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“Lovely Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Portmeirion | Penrhyndeudraeth, Portmeirion LL48 6ER, Wales   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portmeirion
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
“Lovely Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stayed at the Castell over Easter. Really enjoyed the experience and would recommend it. It is set in a lovely area (and I bet it is even better in the summer) The room was large and well appointed. Car park had plenty of spaces and they had a mini bus to take you up and down to the village. The staff were very helpful and the breakfast and dinner were very good (even though the portions were a little small) I will certainly come back next year.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We visited Castell Deudrath in February 2013. We upgraded a deal to get a suite room in the Castell. The suite (3) was very well appointed, with a separate lounge and small kitchenette type area. The bedroom ensuite had a spa bath and the lounge area had a gas flame fire. The furnishings were smart and cosy and we were very appreciative of the complimentary sherry decanter!

We stayed for two nights, dining in the Brasserie at the Castell on both nights. The food is superb, simple dishes done well and presented with flair, many dishes featured local ingredients. I can thoroughly recommend the mussels. The wine list was good, enough varieties and reasonably priced. The bar also featured locally produced spirits (Brecon Gin) and a selection of cocktails. We also loved the Welsh breakfasts. From our welcome to our departure, all members of staff we encountered were extremely helpful and courteous.

Portmeirion is a magical and thought-provoking place. It's weirdness is part of its charm and it is an interesting and picturesque place to visit. We also took the time to do some local hiking trails, although the weather was bleak, with snow on the mountains.

The ornate fireplace in the foyer of the Castell is a welcome place to take a pre or post dinner drink.

This is my second visit to the Portmeirion site, last time I stayed in the Village. I have to say I preferred the Castell, and the menu in the Castell Brasserie is more modern and appealing than the restaurant in the Village which appears to be more fussy and a little dated. It's probably down to personal preference!

Room Tip: Castell suite 3 has great facilities and is self contained.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oswestry, england
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182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We've just returned from a wonderful night away at Portmerion. We stayed in Castell Deudraeth, one of three options to stay in Portmerion, the Italian themed village on the Welsh coast. We chose this over the hotel or the village rooms because it offered spacious rooms, and well, it was a castle ! The rooms indeed were huge, and very modern and clean inside. Excellent little touches like separate bath and shower taps, not a complicated mixer which soaked you first time you tried it, good lighting, tea, coffee, fridge, mineral water, a bottle of (just about drinkable) red wine, and even an Easter egg ! The most comfortable huge bed too. We had free run of the village, which is well worth a visit. One fo the best things is that it doesnt take itself too seriously! It was a ten minute walk from the castle to the village and a little further to the hotel, but during the day at least there is a free bus. We enjoyed the walk though, especially back at night when it became quite spooky, being alone with all the weird statues. Breakfast was great, perfectly cooked meats and a choice of cereals. Apricots especially good ! The staff were fine, unobtrusive but helpful, and the whole place was just so peaceful and quiet at night. Loads of pictures for the photographer too. All in all a perfect stay. Pricey but worth it.

Room Tip: the Castell rooms are huge, we didnt see the others, but you can also stay in the hotel, on the wate...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed here for the second time, this time with our 7 month old. A great deal for 2 nights inc dinner, B&B for £270. Sounds fairly expensive, but when you consider £100.00 of that is made up for a dinner budget, then it becomes clear what value this is...Port Merion is so unique, with it’s gorgeous architecture and views over the estuary, there actually IS NOWHERE like it in the Britain at least!! Everywhere you look is a photo, and whilst there’s not a massive amount to do, there’s a lot more than a normal hotel..!

The first night we stayed in a castle suite, modern, Jacuzzi bath, cosy fire. As we could not leave our 7 month old, the porters brought our hot food to us in our room and we had a picnic at our table!! Excellent service, and it was chosen from the dinner menu not room service. The rooms are clean, large, massive king size beds, all mod cons; we had a separate suite with sofa bed and writing desk and mood lighting, and a small kitchenette too which was useful!!

The next night, we had to move to a village suite...After a hearty breakfast in the bustling restaurant, we headed off for the day up the coast where here are beaches and small towns (some a bit ‘odd). Upon returning we discovered all our stuff had been moved to the new room, and someone had even assembled our travel cot!! Bonkers service!! My girlfriend had a spa treatment which she said was lovely, and not too pricey. The views from up on the cliff are tremendous, so think on if you want a bit of pampering then relax outside on the cliff top overlooking the estuary with a vino.

