I couldn't really decide what the Unicorn was. Was it a pub with a B&B, a B&B, a restaurant with rooms or as the name suggests, an hotel? There was an element of pleasure, with a small bit of pain for us! It's definitely worth a visit, so if that's all you want to know and you are staying in this area, get booking. Otherwise I'm going to go into a bit of detail for this place. Firstly the 'bar' doubles up as the reception/pay desk. Gin and tonic with the tonic out of a large bottle and no beers on tap, so Guiness and the like out of cans. I guess it helps keeps the cost down to them and us, so I won't complain about that. So, it's not a pub. OK, I don't know the definition or difference between hotel and B&B so I'm only going on my experiences elsewhere. I don't think it quite makes an hotel, partly because of the bar thing, but also it shuts during the afternoon. That's not necessarily so bad though as you can come and go as you please. The restaurant part is nice, in fact the best looking place to eat in the town I can't pronounce. It looks good value during the day for pub type meals, maybe a little pricey for the evening menu. Nonetheless you need to know that the food is good with a decent selection of wines. My gut feeling is that this is a top end B&B rather than an hotel, but like I say I'm a bit confused! I have to say apart from a few boxes in the hallway and a few small bits that aren't worth detailing, this place was spotless. I've been in places that are bigger and more expensive, but no where near as clean as it was here! Top notch! Our room was very large, lovely massive bed and decent furniture. I can't help thinking that the refurb has covered over some of the lovely original features in the bedrooms though, but that's just a personal preference. A nice big clean bathroom (although the bath wasn't quite fullsize despite having more than enough space for it) and lovely shower. The owners were pleasant and the breakfast was great. I think one of the reviewers below mentioned about a finger like sausage! Well that certainly has been sorted. Decent sausage and tasty bacon, good all round with cereals, yoghurts, juices and fruit to go with it. My only moan about the breakfast was that you couldn't have cooked breakfast after 9am. When I'm on holiday I don't want to set my alarm to be up and ready for breakfast similar to that of when I'm at work. The hotel faces onto the main street so we were woken up on one night by what sounded like drunk people wanting to rip each other apart after leaving the, I guess, (far too) late closing pub at one end of the street. That's not the Unicorn's fault and the owners apologised and looked gutted for us the following morning so that went a long way. The following night was silent for us so maybe the first night was just a one off.
So, to sum up then, I would recommend this place. It's one of the, if not the, best looking places in 'Llany', a town which also confused me as I've never seen so many barbers/hairdressers and antique shops in such a small area! Lovely breakffast, exceptionally clean rooms and pleasant staff, but I'm not convinced hotel is the right term!
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- Unicorn Hotel Llanidloes, Wales