Easy to find if you take the exit 25 from the motorway and keep following signs for Cwmbran. At a roundabout you'll see a small brown sign for the hotel, and a dirty great big one for the Llantarnam Park.
An hotel out in the country usually means no alternative restaurants in easy walking distance, and wedding groups on the weekends. At least when I was there the wedding parties were fairly unobjectionable.
Late 20th century building, but rather less depressingly characterless than most from that time. It has presumably had refurbs done regularly, as I noticed no worn carpets, scuff marks on walls etc. that are a too frequent sight in other places after a couple of decades.
A surprise was the lack of a lift. There is only one floor up, and one down to the spa, but surprising nonetheless. Assistance is available if asked for, maybe in a 4 star hotel porterage should be offered as a matter of course. If stairs pose a problem make sure you book a room on the ground floor.
Food? hmmm OK, not great. I couldn't criticise breakfast too much. A buffet means the usual problems of food kept warm, but the menu states that you may ask for your meal to be freshly prepared thus avoiding the usual rubber eggs. Meals in the bar tasted fine, but were disappointingly meagre. One expects traditional Welsh faggots and mash to be seriously ribsticking. They left me still hungry (admittedly I am a bit of a fat B.) A sandwich another day had a smear of filling.
Best bits? The staff, congratulations,- polite and helpful. Plus the value was good, a very reasonable price for a four star hotel.
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- Newport Best Western
- The Parkway Hotel & Spa Cwmbran, Wales