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The Royal Ship Hotel
Ranked #6 of 34 Dolgellau B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We recently stayed at The Royal Ship Hotel. We found that parking can be difficult if the hotel is busy. It was an okay stay and that is all. The menu was limited, quality average but we really enjoyed the pan seared scallops with black puddings, otherwise very little else on the menu attracted us. The staff do try very hard to please the customer though.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Stopped here for lunch. Plenty of parking in the main town car park. Two minute walk to the hotel. Very nice clean and friendly place. The food and beer was good and very reasonably priced for a hotel. They even allowed well behaved dogs into the bar food area. A good place to stop to eat.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We booked this weekend using a kgb deal which was excellent value. I was worried after reading the reviews on here but I needn't have been. The staff were helpful, the room clean and the breakfast delicious. The decor was dated but we weren't expecting anything else in a lovely old hotel. We spent Saturday in Barmouth with some friends who live there. It has a pretty town centre, has several real ale pubs and a great Indian restaurant. The bus service from Dolgellau ran every hour, cost £6.40 for a Red Rover ticket (you can travel all day in North Wales) and the last bus back was at 11:45pm!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

I had to stay here for one night which was not planned. The room itself was a decent size and looked good until I went to use the shower. I hadn't looked at this when I first booked in as I was tired otherwise I would have said something. The shower surround was absolutely filthyso much so that I could not use it. It is a pity that something so obvious let my experience of my stay here become an unpleasant one

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I booked this hotel for 15 women, for a 3 day walking weekend. Then having read some bad reviews I became very nervous about what to expect. I am pleased to say, I needn't have worried. We used 5 twin rooms with 2 people sharing each, and had single occupancy in 5 twin or double rooms. Nobody had problems with their rooms, all of were clean and comfortable.. One evening we ate dinner in The Captains Table, with lovely views over Dolgellau. The food was lovely and all the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Yes some of the decor is a bit dated and a little tatty, but certainly not to the point some of the reviews indicate! Of course it doesn't have a huge car park, afterall it was built before cars were invented! However, usually some of us manged to park in it's car park. Otherwise, there was plenty of street parking, right by the Hotel which was free on Sundays and from 6pm to 10am weekdays. The only point I would make is there is not a working lift, so if stairs are a problem for you, mention it when booking. The staff did offer to carry bags up to our rooms if necessary. This is not a 5 star hotel, but surely people shouldn't expect it to be with the prices you pay. We all had a lovely weekend stay in Dolgellau.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Good friendly service & good breakfast. They gave me hot coffee for my thermos flask each day. My room and bathroom were ok. However, dinner was mediocre - the fish was pretty but bad. The basic pub meals were ok. Good parking and good location in town center.

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

we booked our stay at the royal ship hotel through KGB website and will never be using them or staying at this hotel again. we booked this hotel without reading the reviews first and boy were we mistaken!

everything written in the other reviews is correct, after reading we found that we couldnt change the deal we had, so went to see for ourselves, thinking we could be pleasantly suprised. WE WEREN'T!

Parking: there was an area for parking- for 6 cars! this was full when we got there and when we left, we had to park on a main street and have the worry of having a ticket as there was no where to park.

Entrance: smelt of pee and Fish! not nice as you walk into the building as you can imagine.

Room 206: we had the pleasure of walking up 2 flights of stairs to get to our room, to find that it was awful. it was dirty, dusty, stained and had hairs everywhere. it was in major need of a re-furb. the bed didnt even have a duvet, just 2 old blankets, and the matress was cheap, old, bad quality and hard as a rock. the curtains looked like they had not been washed, ever! they were Brown and ripped and looked disgusting. there were stains on the carpet, which made us wonder what had been there.

Toilet: our room did not have an en suite, it was actually a corridor away and you had to find the right key on the fob to get in. there was a separate bathroom to a toilet. the toilet did not have a sink! and you couldnt lock the door, so if someone else had a key they could easily walk in on you. it was again in need of a serious refurb. the bathroom was horrible, it had a shower and a bath, of which the curtain was stained and brown.

Staff: the staff seemed friendly when we were there, which wasnt very long. when we decided to leave (3 hours after arriving) the boy behind reception didnt even ask us any questions or utter a goodbye.

i can be honest and say trust this review and the other on here, i did think that the only people who write reviews are ones who want to complain, but from first hand experience today they were all correct and i will be trusting them in the future for when we book a weekend away again.

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Address: Queens Square, Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau LL40 1AR, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dolgellau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Dolgellau
Price Range: $93 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal Ship Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The team offer you a warm welcome to The Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau. The Royal Ship Hotel is an early 19th century Coaching Inn, in the heart of the old Market Town of Dolgellau. We are ideally situated to explore the beauty of North and Mid Wales. Located in the picturesque Snowdonia National Park. The Hotel is surrounded by mountains, rivers and fishing lakes and is only a few minutes drive from the coast of the Irish Sea. It is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or short break. The Hotel offers 23 bedrooms. There are 17 en suite rooms and the remaining 6 rooms have private allocated bathrooms. You can choose between Single, Double, Twin or Triple rooms. Some of our rooms have an attractive view over the Town Square and the Cader Idris Mountain Range. All rooms are well equipped with tea & coffee facilities, TV and local tourist information. We can cater for large groups and families. Pets welcome.Surrounded by Mountains, Rivers, Lakes and the Seaside, you are spoiled for choice with the activities this stunning landscape has to offer. Walking, Biking, Lake & River Fishing, Wild Water Rafting, Canoeing, Hill Climbing, High Adventure Parks, Trekking, Golfing, Bird Watching, atmospheric native Welsh Castles and the magnificent Edwardian World Heritage Castles. So whatever your interest or passion for the outside world involves, The Royal Ship is the place for you.This historic Coaching Inn has 23 individually furnished bedrooms, a residents bar, public bar with games room and a restaurant. ... more   less 
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