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The Brown's
Ranked #1 of 15 Laugharne B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 22, 2013

We ate there one Saturday evening. There was a limited bar menu, with several items unavailable by the evening. However we were very pleased with our choice of the Welsh dish cawl ( a lamb soup/stew). There was one Dylan Thomas photo in the bar, it was a pity that there were not more. There was to be a Dylan Thomas poetry reading there that evening but we were too early. Pizzas were brought in from the sister establishment across the road for a couple of customers. I did not expect the food to be quite so limited here.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

When in Laugharne its a must!

A great place for a drink and to soak up the atmosphere. This intimate hotel is both characterful and stylish and with all the modern comforts. The bar is a must - for a coffee or a late night drink, and the staff were always accomodating.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Dylan Thomas's former watering hole has been upgraded into a superb boutique hotel. The place oozes character and the welcome is warm and positive. The upgrade has been done with taste and respect for its history. Tucked away in Laugharne it is easy to find, right on the main thoroughfare - not that it is a busy road. Perhaps we should not be saying nice things here - we should be selfish, keep it quiet and to ourselves!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We popped in for a drink and stayed for lunch. Wow, as soon as you walk in the door the building oozes character and style. There is a choice of bars, one is dog friendly which suited us. The local Carmarthen beer (Browns) is amazing and the choice of wine is small but good. The menu is small but exceptional. Dylan Thomas' work features in various places here, of course, this adds to the character of the place. I loved it and as it is almost my local, once the snow clears here in Gellywen, I will be back..again and again. The bedrooms looked beautiful, very tempting. Please sort out the banging doors in the Bar, they did make us jump!

Room Tip: best to avoid a bedroom above the bar until the banging doors are sorted!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

My partner and I visited this hotel in the autumn and have already been back for a second weekend stay. The first time we went was for a family birthday and, despite not knowing the area or much about Dylan Thomas, we were really overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received at Browns. Our room was large and beautifully furnished to give it an authentic feeling of a bygone age but at the same time there were lots of modern touches (like the TV for the kids!) and for once in a UK hotel decent quality tea and coffee in the room. The hotel staff were really friendly, recommending places to eat and things to visit and the atmosphere in the bar was a fantastic mix of locals and people staying at the hotel. The breakfast the next day (served in a nearby - 20 yards away - pub) was of a really good standard and catered well for me despite being a vegetarian (again not something I can always say in UK hotels), Laugharne itself, however could definitely do with another decent eaterie or two - we ate well during our stay but were running out of options on our second visit. That aside, as a result of our great first experience we have already been back (this time without the kids!) and are hatching plans for another getaway soon, bringing along some friends who have heard us rave about it. I found the hotel and the village an oasis of calm for a weekend away from city life in England, and the hotel staff went out of their way to make our stay a peaceful and enjoyable one. I would recommend Browns without hesitation

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for one night in December
On arrival the owner was very pleasant and even offered to buy me a birthday drink (not sure if I took him up or not!)
We booked into a local restaurant as there was only pizza available next door
We even had a lift back from one of the waitresses, really friendly people
They do however plan to have a restaurant in the future by all accounts
In the morning after a hearty breakfast we went for walk down by the sea, it has amazing views, was really lovely
The area has big connections with Dylan Thomas for anyone interested
Would recommend to anyone fancying something a bit rural and we would definitely return

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We where so looking forward to Brown's after reading the Times! Oh what a disappointment! Its one of the noises hotels I have ever stayed in! And I have travelled! They have a problem with all doors in the hotel that continually bang shut. And if you have one of the rooms under the bar as we did - the whole room shakes with the banging of the door! Even the bed! The door banged endlessly when ever we where in the room. There was nowhere to hang towels in the bathroom. We had a leaking tape. And if you have the room with the sign for the hotel outside the window be prepared for the room to be well lit all night after lights out! B'fast on New Years Day was terrible! Dirty tables laid with empty plates etc. And the cereal, milk, yogurt, juices all empty! The next days B'fast was far better! But there where less staying! Why should that matter? We wanted to eat in the hotel one night, we got given a menu and then told that the fridges where empty! They hotel owns a bar across the rd which only serves pizza. And it isn't very good! I can make better myself! The street was noisy ever night with loud kids way into the night. And if you are at the front of the hotel you can here the doors of cars slamming and people talking. I have no desire to ever return to Browns!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Brown's

Address: King Street, Laugharne SA33 4RY, Wales (Formerly Browns Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Carmarthenshire > Laugharne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Laugharne
Price Range: $96 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Brown's 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Brown's will forever be associated with Dylan Thomas. It was his favourite 'watering hole' and he gathered most of the material for his iconic play, Under Milk Wood, from the stories he heard in the bar. In 2012 the hotel underwent a complete refurbishment and offers 13 luxurious rooms with organic Welsh mattresses, en-suite bathrooms and LCD HD TVs. As well as the fully restored bar there is a reading room, conference room and a free car-park to the rear. The bar stocks drinks from the Penderyn Distillery range as well as Welsh real ale and there are tasty bar meals on offer. We have live music on Sunday afternoons and regular evening events. The Grade 2 listed 'bar with rooms', which was built in 1752, stands on Laugharne's King St, a short distance from the castle, estuary, gifts shops and cafes, the quirky Tin Shed military museum and the Dylan Thomas Boathouse - the poet's, 'sea-shaken house on a breakneck of rocks', where he lived for the last four years of his tragically short life. It is now a museum and tea room and is open all year round. Laugharne is not just for literary types - it sits on the Wales Coastal Path and there are several walks in the area from where you can view the herons and egrets down on the timeless estuary. We'll leave the last word on Laugharne to Dylan: '... a mild beguiling island of a town... there is nowhere like it anywhere at all.' ... more   less 
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