I’ve read quite a few reviews lately were the authors have no idea of the difference between 4 Star Hotel, 4 Star Guest Accommodation, 4 Star Guest House or 4 Star Bed and Breakfast and what you should expect from each of the very different categories. The problem stems from when Visit Wales (The old Wales Tourist Board) was ordered by its Political Masters to reach a common standard of grading with the A.A., R.A.C. and the other Tourist Boards. As with most things that our politicians interfere with, we ended up with a totally botched grading system, so much so that the R.A.C. pulled out of Grading Accommodation completely and those of us who had to try and implement the new system were left shaking our heads in despair. You can’t compare or expect an establishment that takes 20 guests to provide the same type of service as an establishment that takes 200 or to have the same facilities on offer. If you want the Big service with all the trimmings put your hands in your pockets and pay the Big price that goes with it. Most small establishments in Llandudno tend to charge between £30 to £50 per person, per night depending where they are located and for that you get good value for your money. We wanted to be graded as Small Hotels, so there would be no confusion but by staying inside the system we were prevented from doing so. Now there are a growing number of Small Independent Accommodation Providers in Llandudno, who have sacked Visit Wales and the political interference that goes with it, to set up a Grading system, where you the guest decide what our rating should be by using Trip Advisor and Google reviews to set our standard. Let’s hope this leads to a fairer and more user friendly system for everyone.