Royal Lion Hotel
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Royal Lion Hotel

1-2 High Street North Beach, Tenby SA70 7EX Wales
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#4 of 4 inns in Tenby
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
2.4 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
2.7 of 5 bubbles
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2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Tenby, Royal Lion Hotel is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Royal Lion Hotel makes it easy to enjoy the best of Tenby.

Rooms at Royal Lion Hotel offer a flat screen TV providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free internet access.

Baggage storage and a coffee shop are some of the conveniences offered at this hotel. A lounge will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Royal Lion Hotel, street parking is available.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as St Mary's Church (0.1 mi) and St. John's Church (0.1 mi), guests of Royal Lion Hotel can easily experience some of Tenby's most well known attractions.

While visiting Tenby, you may want to try some fish and chips at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Hope & Anchor, The Buccaneer, or Plantagenet House.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than St. Catherine’s Island (0.4 mi), Tenby Lifeboat Station (0.2 mi), and Tudor Merchant's House (0.2 mi), which are some popular Tenby attractions – all conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.

Whether you’re travelling for business, pleasure or both, Royal Lion Hotel is sure to make your visit to Tenby one worth remembering.

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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Room features
Telephone
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English

Location

1-2 High Street North Beach, Tenby SA70 7EX Wales
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Cardiff-Wales Airport
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Leigh V wrote a review Aug 2020
Solihull, England, United Kingdom30 contributions13 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
On balance, we found this hotel to be much better than we'd expected based on its reviews.
Firstly, communication from the hotel was very good, ringing us ahead of time to ascertain a check in time, as we were late arrivals.
The hotel is most definitely dated and in need of some improvements, however, it's also obvious that some effort has been put in to replace carpets and make minor alterations.
The building itself is very old and has plenty of period features, sadly a lot have been glossed over, covered up or are simply not desirable in modern times.
The most important thing for us is cleanliness and we found our room to be spotless. The carpet looks relatively new, no marks, stains or holes. The bed was extremely comfortable and we had a sea view from our room, so all in all we were happy.
The communal areas are large, well used and tired looking, however if you can look past this and experience the history of the house, the wonky stairs, the enormous windows, intricate ceiling cornice and more, you'll be fascinated.
The room has everything you could need, ample electric sockets, several mirrors, bedside and wall lights, several chairs.
The down sides for us, the dash window cord was broken so the window had tobe propped open, the shower head holder was also broken and was secured with gaffe tape, neither a competent or professional job, but still workable.
Breakfast is currently a continental style, served as room service, this is due to the dining room being quite small and presumably due to Covid19 social distancing rules, not big enough to accommodate every guest without staggering breakfast times, which may not suit everyone.
The location of the property is perfect for exploring Tenby, we know it very well and it's great for beaches, bars, shops, restaurants. There is no allocated parking but if you know Tenby, you'll know this is a general problem anyway, streets are narrow, busy with shoppers and car parks are on the outskirts of the town. We were lucky to find on street parking just down by North Beach, however, Sainsburys 24 hour is probably the closest and cheapest if you would prefer a more secure location. Drop your bags at reception first, it's a good 5 minute walk through cobbled streets.
We would come back to this hotel, given its location and views, I feel the charges were reasonable when compared to other hotels in Tenby. Whether you accept the crumbling charm of the building is another matter, if you like modern clean lines with modern gadgets, this is not the hotel for you but if you can look past a bit of wear and tear and accept the property for what it is, it's an ideal base for exploring.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Despicable Me wrote a review Aug 2020
Newport, United Kingdom9 contributions12 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Was taking upstairs to see the broken plasterboard and walls. The manager offered £25 off the price of the room as a result of this. The total cost was £155 including breakfast for 2 adults 2 children.
Didn’t realise that this frontal atrocity was the facade behind the disgusting 24 hours we were to face. The bunkbeds in the family room had no bedding, and we had to ask for them to be added. The carpet was disgusting and hadn’t been hoovered, with clumps of hair. We advised the children not to take their shoes off. The double bed was so damaged that every time you moved there was a loud creek and there was a fear of it breaking in half. There were clumps of plasterboard on the bed and dust everywhere
The toilet and shower room was disgusting. The shower curtain was hanging off and was black mould in many places. The sink was disgusting and had pubic hair in it which was revolting. There was mould everywhere. We had to go to pound land to buy Dettol disinfectant wipes to clean the facility.
When you used the shower, the tap on the shower ran at the same time, and I felt cleaner getting in the shower then I did getting out!
Upon opening the drawer next to the bed there was a half eaten bar of chocolate that had gone severely mouldy. This had been in there for some time no doubt before COVID-19.
When talking to another couple from Devon who had also stayed, they commented that they couldn’t believe that they, like us, had actually paid the price that we had, for such dreadful dirty and desolate circumstances in such a disgusting and dirty hotel. Absolutely filthy, would never recommend anyone stay here ever again for the price that they did.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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India Ruth wrote a review Mar 2020
8 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
You definitely get what you pay for. As soon as we walked in we saw the 1 star hygiene rating which put us off immediately. But I payed £80 for 2 nights and 2 breakfasts, the cooked breakfast was stale and old and overall just not very pleasant. And the cutlery and plates had food on them and weren’t cleaned properly. Although the toast that you made yourself was nice. Everything about the hotel is dirty and outdated, for example the carpets, furniture and wallpaper. The carpets had hair all throughout the hotel especially our room. There was no main light in the room, just 1 lamp and 2 bedside lights which were not very bright. The doors are very hard to open because they are heavy to push and not a lot of room to get through them and the bathroom wasn’t the cleanest. Although saying this the bed was comfortable, the WiFi works very well, you get an AMAZING view of the beach, and a very small walk into the town centre so it is very ideal for that. I would recommend this hotel if you’re looking for a short stay where you’re going to be out in Tenby town a lot and not a lot of your time is spent in the hotel. Although I definitely wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking for a nice hotel with cleanliness in Tenby.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pixie-Clyro wrote a review Jul 2021
12 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I don’t even know where to begin regarding our recent experience at The Royal Lion Hotel in Tenby.

