My Mrs had a lifelong ambition to stay here, testimony to the Architect Williams-Ellis and Patrick 'The Prisoner' McGoohan. It's a quaint, quirky place right on the estuary , very pretty and a beautiful backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park. There's a commercial push for their famous pottery and crockery which we happen to like a lot, it's not cheap. There's a picture gallery and several cafes for day-trippers and the village itself which provides an interesting walk. They promote a '30 minute' small electric train ride around the village and the forest. The trees including giant redwoods are spectacular....the 'train' journey lasted all of 10 minutes and frankly was disappointing. The swimming pool is open April-September...sorry, EARLY September so closed during our stay. We felt they should have made the closure date clearer. There are various bungalows and houses throughout the grounds you can stay in or The Castle Hotel at the entrance, I thought the views from there were almost non-existent and just too far away form the central village. The Hotel proper is pleasant with a terrific view two open wood burning fires and a large dining room. Our room 'The Anchor 1' must be amongst the best there is, fantastic panoramic estuary, mountain views from all windows and 70 yards from the Hotel. Sitting area ( with 4 easy chairs...two bigger comfy ones would have been better), very small kitchen space loads of tea/coffee-,making stuff, decent bathroom though climbing in to shower I the bath is a mountaineering skill. The staff are without exception very friendly and extremely helpful. The dining room service has ben described elsewhere as a bit hit and miss and for whatever reason I have to concur. Unpredictable 40 minute gap between starter and main one night, and nobody remembered to take our breakfast order on the second morning. Drinks had been added to our bill we didn't have, but in fairness despite me signing the total bill for an evening it was amended when I challenged it. Wines start around the £25 mark and upwards, the two we had on successive nights were good. The food was also good. I didn't think the set menu was great in terms of choices on the 1st evening, but the 2nd night it was excellent. You pay a supplement for a la carte options and they're reasonably priced. Oh their coffee both after dinner and at breakfast is piping hot and flavoursome, not something you find everywhere. We thoroughly enjoyed it, not sure you need much beyond a couple of nights unless you use it as a touring base for North or mid-Wales. Oh outside our 'house' there was an abandoned pair of socks and copious fag butts which needed to be swept.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Portmeirion is a romantic seaside resort on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. It was opened by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926. Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit here in 1941. Patrick McGoohan filmed The Prisoner here in 1966-67. In early September Portmeirion hosts Festival No6, a unique celebration of arts and music. Access during the festival period is for Festival Ticket Holders only. Portmeirion is open every day all year and is suitable for all ages. ... more less
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