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“Nice Quiet Stay” 3 of 5 stars
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Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth SY20 8AE, Wales   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Machynlleth
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“Nice Quiet Stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2008

This hotel is an older hotel but it was clean and had a nice sized room and bathroom. There was a couch and a coffee table and a small tv. Plus, there was adequate storage areas and places to put 2 cases. There were steps in the bathroom up to the tub and very steep stairs to get up to the rooms! Even though the floors were typically the old style and creaky the hotel was very, very quiet at night. The bed was mostly comfortable but one nit pick would be that the pillows were extremely hard and very low.

The parking behind the hotel was very tight and if it gets very busy can be quite difficult to get a place to park.

The food was okay. The dinner meal that we ordered (goose) was very flavorful and had a good selection of vegetables (something we always like!) but there was hardly any meat and it was mostly stuffing – possibly a bad choice the other meals looked nice.

Breakfast was a good buffet selection of cereal and fruits and the waiter took the order for toast and tea or coffee plus a cooked breakfast if you wanted it.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2006

Having eaten in the bar two or three years ago and been impressed by the quality we were keen to return and booked for one night as part of a touring holiday.
The room was fine but had yet to be refurbished - a point I'd been aware of given the lower price. I'm glad we'd booked dinner as the restaurant was full with diners of all ages. As before the food was beautifully cooked and presented but perhaps wasn't as imaginative as the hotel's website and my memory had me believe. The wine list was very good and we had an unusual Italian white with a hint of a sparkle (Trebbianino?) which I've been unable to track down since.
We would be more than happy to return.

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2006

Wynnstay is a bit ecentric but thats all part of its charm really. We visit regularly and the ambience and food is great especially in the main bar with the log fire going. Try the scollops for starters and the lamb is always good as is fresh fish choice. Very rustic with good beers and lovely wine choice. Also has a small pizza place attached. This is a working town as well as a tourist centre with lots of varied activities. Aberdovey is best nearby location for beach and harbour. Its a place that grows on you and is very rerasonable.

  • Liked — rustic charm and food
  • Tips/Secrets — eat in bar
  • Stayed September 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2006

My husband and I ate at the Wynnstay in July. It was a rather strange experience in all. I have to say the food was good and competently cooked but without the choice I had been expecting as I thought they had a reputation for fish. I did have a crab starter and there was fish as a main course but you wouldn't say it was somewhere that specialised as they advertise. Strange, in as much as it seems to be unsure of what it is. There are wooden floors and brasserie-style tables but also nasty old curtains and pubby paraphenalia. Service on black plates with blobs of bright orange and red purees were so dated and rather unappetising looking. The clientele were mainly late middle aged (nothing wrong with that!) but creates a sort of staid atmosphere with overtones of Fawlty Towers. Overall, we came out bemused and amused. The food was good but the surroundings, service and clientele was a bit at odds, a feeling of stepping back 20 years. The reception desk needs a real overhaul. If I had considered staying there I would have walked straight out.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth SY20 8AE, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Machynlleth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Machynlleth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lovely old Town House hotel, rebuilt in 1780 for the Williams- Wynne family, then a coaching inn known originally as The Unicorn (Our full name is officially : The Wynnstay, Herbert Arms and Unicorn Hotel!!) We have been welcoming travellers for centuries, and would love to add you to that growing list, so book now to avoid disappointment!!! ... more   less 
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Wynnstay Hotel Machynlleth, Wales

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