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“Nice Location but very dated”
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The Lion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Criccieth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice Location but very dated”
Reviewed October 21, 2011

My husband and I stayed in a family room in the 'cottage' section which sounds grander than it is in reality. The family room has a double bed and one single bed. The room was ok for just the 2 of us but not sure how you could call this a family room as it must be for a very small family.! Nice view from the window of the castle and good parking outside the room. The best thing about this room was how quiet it was, there was some residue sound from the main hotel but not too intrusive. The room was clean and the bed comfortable, the decor and furnishings were traditional and a bit dated.Bathroom was a good size with shower over bath. A very small shelf area for tea and coffee making. The main problem is with the hotel itself. The lounge and restaurant are very dated with scary bright pink flower bedroom wallpaper and lampshades to match. It was like walking into Fawlty Towers (there is a waiter who looks just like ,Manuel!) It clearly serves an older customer who probably like this sort of thing. My concerns were justified when I heard Val Doonican playing during breakfast. The breakfast was poor. A hot self serve buffet and sadly the cooked breakfast was very overcooked. The scrambled eggs looked like rubber and the fried eggs were swimming in a lake of oil. The sausages were thin and cheap looking and tasting.What looked like tinned grapefruit and orange pieces and a sad looking 'fresh' fruit bowl. Staff were going through the motions looking like they would rather be somewhere else.Heard the 'Chef' shout at the waiter when we requested more eggs and sausages after they had run out.!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2011

Recently had a long week-end (Friday night to Monday) at the Lion. My husband and I really enjoyed the experience. The hotel, particularly our bedroom (room 9) was spotlessly clean. The food was plentiful and enjoyable, with a wide choice at both breakfast (hot and cold, served buffet style) and dinner, plated but again with a wide choice of menu. The staff were friendly and helpful. Even Ambrose, the hotel cat, was very amiable and up for a cuddle when he was around. This hotel is hard to fault and we would highly recommend it. We are looking forward to our next stay at the Lion.

Room Tip: Room 9 was excellent
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2011

We stumbled accross the hotel by chance beginning of September whilst travelling around North Wales. It was late Saturday afternoon and we were tired from travelling, We werent hopefull of getting a room as they were very busy when we arrived but the lady on reception was very friendly and said she had one double room left so we were lucky. The price was very reasonable and the room was a large family room,very clean and view of the castle. We were told it was a family run hotel and 2 members of the family would actually served us that evening! Food was fantastic, we both had steaks and chunky chips and were checked on regularly but not intrusively by the restaurant staff. We gave in and had desserts- also fantastic, the lemon zing I think it was, awsome! Would definatley stay again, we could see the hotel was busy but we never felt left out, great staff, we will be back!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2011

We stayed here last bank holiday weekend, and have no complaints whatsoever. would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2011

We stayed luckily only one night during the Bank Holiday. We booked a twin room and was given a double room in the 'Annexe' as they didn't get our booking for a twin room from the online booking agency. The room in the annexe smelled awful of damp old caravans. It had just one tiny window and we had to keep the lights on to see. The fittings and furniture were broken and the wardrobe door would not close due to the dampness. The bedding and towels were clean and fresh but the pillows were old and very lumpy. I was awake all night due to the awful musty smell and the noise from a water tank filling up. The room rate was £87 but I complained to the hotel owner who took my complaints as a personal insult. I told her that I was purely stating fact. The owners need to address some issues: the hotel is tired, worn and in desperate need of refurbishment. The rooms and hotel lounge have not been refurbished in 30 years and it shows. Some people who use the bars there and the hotel are obviously of a class that find this kind of place acceptable. Once they had a few pints the noise became louder and we really did not want to drink in there. It was like a rough working mens club. From reading other reviews it seems that some people have low standards and find this kind of place acceptable. We did get a discount from the owner but believe me, I found her attitude shocking. We thought this was just like Fawlty Towers. We then moved on to Barmouth on spec and found a fantastic B&B with three CLEAN, MODERN and FRESH SMELLING luxury rooms with the most beautiful view of the bay, ALL for only £80. The management can contact us and arrange to view this B&B and perhaps this can give them an idea of what kind of standards most people would like to find. The management also need to get to grips with reality and update the annexe and the hotel and at least get a damp proof course and some proper heating. Perhaps we can put your name forward for 'Hotel Inspector' I think Ruth Watson would be willing to give you some ideas on how to improve this relic.

Room Tip: Do not use the annexe, its very damp.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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UK
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights in August, location of the hotel is great. Breakfast was good and a nice selection of hot and cold food. The thing that lets this hotel down is the rooms. We stopped in the "annex" in the hotel carpark, I can only describe it as a prefabricated shed. The walls were very thin and all night we could hear the people above us walking round, watching TV, using the shower, etc. It was also only after one day we noticed the signs saying the water was supplied from a tank and not the mains and could be unsuitable for drinking! The sign was small, plus if I was paying 89 a night I would expect a "mains water supply".
I imagine the rooms in the main hotel were nicer. Wouldn't stop here again.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2011

This hotel is ideally located in the centre of Criccieth. The room we were allocated was a good sized twin with en suite. It was clean, if a liitle dated and tired.The bedding and towels were very clean.
The hotel lounge area was large and comfortable with plenty of seating. The dining room was large and light. The breakfast buffet was a good choice of both hot and cold food. It was well presented and was well cooked.
The staff at the hotel were pleasant and helpfull.
Overall, this was a good hotel to visit.

Room Tip: There were rooms in an annex at the back of the hotel which were ok. The best rooms, it seemed, were...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: The Lion Hotel
Address: Y Maes, Criccieth LL52 0AA, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Criccieth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Criccieth
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Lion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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