This is a beautiful building in a lovely location. It is leased by HF Holidays from the National Trust and its position in Snowdonia is stunning. One walk started on the Pyg track up Snowden then along the South Ridge and on footpaths right back to the hotel. The walking and sociability was, as you would expect with HF, excellent. On a location and walking review only I would have given five stars. But and it is a big but the running of this hotel was very poor.
The main public rooms were infested with moths and none of the staff seemed to notice. Our bathroom was not cleaned in all the seven days we stayed their. One evening during the week I had to hunt out a member of staff for extra toilet rolls! As regards food we ran out of vegetables two nights running at dinner and were told in no uncertain terms that there were no more. On the first day I asked for a boiled egg, after half an hour waiting I went to a member of waiting staff to ask politely where it was. The Chef heard my request and shouted at me that boiled eggs were special order. Unusually for HF bread rolls were only available for those people that had ordered soup for dinner. I ordered a caesar salad for my main course one evening, bear in mind I had been walking all day, what showed up was a plate of iceberg lettuce with a small sprinkling of cheeese - there was nothing else on the plate! When I asked for some dressing for the salad I was told there was none, then when I asked simply for oil and vinegar I was told they had none. There was no fresh fruit or muesili for breakfast. At the end of the week there was hardly any food for the self-service packed lunch. I could go on ....
I will certainly return to this hotel in the future because of the excellent holidays I have always had with HF in the past and its location. But sincerely hope the organisation sorts out the running of the establishment in the meantime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Craflwyn Hall is an outstanding base from which to explore Snowdonia. If you enjoy walking, there are nearby walks for all abilities, from short strolls to more challenging mountain ascents. If you're aiming to climb Snowdon, we are close to the base of the Watkin Path, with shorter ascents available from nearby Pen-y-Pass. Snowdonia also has numerous places of interest. A stay at Craflwyn Hall could include a visit to Caernarfon Castle or Portmeirion, or a ride on the spectacular Welsh Highland Railway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Craflwyn Hall Beddgelert, Wales