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Pen Y Gwryd Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nant Gwynant
Certificate of Excellence
York, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

OK, this place will not be for everyone, but was most definitely for us. Step back in time to a different age, where breakfast and dinner are served at a set time announced by a gong, where there is no mobile phone reception, no TV or radio and only wifi in the northern part of the building. Tea and coffee are served in the lounge after the evening meal. The food is good, old-fashioned British food done well. The rooms are comfortable but not all are en suite, but this matters little as you end up using an amazing Victorian bath well worth the experience. The pub part of the hotel is special - a shrine to the Everest expeditions who used to stay there while training in Snowdonia. The bar rooms a quirky and the beer is from the Porthmadog Purple Moose brewery - excellent traditional bitter. The staff are uniformly polite, helpful and excellent with an attention to detail and old-fashioned service that modern hotels fail to match. We really did not want to leave.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Donald_Henson
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Portlaosie
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122 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We only stopped here for coffee and ended up staying for lunch. We ordered two pots of coffee which we shared between 6 but other friends arrived and so we gave them a cup from the original two pots. When we went to pay they wanted to charge us for the two pots of coffee but the cost went up when they realised the two others had shared the from the orginal two pots...it was abit cheap..that said, we had a great lunch.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Dain96
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134 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

There seems to be a number of people who have issues with the hotel and I suppose if this hotel was not what it is an old historic building could have grounds.
I just like the atmosphere, it's location, log fires, food and the guests. That said the staff really try and help, love the quirky bathrooms.
Not the cheapest hotel, but as this is the second year running I have stayed here which speaks the loudest
No kettles, full breakfast at 8.30, are complaints of previous guests, but your fellow guests and the history of this place take it into positive

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Steve J
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Hampshire
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30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

I stayed here in mid March as had planned a trip up Snowdon. It's really convenient as you can walk to the beginning of both the Pyg and Miners trails from the hotel in about 15 minutes. The room wasn't huge, but big enough, and had a hand basin, clothes cupboard and drawers. There are numerous bathrooms to choose from if you're not in an en-suite room, all with different characteristics, and it's fun just finding them! I was sad to see no tea-making facilities in the room, but morning tea can be brought to you at 7.30 if requested.

The food is good, but be prepared for fixed meal times of 8.30 breakfast and 7.30 dinner, when the gong is sounded! Packed lunches are available for walkers too, though I have no experience of these, but my flasks were filled with water and tea. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, offering advice when we asked about routes etc, and the open fires were constantly attended to.

The communal rooms were brilliant for fostering conversations. The Resident's lounge encourages guests to sit and chat over a cup of tea,or excellent local beers, and share the excitements of the day. After dinner in a relatively formal dining room (fantastic lamb!) several of us adjourned to the bar area where the seating consists of benches on three sides of the room, again enabling people to chat and joke together. I met some truly interesting people, who in a 'normal' hotel you would never have had an opportunity to talk to.

The pub area is littered with memorabilia from Edmund Hillary's visits when he stayed whilst training for Everest, and if you are under 13 and walk all the way up and down Snowdon, you can drink from his silver tankard! I have never wanted to be under 13 so much in my life before!!

So, in summary, this is a fab place if you want to feel you are in someones home, and you are the sociable type, who doesn't mind cosy fixtures, and lack of internet, tea trays and flexible eating times. I went here with a friend who had been before, and would definitely return. I loved the whole package - location, atmosphere, and general ambience. This is not what you would expect if you are used to slick modern hotels, but for me, this makes this place a must stay. I hope it continues to buck the trend and keeps it's unique and quirky character. xx

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank PBhants
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South Devon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

A truly unique hotel with a most unique atmosphere. If its a "proper" getaway you want, this is the place. Food locally sourced, well presented and delicious.. Rooms are comfortable and decorated according to the hotel's presidency. Although not all en suite but that doesn't detract the overall ambiance of this historic place. Its a shame we don't see places like the Pen-y-Gwryd around anymore but that's down to the modern society we live in.....

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank john f
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Worthing, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

I've stayed here twice and will stay again. The food is fantastic and sourced locally. The hotel is unique with no keys issued for guest rooms and many of the rooms have to use shared baths however these aren't your normal baths but hand painted victorian baths. The hotel is placed ideally for walking in Snowdonia and there is nothing better than walking all day then returing for a cold beer in the bar.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Dan M
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
146 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This place is unique. In location, atmosphere, ambience, history and character. You can walk the peaks from the front doot, turn right to Snowdon, and left to Tryfan, with others either side. Excellent beer, perfectly decent food and wine list, and a warm welcome from 3rd generation family hosts and a predominantly long serving team. Sure, most rooom are not en suite, the beds creak, and the meal times (announced by a wonderful gong) are pretty much fixed. But however you measure it, this place grives great value. I, like many others, will return again and again and again....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank DickSands
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Property: Pen Y Gwryd Hotel
Address: 4086 Junction of A498 and A | Snowdonia National Park, Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4NT, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Nant Gwynant
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nant Gwynant
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 18th century 3rd generation family run mountain inn nestled in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park with a history for British mountaineering with memorabilia from the 1953 Everest expedition in the bar along with many Famous signatures. We have en suite and traditional rooms, there is a sauna and natural pool in our extensive gardens with Snowdon and many other fantastic walks right on our doorstep. ... more   less 
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Hotel Pen y Gwryd
Pen Y Gwryd Hotel Nant Gwynant, Wales

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