This was a bit of a birthday treat. The hotel setting is beautiful, Ruthin itself a very picturesque town and the castle is set in wonderful grounds with roaming peacocks and castle ruins. The hotel itself has a real air of faded charm and elegance and immediately felt warm and inviting and homely with big open fires and large lounges with sink into armchairs. Our room was tastefully modern and very comfortable with a woodland view.
We dined in the hotel restaurant in the evening and was hoping to be blown away by the food (two AA rosette awards) but in all honesty the food was nothing special compared to some places I have eaten. After dinner we retired to a room with a big log fire burning and comfy armchairs for an Rum Coffee.
Strangely they had a fixed price menu with nearly half the items carrying a surcharge - a meal here can get very expensive and the pricing policy seemed to be a clever way of hiding the real cost. We had the full welsh breakfast the following morning which I can heartily recommend.
The Spa facilities were a little disappointing. Despite the hotel being quite busy we were the only ones using them and I think this was down to the limited facilities they offer. Compared to other local hotels such as Grosvenor Pulford and Hilton Chester the facilities fall well short. The treatments were good though.
Overall I have to give the overall experience 4/5. With a mark taken off for the spa facilities and the restaurant pricing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magical Welsh hotel with mediaeval roots dating back to the days of Edward I. Set within acres of woods and parkland a little over 20 miles from Chester, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ruthin Castle is a truly romantic hotel steeped in history. The castle dates back to the legend of King Arthur with notable owners including King Edward I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Book a stay in one of the many rooms; dine on award winning cuisine created using only the freshest local produce; bring a team of merry men for a themed night of fun, food and laughter; enjoy great business facilities in a secluded venue or book the wedding of your dreams within the ancient walls and picturesque grounds. Ruthin Castle is a royal Welsh gem just waiting to be explored. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Ruthin
- Ruthin Castle Hotel Wales