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Penrhos Arms
Ranked #6 of 11 Machynlleth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 31, 2010

This B&B is now available for booking through laterooms.com. It has a pub on the ground floor with rooms upstairs but insulation between floors is appalling and windows are not double glazed, hence u can hear traffic if facing road and noise from the pub. Room was good size but very tired looking, extremely dark even with all lights switched on and it was really cold too (couldn't turn on radiator either). Bathroom, very basic and tired, shower tray leaking, towels look random and old. There were tea cup stain marks on bedside table, shoudn't happen. Only redeeming grace was the service. The lady at reception was really warm and friendly. Breakfast average but breakfast lounge was dark and musty. For £70 a night, you can get better in the vicinity, definitely.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2009

The Penrhos Arms is well-situated on the A470, within easy reach of the coast. Cemmaes itself is a relatively quiet (except for the main road) and charming little village.
The Penrhos is the village local, but it also happens to have several bedrooms. It sits right on the roadside, with a small carpark to the side/rear.
We stayed for three nights, B&B, which cost us approx £80 per night for a double room. The room was clean but 'tired'; the en-suite cramped and the shower cubicle a typical British disappointment. Unexpectedly, the wardrobe, though not huge, had a generous supply of hangers (for once!)
Traffic noise wasn't too bad, but was noted and could be an issue at busier times. Due to the close proximity to a main road, I advise very close supervision of young children - the front door opens straight onto the roadside pavement.
Breakfast was about the usual guest house standard - nothing to shout about.
On the upside there are eminently drinkable house red wines and two changing real ales on offer. The restaurant food was enjoyable, although the delivery of side orders was haphazard (if you can call a standard portion of veg a side order - £2.50!)
The staff were usually quite charming and helpful but seemed to get easily stressed by the demands of a large party of diners.
I think we were influenced more than a little by reports of the Penrhos prior to the previous owner retiring. Perhaps we were expecting too much, but I feel a bit let down. We understand that the Penrhos is now heavily linked to, if not owned by, the owners of the Brigands Inn, just up the road.
I won't discount the possibility of visiting the Penrhos again - it is pleasant enough, but could be a lot better. Recommended with some reservation.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank ESP2006
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

The Penrhos Arms.
We booked this four star AA rated hotel via laterooms.com at £70 for B&B as a stop on our way for a week’s holiday in north Wales. We expected a standard double room but were upgraded to four poster room above the restaurant. As the ceiling below our room is exposed timber beams, noise of restaurant conversation travels directly up into the bedroom which distrubed us until midnight.
The room was spacious spotlessly clean & the bed very comfortable.
Unfortunately there was a rather small old style TV & no bath.

Whilst the female member of staff spoke to us; she was not warm & welcoming.
We were asked to make a booking time to eat; we said 8:30pm.
At 8:15 we asked if we could order and was told you can’t order until 8:30 as that’s the time you booked your order. It was not a busy night. But it seemed that rules were rules & as we had stated 8:30pm. It was fixed.
We ordered at 8:30pm after 40 mins of waiting for our food I enquired with the barmaid who grimaced & nonchalantly said it won’t be long. She then looked toward the locals sat at the bar and raised her eyebrows & jilted her head back as if to say ‘How dare you chase the kitchen’. I only spotted this because I glanced back towards the bar when walking back to my table. I was obviously not meant to see this.
The evening menu choice was basic bar food; we chose beef lasagne & chips at £8.95. That’s exactly what we got; sadly no side salad, the chips were over cooked & the beef was rare; as in sparse in the serving.

I will say that the girl in the morning who checked us out was very friendly & the breakfast sausage was especially tasty. I will be surprised if this review is published as it may be considered too negative

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank amcridge
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penrhosarmshotel, owner at Penrhos Arms, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2009

Unfortunately I think you have the wrong hotel.
We are not AA registered and do not hold four stars
We are not bookable by Late Rooms.
Our room rate is not £70.
We do not have exposed beams.
The pricing and description of the food does not match our menu.

Regards
Penrhos Llanfairpwll

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Address: Cemmaes, Machynlleth SY20 9PR, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Machynlleth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Machynlleth
Price Range: $105 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Penrhos Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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