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“Excellent establishment in the middle of nowhere!”
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Porth Tocyn Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bwlchtocyn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 4, 2012

I've stayed here and eaten here before but a couple of days ago I went back for a meal. It's amazing how Nick & Louise are able to maintain such an overall high standard.
The food fully deserves its 2 AA Red Rosettes. It was well presented, pleasing to the eyes, smelt appetising and tasted very good. I shared two starters with my partner - a good risotto and a crab & avocado salad. Both very good. For mains I had a duck with coconut concoction and my partner Welsh lamb. The duck was delicious. My partners lamb was a little too rare for her tastes but that was sorted unquestioned. The lamb returned within 6 mins - perfect. We didn't have room for dessert but the choice was varied and interesting, it wasn't all chocolate. I would have liked to endulge. I did, however, have a cheese course.
Cheese courses are a massive rip off in most restaurants, not here. Elsewhere you usually get charged more than the cost of a dessert. Why? There is nothing to prepare. Just take the cheeses out of the cooler, allow them to warm, cut off what is usually a couple of extremely thin slices, place them on a fancy Villeroy & Bosch plate with perhaps some grapes, celery and chutney, and finally open some shop biscuits and place them in a bowl. Then they're taken to the table. What is the extra charge for? They don't actually make anty thing, in Michelin starred restaurants they might make the chutney and rarely the biscuits - then perhaps an extra charge is justified. But only if there is more work involved than making a tart tatin or a chocolate fondant or a good soufle.
Not at Nick's place. You pay £7 and go and help yourself to a choice of 5 cheeses, celery, grapes, chutney & biscuits. WELL DONE NICK! It's time that the management at lots of rip off restaurants looked at themselves in the mirror and asked themselves why they are overcharging their customers for the cheese course. Nick's cheese course is excellent value for money.
As for the hotel, well appointed with good views, clean, comfortable, with generous lounge space. A good children's play suite. Excellent grounds with an outdoor pool, and very, very quiet - no road noise- heaven!
This is Nick's place. It's been in his family for years. I like Nick, he is a dominant driving force who strives for perfection, he is not a wilting violet! If you follow my advice and visit for a meal or a stay or both, I hope you'll like him too. The Tocyn is a home from home.

Room Tip: Ask for a front of house room with the excellent views.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank John F
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Just arrived back from a three day break at the hotel and it was wonderful. Abersoch is verry close to our hearts having spent hundreds of family holidays there but it is the first time we have stayed at the Porth Tocyn and we weren't disappointed. We stayed in room 19 which had a fanastic view over the bay and two very comfortable beds. We had our 10 year old daughter with us and whilst she did use the swimming pool once she much preferred the beach which was reached in under 5 minutes down a track from the hotel. The only down side is that you are well out of the village but we walked right along the beach and up into the village which was great as the weather was bewautiful but maybe not so great in our usual british summer weather!!!! We ate at the hotel on two of the nights and the food was excellent and the menu changed daily so you are never stuck for choice. Nick is a real character and certainly chooses the rest of his staff very carefully as they were all very friendly and polite. The continental breakfast which is included in the room rate was a little basic but the full english at £7 was excellent. There were lots of little sitting rooms to sit in and loads of space outside to enjoy the lovely gardens and views. We will definitely be making a return visit, it was a very relaxing and laid back holiday in a lovely hotel in a beautiful setting.

Room Tip: definitely try to book one of the rooms on the front of the hotel as they have fantastic views of th...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank APG1525
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

A spur of the moment trip to Wales for May bank holiday with a quick search online led us to the lovely Porth Tocyn; (although our satnav took us down the pothole road through the golf course and down what seemed like the coastal footpath!- we missed the directions on the website) we soon made ourselves at home with a brandy on arrival. Nick's welcome was very friendly (a Legend host!), the room was excellent with tremendous views over the bay and the mountains beyond. Dinner was lovely and the informal atmosphere in the bar made for a relaxing and entertaining stay. Would've liked to have stayed longer but all the rooms were booked out. Hope to be back soon, we might be more organised and book in advance next time!.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Heather K
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

stunning location with stunning views, walkers paradise now with new access to coastal path, nick and louise run the place with the personal touch assisted by charming, friendly, well trained staff,,outstanding beautifully presented food,,rooms recently refurbed to very high standard with huge beds and flat screens that work and mercifully NO PIPED MUSIC ANYWHERE..

