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Black Boy Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Caernarfon
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Stayed for 3 nights as a base for seeing the sights of North Wales. We were looking for somewhere to stay with lots of character, where we could park up at the end of the day and enjoy a meal, a couple of drinks by an open fire and a good nights sleep. We experienced all of this at the Black Boy Inn. The bedroom had character features, was very spacious with large bathroom and very clean. Staff were polite, friendly and helpful, even taking the time to help us learn some of the Welsh language. The quality of the food was very good although the portions were too large for me. Overall a great stay and would return.

Room Tip: Executive room has very large bed with bath and shower.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Patricia K
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2013

Thank you for this review , what can i say more about the character of this real welsh inn than the way you have described it .

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

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Hotel - we were on the top floor of extension, ok if your fit (no lift ) stairs very steep, big NO for the not so fit. I think it should have been pointed out at the time of booking. Our room was small but clean and well finished. A lot of noise in the court yard in the morning from builders and extraction fans. We did not like the booking system for the restaurant it was very strange, we couldn't book a table and had to be at the restaurant at 18:30 to gauranted a table. Food very average, pub grub and not at its best.Location only good for Castle...would not visite again not enough there.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

We appreciate your feedback and you view of the Inn. Due to the age and historical listing of the Inn we are not allowed to instal lifts. The dining room booking system is operated in this manner due to the popularity of the Inn . A number of busy establishments no longer take bookings at all , whereas we do up to 18.30 to allow residents to have the opportunity to book. Sorry that you did not find the Inn suitable for yourselves . But thank you for your feedback and thoughts.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

I visited the Black Boy in June 2013 and had a very poor experience (and left a review reflecting this).

Yesterday I dined there again, somewhat reluctantly, and was astonished! The service was rapid and friendly, and the fish & chips that I had was magnificent, both in quality and quantity. (The friends I was with told me that they go there a lot and have never had a bad meal.)
So it seems only fair to leave a very positive review. Well done to the staff on duty - pity you weren't there in June!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

Thank you for returning to the Black Boy , all the staff to try very hard at the Inn . In middle of summer they serve up to 600 meals a day and like all works that have human input at times things go wrong . I have to apologise regarding your previous experience but glad you have experienced the true service we generally offer . Thank you for feedback

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Pros:
All staff very friendly and helpful.
Large and characterful family room (with kitchenette).
Good food (with some odd combinations).
Parking.
Great central location just inside castle walls.
Good value.
Good beer (can't remember it's name, but it was brewed with Elderflower)

Cons:
Room was on 2nd floor with no lift.
Couldn't book table later than 18:30 so ended up eating earlier than we would normally choose.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank shentodj
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

Your feedback is much appreciated and glad that in the main you enjoyed the Inn. With regard to negatives i will try and explain.
We cannot install a lift due to age of building it is a listed property under CADW , we have to maintain as it is.
Table bookings are not taken after 18.30 due to the pure number of guests we serve in one trading session.If we booked later in evening the tables would remain empty prior , this would entail that even more guests would be disappointed in being declined a table. We take early bookings and after this time reallocate tables as they become empty . You may notice that more premises are in fact not accepting bookings at all , we try and maintain this early booking time at the moment.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We stayed here for the night after walking up Snowdon and I would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone thinking of visiting the area. The room was huge, full of character with a big comfy bed and lots of storage. The best bit though was a nice large bath that was perfect after a long walk.

The hotel staff were extremely nice and made us feel very welcome throughout our stay. The car park is quite small but we got a space even when arriving quite late in the day so no issues.

Our only issue for the stay was the actual restaurant, we were lucky to get a table, however the food was not as good as we had hoped for. The portions were good, however the quality was not great and I doubt we would eat there again. The pub is a nice place to have a drink though.

No such issues with breakfast though, there was lots of variety and although the bacon was overcooked, the rest was lovely.

We would definitely stay here again if visiting the area and happily recommend to our friends.

Room Tip: Book the executive room, for an extra couple of pounds you really get a very nice room.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

Thank you very much for this review , i am glad you enjoyed your stay . sorry to hear the quality of meals was not up to normal standard , i will have a word with the chef in the morning,

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

I stayed here for one night (a Saturday) with my girlfriend and it was great. A really lovely room which was large and comfortable, friendly staff, a good atmosphere and a huge breakfast. Just what we wanted!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2013

So pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Inn .Thank you for the review.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We had a four night stay and everything was fantastic. The inn was within the old walls of the castle. The room was spacious with a large ensuite, dressing room and sitting room. We ate in the restaurant each evening and the food and service were excellent. Make sure you book though as they had to turn people away. All in all a lovely break in an atmospheric setting. We will certainly be back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2013

Thank you for this feedback on us. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Inn. You are correct we do indeed turn an awful lot of customers away on food service , purely because we are full most of the time. We open all day from 12.00 am until 9.00 pm, this again makes booking atable difficult in middle of service window.

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Address: Northgate Street | Stryd Pedwar a Chewch, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Caernarfon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Green Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Romantic Hotel in Caernarfon
Price Range: $83 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Boy Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Boy Inn is a listed building which is situated in the historic town walls of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon. The Inn is within easy walking distance to the town centre, and the famous 13th-century Castle. An old Inn dating back to 1522 and with its wooden paneling, low ceilings, and thick wooden support beams generates a cosy 'Olde Worlde' Welsh atmosphere. The Black Boy is a very busy Inn; please do not expect it to be a slow laid back hotel. It is in the centre of the tourist hub of North Wales and long wait times can be norm in middle of summer. Come and visit us in the winter season for a more laid back feeling.We now also have Black Jacks, which is another renovated building in courtyard, at rear of Inn .Black Jacks is away from the hustle of the main Inn . All suites have small kitchen area.No lift in building.Some Ground floor rooms are easy access with walk in showers , 1st floor variety of rooms as is 2nd floor.We offer 24 hour staff attendance. When you stay in any country you must wish to stay in somewhere that reflects that country ,we certainly do majority of our staff are welsh speaking and so are the owners .Meal timesSunday to Thursday: Noon until 9.00P.M. Friday and Saturday. Noon until 9.30P.M.Table reservations can be made via reception up to 6.30P.M. Table allocation after 6.30.Pm. Will be made on availability. Waiting times can vary and an indication of any delay will be conveyed to you. To arrange a table reservation (up to 6.30P.M.)In peak season we cannot accept table bookings at all due to the volume of trade ... more   less 
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