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White Lion Royal Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Bala
Marlborough, UK
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Nice hotel - unless you want to sleep”
Reviewed September 11, 2006

This hotel has some good points - nice decor, friendly staff. Our room (205) was good-sized with a lovely bathroom. We were going rafting early one morning and they arranged to open the kitchen specially for us. There was no peeling paint, no stains on the carpets, everything was extremely clean. Clearly money has been spent on it. It's right in the centre of town which is convenient but, as you will see, also has its drawbacks. The first problem that we encountered was that the bed in our room was a small double, with a hard, lumpy matttress. There was barely enough room for both of us (my partner's feet hung off the end), but we were told that there were no other rooms available. The first night's sleep was poor, but on the second night (Saturday) there were drunks yelling outside our window until 4am. As it was too warm to close the window, we suffered through it on the small, uncomfortable bed. Around 3am, the police arrived and it went quiet until they moved off, when the noise began again. When we told the management the next morning, they asked us to fill in a form for the police, which suggests that this is a regular occurence. The other variable was the food. In contrast to another reviewer, I would only recommend the fish and chips, which my partner really enjoyed. I tried 2 lamb dishes (cutlets costing £12.50) and a burger for lunch and they were both disappointing to the point of insult. The first was 4 tiny, dried-up lamb McNuggets which were supposedly organic, from a local farm. The second tasted like a toasted flip-flop. There is a clearly a problem with their lamb supplier, which is astonishing given the location. The cooked breakfast was, however, generous and tasty although it did take a while, even when the restaurant was not busy. The young Polish girl who served us was extremely nice and helpful. One final, small complaint: the toiletries were nasty little packets. These days, at these prices, customers expect better. If you stay here on a weekend, my advice is to ask for a room at the back of the hotel. It faces a grim housing estate but it will be quieter. And don't order anything involving lamb.

  • Liked — Size of the room, cleanliness, bathroom, breakfast
  • Disliked — Street noise, slow service in restaurant, poor quality dinners
  • Tips/Secrets — Book a room at the back
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2006

it was the most horific sleep, worst food and realy creapy people. royal hotel a.k.a the royal crap!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed April 8, 2006

After being unable to book a room at the White Lion Royal Hotel, I decided to eat there on the Saturday evening as my B&B did not offer evening meals. We had been warned against the White Lion by the guesthouse landlady, but given that it was a Saturday evening and we did not have a reservation anywhere, our options were limited (Bala does not exactly have an abundance of restaurants). On arrival ,we were greeted by a rather rude waitress and a dirty menu covered with bits of caked on food. We should have known better and walked out at this point, but the lack of alternatives and pouring rain outside persuaded us to give it a go. Oh how i came to rue that decision. For one of the meals we chose Beer battered cod and homemade chips. For "beer batter" read "bland and saturated in grease" and for "homemade chips" read "chunks of burnt greasy potato". The other meal was chicken jalfreze with rice and popadum. Whilst there was nothing really wrong with the taste of this meal, three small bits of chicken thigh in a runny sauce with a handful of rice and a popadom was more like a kiddies portion than a 9 quid adults curry. In all, for a 4 star hotel that appears in the Michelin Red Guide, I was utterly appalled at the standard of food and service in this hotel. It was utterly abysmal. There is a chinese takeaway across the road - get something from there and eat it in your car. It's cheaper, tastier and probably better for you.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 22, 2006

Wonderful White Lion
We have just returned from our short break in North Wales where we spent a night at the wonderful White Lion Hotel in Bala. I would recommend the White Lion to anybody wishing to visit North Wales because not only is Bala the perfect location for touring the area, but also because it is such an excellent hotel that I can not fault in any way. The hotel has been recently refurbished to a very standard with quality fixtures and fittings, and it is immaculately clean throughout with tasteful decoration and elegant antique/reproduction furniture. Our bedroom was enormous and extremely comfortable, as was the beautiful en suite bathroom. Most complimentary little ‘extras’ in 4 star hotels, such as coffee, soap etc., are usually of quite low quality, but those at the White Lion were top class and all made in Wales, there was even a generous supply of totally scrumptious biscuits! We had an evening meal in the restaurant where the service was excellent and the delicious food was well presented. Breakfast the following morning was of a similar quality, beautiful fresh fruit salad, perfectly cooked eggs and certainly no burnt toast! My previous experience of Welsh hotels has not been good so the White Lion Hotel was a most welcome surprise. I could have quite happily stayed for much longer and hope to return sometime.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Littleborough, Rochdale
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Reviewed October 31, 2005

We, my boyfriend and I went to Bala last week for a few days. We were supposed to be going abroad but unfortunately I was advised that I could not fly due to having surgery on a broken wrist. However we decided that we would go away in Britain instead.

After considering many hotels we eventually settled on this one and it did not disappoint, we had a wonderful and relaxing time, just what the doctor had ordered. I was a little sceptical before we arrived as we had paid verry little for it, we booked through late rooms. However the accommodation was beautiful, luxurious yet homely. The room was spacious and clean. It was way above my expectations.

The staff were all very friendly, especially Richard who worked extremely hard and conscientously and the Chef who was fantastic. The food was delicious and very reasonable. The locals and other people staying in the hotel were also friendly.

Other than the weather and no one, could do anything about that, we just had one grumble and that was the service in the restaurant, this was simply a case of not enough members of staff.

On the whole we had an excellent time and would reccommend it to anyone of any age. We hope to return again in the near future. I just wish we were back there now.

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Property: White Lion Royal Hotel
Address: 61 High Street, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7AE, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Bala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Bala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — White Lion Royal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The White Lion is situated within the Lake District of Wales. Bala water sports are world renowned. The hotel has 26 rooms fully refurbished in 2005 to a 4 star standard. ... more   less 
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