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“Great atmosphere - Excellent Food & Drink at a fair price” 5 of 5 stars
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Cafe Valance Bar and Rooms
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   50 Newton Road | Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BQ, Wales   |  
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Ranked #19 of 47 Swansea B&B and Inns
Swansea, United Kingdom
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55 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere - Excellent Food & Drink at a fair price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Met with colleagues for a meal and a few drinks one evening.

Ideal venue, quite informal so we could all move around to chat etc.

Service was excellent - and we felt really well looked after.

Great selection of food - from light snacks to full restaurant menu.

We were quite a big party - and we were impressed that all the food was served at the same time.

Meals were excellent - everyone enjoyed.

Good value for money - both food and drinks.

We'll definately return as a group - and I'd recommend to my other friends.

I've gone back a few times since, just for a coffee and cake - and that's been just as good...

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

we recently spent time in mumbles and stayed at cafe valance, we found the rooms and the staff excellent, had great food and a good nights sleep. we would recommend this place to anyone. Mumbles is a lovely place to visit and when we go back, we will definatley be booking into cafe valance, thanks to nicky, andy and staff for a good time. x

Room Tip: rear rooms overlook the castle, great views, quiet rooms, locally named after local beaches, oysterm...
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  • Stayed July 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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Cafe Valance is a local and welcoming place, tucked away towards the top of mumbles.a great place to meet friends and family for a chill ,especially good as you are allowed well behaved dogs(like ours), as beaches are now off limits for dogs until the autumn. Coffee, Food & Wine...Superb.
Great cocktails day and night.
Would recommended a visit.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Cafe Valance is a local gem, tucked away towards the top of mumbles, (Newton road), where a warm welcome and delicious coffee and cakes abound. Always first choice for either a solo cuppa, a coffee with friends, lunch, supper or cocktails too!! everyone there is very friendly whether you have children, babies, elderly, and even, ( and in my opinion) crucially clean and well behaved dogs too!! A relaxing, chilled and friendly place with mumbles life at its heart, enjoy!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We have had lovely coffee and Welsh cakes here on many ocassions, but the last 2 times there have been smelly damp dogs inside ( more than 1 ). The smell is apparent as soon as you go through the door.We went to sit to the rear of the cafe away from said dogs , only to find that there was a dog outside scratching desperately at the glass door . Couldn't wait to get out and will not sadly be returning, despite warm croissant and good coffee.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newton;, Swansea
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Living locally I did not need to stay. Took my friend from Cheadle Hulme, Manchester for lunch. The weather was lovely so we ate on the front terrace enjoying the buzz of Mumbles. The service was very friendly and the food tasty and beautifully presented. They have a comprehensive, reasonably priced wine list with wines by the glass or bottle. My friend enjoyed it so much we went there again for lunch and popped in on two further occasions for coffee and cake. Once on the front terrance and the other time on the rear terrace overlooking Oystermouth castle.

Room Tip: Did not stay as I live locally but have had a "sneak preview" of the rooms which are furni...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Stayed 2 nights over Easter with Partner. Good location just off the beach "strip" - Easy to find as whole building painted wine red with cute lights out front at night. Access to rooms is gained through bar/cafe, out the back, and up a flight of outdoor stairs - odd and disjointed. No reception for accommodation, you just deal with the bar staff. They were friendly and helpful though. Breakfast served at the back of the bar (access from room means going outside and down fire exit steps and in through bar back door) It was freezing when we stayed and this was a horrible and rude awakening before brekkie ! Lovely fresh croissants and pain au chocolat, choice of cereal and yoghurts, juice and hot drinks. Nice but limited. Rooms were clean but small. Supplied with dressing gown, hot drinks(no minibar), and complimentary toiletries although this included 4xconditionners and 1xshower gel! Towels were frayed and very rough. We had a Superior room (Layland) which was nice but a little cramped. Decor was modern, eclectic and tasteful. Bedside lamps weren't bright enough to read by. Main issue was with the bar opposite which was open late and who's music was VERY loud and stopped us sleeping both nights of our stay. Can only imagine that this will be worse in summer - wouldn’t recommend this room for that reason. All in all a mediocre overall experience with a strange set up/layout and too much noise. Overpriced in terms of value for money. Unfortunately wouldn't stay again.

Room Tip: Back of property has castle views - front has view into neighbour's living rooms (and noise from...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cafe Valance Bar and Rooms

Address: 50 Newton Road | Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BQ, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Swansea County > Swansea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cafe Valance Bar and Rooms 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cafe Valance Bar & Rooms is perfect for a relaxed romantic break. Set in the seaside village of Mumbles,on the outskirts of Swansea on the gateway to the glorious Gower Peninsula, Britain's first area of outstanding natural beauty. There are beautiful botanical gardens nearby,a host of historic castles and other sites. ... more   less 
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