Room Tip: all rooms are different but beautifully fitted out
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank gordon m
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

The hotel's best feature is it's beautiful location, lovely grounds and view over the bay.
It is quite far out of Abersoch and is a bit out of the way with no pubs or shops nearby so be prepared to drive or walk at least 30mins.
The hotel itself is aiming for a country house feel with antiques and lots of floral fabrics - some areas are nice and cosy - the lounge with open fire is very nice and pleasant and they had fresh coffee on the go which was a nice touch.
Some areas do look a bit tired and dated.
There is plenty of space downstairs for guests and a children's playroom which is good for families especially when the weather is bad.
There were lots of children running round when we were there, sounding like they were having fun - so a great place for families but maybe not such a romantic getaway for couples especially during school holidays.
Our room was fine. The bed was comfy and the room nice and warm yet it was a little tired and the bathroom average - we did stay in a standard room maybe the more expensive rooms are more stylish? I missed not having tea and coffee making facilities. I feel the room we had was definitely overpriced for it's standard.
The worst point was breakfast. The 'continental' breakfast was very disappointing just cereals and tinned fruit, and toast. No croissants, pastries or fresh fruit salad or cheeses/meats which you expect. You then have to pay an extra £7 for a full english which when it came wasn't of a very good standard.
Overall a pleasant hotel, lovely location, but a little tired and overpriced.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank JoanneI858
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

My wife booked us in here for 3 nights as she wanted to visit Abersoch again,
We arrived late on the sunday night after travelling up from Welsh open at Celtic Manor.
Food was provided for young son and we ate in kids room since we had small infant, bar food was excellent.
next 2 nights we ate in dining room with son in bed as hotel provided baby monitors, The food in restaurant is superb, some of the best I've ever eaten, large portions and for 45 GBP per head i thought it was excellent value, can't speak highly enough about the food.
our 18 month old son had high tea the other few nights in kids room with all the rest of the children and this was excellent for him, interacting with all other kids, Nicks the owners wife does a great job with this, really is a great setup for kids.
Breakfast was also excellent, eggs benedict and lovely cooked breakfast along with lovely mixed breads for toast. Early morning tea delivered to the room as well was also a nice touch.
The Best bit of the hotel for me was the owner Nick, his wit and banter was superb and had us all laughing all the time whether it be morning or night, really did have a great time,
Good wine list as well and bottles of Peroni as well kept me happy.

All staff were very friendly, lovely gardens outside hotel to walk down to cliffs, heated outdoor pool and outdoor tennis courts as well.
The rooms were nice enough done out with our being spectacular, this is a country house style hotel so didn't expect things to be super modern
This hotel is a hidden gem, If down that way again we will definitely be going back there

Room Tip: Lovely views from rooms facing onto Bay and Snowdonia in background
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank CelticBhoy81
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

We have been going there with our children for 10 years. Always perfect and this year the outstanding dinners just got better!

Great "banter" with Nick and all his family are a delight.Louise is the calming influence on it all. the staff are very helpful and the Dundee cake and tea are a must!

With the very short walk to the new coastal footpath the stunning views can be enhanced witha very easy short walk, we went to watch dolphins just off the coast and yes we saw them- wonderful.

Thanks for such happy memories, back later in the year, already looking forward to it.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
4  Thank thecoopersCheshireUK
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Additional Information about Porth Tocyn Hotel

Address: Bwlchtocyn, Abersoch LL53 7BU, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Abersoch > Bwlchtocyn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bwlchtocyn
Hotel Class:3 star — Porth Tocyn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Porth Tocyn Hotel Bwlchtocyn
Porth Tocyn Abersoch
Porth Tocyn Hotel Abersoch

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