This is a genuine old fashioned coaching Inn in the lovely Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye, if you are going to explore this little village with it's myriad of bookshops and castle then this is an idillic place to stay while doing so.
Just one word of warning the ceilings are low, and the floors can be uneven, if you are tall like me (6'2") then keep your head down or you will be hitting it a lot in the rooms. However this is a consequnce of living in such an old building and for a place this nice, I'm prepared to stoop a bit.
The rooms are nice, simply decorated and comfortable. My wife and I stayed in the Cromwell Suite which was really lovely fully decorated to match the tone of the place with a lot of period furiture and obviously a great deal of time to get this, "just right". My brother stayed in a standard double room which was a little small for a double and had a closet which was a little "off" with the rest of the room and furniture in that it was obviously modern and clashed. However overall the pub, restaurant, corridors and rooms are generally very good.
The food is truly excellent, absolutly faultless presentation, wonderful flavour and perfect portions, all accompanied by local draught beers, cider or an excellent wine selection. If you can't manage to stay here but are in Hay-on-Wye then I would definatly make sure you eat in the restaurant!
Service was good, friendly and helpful with a very personal local feel which felt much more like a genuine welcome.
Overall it's great, not just a night in a hotel but an experience you'll remember and enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within the market town of Hay-on-Wye, this colourful 17th Century Inn exudes historical charm and atmosphere offering quality home-cooked food, luxury accommodation and free Wi-Fi and parking. With parts of the original building dating as far back as the 1300’s, the Hotel subtly blends the elegance and whimsy of the past with the comfort and convenience of the present. Indeed, it is even reputed that Oliver Cromwell once stayed at the inn whilst the Roundheads besieged Hay Castle, which was then a loyalist stronghold. Sympathetically refurbished, exposed timber beams and roaring log fires help to cultivate a homely environment and a famously warm welcome.The Inn features 10 high quality en-suite bedrooms, all of which are individually and tastefully decorated in a style reminiscent of the buildings historic past. All rooms include free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, direct dial telephone and tea & coffee making facilities. They offer a choice of Single, Double, Twin and Superior room options.The Old Black Lion is renowned for the quality of its food and has received a host of rewards and accolades including a coveted AA Rosette. The menus, which are changed frequently, use only the best of British produce wherever possible including locally reared meat, fresh seafood from Cornwall and seasonal vegetables. The oak timbered bar with its scrubbed pine tables and comfy arm chairs is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fantastic selection of local ales (including their own namesake ‘The Old Black Lion’).The Hotel is located in the heart of the Welsh market town of Hay-on-Wye just a short drive from the A438, it also offers free on-site parking for guests. The city of Hereford is roughly 35 minutes away and offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country. For those flying in, Cardiff International Airport is about a 95 minute journey from the Hotel.The Old Black Lion is situated just a three minute walk from the centre of Hay-on-Wye. Renowned internationally as a Mecca for bibliophiles the town offers over 30 bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. It is also home to the annual Hay Festival, Europe’s premier literature and arts festival. The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Wales, the surrounding area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with both the Offas Dyke Path and Wye Valley Walk passing through the town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Black Lion Hotel Hay-On-Wye
- Old Black Lion Hay-On-Wye, Wales