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Caerwylan Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Criccieth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Fantastic - get a sea view if you can - we saw a whale leap in the bay one afternoon (OK - a small whale) but the view and the proximity of the beach are just magical. The breakfast is really very good. The evening meal is perfectly nice, the staff friendly. Shower was the best ever.

It would be easy for the owner to think that with (arguably) the best location in Criccieth, they could get away with cutting corners, but they have not.

Only possible let down is the parking, which is a bit narrow and you will need to be able to park! They have garages available though, if you book ahead.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We first noted the Caerwylan a couple of years ago when staying at a cheep B&B in Criccieth. Tried to negotiate the owner down for a night, but no chance. However he did show us the rooms which looked very impressive. We booked for 3 nights at the end of August. The situation is fabulous. We had a sea view executive room, with a big bay window. Straight ahead was the sea, views right across to Harlech and Barmouth. To the left was the curve of the beach and views of the mountains., to the right, the splendid castle. You will not find a much better position than this anywhere.

The room was spacious and well fitted out in a simple but modern style, and everything worked well and easily, which is quite unusual. All I could find to criticise was a slightly misaligned toilet seat and a small chip in the bath. We like it so much we had another night which involved moving to an even bigger room of similar spec. The hotel itself is well appointed and immaculate. It is relatively recently re-fitted, and is carefully maintained by the resident proprietor and his team. No worn carpets here. The taps in the public toilets are worth a visit in themselves!

The restaurant offers excellent food and service. It is not nouvelle cuisine so portions are very adequate, but presentation and quality shone through. Choice was good, but after three nights we were more limited in options as the menu is not changed very often. On the last night there was a "Sunday Lunch" menu. In fact it was a lot more varied than a normal Sunday lunch, splendid. Service was first class. Again I think everything benefitted by close supervision of the Restaurant Manager. The wine selection offered several very acceptable bottles at below £15, which is very good nowadays. Of course the other members of staff were also super friendly and competent.

The hotel does not only have good views but seems is a perfect holiday location. There were several clearly satisfied golfers. However my wife and I are members of the Festiniog Raiway Society. This enabled us to get free travel on the fabulous Festiniog Railway and big discounts on the stunning Welsh Highland line. Both lines go from Portmadog about 5 miles away. Furthermore, from Criccieth, you can take the Arriva Wales train to Tywyn along the stunning coast and then use your Festiniog card for a free ride on the Tal-yllyn, taking advantage of reciprocal arrangements. If you like unique trains and fabulous scenery get your Festiniog Membership and Railcard and stay at the Caerwylan.

Is there a downside? Some people felt the parking along the narrow road in front of the hotel, but there are a lot of other options nearby, so not really a problem.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the sea are best, especially those with bay windows. I would imagine rooms on the Cast...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Oh what a Gem.
A wonderful Three star hotel that should easily be rated Five.
The Hotel itself was Exceptionally clean from top to bottom.
With `Waterfall taps in the Public toilets downstairs to Modern `Flat panel` radiators throughout the public areas everything about this Hotel was carefully thought about when they decorated it.
The rooms are spotless and well dressed.
A bowl of fresh fruit in your room to welcome you ,very nice.
The food was just as good and nicely prepared and served.
I am Disabled and walk with a stick and use a scooter and was made to feel right at home.
Everything was thought of here to make our stay a relaxing and enjoyable one.
Had a good laugh with the staff when they asked if we wanted water on our table at dinner...i replied `No thanks` i prefer my table dry!.A good laugh all round with real friendly staff.
Will definitely be visiting again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 27 on the 2nd floor with Bay windows and a great view of the sea,well worth the ex...
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed 3 nights over a weekend in a superior room (35), spacious with great views over the whole bay. The hotel, which is in a great location, has been fully refurbished over the last 5 years and is attractively decorated and fitted out. Staff are extremely helpful, for example we said are duvet was too hot and it was immediately changed for a sheet and blanket (with one in reserve). Breakfast was fairly run of the mill, but perfectly adequate. The food in the restaurant was well prepared and largely locally sourced. A garage (at £1.75/night!) is money well spent in high season. Overall, an enjoyable stay.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Lovely Sunday lunch with friends, nothing was too much trouble and the staff were very friendly. Excellent food with a table looking out to sea.. What more could we ask for!! Although we didn't stay at the hotel what we saw was a wonderful place and one that we would recommend.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights during a hot spell, I would say its better than its 3 star rating. We had one of the front bedrooms which had an amazing seaview! The food was very good, and all the staff were very efficient, sometimes it felt that they were a little bit inflexible as things had to be done a certain way, for example when we checked in the receptionist wanted to take us up to show us the room, and my husband had unloaded the car at the front of the hotel but had to move the car as the road outside was very narrow and vehicles were unable to get past. We were given no option as to unloading the bags in reception, moving the car and going to the room after, we had to go the room right that minute! The rooms were of a high standard, they were very hot at night due to the heat of the day on the windows and the duvets felt very heavy, lighter ones would be preferable in the summer. All in all a very pleasant stay and great value for money!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jan B
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

First class all the way! Booked 'on spec' for one night only, very good receptionist helped us with a very nice sea view room, could not have been better. Evening meal in their restaurant was superb, home cooked locally sourced food served by a team of perfect waitresses in a lovely room overlooking the sea.
Very peaceful nights sleep in room 37 excellent en-suite all with perfect sea views. Breakfast offered an excellent choice again served by perfect waitresses in the same sea view restaurant, a great start to the day!
Only down side is car parking, which is mainly outside the hotel on a very narrow road , be aware!
All in all a great stay at this first class hotel, highly recommended.

Room Tip: ASk for a sea view room...it's worth the extra.
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Address: Beach Bank | Criccieth, Criccieth LL52 0HW, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Criccieth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Criccieth
Price Range: $132 - $204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Caerwylan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit Wales 2014 and 2015 Gold Award. The Caerwylan Hotel probably enjoys some of the best coastal views in North Wales. We are the ideal base to explore Snowdonia or the many beaches, steam railways, castles and attractions in this beautiful and relaxing corner of Wales. For walkers The Caerwylan is situated on the Wales Coast Path.Unwind in one of our contemporary en-suite bedrooms. Our sea facing Executive Bedrooms offer space and luxury, making them perfect for that special occasion. After a day of exploring let our Chefs prepare you a relaxing dinner in our stylish Tonnau Restaurant. Most of our food is sourced from, local suppliers.Our contemporary bar serves a range of local beers plus the traditional lagers, spirits and a varied selection of wines. See our web site for more information and on-line booking.TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2012, 2013 & 2014 ... more   less 
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