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Black Boy Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Northgate Street | Stryd Pedwar a Chewch, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Caernarfon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Gloucestershire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful hotel in a great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

My husband and I found this gem on the internet and checked out reviews on tripadvisor. We were not disappointed - sometimes places look a lot better on the internet and do not live up to expectations on arrival. We found it to be very busy but very well managed with the staff working very hard to keep everything running smoothly. The bars had lovely warm fires (especially welcome as it was so cold and we had been travelling for 4 hours). We had booked a table in the restaurant for our first night and it was delicious, so good in fact we ate there again before we left. We had a superior executive room in Black Jacks which was lovely, furniture nice and attention to detail, the room was so large you felt you wanted to spend time enjoying it - mostly I just want to sleep in the room and not be in there much. The make-up mirror in the bathroom was fab and the lighting was great - usually I have to take my mirror to a window and kneel on the floor to apply my make up and do my hair as it the only place where there is enough light etc. PG tips in the room (great for us)! The only slight downside is the car park is quite small (nothing much they can do about that) so when we went out on the Sunday we couldn't get back in but we parked in the car park (just a short walk away) after 6pm this is free - there was a space later so we managed to get back in. Also we found it very busy as I say (it was easter weekend) but we didn't mind as the staff went out of their way to see to you as quickly as they could and were so courteous. All in all if we come back to Caernarfon (and hopefully we will soon) I would not think of stopping anywhere else! The railway trip is a must and although a bit expensive was well worth it.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review for the Inn and staff . I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Black Boy and the staff looked after you so well.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Penarth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Dating back to 1522 this inn has character by the bagful. Walk in off the street on a very cold spring day to a roaring open fire, extremely attentive staff and enjoy some excellent real ale and food - well that was our experience. We enjoyed the sharing hot and cold plate of tapas/mezze which at £12.65 was good value, well presented and more than enough for 2 people. The barman gave me a taster of the different real ales so that I could make my choice which was a nice touch. Right in the heart of the old quarter of Caernarfon town, this is a must visit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thank you so much for review , i will pass these comments to all staff to thank them .
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We stayed at this historic hotel within the Walls of Caernarfon back in February. Our room was stunning - four poster bed, sparkling bathroom, cosy, warm, stylish and comfortable. More like a luxury personal bedroom than a generic hotel room - so comfortable it was unbelieveable!
Our welcome at the hotel was friendly and genuinely warm, they had kindly made us a reservation in their restaurant that night.
The food in the restaurant is to die for, local produce cooked to perfection - you will not leave hungry! So much wonderful choice on the menu you will take ages trying to decide which to try!
Good advice given on wine too for those who are unsure what to drink.
Great local beers for real ale enthusiasts!
The following morning we went to breakfast - the breakfast room large and spacious but warm - the hot food cooked to order, again local produce, award winning sausages and local caught fish is served. Again, you won't leave the breakfast table hungry!
The staff advised us on best way to get to Snowdon and suggested a route to take - invaluable local advice given freely and on our return to the hotel the staff were genuinly interested on how our climb went and if we had enjoyed our day.
An evening spent in their bar tasting local beers - the bar staff friendly and informative.
I cannot rave a bout this hotel enough - I work in the travel industry and I have to say this is one of the best hotel stays I have ever had - I look forward to visiting them again and thank you for making our stay so special.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
I agree we do have a very rare Inn in our care. I wish to thank you for the review and totally agree with you views of course . I will ensure the staff are aware of your comments. We print all reviews out for staff and if we can change anything for the better we do, so feedback is useful for us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

just back from a two night stay and felt i had to share a great experience. lovely , romantic and clean room, professional and warm staff, especially the lovely tawa ( melody in a proper language). lol. will definitely be returming to sample the great food and beers. the small fly in the ointment is the bit of mispelling on the menu slates on the wall, but i think you can see if that is the only thing i have to complain about i really should get a life

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
We are a romantic Inn in both your and my view. I am so glad that the hours of training and leadership of Michele shows in the staff professionalism. I wish to thank you for the review .
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The room was nice and clean .We had a wonderful stay friendly staff...The food was absolutely delicious..One of the best..
warm atmosphere will definitely come back.. Great character cosy in the coldest weather


Munis and Andrew

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Thank you for review and that the Inn met your expectations
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

We've just got home from a two night stay in Black Jacks and could not fault it.

I chose the hotel because of the excellent reviews - we were looking for a great pub with clean modern comfortable accomodation and got what we wanted only better. The room was lovely, bar cosy and welcoming and the food was excellent - possibly the best hotel breakfast we've ever had with great choice and friendly service. Our only disappointment was entirely our own fault as we didn't book a table for dinner. However that gives us an excuse to return.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
We hope you return soon and thank you for review. I am so glad the Inn and staff met your expectations .We all strive hard at the Black Boy to ensure this happens for all guests
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Had another stay in the Black Boy and this time we stayed in a room in Black Jack's, the latest addition to the hotel. This is a building at the other side of the courtyard which was refurbished in 2012. Room 52 featured a sizeable bedroom, large bathroom and a further room with a kitchen and dining area. Not that we used the kitchen there was a dishwasher, microwave, and fridge.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
We met family for a meal in the restaurant and the food excellent - the cod loin a gastronomical delight!! There was a good atmosphere in both the bars and the restauarant reflecting the popularity of the place. Breakfast was also excellent. Looking forward to the next time we have an opportunity to visit the Black Boy again.
Free WIFI as well.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you for review Black Jacks is out latest edition to the quirky feel of the Inn .In all there are 26 rooms all en-suite bath/shower rooms. Our team of staff all work hard to make it work for the guests.
And of course our WIFI is free to our guests , we believe this should be standard in hotels as a service to paying guests.
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Address: Northgate Street | Stryd Pedwar a Chewch, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Caernarfon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Business Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Romantic Hotel in Caernarfon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Boy Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Boy Inn is a listed building which is situated in the historic town walls of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon. The Inn is within easy walking distance to the town centre, and the famous 13th-century Castle. An old Inn dating back to 1522 and with its wooden paneling, low ceilings, and thick wooden support beams generates a cosy 'Olde Worlde' Welsh atmosphere. The Black Boy is a very busy Inn; please do not expect it to be a slow laid back hotel. It is in the centre of the tourist hub of North Wales and long wait times can be norm in middle of summer. Come and visit us in the winter season for a more laid back feeling.We now also have Black Jacks, which is another renovated building in courtyard, at rear of Inn .Black Jacks is away from the hustle of the main Inn . All suites have small kitchen area.No lift in building.Some Ground floor rooms are easy access with walk in showers , 1st floor variety of rooms as is 2nd floor.We offer 24 hour staff attendance. When you stay in any country you must wish to stay in somewhere that reflects that country ,we certainly do majority of our staff are welsh speaking and so are the owners .Meal timesSunday to Thursday: Noon until 9.00P.M. Friday and Saturday. Noon until 9.30P.M.Table reservations can be made via reception up to 6.30P.M. Table allocation after 6.30.Pm. Will be made on availability. Waiting times can vary and an indication of any delay will be conveyed to you. To arrange a table reservation (up to 6.30P.M.)In peak season we cannot accept table bookings at all due to the volume of trade ... more   less 
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