The hotel is situated conveniently in the middle of Carmarthen, close to the shopping area and restaurants. When we arrived, the girl behind the bar was very helpful and attentive. She directed us to the hotel's car park - easy to find, just off the main street behind the hotel. The room was basic but very clean. The bathroom was a decent size and had a bath as well as a shower. The room doors are opened and locked with an 'old fashioned' key...not a problem...but you do need to remember to lock yourself in or anyone could walk into the room! We didn't go down to the bar as we were very tired upon arrival...but the locals seemed very friendly and I'm sure any visitor would have been welcomed to spend the night in the bar with them.
Which brings me to the main problem...the noise from the music and people enjoying themselves continued until about 2am. Our room seemed to be over where people went out to smoke so there was constant noise from people talking loudly, and every time the door opened the noise from the juke box was even louder! I'm not even a light sleeper, but couldn't sleep for the noise! Even after the noise from the pub finished, the people staying in the room next to us came back so I had to endure the noise from their television set for about an hour (walls are thin!!!).
Breakfast on weekends is served until 10am - which is good. After a few minutes of walking around, not sure where we were meant to go, we were greeted by the cook (I assumed the owner?) who was friendly and cooked us a delicious fried breakfast. There was also a good selection of continental breakfast. You made your own toast and tea.
Personally I would be very apprehensive of staying here again. If you're a heavy sleeper or going on a night out to Carmarthen then I assume this place would be ideal! If you're staying with a family or want an early nights sleep then I would be cautious. It might be worth phoning before hand if your planning on staying during the week as the noise might not be an issue.
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