I decided to stay at the PYG hotel as it was close to the trails which lead up to Snowdon, but will also give me the experience of staying in a "cottage", and not at another hostel. It was truly a pleasant experience. I showed up at PYG without a reservation, and the owner promptly got me a single room.
Room: It is small but clean and very comfortable. I had a window which faces the road and also Moel Siabod, which was lovely. There is a small wash basin, a small desk and a clothes cabinet in the room. All single rooms are NOT ensuite so I had to use the toilets and bathroom down the hall. While it initially sounded inconvenient, it was actually not a big deal as there were so few guests that I felt I had the whole floor to myself. The large bathroom at the end of the hall is amazingly done up - it felt like I was living in the Victorian times. The bathtub is large and quaint-looking. A very gorgeous bathroom indeed.
Service: Warm and friendly. Very accommodating. As I wanted to do a very early morning run/hike up to Snowdon, I had to miss breakfast (included in the room rate). (Breakfast is served at 8:00 - 9:00am). However the hotel owner said I could help myself to the toast and cereal, as well as coffee/tea in the kitchen when I wake up early in the morning. I was happy with the arrangement.
After my run I decided to have tea and a slice of carrot cake before I leave for London, but the staff did not charge me for it as they said I missed the full English breakfast! How very sweet of them.
Meals: When booking the room, you can either opt for a rate with dinner or not. I did not take the meal option as I read other reviews here that the vegetarian option isn't great. I drove to Capel Curig within 10 minutes and there were plenty of choices. I had a meal at Plas y Brennin as I did a course there the weekend before and liked the food.
Others: There is free WiFi in the games room. There is a fireplace, a billard table, and a desktop PC to use if you didn't bring your laptop. Apparently there is a jacuzzi in the backyard but I did not use it. I had tea and carrot cake at the front of the hotel - it was amazing to bask in the sun with the moutains of Wales as the backdrop.
The cons: bathroom not ensuite (but as mentioned above, it's a minor incovenience), floorboards are creaky, there are no electrical sockets in the room to charge my phone, breakfast time is fixed (but again, as mentioned, the owner is very accommodating).
Summary: Stay at the PYG! It's a lovely experience, and one that is steeped in history. It is not the cheapest option but certainly one of the best options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 18th century 3rd generation family run mountain inn nestled in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park with a history for British mountaineering with memorabilia from the 1953 Everest expedition in the bar along with many Famous signatures. We have en suite and traditional rooms, there is a sauna and natural pool in our extensive gardens with Snowdon and many other fantastic walks right on our doorstep. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pen y Gwryd
- Pen Y Gwryd Hotel Nant Gwynant, Wales