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“Lovely place to unwind” 5 of 5 stars
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Dunoon
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Gloddaeth Avenue, Llandudno LL30 2DW, Wales   |  
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Ranked #32 of 64 Hotels in Llandudno
Stoke on Trent
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21 hotel reviews
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“Lovely place to unwind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We have stayed at the Dunoon several times in the past so it's like going home to return there! We took advantage of their offer for early Dec which was very good value for a 2 night break. As usual the food was excellent with plenty of choice, although the format of the menu had changed slightly since our last visit. The staff are very polite & helpful and when you step into the dining room it's like going back in time (in a good way!). After dinner we sat with our coffee in front of a roaring log fire - bliss! The bedroom & bathroom were very clean and bright and looked as if they had been recently decorated. This hotel oozes character & charm and yes, probably does appeal more to the older generation, but so what? We'll definitely be back!

Room Tip: Go for a superior room at the front if you can.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
    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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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Our trip was planned to make use of the Arriva Trains Club 55 deal. Originally we were just visiting for the day but decided to find a good hotel to spend longer in Llandudno.
We arrived in town during a gale and lashing rain but our welcome at the hotel was very warm indeed. We arrived late morning, too early to take our room but were told exactly when it would be ready and to leave our case in reception while we went out to shop.
On our return our case was already in our room and we unpacked before taking a substantial afternoon tea in the bar. After relaxing in our comfortable room we took dinner. The dining room has adequate space between tables and the food was excellent. There was a wide selection of wines at a broad price range. An excellent night's sleep was enjoyed despite the terrible weather outside and it was only over a fine breakfast that we found that ten additional guests had appeared at the hotel after being stranded on the flooded A55 for two and a half hours. All the staff were friendly and efficient and the young owners deserve every success with this hotel which is full of old world charm and character. Everything was spotlessly clean from the crisp white linen and napkins in the dining room to the towels and bedding. We look forward to our second visit.

  • Stayed November 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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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We first stayed at this hotel in July. We had a nice relaxing visit having one of the large front double bedrooms on the first floor. The food was very good and the service excellent.

We have just returned from what should have been a three night break (checked out after two).
Unfortunately the larger bedrooms were all booked so we had a small room on the front. This was very cramped and the bathroom even more so. We found the food on this visit to be of a lower standard. However, the main concern during this visit was the continuous barking/yapping/howling of two small dogs in the room ajoining ours. Every morning returning to our room after breakfast we had to put up with the noise whilst the owner was having his breakfast. This was mentioned at reception on the first morning and was told they would make a note of it.
On the second morning upon returning to our room the same thing was happening again. This went on for at least 40 mins so I asked for someone from management to come up and listen to the noise. The manager came and said yes it was aweful and would we like to move to another room. As we only had another night of our break left we felt it too much trouble to move. I asked could the person with the dogs not be moved and was told that he was a regular!! After that comment we decided to settle our bill and leave. I am a dog lover and used to have a small dog of my own which always came with us when going on holiday. At mealtimes he was put into the car just in case he barked and disturbed other residents. I think this should have been suggested to the 'regular'. At reception we were informed the owners were away for the weekend but they would write to us upon their return. Needless to say, we are still waiting and will not be returning to this hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The rooms - Stayed here with my husband and 1 yr kid. As other reviewers have pointed out, the standard rooms are small, cramped and definitely overpriced. If you're looking to stay here, go for the superior rooms.

The lift is rickety and the corridors narrow. It doesn't make for a very cheery picture. We were on the third floor and I guess the water pressure was low. Taking a shower was a long process! The radiator in the room did not work. After a couple of calls to the reception, we were provided with a portable one so no complaints there except that it took up more of the precious space. The beds though are comfy and the rooms clean.

The hotel - Despite being disappointed with the room, we liked the rest of the hotel. Very traditional. The sitting, dining and cloak rooms are very old world and charming. The staff were friendly and the guests even more so. A lot of old timers stopped by to have a chat with us. A very homely, friendly and old worldly atmosphere!

Its perhaps more suited to the older generation. In fact, we did not find a single guest, other than us, in jeans!

The food - This is where the hotel totally redeems itself. The dinner, breakfast service and the food were excellent. The breakfast portions are meagre but it is an unlimited fare so just order seconds. Request for hot milk as the milk kept at the table is cold. The dinner service is again very traditional. Its a set menu so they do not cater to non-meat eaters. The menu for the day is displayed outside the dining room. There are some good restaurants, as well, along the same block.

