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“The friendly bear welcomes all” 5 of 5 stars
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The Bear Hotel
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   High street, Brecon Beacons National Park, Crickhowell NP8 1BW , Wales   |  
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Ranked #9 of 15 Crickhowell B&B and Inns
Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“The friendly bear welcomes all”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We fully enjoyed our welcoming stay at the Bear. Many comfortable public rooms, attentive friendly service from all. A 2 rosette hotel that welcomes young and old, local residents, international tourists, those looking for a break on their journey. We were offered an upgrade in the main house. Very popular venue with many diners in many rooms yet the service was very prompt, smooth, friendly and attentive. The Bear dates from 1432 and has immense character of the old coaching inn with furnishings in character, as well as offering luxurious bedrooms and ensuites that are well appointed and up to date. The Bear combines great character, high rated dining, a range of excellent public rooms and residents lounge. Dining in many settings.Attractive rear garden and good rear car park. In recent times Johnny Depp and Gordon Ramsey were guests. Your stay will be equally welcome if you are young families, tourists, locals, couples, groups of walkers, singles of all ages. Crickhowell is a small friendly town with history and character, beautiful river setting with the Brecon canal nearby, together with the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Also riding, mountain biking nearby and occasional small music festivals. We will come back to the Bear again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

So many old market town hotels are disappointing. Either shabby and run down with poor service or hideously expensive and lacking in character because they have been taken over by a chain. This is neither. We had a lovely lunch in the cosy main bar. Beer was excellent - with several cask ales on tap, food was very good without being truly amazing, and reasonably priced. But what really works is the ambience. No piped music, very friendly staff with faultless service and a very relaxed atmosphere. You could easily chillout there for a few hours over a beer or four, but without the noise, music or annoying rowdy fellow customers that seem to plague so many pubs! This is very civilised but without being stuffy Our dog was very welcome and a waitress brough him a dish of chicken unprompted! Doggy heaven. Clearly it is popular with people visiting this pleasant market town to do their shopping. Other reviewers can tell you about the rooms, but we will definitely be back the next time we are in that glorious part of Wales with our dog.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Two couples, one night stay, evening meal and breakfast.
There is no such thing as perfect so let’s get the very few bad points out of the way.
The shaving light in the bathroom was on the opposite wall to the mirror, and the bathroom had clear glass with nets to the half, rather public with the walkway directly outside.
The room was large and spacious, double bed, chest of drawers, bedside tables, 30" flat screen a solid wood double wardrobe and a two seater settee, all like new and the room was spotless.
Dining experience. It is very popular and booking is essential. This very old building has the eating areas split over a number of rooms, one a large old hall, others, small and cosy areas. All Service was prompt, polite and cheerful, with staff at hand at all times, we were never left waiting or wanting at any point, excellent service particularly with the knowledge that all the dining areas were fully booked.
All our meal were superb, my duck was possibly the best I have ever had.
Breakfast time was a fairly short window, 8am to 9.30am. And maybe one of the staff should have told us that we did not need to wait to be seated, but rather simply find any seats available. The breakfast was a very good, with only two minor observations; I would have liked baked beans with my breakfast, and would normally expect the toast served before the breakfast. Again minor points, but they serve to make the overall experience as close to faultless as one could hope for..

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Lyon, France
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We booked up a night at The Bear having heard great things. Although the food in the pub was DELICIOUS, the hotel was a real let down. Our room had serious problems with the plumbing- strange noises were to be heard coming out of the tap when the toilet was flushed, lots of whirring sounds and clanking. A few seconds after each flush a spurt of water leapt up through the plughole in the sink... The shower didn't drain properly. The breakfast the following day was not a patch on the wonderful meal of the night before. The staff were sullen and unfriendly and we felt not much effort was made. Which is a shame really as it's often the simple things that keep people happy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I have been going to this excellent place for about 45 years and it is better now than it has ever been. Four years ago I chose to hold my stag party there - a civilised dinner for twelve - so I obviously like the Bear Hotel. Yesterday - a fine Saturday in October - we set off for a short walk up Table Mountain and the main point of the day was to have a lunch afterwards in the Bear. However we arrived there at about 2.14 pm and were told that the kitchen was closed. So we ate in one of the many other places that were serving lunch in Crickhowell. After we had eaten my wife went off shopping - I went back to the Bear at about 3.30 pm and people were still being served!
This was all rather unsatisfactory.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Wales
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We called here on Saturday evening without booking but received a warm welcome and found a table despite many being reserved and the whole place very busy.
Staff were excellent and friendly and fast service-I thought pricing for the quality and quantity of the food was very reasonable.
At one stage every table was taken but the staff remained very calm and the atmosphere was very enjoyable.A whole pot of coffee at the end of the meal was only £2.10-great value !
A definite return planned.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Friendly welcome from the start from booking in to checking out. The quality of food and choice was excellent. Staff were veery friendly and seemed very happy while working always cheerful.The rooms were very clean but I am afraid the bed was too soft but I would stay there again and will inform anyone I know wanting to stay in the area the Bear is the place to stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: High street, Brecon Beacons National Park, Crickhowell NP8 1BW , Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Brecon Beacons National Park > Crickhowell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Crickhowell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bear Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 34
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