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Hotel Portmeirion
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portmeirion
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Anchor One....Best there is
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Have stayed at the village several times and also up at the Castell. The grounds are just a pleasure to walk as are the beaches when the tide is out ( fast incoming tides though so beware!)

We arrived last Sunday to what clearly was a busy day both at the Castell and the hotel. The DBB deal included afternoon tea which was welcome as we had skipped lunch. It did seem a bit disorganized, and regrettably, this has been a consistent theme with each of my stays over the years. Its not the fault of the staff, who are always appearing to do their best, just an apparent lack of training and strong management. Who would schedule only one member of bar staff whilst a modest wedding was taking place and the aftermath of sunday lunch ?
After walking off afternoon tea we watched the tide fill the estuary from our room. Anchor #3 . Cute room, 'boat housey" interior. The only problem was the access from the car park below to the rooms above lead right by the windows, so there is NO privacy, as people just cant resist to peer in as they pass by.
Dinner that evening was very pleasant, opting away from the included table d'hote and selecting a la carte for a supplementary charge. The highlight were the desserts. Whoever is the pastry chef at the hotel needs an accolade. They were beautifully presented and delicious. The soufflé was spectacular.

As always the stay was lovely, just niggling silly things that shouldn't happen in the restaurants when you carry 2 rosettes. Despite this, Portmeirion remains one of my favourite destinations, not least for the fantastic walking country that surrounds it.

Room Tip: Anchor 3 in the village lacks privacy, which is a shame to pull the curtains with such a spectacular...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Some 30 years ago my wife and i visited Portmeirion village whilst stying in north Wales, Initially as we both enjoyed the Prisonner tv seris filmed there. However we were "Blown away " by the quirkyness and beauty of this magical archtectural oddity.
We returned some 8 years later after getting married with 2 young Daughters in tow .
I flipently said to my wife i will bring you back to stay here one day !
So after some saving and a terrific 25 year marrige we returned for a 2 night stay to celebrate our silver wedding .
We stayed in the village in the fantastic Neptune suite, the room was fantastic very clean tidy great decoration , they had thought of everything even down to a Umbrella "just in case" ! and a complimentry decanter of Sherry.
We spent a lovely day in the village and walked miles the staff in every outlet were superb!
in the evening we dined at the hotel restaurant , and thats when things got even better.
We were greated by a chap called Kevin , very friendly ( and looked a lot like Daniel Craig), introduced himself and asked us for our drinks order and brought them to our seats.
although we had booked our table for 7.30 we were 20 or so minuets early , "no problem " said Kevin "your table is ready now or you may go in later , what ever you prefer"
when we were seated kevin brought over the wine menu and left it with us to order at our leisure, As soon as i started to look around the room the waiter came across and took our wine order, Very good observation .
The food was absolutely to die for on both nights , The second Nights being probably one of the best we have had ,resulting in us comoplementing the Cheif (Mark i beleive) and his team on such a wonderfull experiance.
We had several interactions with the staff all of whom i must say were polite chatty and helpfull , BUT most importantly the REALLY did care , they were pro active in their approach to customer service , Special mentions though to John our young waiter and Jonathon ,
oh and THE SEA SALT AND ROSEMARY BREAD YOU MUST TRY IT !!
but most of all to
the Front of House Manager Kevin A team is only as good as its leader and the team at portmeirion have a good one.
Kevin you are a credit to your profession and the hotel.
Thanks to all of the guys who made our silver wedding annerversary so special.
Be seeing you
Ian & Michelle
ps we will be back very soon !

Room Tip: Neptune suite , government house, and white horses all have great veiws! for prisoner fans white ho...
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Attended a wedding and stayed in the hotel. Room charming, decanter of sherry a nice touch and views amazing. Bathroom a little dated (please get rid of the shower curtain and replace with a screen) but most amazingly powerful shower ever! Good food, and friendly service. The bar area is oddly furnished (much too modern so not in keeping) but surrounding rooms more relaxing to sit in. This is a magical place with amazing views and wonderful gardens which far outweighs the few odd quirks. Wedding planner excellent so a wonderful day for the B&G and for us all.

Room Tip: House 2 has dual aspect view of village and estuary
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We have stayed at Portmeirion many times over past few years and have always been very happy with accommodation, usually a Village Suite, friendly and efficient service and Elegant Dining in the Hotel. When it came to planning our Wedding, no other venue could possibly be considered. The Elegant Mirror Room was just perfect for our small and intimate Ceremony, 10 in all. We followed it with Afternoon Tea in the Library Lounge and then later a tour of Portmeirion on the Little Train, our guests loved this as it was the first visit to Portmeirion for them. The day was complete with a magnificent Dinner in the Conservatory. NOTHING was too much trouble for the staff at Portmeirion. They were warm, friendly and efficient. Afternoon Tea was Truly Scrumptious, tasty sanwiches on the freshest of breads and the scones just melted in your mouth. All elegantly served. Dinner could not be faulted, the quality and presentation of food, Excellent, and again restaurant staff went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful evening. Our Wedding was Simply Perfect a Truly Wonderful Day to remember! Thank You Portmeirion and we look forward to coming to stay again soon.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Portmeirion in Wales for two nights as part of our tour of the UK. The resort is the result of the life-time work of a man with a quirky style in art and decorating. The grounds are beautiful; the rooms small but quite comfortable; the view of the jetty and sea magnificent; the food was decent; the harpist wonderful!

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a room with a sea view.
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

What a beautiful quirky retreat! Peace, eccentric rooms and top-notch food. Well done! If you are looking for a quiet and different place to relax, this is for you. The hotel rooms are beautiful and eclectic, but the village rooms feel more secluded. The views over the estuary are stunning

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Address: | Minffordd, Portmeirion LL48 6ER, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Portmeirion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portmeirion
Price Range: $139 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Portmeirion 4*
Number of rooms: 55
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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