The pluses of this admittedly rather strange establishment are strong. It is very, very cheap. The breakfast, while simple, was really nice, and I mean really nice - bacon and egg are not easy to mess up but plenty hotels manage; Castle Hotel gave me a proper tasty breakfast and as much of it as I wanted. My room was clean and comfortable. Wi fi was free - and that's a big plus. There was a proper bath in the en suite and there was unlimited very hot water. There was a telly. And it is bang in the middle of town, practically next to the railway station. So what's the problem?
Well, the trouble is that it is run down and "tired." It is also understaffed and felt like the Marie Caleste. There was a kind of echoing empty vastness about it. It did not feel like a vibrant confident establishment. It felt like it had a great past but wasn't sure of the future.
Overall, I have given this a 'Very Good' because for what I paid - £44 inc breakfast - it was really very good indeed. But I'm not sure it's all that far above a really nice youth hostel. Needs to decide what it wants to do. If they want to provide good quality cheapo cheapo accommodation, they can certainly do that but I am not sure it is really a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A superb privately owned hotel situated in the town centre with 45 En Suite rooms fully modernised and tastefully decorated, with telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, T.V, Hairdryer, trouser press. etc., Excellent menu's available including a la carte evening menu, off road secure parking. Convenient for all local routes and town facilities such as law courts, civic centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Merthyr Tydfil, Wales