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“Clean but totally wrong location, also felt like was living in fish bowl!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gower Coast Hotel & Apartments

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Gower Coast Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #30 of 43 Swansea B&B and Inns
Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Clean but totally wrong location, also felt like was living in fish bowl!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2010

Positives
Close to shop
New large clean rooms
Staff Welcoming
Not so positive! the experience will go on and on.
The appartment was on ground floor with windows looking out to 2 car parks on 2 sides and main road, couldn't open curitains as everyone could see us, from shope visitors to general public in cars on foot walking on the main station road.
the appartment area outside was streamed with rubbish, but the gues rooms situation above the supermaket, seemed to be free of rubbish although about a shop??? and of course the evening guests of children hanging out, biking, skatbording until shop shuts at 10pm. Shop closed at 4 on sunday, bit of a relief but didnt make much difference as we were out in the day time. Hotel/App situated in totally wrong area of Gower in North Marsh land area...south, east and west are more beautiful beaches, and they are beautiful, harder to get to the more beautiful they are!. At the apptment we did feel neglected at times, didnt change towels we had to get them and no one asked if we were ok, out children of twins are 6years old and really is nothing for anyone to do here where the hotel is and we didn't like the fact that there was no privacy at all, like i say we felt like we were in a fishbowl and had to keep curtains closed the whole time!!!!
Overall I wouldnt stay here again, wrong side of gower and really the area is run down!

Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester
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163 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

This place is more like serviced apartments than a hotel; thus the bed is not made during the day, breakfast is not included and is taken in a cafe attached to a supermarket, there is no permanantly manned reception. The whole block is new, and the rooms are smart, although cheaply furnished. We were in room 10, which is huge, having 1 double and 2 single beds, a table with 4 chairs, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a large bathroom. There were no comfortable chairs. There was a view over the marsh towards the estuary, but the room is over the air conditioning outlets of the supermarket, so we did not want to have the windows open. The bed was too soft. The people are friendly and helpful, but the truth is that the this village is not in the nicest part of the Gower. There are so many lovely places all over the peninsula, but Penclawdd is not one of them. Go further west or south is my advice.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2010

I read about 8 reviews of the place before booking and they said that the rooms were large and modern, that it was above a supermarket, and had good bathrooms. All correct. I booked 2 nights in March, and arrived about 8pm in the dark. To get to the hotel car park you enter the supermarket (CK's) car park and exit into a smaller car park at the far end. The main door was locked with a paper sign on the inside saying - if no-one's here talk to the "store manager", so... slightly puzzled... we entered the brightly lit supermarket and found the manager at the back of the store. He grabbed a pint of milk and handed it to us for tea before getting key cards and escorting us out of the supermarket and into the reception, up the stairs to a long corridor above the supermarket with rooms either side. The corridor decor was contemporary and very new - the smell of the "newness" was a little overpowering and I would have opened the windows to air the place out. We were taken to room 10, and on entering, our eyes opened very wide.... it was enormous! About twice the size of standard hotel rooms, with 4 single beds, in two groupings. Two beds were made up as a super king, and the other two were made up as singles with a gap between. The decor was new, calm, contemporary. There was a French door that opened to a rail, so we could lean out admire the wild ponies that live on the moor at the rear of the hotel, and a dining table and chairs in one corner of the room, flat screen and microwave, kettle, mini-fridge in another corner. There was a large wooden wardrobe for hanging, and each bed had a smallish sized chest of drawers beside it, doubling as bedside table. The entrance area was no narrow corridor - it was 3-4 times the width of most in other hotel rooms I've stayed in, and the bathroom was lovely - long and spacious with modern marble effect tiles all over, bath, toilet and sink. I would have liked a vanity unit instead of the flattish sink, and there was certainly the space for it, but there was a big ledge for toiletries and whatnot... just a little too high for my daughter.
The TV offered freeview, and there was a selection of crockery and cutlery in the unit under the microwave, and a mirror behind that unit for make-up, plus a full length mirror on the wall, and a very very wide mirror above the sink. Lighting was good - varied controls, lights above each bed and a standard lamp and overhead lighting. The room was clean and attractive and we felt we'd stumbled across something special for the price of £79 per night (laterooms).
Breakfast - we went to CK's cafe in the supermarket and ordered a treat, which was cheap and served with consideration and excellent service by the pleasant staff.
Food - well you can get what you want from the supermarket and bring it to the room or eat in the cafe. There was ready cooked chicken, pastries, baked potatoes in the supermarket, and eating while peeking out at the view and ponies was nice.
The hotel was quiet, and we never saw staff in reception. Entry was always with swipe card, and the cafe staff said the swipe cards expire at 11am so they advised we get our bags out of the room before breakfast on the last day.

Location:

there is a pub about 10-15 minutes' walk (out the hotel, turn right) and along the way you pass an Indian that looked like it rarely saw customers in the off season - very nicely decorated inside - very modern. Also a chip shop that closed 9pm Friday... so don't be late.

Back the other way (out the car park and turn left) there was a nice looking Chinese restaurant.

You are about 20 minutes from Llangeneth Beach... pay £3 to park in the camp site guarding the way to the pretty gorgeous beach and visit the cafe - it's got lovely views and does a great hot chocolate and some lovely cakes. Along the way there you pass a surf shop and can arrange tuition, and there is a ncie pub before you enter the camp site, called the King's Head.

The beach...great for combing with lots of shells and stones for sand castles. Great clean light sand, and endless views. The sand dunes are nice if you want to get out of the wind for a picnic.

The only gripes, and these should not weigh heavily:
-hairdryer was missing from the room, and we had to go to the supermarket to get the manager to replace it.
-shower gel bottle by the bath was empty on arrival and not replaced... although not a problem for us so we didn't complain.
-the new smell was strong - could use a good airing.
-the heat took a day to adjust and get right - it was cold when we first arrived, bakingly hot after, because we turned radiators on and adjusted the thermostat too high... got there in the end though!
-the beds were too soft for me - I had a bad back as a result... and the pillows were a little small.

that's it!
all in all - I would happily go back. A special mention for the friendly staff in CK's !

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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103 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2009

We stayed here last weekend with my son and girlfriend. This isn't really a hotel but lovely rooms with gorgeous bathrooms at a reasonable price situated in Penclawdd above a supermarket i - not the most picturesque spot on the Gower but superb rooms, nice staff and a quiet location. The supermarket is very handy and there is a cafe which serves breakfast, snacks and light meals. The staff in the cafe are very friendly but the food is just OK but there isn't a lot of other choice in the village. We went to the local Indian - again friendly but mediocre food. Relatively easy travel to all the lovely places on the Gower.

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Property: Gower Coast Hotel & Apartments
Address: Station Road | Penclawdd, Swansea SA4 3XN, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Swansea County > Swansea
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Swansea
Hotel Class:3 star — Gower Coast Hotel & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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Gower Coast Hotel & Apartments Swansea, Wales

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