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The Wellington Hotel
Ranked #32 of 43 Brecon B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 14, 2013

stayed here for one night on the way to Buith Wells room was clean and comfortable
decor could do with update ,No parking with hotel but carpark 5 min. away cost £2.50 for the night
breakfast was good, overall reasonable price with breakfast. also right in the middle of town so good location

Room Tip: we had room at the rear to avoid traffic noise,also no lift so if you have a problem with stairs as...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

After reading the mixed reviews decided to go ahead anyway and book The Wellington for one night on Sunday before going to the Royal Welsh as it is not too far and all accommodation near the Showground booked well in advance. Was pleasantly surprised with our double room on the top floor. The room had been recently refurbished and everything looked new and very clean, could not fault it. It would have been nice to have a hairdryer but no big deal if you take your own. Had a meal on the premises which was typical Brains pub grub. Unfortunately didn't have the breakfast as they didn't start serving until 8am and we had to leave before then. It would have been nice if they could have offered us a continental breakfast delivered to our room earlier, after all we had paid for Bed&Breakfast.

Room Tip: Ask for room 24 which is a Double on the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

It is not easy to find good accommodation in Brecon in the summer. The good Bed and Breakfasts (ie excellent reviews on Trip Advisor) are booked up well in advance. I needed one room for one night at relatively short notice and The Wellington came up with mixed reviews on Trip Advisor so I decided to take the plunge and booked a twin room for one night.

The Wellington is a pub/accommodation right in the centre of Brecon. It is opposite a taxi rank and if you are unfortunate enough to have a room at the front of the hotel on a Saturday night (as we did) you will be entertained all night by young revellers screaming and shouting while they make their way from pub to pub and then finally to the taxi rank. This is of course not the fault of the hotel but in the room we stayed in there wasn't even secondary double glazing to block the noise out. It was a hot July Saturday as well and we had to keep the window shut......but it certainly didn't block out the noise.

Reading the various reviews on Trip Advisor it seems that there are different standards of accommodation at The Wellington. Some reviews refer to refurbished rooms, that may well be the case but ours was certainly one that hadn't been refurbished. (Room 16). It was a basic twin (Cost £70 per room). The beds were comfortable enough, we had tea making facilities and the towels were very good quality. However the room itself was dated and shabby and boy did the windows need a clean from the outside (as they face the square that really needs to be done on a regular basis). The skirting board in both the room and the bathroom would benefit from a dust and the air vent in the bathroom definitely needed the dust cleaned away from it. The bathroom itself although very basic was clean enough but it took us a while to work out how to turn the shower into a bath as the fixings were a bit wobbly (but did work eventually). The radiator in the bedroom looked like it had been painted over and over and was now peeling quite badly. If you don't mind basic then it was good enough but I have stayed at a B and B in Brecon for £10 cheaper where the accommodation surpassed this in leaps and bounds.

Onto some positives. I found the staff to be very good. We ate at the hotel in the evening and the meal was fine, standard pub fare but very good, I would eat here again. We did have a few problems at breakfast in the morning as an army of ants had invaded our allotted table, so we moved to a vacant one and I did inform the waitress! Unfortunately this did lead to us not having our breakfast order taken so I had to go to the bar to remind them......but to be fair it was immediately remedied! Breakfast was good, cereal and fruit juice laid out (with the option of a continental breakfast if you preferred). We went for the full English and it was lovely as was the toast and preserves......and real proper filter coffee!

My advice if you choose to stay here. Ask if you are having a refurbished room (I think they are probably the ones you will pay £90 for) or settle for a very basic room that you will find fault with! Also make sure you aren't booking at the front of the hotel on a Saturday night ( but it may well be fine the rest of the week).

Room Tip: Avoid room 16 at the front of the hotel on a Saturday night
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Driving round all day - stopped here for a meal at 5pm. It was excellent quality and £10.99 for two meals. Once we were talking to the friendly staff, found that we could stay there - £65 for twin room. Last minute - no planning. Excellent quality, clean, tidy bedroom with en suite bathroom, comfortable beds. Bed linen, towels, shower gel, tea and coffee making facility etc all in the room. Lovely 2-course breakfast cooked to order - all included in the price. No car park - only fault. There is a public short stay car park at the rear of the property. Free parking from 6pm to 8am. Before 6pm, 50p an hour for up to 2 hours. At 8am, go out and buy a ticket (50p per hour for up to 2 hours). So depart by 10.00am and all is well. It was everything we needed.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The room was ok, a bit dated but clean and in working order appart for the remote on the TV, but who cares, same for the bathroom: did the trick but a bit dated. To get the keys, the person at the desk was a bit cold at first, but we arrived during dinner service so maybe he was really busy.
Even though the room was above the restaurant and giving on the street, sleep quality was ok. Unfortunatelly we had 2 very noisy and rude drunks in the room next door, they started shouting at 2am. I was just surprised there was nobody from the hotel who was around to stop them; but I suppose they are not around at night (I am not sure and we did not check). The hotel staff did apologise the following day and were very nice about it - and it was not their fault some of their customers behaved so stupid. No parking at the hotel (had to rely on on street car park and it was a bit of a chase to find a spot)
The food in the restaurant was ok (nothing special about pub food), I did discover Welsh mustard and the bartender was really good at advising on the local beers. Breakfast was nice and copious. Overall, an average stay due to lack of car parking, the rooms being a bit dated and the reception being a bit cold. It will do the trick though if you wish to visit Brecon as it is so central.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

As others have noted, the exterior of The Wellington is grand but the further in you go the worse it gets. The bar is ok, nothing special but ok. Our room was dark, the paper was peeling from the walls and the dark red paint on the walls was badly chipped. It was clean but that is really the only positive thing I can think to say. The fire extinguisher at the foot of the stairs to the second floor was missing, ripped from the wall to judge by the damage. A real disappointment and we would certainly not return nor recommend it. A very different place to the photos on The Wellington website, is it really the same place?

Room Tip: Go somewhere else
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We stayed at the Wellington last weekend whilst attending a beautiful wedding down the road. The food was OK, generic pub food. The bar was lovely and had a warm and friendly atmosphere. The room was basic, but OK, with a huge bed and high ceilings. However it was the staff that made it great! They were lovely, couldn't do enough for us. Even to the point that we indicated we might want a drink once back from the wedding, we knew the bard would be closed, however the staff left out wine glasses and a bottle opener for us to drink our own wine in the room. I thought that was a lovely touch! They were all very friendly and loved a chat.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Bulwark, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 7AD, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Brecon Beacons National Park > Brecon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Brecon
Price Range: $77 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Wellington Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We're situated in a prime position in Brecon Town Square, within easy reach of the beautiful surrounding Powys countryside and Brecon Beacons National Park. You'll find plenty to do and explore locally. Why not take a leisurely walk along the canal, or maybe a trip on the Dragonfly Barge taking in the stunning scenery. If you fancy an energetic day out, pursuits such as canoeing, mountain-climbing, biking or kayaking can be arranged with Black Mountains Activities, or alternatively you could give Cradoc Golf Club a visit - an excellent club for those golfers amongst you. And of course, in August during the Brecon Jazz festival, the Wellington provide a perfect base for you to enjoy all the musical revelry. Whatever you're looking for, you will find it here in Brecon! ... more   less 
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