Four of us stayed for a two night deal with TravelZoo for a walking holiday, for which the hotel is ideally placed. Our rooms were rather different, one being spacious, well-appointed and modernised, the other being Room 1 with 'character', but space for only one bedside table, bedside lamp and chair, and the carpeted bathroom having the temperamental flushing toilet (mentioned by 'loseapoint', who had Room 2). We mentioned the toilet and were shown how to operate it - this was apparently the first time the hotel had been made aware of it. Importantly, we all slept well because the beds were comfortable and the area quiet.
The three course set dinner menu got a mixed reception (e.g. the hot smoked salmon starter was bland but the red snapper and boeuf bourgignon were good) so we ate in the bar the second night where we could mix and match the set menu with bar meals. Again, this was mixed. The lamb cutlets were delicious, the chips properly cooked but the smoked duck salad was all smoked chicken. We had been asked if we'd mind a mixture of chicken and duck because the duck was running low, but we couldn't find any duck. The English breakfast was faultless with locally sourced ingredients perfectly cooked, but the smoked haddock had been cooked too quickly in the microwave and therefore was on the dry side.
The public rooms were varied and numerous and the staff helpful and pleasant. Overall, we were satisfied with our stay, and we'd probably visit again - given a favourable deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The West Arms is a traditional Olde Inn (16th Century) with beams and uneven slate flagged floors, roaring open fires and low ceilings. It offers an abundance of warmth and charm with quirky individuality. No bedrooms are the same. We are a privately owned business with a wealth of experience, offer a friendly informal welcome. We have 15 bedrooms, a superb Chef who has a great pedigree, lovely friendly staff and are situated in a beautiful location. If you want a bland boutique modern hotel with a lack of soul, The West Arms is not the place for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Arms Hotel
- West Arms Llanarmon Dc
- The West Arms Hotel Llanarmon DC, North Wales