Upon arrival our room was not ready however we asked if we could use the toilet as we had been travelling for the best part of four hours. They told us to go up to the bar toilets and after squeezing past a massive beer barrel that was put at the bottom of the stairs we were met with what I could only describe as a scene from a horror movie…

There is damp, mould, plaster and flaking paint, dust all over the floor. The toilets were black with absolutely god knows what and there was no soap to wash your hands or anything to dry them with, an absolute atrocity in the current pandemic.

There is dust all through the hotel, all over the floor and the carpet in the rooms is stained and marked with god knows what. I also found a tic on my packet of make up wipes that I had on the floor down my side of the bed.

We stayed there for 3 nights/ 4 days and not once did we get our rubbish cleaned out of the room or have our sheets changed. We thought we had clean sheets and towels but upon closer inspection, we turned the duvet over and there was a big brown stain on it.

The room window was only able to be propped open with a safety hazard block of wood attached to a chain and there is seagulls that land on the windowsill just outside who bang on the windows and try to get inside.

The man on the front desk is very rude and unapproachable. We paid for a continental breakfast and instead got a croissant, a banana, an apple, a bit of cheese and a yoghurt (with no spoon) and a small carton of orange juice.

We asked to borrow an iron and almost ruined one of my partners t shirts with some dark brown sticky substance that was on the bottom of the iron, it also leaked boiling water everywhere.

This place needs environmental health to go round and completely shut it down. Don’t even give it the benefit of the doubt, just don’t stay at The Royal Lion Hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jamie W wrote a review Jun 2021
9 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I would rate this hotel a zero, but it’s not possible on here.

The hotel is dilapidated, flaking paint, missing parts of the bannisters, the stairs sag in to the central bannister, stained carpets and walls, clear water damage to walls and ceilings.

