We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Unfulfilled Potential”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of George IV Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
George IV Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Criccieth
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester
Level Contributor
100 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Unfulfilled Potential”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Criccieth is a beautiful place to holiday and this hotel is in a handy location on the main street and close to shops. The beach, promenade and castle are an easy walk away for the mobile. There is obviously a lot of history attached to the hotel. Photographs depict it as an imposing building in 1891, as the resort begins to develop and it retains its lovely facade. On entering the hotel, the public could be forgiven for thinking that they have strayed into an elderly people's home. The lounge areas have sofas and chairs arranged neatly around the perimeter of the rooms, rather than in the more informal settings recognisable in the majority of today's hotels. Whilst this may facilitate ease of movement around the public areas, it should be remembered that the majority of us 'silver surfers,' who do appear to represent the majority of guests, appreciate the sort of modernity we enjoy in our own homes. Other coach tour operators have recognised this in their modernisation programmes and understand that it is possible to blend the contemporary into an historic building.

We had paid a premium for a 'castle view,' and, making our way up the lovely staircase, could hardly wait to see what awaited us. On opening the door to the room, we could indeed see that the room lived up to its description. It was well-proportioned with a large bay window overlooking the main road and the view beyond to the castle. In the future, there will need to be a culling of trees to maintain this attraction, but for the time being, the view was excellent and it was also possible to see the sea from the left elevation. The room boasted mismatched furniture and a prehistoric television on which it was impossible to alter settings, so the BBC news presenters all looked like orange OomphaLoompas. Bathroom towels had been left on the bed. Why? There seems to be an inclination to do this in some places. I am never sure whether bedspreads are changed between guest changeovers in the same way that sheets are. It is therefore one of life's mysteries why towels would not be placed where they belong i.e. in a bathroom and not on a bed. On entering the bathroom to place the towels that had been left on the bed onto the towel rail designed for the purpose, I noticed the state of the toilet. It had clearly been left in a mess by the previous occupant and had been overlooked by the housekeeping staff. It needed a deep clean. I went back to reception and explained the problem to the manager. Shortly thereafter someone was despatched to deal with the problem, which was explained away as 'rust from the fixings.' I have an academic BA (Hons.) and also a PGCE but, better still, a PHd from the university of life........! The bathroom seemed to have been half-refurbished. Again, a room of good proportions and poor lighting, it had a bath and effective separate shower with modern-ish tiling, while the rest of the room suffered from poor peeling decoration and shabby flooring. Why had the re-decoration stopped where it had? It looked tired and in need of a good clean.

What about the dining experience? The dining room/s could have looked lovely, in a very traditional way, but again fell victim to mismatch and a general lack of care. Breakfasts were okay. The fish was always good. Everything is served at table. Some waiting staff were very efficient, whilst others were 'in training.' Dinners were variable, between poor and average. The poor selection of vegetables was overcooked and tinned sweetcorn was a popular option. The rack rate for dinner is £14. Criccieth is blessed with many fine restaurants offering locally produced fresh food for the same price.

To summarise, this hotel is beautiful from the outside and has retained some of its original features. The owners have not capitalised on its appearance or invested in upgrading the public areas in a contemporary way, sympathetic to its historical origins. Even re-arranging the furniture would contribute to this. We were blessed with fantastic weather throughout our stay, which took us outdoors most of the time. We would not have wanted to spend time in the lounges had the weather been bad. Hoteliers could place themselves in the position of guests to obtain a clearer view of the actual experience of staying in a place to gain a better insight.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
7 Thank planeteer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

207 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    56
    98
    32
    12
    9
See reviews for
20
85
18
5
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (89)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2013

we have just returned from a 5 day break to this hotel the room we had was small number 121 it is very small but it was clean and had a lovely shower , The food was a good and you got a great choice The head waitress was called Britsa and she was lovely very attentive to the meals were hot when it came the bar staff ,
also nice as well. The only downsize was the beech it is to steep to go down,if you are elderly but it was a great break

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank elizabeth78494
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
stoke on trent
Level Contributor
58 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

we went to this hotel last week we were made very welcome by all the staff. Our room was very nice very enjoyable we could see the castle and a bit of the sea. the food was excellent a very good variety and always red hot our waiter angel could not do enough for us and one day when I didnt feel well he went out of his way to try and tempt me with something. We did feel though that the heating could maybe have been put on for longer periods as some of the days were very cold. The car park was very small and was just a piece of common ground and is used by every one. The railway station is at the end of the road and it was very cheap so we used it frequently.

