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“If ever expectations were exceeded....” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Portmeirion
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER, Wales   |  
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Camberley, Surrey
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“If ever expectations were exceeded....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

it was here! Portmeirion had long been on our list of places to visit, undoubtedly for the same reason as most other visitors, but I had no idea what to expect...a hotel and some pretty buildings to go and look at? The first clue came with the reservation - "deluxe suite in one of the cottages in the Village", and so it was. Upper Neptune suite, in one of only three buildings that existed when Clough Williams-Ellis bought the land, was beyond delightful. Lovely views of the estuary and much of the village, a really comfortable double bed, huge TV with its own dedicated "Prisoner" channel, free sherry and tea/coffee facilities, good shower and bath and, on a typical rainy arrival day, warm as toast, thanks to big radiators and the option of a major league gas fireplace. Our two days there coincided with a rare appearance of the sun, and the sit in their gardens in the sunshine in late afternoon when all the day visitors had returned to their coaches, was an absolute delight. We walked the whole site and the path to the beach, the dogs cemetery, the ghost garden, lookout point and Monet-style lake and bridge all added to what can correctly be called a unique experience. I'll write about the restaurants separately.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Rooms
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Have wanted to visit, but have never got round to it, my husband's birthday treat gave me my excuse. We stayed over night in the hotel, wonderfully magical from start to finish. Greeted by staff upon arrival, room not ready but no problem, so much to see and enjoy. Stayed in house 2, a bit on the small size, but fabulous views over the estuary, very clean with lovely towel robes, slippers and toiletries. The village is fabulous, it is not Disney, and in places they could do more to keep it cleaner, but I took so many photos, every where you look you see something you want to capture and take home to remember. Then to cap it all the food we enjoyed at our evening meal and at breakfast was faultless. We were very lucky to have great weather, which I know makes the experience much more enjoyable, but I know I want to visit and will do so again, this place is magic.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxted, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We stayed in Portmerion for 5 nights in May, staying in Upper Trinity a small 2 bedroom apartment only a 3 minute walk from the hotel. The accommodation was very good with a reasonable sized sitting room which had a fridge, sink and kettle hidden away in a cupboard. There was a main double room plus a small room off this which was perfect for our 3 year old son. Nice free standing bath in bathroom plus decent shower.
The hotel also offers to arrange local babysitters and we were fortunate to have the same girl every night which was perfect, particularly as she was very flexible in terms of hours and we had a few nights when we were quite late. She was excellent in terms of timekeeping too.
The hotel itself was very good - great building with plenty of grand rooms to sit and have a drink before or after dinner, including several lovely open fires.
Service was very good to - attentive staff and very helpful. On slight hiccup was ordering room service when we had to phone and chase after 45 minutes or so.
Food was excellent - really very very good. Soufflé is one of the signature dishes and is amazing. Good wine list too, including some decent dessert wines and many quite accessible in terms of price.
The place itself is very quirky but good fun. Walk to lighthouse well worthwhile and when tide is out you can spend time on the beach although being tidal the beach is not comparable to other great beaches in the area. Also care re timing as we arrived just out of season when pool was not yet filled and so others with young children may want to bear this in mind
Another small point was that while it was child friendly, we found many of the places to eat shut very early (before 4-5pm times advertised) which seemed odd.
Overall though a very good stay in a lovely setting, within easy reach of lots of other great places and attractions in North Wales.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We booked for New Year's Day for a few days and arrived to find our accommodation had been subjected to a fire and we were now in 'White Horses'. Couldn't have worked out better. The views were directly out onto the Estuary, we had our own log fire, and the cabin beds for our 10 year old were exactly that, shaped like boats and painted as such! The cottage had small and basic self catering facilities and the local supermarket delivered! We had wonderful walks every day somewhere new. Dinner at Y Castell Deudraeth was not as good a the hotel we felt, but the walk back in the dark was magical. It would have ben difficult to stay more than a few days as the lack of heating throughout meant that even the towels didn't fully dry and we didn't have room service, it's easy to overlook this because the place is so magical, but the price should reflect the accommodation, which in places is basic and dated, regardless, we will be back. No free sherry here though and I love that little decanter!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Staffordshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Stayed in Priors Lodging, high up with views over the estuary. It was a very nice room with all you could hope for. Nice comfortable bed, good bathroom, useful small second bedroom and a good hospitality tray and free sherry and water. Had a package break that included afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast. Afternoon tea was good, but would have looked better on the tiered stands instead of a plate. The dinner was excellent, high quality, cooked very well, excellent service, very impressed. The breakfast was also very good and again well cooked. It certainly exceeded our expectations and would definitely go back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Howden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I have always wanted to visit Portmeirion since watching the Prisoner all those years ago and finally made it in June. It exceeded my already high expectations. A truly lovely location with a beautiful eclectic set of buildings to see. We stayed in number 1 Chantry Row with views over the whole village and the estuary. Especially nice when the day trippers had gone home and we sipped our complimentary sherry on our balcony. Very refined. Dinner in the hotel was really good (even took picture of my pudding for facebook) also Castle Brasserie worth a trip up in complimentary mini bus. Staff really nice and couldnt do enough for us. Nice touch was Prisoner channel on TV. Definately "be seeing you" again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gtr Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

A bewitching slip from reality, the village is to be seen and the views across the estuary are breathtaking.
We stayed in the arches suite and were blown away with the luxury and attention to detail. Enjoyed our complimentary prosecco on the patio over looking the village with glimpses to the sea.
The meal in the hotel was first class and staff very attentive, didn't feel uncomfortable dining in such luxury with a one year old.
With the sun beating down took the opportunity for a dip in the outside pool, really quite warm! The gardens and woodland walks are divine, would definitely return for the coastal walks.
Truly magical place

Room Tip: Arches suite coordinating modern 50/60's theme some views to estuary and nice patio
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  • Stayed May 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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Address: Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6ER, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Penrhyndeudraeth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Penrhyndeudrae...
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Portmeirion 4*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Portmeirion is a romantic seaside resort on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. It was opened by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926. Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit here in 1941. Patrick McGoohan filmed The Prisoner here in 1966-67. From 13-15 September 2013 Portmeirion will once again host Festival No6, a unique celebration of arts and music. Portmeirion is open every day all year and is suitable for all ages. ... more   less 
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