The room was appalling, not a secure floorboard, every step made the cups on the dresser rattle. A poorly fitted bathroom, everything creaked, I felt like I was going to go through the floor. The bathroom door didn’t fit, or close properly. The bathroom mirror was at waist height, the toiletries were sachets. The shower bath had a curtain that wasn’t big enough. The shower had next to no water pressure, but that’s not the worst of it. After getting the right temperature coming out of the tap, I turned it to the shower and scalding hot water came from the shower and cold still came from the tap. I was scared to use the bath as I thought I’d end up in the room below. There was a sign up saying to always use the rubber mat in the shower, for your safety, there was no rubber mat.

The breakfast was dire, a cheap currant brioche with lots of butter slabs, two Sainsbury’s multi-pack yogurts, a juice box, and two pieces of fruit. No knife for the butter, or spoon for the yogurt. This was left outside the door at 0830. Too late if you had plans for the day or were there on business.

The price for this room was £149 a night. I’d have felt robbed paying £40. The staff refused to give a receipt on check out, promising to email it immediately. I had ti call and stay on the phone until they sent it later that day. The whole stay felt like the staff made minimal effort with the hotel. The owner has not made any efforts to improve or fix any part of the building. The only good point was the view from the room, but I could have got that from being outside. It’s a shame, it could be a lovely place to stay, but sadly it’s not, it’s terrible and best avoided.

I have not included a picture of the view, in case it encouraged anyone to stay in this awful, over priced, hazard of a hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Foxygrace wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Ruined our new year, very run down, lift not working and we were on the 3rd floor.
Our room was awfull bed very old with spring mattress,very uncomfortable and gave me a bad back.
TV didn't work,sink cracked, taps in bathroom didn't work properly when we eventually got them to work the water was either boiling hot or cold.
One star food rating, so didn't chance breakfast, the cereal in clear containers looked like they have been there for a while.
We left early after one night, couldn't stay there any longer.
This hotel is not fit for purpose, please don't waste your money.
This establishment needs to close and undergo a full refurb.
One of the worst I have stayed in
and I have stayed in quite a few over the years, working away etc.
Stay clear people, I did complain to the man at the desk,he told me there was nothing he could do as he wasn't the owner.Although he did look like the owner.
I cannot state this enough this place should be condemned.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Terri Blake wrote a review Jun 2021
Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
On arriving at the hotel, it seemed like the place was desserted, no welcoming sign outside and the door and windows needing a good rub down and a lick of paint. Only one member of staff was ever seen through the 3 night stay, always behind reception counter and seemed bored beyond belief.

On climbing the stairs the the room, you felt like you were in one of those Fun House amusement things you find at the fair. How many directions can they slope in one flight?

The room was a decent size and what a fantastic view!! The saving grace of this hotel by far!

The TV had no reception, damp in the wardrobes and the shower had a pressure of an angry baby elephant squirting water at you with a dozen holes in the side of his trunk!

This is such a shame as the hotel is in prime location, the front rooms have some of the best views of any hotel in Tenby.

The breakfast was dumped outside your room in a brown paper bag and consisted of a Banana, a Apple, a drink( although one day this wasn't the case) , a Frusili bar that resembled the taste of a cardboard sandwich, mild (rubber) prepacked cheese and if you were lucky a Croissant.

This hotel was by far the cheapest in Tenby, but I now know why.

I hate leaving bad reviews and seldom do, but for a building with so much potential, I felt I had to write my feelings down.