Room Tip: our room was on the front and excellent but some of the back rooms overlook each other
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank carole e
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Morecambe
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed here with a group of ladies 25th to 29th April and we had a lovely holiday. The rooms were all spotlessly clean, new bathrooms with walk in showers in most rooms. Towels changed every day. Food was good and varied for the money we paid. The staff were all fantastic, from reception to the chambermaid. The dining room service was very good indeed and the food was always hot and served on hot plates. The entertainment was good and the bar manager/bingo caller a hoot!!
The bingo was an entertainment in itself, you will go far to find a game as hilarious as his. The hotel is nicely placed for touring Snowdonia and our group managed to visit Aberyswyth(what a pretty place) Port Merion, LLanfairPG, Bangor and of course BetwsyCoed.

A really good holiday. We went with a local coach company,not Alfa who own the hotel, and we were all highly delighted with our stay,

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Murrayhowse
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The bedrooms and most areas have been updated and were very clean, however the Gents toilet near to reception were very shabby.
Previous reports I read as though the place should be avoided but this is not so.
Food was average, entertainment although only one person per night was reasonably good.
The staff were very nice and mainly from a european source.
Location was on the main road through the town and access to the beach was via a steep hill whichever way you went.
On the whole at the price paid it was fair value for the money

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank 511Malcolm511
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stathelle, Telemark, Norway
Level Contributor
37 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Came in the middle of the night (3:00AM), but the portier was nice and leet em in like it was nothing. Sadly, checkout-time was 10 AM, and I was hoping to stay a little bit longer, but ok.. Didn't have time for any breakfeast. Mind you aswll, this hotel has table-spot-system at breakfast. You have a table number for an hour, i.e. from 9:00 to 10:00. I did not catch that. Didn't matter. Was busy sleeping. The bed was comfy, and the room was fresh.
Not too much paarking outside, but they might have more somewhere else..

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Glenn E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ulverston, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2013

I booked this hotel for a weekend stay on the 19th of April for me, wife and daughter, we stayed in room 112. On arrival my wife asked how to work the lift so I could get into the reception area (because I use a wheelchair) only to be told it's not working, not a problem the receptionist says, you can push him uo the hill and we can let HIM in the side door. Not to be put off by this we try and make the most of our weekend. The room itself was dirty, wallpaper hanging off also our view was looking straight into someone elses room, so we had to keep the curtains closed most times or else you would feel that you were sharing rooms you are that close. We went out at the evenings to vist our family that live in this beautiful town (stayed out till midnight) could not get back into the hotel at this time for 10-15 mins because the doors locked and you have to wait for the night staff to let you back in. The worst bit about this place was that at 5 am there was a horrible banging noise, the pipes started to rattle and tap for a hour or so (no sleep after this starts). I hope you are getting the picture about this place!!!. When this got mentioned to the staff, your answer is sorry about that. I never complain about much but this place was a joke and since me and my family have got home (shatterd) I've rang & emailed the hotel and still had no response. PLEASE AVOID THIS PLACE.

Room Tip: Book a different hotel
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
9 Thank dale a
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Criccieth
0.3 mi away
Caerwylan Hotel
Caerwylan Hotel
#1 of 6 in Criccieth
356 reviews
0.3 mi away
Glyn-y-Coed Hotel
Glyn-y-Coed Hotel
#2 of 6 in Criccieth
275 reviews
0.7 mi away
Bron Eifion Country House Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
5.7 mi away
Hotel Portmeirion
Hotel Portmeirion
#1 of 1 in Penrhyndeudraeth
1,392 reviews
4.3 mi away
Royal Sportsman Hotel
Royal Sportsman Hotel
#2 of 2 in Porthmadog
658 reviews
0.2 mi away
The Moelwyn
The Moelwyn
#6 of 6 in Criccieth
103 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to George IV Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about George IV Hotel

Property: George IV Hotel
Address: 23-25 High Street, Criccieth LL52 0BS, Wales
Phone Number:
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Criccieth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Criccieth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — George IV Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
George IV Hotel - Criccieth [3 Alpha & AA Three Star]Situated on the High Street in the centre of Criccieth with magnificent views towards the sea and castle from many bedrooms. 47 bedrooms with central heating and bath or shower and WC (most have bath and shower). All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, intercom, hair dryer and TV with radio channels. Extensive public areas include a delightful cocktail bar, attractive large restaurant, entertainment room with additional bar and a cosy lounge. A small lift serves first and second floors (not the third floor) and there is ample car parking. A Leisureplex Hotel. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline and Booking.com so you can book your George IV Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
George Iv Criccieth
George IV Hotel Criccieth, Wales

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing