When we arrived we almost passed the hotel sign, but I caught a glimpse of it and thought “oh no“. Made a u-turn and drove back. “oh no“ because the hotel sign is so rotten, one can hardly read what it says. And this first impression turned out to be significant for our 2 night stay...
The building looks nice from outside, a large free standing house with character, it was used as a workhouse in the past.
Entering the hotel the first things we noticed were:
- a dirty entrance door and a muddy rug
- an uninviting black and white flower print wall paper and black chandelier, which made the entrance hall small and depressing
- the smell of fat and food
- a tired looking room with dated sofas
Next to the room a tiny opening like at a kiosk. Nothing that would identify it as the reception area (no pictures, no sign (“welcome please press the bell“)...maybe some fresh flowers?). There was only a door bell fixed to a board and a large breadcrum next to it. I did not dare pressing the bell at first as it could also have been an alarm button.
We were greeted by a friendly young woman who took us to the room. The room was as cosy and warm as a waiting room in a train station. There was no back door and it seemed like an in-between room which you pass to get to the fire exit staircase. A twin room, although we had booked a double.
Upon noticing our disappointment we were offered the room next door. This room was small and dated with the decor and furniture of someone's master bedroom in an old fashioned house (like of an elderly couple, last updated in the 1980ies).
My partner went into the ensuite shower and was locked inside because it was impossible to open the door from inside. Would he have stayed in the room on his own, he would have been locked in there all night ... sleeping on the toilet seat.
The dinner was very good, compliments to the chef, nice restaurant, but unattractive black table cloths reminding us of a funeral. Dirty floor. There was a spoon under our table and a fork and breadcrums on my seat. Both still there on the second day at breakfast. And may still be there...
All in all the sign kept its promise of a place dated, with little attention to detail which could make a guest feel comfortable and welcome. Staff and owners very friendly.
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- Also Known As:
- Brynafon Country Hotel
- Brynafon Country House Hotel Rhayader, Wales, UK