I love this place. I love the location, the castle folly, the art collection, the acres of beautiful grounds. The staff are first rate. The rooms are nice and if you upgrade to royale or historic rooms - they can be exceptional.
Now the first time I stayed here was as a guest of Warners - at their invitation rather than my expense. Our Signature room was fine but didn't have the wow factor of the royales I've booked at my own expense since. Get invited to join the Concierge club and you'll get a really decent discount on upgrades - and other goodies such as gift shop and other purchases. The castle's royale rooms are akin to suites, and tucked within the historic quarter. Our's had its own entrance hall. Some have four poster beds. All have marvellous views. We also got a Disney parade of bird and squirrels in pursuit of biscuits from the welcome tray. That room - and you're not getting the number because I want it back - has steps leading directly out to the grounds. Handy for when you're sat watching telly and suddenly see hungry birdies watching from the window sill - now when's that Hitchcock film The Birds coming on?
Service great, resident entertainers good - although bingo for pity's sake? - housekeeping helpful and obliging although we got let down with toiletries not being replenished ... and yes we had used them and not stashed them. We were there four nights although left after three because of the weather (heavy snow) closing in. The birds were honing their beaks in expectation...
Only disappointment? The food. By night predominantly. Not as good as it has been in previous years, rock hard roasties and the like, insufficiently defrosted elements, scrappy like carvery slices ...so needs a bit of TLC. The service was excellent but we gave the food a miss after two nights. Breakfasts were fine. And given that the main event is dinner - it's a huge factor in determining a return. Which is a shame as we both love the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning Grade II listed Historic Hotel has walled gardens, sweeping lawns and ivy clad turrets. Soak up the rolling Welsh hillsides, or take in the scenery from the top of nearby Snowdon. Midweek and Weekend breaks inclusive of breakfast and 3-course dining, live evening entertainment and extensive leisure activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Warner Leisure Hotels Bodelwyddan Castle Historic Hotel Wales