If you are on a budget and are desperate to get away to Tenby, then this may be the place for you, but please read all reviews on here first and believe them. I honestly thought that half of these were made up, but I was unfortunately wrong.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alisha H wrote a review Jun 2021
Swansea, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
When we arrived at the agreed check in time we were told we could not enter the room as there were "insepctors" and asked to come back an hour later which we did. We then had to wait a further hour in the reception to be let in.
When we got to the room it was awful. Many cracks in the wall, wallpaper missing in certain places and the furniture was dirty. The window was falling in on itself, the WiFi that was included in the price did not work and the TV signal was spotty at best. There was also clothes in the room from the previous guests, god knows if they actually cleaned before we arrived. We payed for a "full continental breakfast " which was to be brought to the room in the morning due to covid-19. What we received was 3 apples, 2 bananas, 1 juice box, 2 cheap yoghurt (no spoons) 1 croissant and 3 pre-packaged cheeses that were soft and warm between 2 people.
The people at reception were not helpful and only payed attention to their phones and when we needed something no one was around. We were given this breakfast for 3 days and no once did someone come around to collect the rubbish (which included remainders of fruit) is just basic hotel etiquette. We had 2 towels for 3 days and no fresh ones offered.
We payed £366 for this absolutely appalling stay, would have been better camping on the beach which would have been more sanitary.

Only positive was the daily visit from a seagul
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid at all costs. The pictures on ad are not what the hotel looks like
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Katy Daniels wrote a review Sept 2020
6 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at the Royal Lion Hotel and yes it looks like it needs some renovation on the outside but everything inside was lovely. We had fresh bed sheets, ironed and no stains. A gorgeous view and bathroom was clean with packets of soap, shampoo, condition etc... Kettle in room was brand new and breakfast was served to the room (due to corona) a croissant with selection of jams, yoghurt, apple and carton of orange juice. Many reviews we’ve read complained of mouldy croissants but ours was just a normal lovely croissant. Only improvement is that the hotel needs a lot of redecorating and modernising. I would stay again, good price for a what you get.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rover M wrote a review Sept 2021
United Kingdom2 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived to be greeted by the 'mansger/part owner' then we got our keys an headed up to the room ( no sight of any hand sanitizer or Covid measures in place at all), when we walked into the room we were digusted. The carpets were threadbare and filthy and must have been down for 30 or so years, there was mess from the previous guests, stained bedsheets and filthy cups. We went back down the completely unlevel stairs and asked for another room (thinking this might be a one off) and they completely refused so I asked for a refund instead. The man who proclaimed himself to be the manager/part owner' then said he was just an employee and couldn't process refunds, and said the owner or manager would phone me the next day, obviously it never happened and we had to get our money back using visa protection. AVOID AVOID AVOID
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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keith d asked a question Aug 2021
Newport, United Kingdom1 contribution
does the resteraunt serve evening meals?
Answer from civilmanager
Cardiff, United Kingdom41 contributions41 helpful votes
There was no restaurant open. Breakfast is given to you in a bag.
scott r asked a question Sept 2020
Are pets allowed in this hotel?
Answer from Richard J
Anglesey, United Kingdom110 contributions75 helpful votes
Yes £20 a night.
cathyWales asked a question Apr 2019
United Kingdom22 contributions50 helpful votes
Hi how far is the town please from the hotel walking distance
Answer from james k
Swansea, United Kingdom64 contributions64 helpful votes
The best thing about this hotel is its location...its 500 yards from everything
AliCat wrote a tip Apr 2024
Chippenham, United Kingdom104 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Yes, don't go there, needs condemning."
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strokeford wrote a tip Feb 2024
Cardiff, United Kingdom71 contributions27 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get there early parking in Tenby is poor"
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Joseph F wrote a tip Feb 2024
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Views from the hotel are one of the best in the country"
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Linda Y wrote a tip Dec 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go for a seaview room"
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Susan Noble wrote a tip Dec 2023
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"friendly staff, location is great"
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£55 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United KingdomWalesPembrokeshireTenby
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Lion Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Royal Lion Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Tenby North Beach (0.01 miles), Tenby Castle Beach (0.3 miles), and Tudor Merchant's House (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Lion Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and paid private parking nearby.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Lion Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Royal Lion Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Royal Lion Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nora's Kitchen, Il Caminetto, and The stowaway coffee co..
Is Royal Lion Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Tenby.
Are there any historical sites close to Royal Lion Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tudor Merchant's House (0.2 miles), St. Catherine’s Island (0.2 miles), and Caldey Abbey (2.5 miles).
Does Royal Lion Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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