comforts. Beautiful location in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Friendly and comfortable with excellent breakfasts and dinner. Family friendly with ideal family suites. Cosy bar with log-burning stove. Great Welsh castle just a short walk away. Stunning views. Free parking and high-speed broadband internet connection. ... more   less 
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