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“Fantastic location, owners, food and experience” 5 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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic location, owners, food and experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

It's in a fantastic isolated position next to Snowdon, but close enough to Betws-y-Coed and other towns to visit when you want. The rooms are clean and pleasant, with comfortable beds and incredible views across Snowdonia, and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Got to be one of the most impressive trips away I've had - it's charming and characterful, but don't expect there to be Wi-Fi or any mobile phone reception.

It's definitely designed for the walker: old boots hang in the bar, there are no room keys, and mealtimes are set - but this means you're up and ready for the day by 9.30am and can relax in the bar area after dinner. It also means that the food quality is much better than you might expect, with their 5-course dinner a welcome surprise. There's also a sauna and lake for the serious post-walk cooldown, and a lovely sitting room packed with walking paraphernalia, open fire and books for deconstructing the day's efforts.

However, that's not to say you won't enjoy your time if you're not a serious walker (we definitely aren't!) - the location is breathtaking, and there is a great opportunity to simply 'get away from it all' and visit the towns (and coast) which are all charming. The roads are also incredible and even driving there was pleasurable. It's also not extortionate, and the meals and drinks are very reasonable.

I would recommend Pen Y Gwryd to anyone - it is an amazing place.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 4 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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Ironbridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

Once again, we had a great welcome at this marvellous hotel. The food and the service as good as ever. We love that you can set off up Moel Siabod or the Glyders straight from the hotel without needing to use the car. The new bathroom facilities were excellent and much improved. Our dog was welcomed too even with muddy paws. We'll be going again.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colchester
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

One of the best places we've stayed at! no tv, radio, mobiles or en-suite! wonderfully old fashioned and not over priced. Good beer and excellent food / service even though we turned up at 21:50 dripping wet from our 270 mile ride. Love the old method of 'gonging' residents to breakfast and dinner! Can't wait to go back!!! Not a place if you need modern facilities etc best book a travelodge.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

You spend your life travelling and staying in swish glass and concrete hotels with every conceivable amenity, yet when it's time to relax you'd far rather stay at the Pen y Gwryd than any corporate hotel?

The "why" may not be obvious.

Perhaps it's the bathrooms after coming off the hills, or a pint in the cosy residents bar, or the enjoyable and good value dinner, or just that everyone is genuinely friendly? It is what it is, totally unpretentious, good value, welcoming, and a place where you can truly wind down.

It won't be for everyone but if it's for you, shortcomings and all, you'll probably already understand.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

I have been using the PyG for forty years and never tire of its ambience and quirkiness. Yesterday I called in for a pint after a thoroughly good day on the hills. The best beer in Wales! My friend, who had never visited the PyG before enjoyed the experience. I hope to be using it for many more years to come.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

It's important to get one thing straight right away. If you cannot be happy without the standard facilities and ambience of the bland modern hotel, go elsewhere. If it's true character, timeless tradition, delightful service and good value, with the little quirks that seasoned visitors and the sophisticated traveller come to adore, then this is the place for you.
The note of (to be frank) hysteria detectable in the odd bad review on these pages one feels reflects more of the inflexible preconceptions and character of the reviewer than any aspect of the hotel. After numerous stays over the years I recognise absolutely not one iota of them. This is first and foremost a walkers and climbers hotel in one of the most rugged parts of Britain and its long established traditions and services are centered around this. As such, Pen Y Gwryd is not geared up for and has no need to offer (a) endlessly flexible breakfast and dining times (b) meals and services on demand at any time to outside visitors - the affronted assumption that they should is most puzzling. My friends and I on the contrary have always found the staff, who often have to cover several areas of the hotel's running, to be unfailingly polite and helpful. It's certainly a great place to drop in for a drink, especially in the evenings. The rooms are mildly spartan, but wonderfully quirky and old fashioned, the beds very comfortable. They are small - hardly surprising in a 200-odd year old inn - but most definitely not shabby. And so what anyway? You are here to walk, climb, fish etc, aren't you? The amazing original Edwardian shower bath and the other characterful bathrooms are always ready for the weary walker with deep baths, showers and lashings of hot water. A suana and beautiful ice-cold outdoor pool awaits the brave. The food at dinner is traditional, generously portioned and good value. You get a proper, and I mean proper, breakfast here. The wine list is superb value, the excellent beer local. The residents lounge, with its open fire, is the perfect place to sink down with a dram after a long day; both the residents snug bar and the public bar areas (again with open fire) ooze character and history (especially it's storied connection to the 1953 Everest expedition). The hotel is now conscientiously run by the 3rd generation of the family. It's exactly Pen y Gwryd's unchanging (though not ossified) aspects that not only draw its fans back year after year, but creates new ones, who in turn (like my friends) start to visit with their own families and friends. That is the sort of recommendation that really speaks eloquently, one that's only earned by offering something really special.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

Stayed with my wife and two children aged 11 and 13 for 3 nights. The hotel has bags of character and perhaps a little theatre to it's way of doing things. As other reviewers have correctly pointed out most rooms don't have en-suite . Rooms are simple and clean, recently re-decorated and varying slightly in size. The communal bathrooms and showers are clean and fully functional with abundant hot water at all times. I never had to queue for either a bath or shower. As with the bed rooms the fittings most look old but work fully and didn't leak in my experience. There is also a very useful drying room for kit and laundry. Residents have there own cosy sitting room and bar but of course can use the public areas too. There's a games room with table-tennis and pool table. The games room has wifi connection if you need it.

Meal times are fixed , breakfast 0830 to 0900 and dinner 1930. Staff went out of their way to help , always knew who we were and generally very friendly and warm. All spoke perfect English. The bar , the beers, wine list were simply the best out there. The place has bags of character, history and it is of course a formidable base for exploring Snowdonia. As with Paris , P-Y-G "is always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought it" ..we will be back.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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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