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“Charming, beautiful and so relaxing” 5 of 5 stars
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Marine Drive | Great Ormes Head, Llandudno LL30 2XD, Wales   |  
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Ranked #61 of 149 Llandudno B&B and Inns
Chester, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Charming, beautiful and so relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

So we arrived at the lighthouse Sunday 26th May 2013 and as usual we had a wonderful warm welcome from Fiona, Ray and Jordan. This was our 4th visit over 4 years. Why are you going there again we were asked? Well if you visit this beautiful lighthouse the answer is infront of your eyes!
Wonderful views, relaxing atmosphere, beautiful quietness. The host and hostess perfect and their extremely talented son Jordan are a complete delight. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The bedrooms are spacious and inkeeping with the atmospheric lighthouse. Elegant and stylish. If you are looking for modern - contemporary then this place is not for you, you will have hundreds of places to visit that are. But for something completely different, original and quite simply unique then the lighthouse is the place to visit.
The breakfast is lovely and very filling. If you are lucky enough to visit when Jordan is home then you are in for a complete treat. This young man, only 13, has a wonderful talent a true gift. Listening to him play is the final tick in the box for us. 10 out of 10 all round and Fiona, Ray and Jordan we can't wait to be back to see you again. Tania and Mervyn

  • Stayed May 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cheshire
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17 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

On arrival the impression was that we were in for something out of the ordinary. This was no conventionally shaped cylindrical lighthouse but a substantial edifice. The entrance hall was atmospheric and full of interesting artefacts.

It did not live up to its initial promise as the Telegraph Room was sub-standard. We arrived on a chilly April evening and it was immediately obvious that there was a damp problem as there was a dehumidifier running. Despite this, the windows steamed up as fast as we could clear them so the sea view windows on three sides of the room were obscured.

The room was furnished as a period piece which might appeal to some but not to modernists. It was dated and dusty and the fabrics were faded.

At night the room was dark and dingy with barely adequate lighting. The plum coloured ceilings and dark woodwork did not help.

The breakfast was good and Fiona was friendly and helpful.

We enjoyed our stay despite the shortcomings but the quality doesn't match the price.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Arrived to a friendly welcome ,we stayed in the telegraph room which was charming with great sea views and a ladder to the roof worth a look .ray and fiona the owners were very helpfull showing us around this beautifull lighthouse the breakfast was lovely a very unique place to stay with great views and great hosts .

Room Tip: Both the telegraph room and lamp rooms have great sea views
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We stayed in the Telegraph Room which was in need of a deep clean, very dusty and in need of an update. The owners make a great effort to deal with an obvious damp problem and closing the shutters makes a big difference to the overall temperature . Breakfast was ok but overall it is overpriced and needs updating, faded fabrics need replacing . Fantastic setting and lots of history .

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wigan
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Let me start by commenting on some of the previous critisism's. This is a lighthouse litteraly on the edge of a cliff that was built in 1862! To renovate to some of the demanding standards expected here would be to destroy the history and character of this lovely old lighthouse. When you stay in a place like this you must expect certain things. It's going to be cold, its going to be a little old looking.

We have previously stayed in Balfour Castle on Shapinsay Island in the Orkney's so we knew what to expect from both the weather and the type of building.

We arrived early evening and it was quite dark. We received a very warm welcome from Fiona and were given a little tour and explanation of the facilities. We were shown to our room and given some recommendations for places to eat as they do not provide evening meals here.

We were offered use of the guest fridge in the kitchen and were told we could use the tea and coffee facilities at any time we wanted.

Our room was the Telegraph Room. It's like a little museum. Theres a little sitting room with a few small rocking chairs and a TV. There's a fire in there and the room does get quite warm and cosy.

The bedroom we found was a little cold mostly caused by the winds outside. There's a draft at the window and from the fireplace. But there are shutters that we closed and this brought the temperature of the room back up to a comfortable level.

We slept well despite the high winds and went down to a lovely breakfast cooked by Fiona the next morning. We were greeted by Ray and given another tour and explanation of the building and a brief history. We were shown around the grounds and Ray even let my wife use his big warm coat as it was very windy outside.

We were treated to some excellent piano playing by their son Jordan who is very talented and it was a delight to listen to. He will be a star one day!

We both felt nothing was too much trouble for Fiona and Ray and felt very welcome in what is essentially their family home.

This is a unique place to stay, and what comes with that are certain aspects of the property that need to be expected.

All in all this magical place left a lasting impression and we will definitely be going back.

Pack some warm clothes and enjoy staying in this historic lighthouse. £80 is very reasonable considering the experience you get in return.

Thank you so much Ray, Fiona, and Jordan.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telford, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Have to agree with the remarks made in "Disappointing-so much Potential." We stayed in the Telegraph Room for a week-end in early October and are disappointed to read that it has not improved. Yes, the building is stunning, and our hosts were very welcoming and helpful, but for £8O each per night we were expecting a top quality room The condensation on the windows was a problem along with a musty smell in the room and quite frankly the whole room could have done with dusting.The dressing gowns provided looked old and worn. Peeling paint and a sad old basket of brown dried flowers also let the place down. The Lighthouse is charming, with amazing views, but it is looking.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Having read all these reviews prior to booking & dismissing the couple of negative reviews as people with unrealistic expectations, I am slightly hesitant at writing a negative review myself.

We stayed in the Lamp Room at £80 pppn.
Firstly let me start with the positives;
-the location is beautiful
-the building is stunning
-the hosts are welcoming and helpful
-the décor throughout is generally very well done, tasteful & in keeping with the style of the building
-breakfast is good – filling & tasty

However...
The main feature of the Lamp Room is the living room area with the large glass windows. Unfortunately it was freezing cold when we arrived at 3pm and even with 2 radiators (which we asked to be turned up, but remained lukewarm all day) and 3 (fairly useless) portable heaters, the room was still cold at 11pm.
There was a constant draft & water dripping from the condensation which forms immediately after you wipe the windows. The room was basically uncomfortably cold to sit in and the view completely lost due to the condensation. Wallpaper is coming away from the walls due to the damp and a cold leather sofa doesn't make it any cosier. I don't know what the solution is to this cold/damp problem, but charging £80pppn seems expensive to sit in the cold. At least a few nice blankets would have helped matters.

In addition to this, the bed was very, very soft and the bathroom rather outdated and not fitting in with the decor everywhere else and terrible water pressure in the shower. The towels and bathrobes provided felt rather old and worn too.

Overall I had really been looking forward to the stay, but left disappointed. The location, hosts and building are all impressive, but a shame that more care and attention to detail isn't made to the actual overall experience. I realise a stay in the summertime would feel totally different, but for a room on the coast of Wales, it really needs to accommodate for the colder months of which there are plenty!

I write this only as constructive criticism for the owners and hope they can make a few changes to make it the really great place it deserves to be.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Marine Drive | Great Ormes Head, Llandudno LL30 2XD, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Llandudno
Amenities:
Free Parking
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Ranked #61 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Llandudno
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
The Lighthouse Hotel Llandudno
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