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“Our 'Mini-moon'” 4 of 5 stars
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Portmeirion | Penrhyndeudraeth, Portmeirion LL48 6ER, Wales   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portmeirion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Yateley, United Kingdom
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“Our 'Mini-moon'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

A lovely stay but since our stay 10 years ago, we felt there was something lacking... The suite was lovely but very bare and the restaurant seemed to need some music. We swapped dinner and breakfast on the second day to the main hotel which seemed much more welcoming.
There was also lots of outside noise caused by the clearing up after the Festival. All seemed a little disappointing, especially as it was a gift from our family. John & Christine

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Ferndown
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Spotless room, impeccable service, wonderful food. Worth every penny.

We had the Penthouse for a 3 days, the room is large, with a small walk in wardrobe and good sized bathroom. What at first appeared to be a kitchenette was cupboards, fridge and tea making only. Real flame gas fire and huge bed. The patio in the 'battlements' was spacious and very private although the only views were through the very low arrow slits.

Staff provided a first class service , nothing was to much trouble, even providing the mini bus to and from town when we went on the highland railway. Portmeirion village was everything we expected (less the big white ball), lovely walks and great views.

If possible check and plan your stay a week before any festival see tip below.

Thanks to all the staff, (porters, reception, waiting and drivers) who made our stay so great.

Room Tip: Normally we think noise would not be an issue but when booking ask about festivals, by the time we l...
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  • Stayed September 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Initial appearance - the castle looks wonderful as you drive up to it.
Unfortunately it just started raining as we arrived so the staff were rushing to bring the cushions in from the outdoor furniture - not a problem we thought.
Walked through the big entrance door and stood by the desk waiting.
And waiting, and waiting. Staff went past but were too busy to acknowledge us.
Eventually a nice lady approached us, took our names, explained we had booked a suite, then showed us through to the castle reception which was in another room piled with wet cushions.

Unfortunately the door to that reception had been wide open - so the sign on the outside was hidden! - suggestion for improvement - put a reception sign where it can be seen.
We were early so the room was not ready, no problem, we decided to have lunch there in the restaurant. The nice lady took our order. My girlfriend ordered smoked salmon on a brown baguette. Being a veggie, I ordered roast veg on a brown baguette - easy enough we thought.

Shown through to the restaurant, service was very quick. First the salmon baguette, but it was on white bread, no problem. But I was also given a white baguette but with ham & mustard - not ideal for a veggie. They apologised and took it away. This was not a good start we thought.

We were given brief directions to our room (Castell 9) on the second floor, we took the stairs although the lift is fine, just a very nice wooden staircase.

1st impressions of room very good, but the sofa had been made into a bed, whereas for a couple only the king size bed was needed. The bathroom in the tower is accessible through a small tunnel; watch your head if you are over 5ft 11! Fantastic freestanding oval bath with a big shower head over which soaked the tiled floor and everything within 2 feet.
Small arrow slit windows were nice and the beach & sea could be seen while stood in the shower. Nice and clean except for the large dead fly next to the toilet.
Quality bathroom products by L'Octainne.

Bedroom nice size, light and airy with good windows, one looking onto the car park, the other down to the sea & beach. Small screen tv. Cupboard with iron, board and coathangers.

Main room - complimentary sherry tasted awful; and the sofa bed took up a lot of room. Lovely hidden kitchen area with a fridge, kettle, cutlery.

We had booked to eat in the Castle restaurant as the hotel one was full with a wedding party. We asked at reception if they could have someone put the sofa bed away as we didn't need it - they asked if we had requested it to be out - and we confirmed not.

The restaurant is nice and clean, the staff pleasant, and service is very efficient.
I had the red mullet starter, and fillet of salmon main (I'm pescatarian). Girlfriend had welsh lamb. Food was nice, no complaints. Good choice of cocktails and drinks.

Several hours later we returned to our room to find the sofa bed still made up! - bizarre.
We were tempted to put it down ourselves, but it was late so we just used the bedroom.

Breakfast next day was good, apart from egg shell my girlfriend found in her scrambled egg.
Went round Portmeirion village again - very nice. Parking is free to everyone.
Entry is free to hotel/castle guests.
Free guided tour of the village every half-hour - big thank you for Desmond for his insight and knowledge.

The Castle is not actually in the village like the hotel is; but with wedding parties on the hotel is usually out of bounds.
It is quicker to walk from the Castle to the village than drive, but only if you walk the wrong way down the one way system.

All in all the Castle is a lovely place to stay, and the village is a beautiful wedding venue.
Don't know about the hotel because it was out of bounds to everyone except wedding party so cant comment on it, but the outdoor pool looked nice.

Would we recommend it - yes definitely.
Would we go again - yes definitely.

If you are driving nearby - stop by and have a look.
If you are there for a day, the village is well worth the small admission fee - especially if you are a fan of the Prisoner series.

He might not have been a number, but he must have felt like a free man staying in this idyllic setting.

Room Tip: Castle 9 sleeps 4 easy. Lovely bathroom.
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  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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England
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24 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Enjoyed a Saturday night in Portmeirion at Castell Deudraeth. Brilliant staff and a great novelty to be in a Castle style building but with 100% modern, bright interiors. As a guest you can walk through Portmeirion out of hours, and being there at night is one of the great visitor experiences in the UK. You can also interchange between the Castell and the Portmeirion hotel, for example by having dinner in the Castell and walking down for coffee in Portmeirion.

The staff are warm friendly and well-informed, a credit to the management team.

Room Tip: All good, all rooms are.a good size.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham
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121 reviews 121 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We really couldn’t fault Castell Deudraeth, it ticks all the boxes and has Portmeirion village and hotel a short walk (or courtesy bus ride) away.

If you want to be pampered and are looking for a treat this is the place – everything we wanted and more.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Ludlow
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We did not stay at the hotel as we were just visiting Portmerion Village for the day, but had lunch at the restaurant. Two courses included tickets for the Village which was good value. We had a table in the light airy dining room overlooking the colourful garden and the sea; as it was a most beautiful sunny day this made it extra special. The lunch exceeded expectations: interesting dishes like red mullet with chickpea fritter and chicken terrine with apple puree - all attractively presented. My husband had an excellent burger with some of the best chips he has eaten. This set us up for a walk down to the Village and around it for the afternoon. We did get the mini-bus home! Some of the service, on the whole, did not match the standard of the food. We had suggested the giving out information about the Village, while people are waiting for the meals, would be very helpful as would better lighting in the reception area so that the menu can be read more easily by older eyes!

Room Tip: The restaurant was busy at lunchtime so it is probably worth booking if you can.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We just returned from a 2 night break in the Penthouse suite. We have stayed in the village the hotel and the castle many times but felt we deserved an upgrade for our 30th wedding anniversary and we weren't disappointed. The room was spacious and cool with its own private enclosed patio. We ate one night at the hotel and one at the castle and enjoyed both meals, the food service was great both nights. We also joined the Prisoner tour held daily and spent a hour with a really funny and engaging tour guide. The weather was kind and we enjoyed relaxing around the outdoor pool. I've read some really unkind reviews of the staff and all I can say is we have been coming to the village for over 12 years staying some 20 plus times and the staff have always been friendly attentive and respectful. Don't be put off this is an amazing place to come and stay you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Address: Portmeirion | Penrhyndeudraeth, Portmeirion LL48 6ER, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Portmeirion
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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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