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“Lovely hotel for the money” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Hand Hotel
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Llangollen
Warrington, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel for the money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

The hotel is centrally located in Llangollen and has a lovely garden attached which overlooks the river. I paid £50 for a single room which had three single beds in it. Usually that would mean the room was very cramped but the room was huge. This did lead to the room becoming quite cold because there was only a small electric heater but it wasn't too bad. The staff were very friendly and helpful and there was a nice atmosphere at the hotel. It was mostly older people staying there but also some bikers and our large family with children.

The breakfast was included and was very good. I would definitely stay here again. There are no lifts however, so if you are a wheelchair user or can't handle many stairs I would give them a call first to check how they will cater for you, as the breakfast room is also up a flight of stairs.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Burton-upon-Trent, null, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

A group of 10 of us stayed here for a stag do, purely for it's location and proximity to the outdoor activities on offer (white water kayak, rock climbing and abseiling). It wasn't disgustingly un-clean, and the breakfast was well above average, but the rooms were very small, with a tiny closet for a toilet and shower. The room's were just so basic, but as we weren't interested in the spec of the room, it was a fine place to sleep after a days activities and a nights food and drink. The bar was very small, but it was friendly, and a good place to get a few drinks before going out into Llangollen itself. It was a great stay overall, but I wouldn't take my wife there to be fair, it was just too basic.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

I was one of a group of 13 walkers who stayed at the Hand Hotel and for us it was ideally located as a base for walking the Berwyns and one of the most scenic sections of Offa's Dyke. We found the staff to be universally helpful, polite and friendly.

The rooms were all en-suite and varied from quite small but adequate singles to more spacious twins. The rooms are spread over several floors and involve quite a maize of stairs and doors. There is no lift which would limit access to the higher rooms for anyone with disabilities. There are low level rooms but from the experience of some of our group these could be noisy, particularly at the weekend, if there was a celebration or hen party in full flow. I had room 38, a single room and had perfect peace for each of the 4 nights we stayed at The Hand.

I enjoyed all my meals at The Hand from the full Welsh breakfast, which kept me going all day up and down the hills, to a dinner in the restaurant and a bar meal in the lounge. I thought the meals were excellent value for money and would happily have dined at The Hand each night.

I thought the hotel was comfortable and nicely decorated and probably my only niggle was that the over bath shower had a rather inefficient shower head and so I switched to having a bath each night - not a bad idea after a day in the hills.

We hope to have another walking holiday in the Llangollen area and we would have no hesitation in returning to The Hand next time.

Room Tip: Higher rooms away from the car park would be quieter - particularly at the weekend
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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181 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

We just stayed here last week, we were a group of 45 people. The students loved their rooms and had a great time climbing the mountain nearby. There was also free wifi that actually worked which was a plus!

Our room in particular was very small and the sheets on my bed were stained. The room was freezing and I thought the heater was going to burn down the place if we turned it on. The toilet only flushed sporadically. We only stayed there 1 night so we dealt with it.

I didn't get any "ghostly" feelings as many people have said there are spirits or feelings that someone was following you down the narrow hallways. Some parts did remind people of "the shining" but not for me. The rumor was that room 14 was haunted, and the guys who stayed there did get some weird feelings. We stayed in room 5, no spirits.

Dinner started off good with some soup, but quickly went downhill with some cottage pie. I wish I just asked for more soup, since I wasn't a fan of the pie and neither were most of the students. We all ended up going out for pizza later.

The best part of the stay was later in the night when a group of locals invited our students to sing with them in the lounge area. They played & sang the US National anthem and other American favorites. They were so gracious to our students and had so many kind words for us since we were from Boston and this was immediately after Marathon Monday.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Halesowen
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

My wife and I stay at this hotel every two years attending a conference. The meals are of excellent quality and the staff are friendly. The rooms are average but adequate. The location, in the centre of Llangollen, is convenient while being off the main road. For the general area it's also useful. The hotel is historic and reputedly has its own ghost (I won't say in which room!). It should be mentioned that there is no lift.

Room Tip: Best for quietness is at the rear overlooking the churchyard.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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wales
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

A group of 20 walkers stayed for 4 nights. Hotel staff were friendly and very helpfull. Having a gathering of the group in the large sitting room with a roaring wood fire and snow still hanging on stubornly outside- the banter and frequent outbreaks of mass laughter may have been off-putting to other guests but we had a wonderful time!
We were lucky enough to have room 33- what a lovely room and great view of the river Dee. Not sure about the view out of the other window which was directly into the graveyard!!
Will stay here again when next in LLANGOLLEN

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Stayed here 13/4/13 in rm21 as a twin room,not bad at all.The hotel is in need of a good update but its very clean and tidy and at £80 for two people good value.Well done to the guy who worked the reception,bar and got me an ironing board so quick all on his own,where were the rest of the staff/ management?? Breakfast was a self service affair from the drinks,toast,cereals and hot food I suppose this keeps staff costs down. Thank you,we shall stay again :o)

Room Tip: Room 21 is above main entrance and kitchen area,quite noisy.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Hand Hotel
Address: The Hand Hotel Bridge Street, Llangollen LL20 8PL, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Denbighshire > Llangollen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Llangollen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Hand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standing above a beautiful stretch of the River Dee close to the centre of the pretty market town of Llangollen. The Hand Hotel with its stunning riverside garden, old world charm, ample free parking and home cooked food from our popular restaurant, is ideal for romance, for families, and groups, whether private or business, as well as for your wedding or conference. ... more   less 
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The Hand Hotel Llangollen, Wales - North Wales

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