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“Warm welcome as usual” 4 of 5 stars
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Junction of A498 and A4086 | Snowdonia National Park, Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4NT, Wales   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nant Gwynant
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Warm welcome as usual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We come here every year for a weekend with family and friends, we really love the fact that it hardly changes, the owners are very welcoming and the food locally sourced and delicious. Three course dinner is £25 including coffee which is served in the residents lounge. My vegetarian friend is always happy with the option they provide for her. Games room now has a TV along with free wifi, table tennis table and pool table. The decor and furniture is very 1950s but this gives the hotel its character. We've stayed in 3 of the room personally and seen another 3 where friends have stayed and they all have had power sockets in the rooms though not always where you want them so I take an extension multi socket and travel kettle.
It is a small hotel with limited en suite rooms and fixed meal times but the shared bathrooms are fabulously victorian. £50 pppn (en suite rate) for B&B is very reasonable when you are close enough to start your Snowdon walk from the hotel itself. We had the garden room as we wanted a bit more room for our travel cot. Brass 4 poster bed is comfortable but you do have to walk across the courtyard to the main part of the hotel which isn't as convenient when it is wet. It has a bathroom (no shower) which is what we wanted for our 16 month old son and a lovely view of the back gardens. Shame we had such poor weather and couldn't use the outside space, 'natural' pool and sauna. There is a drying room for wet walking clothes and we made full use of that this year !
Waitresses made a fuss of my son again this year and there was no charge for him. Service is so fast because there is limited choice that he didn't get chance to get bored waiting for his dinner or breakfast.
You always meet interesting people many of whom like us are repeat visitors.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bishops Stortford
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights; great location for starting walk up Snowdon but you pay a hefty premium for this privilege. Drying room was available for your soggy clothes after your day out walking. Enjoyed the table tennis and pool table and the bar area was very cosy (fire was going even though June!). Bedrooms basic and beds not that comfortable, having said that we all slept well. Staff were friendly and attentive during meal service - we did however feel the evening meal was pricey for what was on offer.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Period hotel steeped in walking and climbing history offering no frill bedrooms and characterful reception rooms. Good food and beer. If you are planning a few days in Snowdonia with an eye to the walking this place will be ideal.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NZ
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Me, my partner and our 6 month baby stayed for 2 nights midweek. Though the bar is very nice with a pleasant atmosphere and great Everest history, we were shown our room very quickly by one member of staff. Although the hotel also has a beer garden, sauna and a games room with computer - we ended up finding it by ourselves on the second day as no one even mentioned it to us on arrival.
The setting is beautiful and the hotel facilities are quite simple and if you like that kind of olde worlde, away from it all feeling which I did then it's fine. However I would guess that the beds were probably past it when Edmund Hillary was here in the 50s. Ours was lumpy and we both kept rolling into the middle or off the side. As someone said before, there is no coffee/tea facilities in the room BUT you can order free tea and coffee from the bar downstairs which they bring to your room - if you don't mind being waited on. I'm glad we didn't have en suite else we would have missed out on some of the GREAT bathrooms (The one at the top of the stairs and the one at the end of the right hand corridor)
Dinner was tasty and the staff were very helpful with our misbehaving baby but as stated by others, meal times are rigid (8.30am till 9 am for breakfast, 7.30 pm for dinner) but we did not encounter any rudeness from staff about telling us to get out like other reviewers apparently have! The food was good but could maybe do with being a bit more...contemporary. It felt pretty 80s but all in all pretty delicious.
All in all it was a pleasant stay and the staff were very polite and helpful, the room was fairly expensive for what you got in terms of facilities, even if it was 10 pounds cheaper it would make a big difference.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

I stayed at Pen-y Gwryd last weekend -June 9th and 10th 2012 with mine and my sisters family. Between us we had 4 children the youngest aged 7, the oldest 13 and having read some of the reviews before I went was a little worried that it may not suit us all. How wrong i was! We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff who were particularly lovely to the children letting them bang the gong to announce mealtimes.
The rooms - none of which had keys to them but could be locked from the inside - were slightly basic and old fashioned but had everything you needed. The bed i did find to be very uncomfortable as it was far to soft and springy for my liking and with the floorboards creaking every time someone walked past our room a good nights sleep is something I didn't get. We never did lock our room even when we went to bed but felt that us and our possessions were safe at all times.
I was slightly worried that we would be queuing up to have a bath but this was never the case. The decorative victorian roll top baths were just right to soak in after a day getting drenched on the hills and there was always plenty of piping hot water.There is also a drying room for all your wet gear.
Breakfast is served at 8.30am , dinner at 7.30pm and if you miss it thats it. The food is hearty and there is lots of it. We ordered packed lunches to take out on our walks with us which consisted of 2 rounds of sandwiches,a chocolate biscuit and an apple each, however there was no choice of sandwich filling.
The overall feel of the place is very homely laid back and comfortable ( I wish I'd taken my slippers!) There is a games room which kept the children amused. This did have a tv in it but our children didn't switched it on once! The residents only lounge and bar make you feel every so slightly special, people who just call in for a drink have other rooms to sit in although these are very comfy and cosy too.
The staff were all friendly and helpful and seemed to be genuinely interested to hear our tales of the day. We had some really foul weather while we were there but the thought of going "home" to Pen-y-Gwryd for a hot bath, roast dinner, log fire and a drink or two was a very welcoming thought. I hope to return.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

When a group of 5 workmates got together for the 2nd peak of the big 3, there was only one place to stay! Given the history of this place, and the desire of one of our group to climb Snowdon in vintage gear it was a logical choice. Set in an ideal location for the Miners and Pyg routes, all of which can be walked direct from the hotel with no need to move the car. Staff were friendly, the place had a great atmosphere and feel. Rooms were good, but of you're used to 'big name' hotels you're in for a shock. We paid £80 a night for a twin room with en-suite, had a bath but no shower. No problem as there are shower rooms here which were nice. Comfy beds with plenty of blankets. We ate in the first night, food was very nice but not sure it justified the price, but service was good and a pleasant dining experience. Breakfast was ample, hot and tasty. They made us packed lunches for our climb which were excellent, 2 rounds of sandwiches, fruit and choccy bar. The excellent if small bar was a great welcome back after the climb, and a very nice garden in which to relax was nice. If you're going as an adult group or couple then it's a perfect getaway, and I'd be happy to return.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

This hotel was well known 50 years ago for its food, ale, residents bar and as the home training base of the successful 1953 Everest Exhibition. Where possible some mod coms have been added. The food was good with dinner at £25 including local produce, three courses and coffee. The wine list was comprehensive with some good value at a reasonable cost. The Garden room gives access up the sloping grass to a small lake. We didn't need the sauna, as we enjoyed the 22 -24 May heat wave! We booked our en suite room early, and our early morning tea duly arrived at 7.30pm. Meals are sensibly set timed which allows the service to be very efficient.
Our en suite bath was welcome, but there was a modern shower two doors away.
The residents lounge was an ideal snug venue for our group of 14 celebrating 50 years of the University of Bristol Mountaineering Club. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: Junction of A498 and A4086 | Snowdonia National Park, Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4NT, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Nant Gwynant
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nant Gwynant
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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