Attractions - The pier, happy valley gardens, orme bus tour, the end of the north shore beach (from where the toy trains run), orme entrance, orme tramway station are all within easy reach.

The standard room and the bathroom were small even for a couple with a baby and hence the rating. But if you get a superior room and love old world charm, then this is the place to be...

Room Tip: Go for rooms on lower floors. Standard rooms are very small. Opt for a superior one if you've a...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CharlotteDunoon, Owner at Dunoon, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
We just need to correct two points of fact in this review:

First, we do not run a "fixed" menu, but offer a daily, five-course "table d'hote". This menu, which changes daily, offers a choice of four starters, four mains and five puddings. There is also a soup course and cheeses.

Second, we do cater for "non meat eaters". Without exception, at least one (often two) of the starters each day is vegetarian, as is at least one main course. If you take "non meat eaters" to include fish eaters then they are also catered for with at least one fish main course every day and often a seafood starter as well.

Just thought you should know.

And, by the way, sorry about the "rickety lift" - we think it adds excitement on rides to the third floor.
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Shropshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

My wife and i stayed at this rather unusual hotel for a 2 night break in late October. First impressions were of rather dour decor and carpets that were over fussy and long overdue replacement and a ricketty old lift leading to somewhat dark corridors. The rooms were better however, with a fresh coat of bright paint, good standard of cleanliness and comfortable beds. The food was the outstanding point with superbly cooked courses and service that was prompt and very friendly. They market themsleves as "traditional" and thats fine, but you cstill retain character and service and yet update the surroundings without compromising these elements with a careful choice of carpet, lose the awful tapestries everywhere and brighten up the corridors.

Room Tip: Quieter rooms at the rear.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CharlotteDunoon, Owner at Dunoon, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
We're pleased to learn that the reviewer "BobShropshire" enjoyed the Dunoon sufficiently to mark us 4 out of 5, but we feel honour bound to correct a couple of observations in respect of the decor.

The carpets he describes as "long overdue for replacement" were in fact laid a little under two years ago. Given that they are pure wool Axminster, which lasts almost an eternity if looked after correctly, it means they are practically new! As for the "over fussy" design, it's based on a Victorian archive and was created specially for the Dunoon. Given that the Dunoon occupies a handsome Victorian building in a beautifully preserved Victorian resort, we thought it only right to preserve the place's historical integrity. Moreover, there are only so many boutique contemporary wannabes the world can take right now.

SImilarly, the damask wallpaper - made by one of the finest wallpaper companies in the country, but which BobShropshire no doubt feels contributes to the "drab decor" - is also based on a Victorian archive design developed in partnership with the National Trust.

In refurbishing the hotel, we have always favoured quality and authenticity (for example, the solid oak panelling on the ground floor), in the hope and belief that such values are appreciated by our guests. Evidently our work is not to everyone's tastes, certainly not to BobShropshire's. He is perfectly free to express his disdain for our interior design, but wrong and unfair to say that it needs replacing for no other reason than he doesn't he doesn't like it.

It is at times like this - when you have invested so much time, care and considerable sums of money - that you feel inclined to seek out a darkened room (perhaps we should use one of the corridors that Bob mentions!!) and end it all.
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Birmingham
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Another annual stay at this reliable and comfortable hotel. We have been coming here once a year for over five years and can honestly say that we have yet to be disappointed. That is not to say the place is perfect but that the welcome, service, accommodation and food are consistently good and should there be any hiccups - after all, we have 'hiccups' at home too - then we know we can rely on any and all of the staff to sort them out efficiently. The food is imaginative with a good choice using wonderful local produce and individual requests are readily catered for. We shall continue to make this the base for our Autumn break.

Room Tip: Side rooms have a wonderful views of both the Great Orme and West Shore.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cumbria
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We recently stayed at the Dunoon Hotel with Great Railway Journeys, All I can say is what a little gem of a hotel to stay if you like to have a relaxing holiday. This was my first time on a GRJ and I was a little concerned what to expect, The hotel was very welcoming, We did have a bit of a problem as our room had twin beds and we would have liked a double however nothing was too much trouble for the Dunoon and we were promptly given another lovely room, The room was lovely and the nice touch of a turn down with a chocolate made us feel very special, The dining was another good experience with the waiting/kitchen staff doing excellent considering we were working to a few early morning departures from the hotel. We certainly will stay at the Dunoon independently again in the future

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gloddaeth Avenue, Llandudno LL30 2DW, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Llandudno
Hotel Style:
#23 Family Hotel in Llandudno
#29 Romantic Hotel in Llandudno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dunoon 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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