We originally booked a village room, then decided to upgrade when we saw the pictures (and heard recommendations from relations who had stayed in the Castell). More than we would usually pay, but it was worth every penny. One might expect a room full of gothic horrors in a Victorian mock-castle of this nature, but it was stylish, modern and extremely spacious. The bathroom alone was as big as many hotel rooms we have stayed in. The food was of extremely high quality, beautifully cooked and presented: though we had a dinner/bed and breakfast arrangement, had we been paying separately the menu prices compared very favourably with most city restaurants. Fresh and local ingredients are clearly used wherever possible. We once had a meal in the original Portmeirion hotel many years ago, and though the food was good, the service was starchy and condescending to the point of rudeness. This experience could not have been more different. The staff (receptionists and waiting staff) were unfailingly polite and friendly. It was good to see the Welsh language take pride of place, and although we don't speak the language it was flattering to be addressed in Welsh by the waitress. All this was wonderful enough: add its proximity to the fascinating village of Portmeirion and the beautiful Welsh coast and countryside, and you have the recipe for an ideal break or longer holiday.
Two very minor points of criticism: it would have been good if plain as well as flavoured yogurt had been available at breakfast; and while the living flame gas fire in our room was much appreciated, it would have been more so if clear instructions for lighting it had been in evidence.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Castell Deudraeth Portmeirion, Wales
- Castell Deudraeth Hotel Portmeirion