Again, dinner was served in our room and this time food was delivered in a small van from the Castle (the actual hotel building was being decorated so closed). You really can’t fault the service and smiles of the staff. It has become one of those special places we will visit every year.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We have just retunred from a lovely weekend at Portmeirion. The accomdation was beautiful, clean and airy. We ate both nights in the bistro which was a relaxing and pleasant experience. The location is perfect to explore Snowdon, with the benefit of being able to come back to a warm and relaxing room. The staff were attentive and nothing seemed to be to much trouble

Room Tip: We had room 5 which overlooked the garden, very nice and spacious and airy
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yevoil
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed here on the 13 March after enjoying a splendid two night stay at the sister hotel, the Portmeirion Hotel, close by. The two hotels have a common booking and billing system and will move your luggage from one hotel to the other. So our expectation was for similar quality and service.

The room at Castell Deudraeth is enormous and very well laid out so we did not have problem there. However, we found that one of the first problems was the one and only lounge downstairs. The chairs and lounges all have very low ( and I mean very low) seats where the hips are significantly lower than the knees - making it a challenge to elegantly sit down and get up especially for older guests. There were no alternative chairs there and so we only used that lounge once for coffee which was served quickly by the waitress on duty who was extremely pleasant.

The next problem was the dining room. The tables for couples are close together ( less than 2 feet apart) and you sit parallel to your neighbours with no privacy for conversation. As there were plenty of empty tables, we asked to be moved which we were, but within 10 minutes another couple were seated beside us with still empty tables available apart from other guests. The tables are rather small to hold plates, glasses, etc. and the water glasses are similar to ice cream soda glasses found in the like of Johnny Rocketts.

The Maitre D’ on that night was the Maitre D’ who took our order at the sister location Portmeirion Hotel, on the Monday, so we expected some commonality in the quality of food

We ordered the Rib Eye of Welsh Beef with Parmesan Salad and Rustic Chips at £18.25 each so we had high expectations of quality. What a disappointment. The steak appeared to be a slice of sirloin complete with gristle, and thin. We needed steak knives which were not offered and had to ask for them (at the Portmerion Hotel they were automatically supplied). There was a few minutes delay while they located them! The salad was served in a bowl similar to soup bowls from Ikea. The ’rustic’ chips were thin and suspiciously uniform in size. The ’oven baked tomato’ was barely red, hard with a sprinkling of dried parsley for decoration. The mushrooms equated to three button mushrooms cut in half. Whilst the food was certainly edible it was what we would have expected from a country pub. It definitely was not the same standard of the beef served at the Portmeirion Hotel, which in fact was slightly cheaper!

We took our time to explain to the Maitre D’ our great disappointment with the standards that we found at Castell Deudraeth compared to Portmeirion Hotel and that we would commenting as such in Trip Advisor.

On checkout we were asked how we enjoyed our stay and repeated our disappointment to the helpful receptionist and the fact that we would be complaining. She offered to find the Operations Manager but we saw no point as our expectation had been that if a guest complained so strongly (but we stress politely and quietly) to the Maitre D’ then the Operations Manager would have already been informed and asked to speak to us himself before we checked out.

To us, the sister location the Portmeirion Hotel provided much better value for money and we gave it 5 stars but could only give the Castell 2 stars. We will definitely be returning to the Portmeirion Hotel but never to the Castell.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We had another 2 night stay at Castell Deudreath in February and as always was absolutely amazing.

We stayed in Castle 7 (again) which was fab - huge, spotlessly clean, beautifully appointed. In the past we have also stayed in Castle 6 and the Penthouse.

Food was fantastic - we ate at the castle both nights, the food was beautifully prepared and the service was top notch. The breakfasts were also delicious with a big range of cereals,fruit, juices, pastries and hot food.

Portmeirion village was as magical as always.

Nothing else to say - would return again and again and again!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Address: Portmeirion | Penrhyndeudraeth, Portmeirion LL48 6ER, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Portmeirion
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portmeirion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castell Deudraeth has eleven spacious and stylish rooms over three floors. The ground floor has a gastropub restaurant and bar plus a Victorian walled garden which al fresco dining in fine weather. The interiors merge traditional materials with contemporary design. Welsh oak and slate feature prominently as well as leather, wool and stone. Guests have free access to all of Portmeirion village’s facilities and a shuttle bus service. ... more   less 
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