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Certificate of Excellence
Nestled within the market town of Hay-on-Wye, this colourful 17th Century Inn exudes historical charm and atmosphere offering quality home-cooked food, luxury accommodation and free Wi-Fi and parking. With parts of the original building dating as far back as the 1300’s, the Hotel subtly blends the elegance and whimsy of the past with the comfort and convenience of the present. Indeed, it is even reputed that Oliver Cromwell once stayed at the inn whilst the Roundheads besieged Hay Castle, which was then a loyalist stronghold. Sympathetically refurbished, exposed timber beams and roaring log fires help to cultivate a homely environment and a famously warm welcome.The Inn features 10 high quality en-suite bedrooms, all of which are individually and tastefully decorated in a style reminiscent of the buildings historic past. All rooms include free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, direct dial telephone and tea & coffee making facilities. They offer a choice of Single, Double, Twin and Superior room options.The Old Black Lion is renowned for the quality of its food and has received a host of rewards and accolades including a coveted AA Rosette. The menus, which are changed frequently, use only the best of British produce wherever possible including locally reared meat, fresh seafood from Cornwall and seasonal vegetables. The oak timbered bar with its scrubbed pine tables and comfy arm chairs is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fantastic selection of local ales (including their own namesake ‘The Old Black Lion’).The Hotel is located in the heart of the Welsh market town of Hay-on-Wye just a short drive from the A438, it also offers free on-site parking for guests. The city of Hereford is roughly 35 minutes away and offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country. For those flying in, Cardiff International Airport is about a 95 minute journey from the Hotel.The Old Black Lion is situated just a three minute walk from the centre of Hay-on-Wye. Renowned internationally as a Mecca for bibliophiles the town offers over 30 bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. It is also home to the annual Hay Festival, Europe’s premier literature and arts festival. The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Wales, the surrounding area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with both the Offas Dyke Path and Wye Valley Walk passing through the town.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast Available
Non-Smoking Hotel
Public Wifi
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I have always enjoyed the Old Black Lion in Hay. I have stated there on many occasions, and keep returning. It is such a wonderful contrast to modern sterile chain hotels. An ancient inn which has not been over modernised, bursting with character, my favourite bit is the
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A lovely character hotel within minutes of the town centre. Very helpful and friendly staff, when we arrived we were shown to our room but within a few minutes the lady returned to say she thought the room was too cold and was not sure how long it would take to warm up. She then
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Me and my partner stayed as a birthday treat for myself, we wanted a quiet get away and we got what we wanted, a little gutted the restaurant was closed that night but was given alternative places to eat all within a 10minute walk. Our room was in the coach house and it was
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I stayed in a charming room with a upper balcony above bed, that if I was staying for leisure would have sat in and read. The bathroom was a shower room so be warned no soak after a 5 hour car journey etc. Shower has a sign saying use on medium not high as it will run hot and
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The bed was super comfy. The whole hotel had a cosy country feel and the staff were all very polite and helpful. We arrived early, but our room was ready which was great. We had dinner at the restaurant in the evening and everything was delicious - although service was a little
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Photo provided by managementOld Black Lion
double room
View from our room ("The Red Room")
The back of a filthy cushion that was actually dressing the bed!
Yes, that's a bear on the chair :)
We didn’t have a problem but it is a relatively small car park and we arrived in the afternoon when pub was closed.
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is it animal friendly
no, bar and restaurant on the ground floor.
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"Quiet for me but no one in the bar in second week of Jan."
"Book a table in the restaurant for dinner"
"We booked their 'Superior Room'. Really noisy, dirty cushions, broken curtains, dust and cobwebs everywhere!!"
"Room 6 is the room where Oliver Cromwell reputedly stayed in!"
"The rooms in the annexe, just a few paces from the pub, are very good indeed."
US$122 - US$163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
old black lion hotel hay-on-wye
United KingdomWalesHay-on-Wye
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