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.
- 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