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“History without chintz” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Lion Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Gwytherin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Plymouth
Level Contributor
43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“History without chintz”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2009

If you've ever wondered what an historic inn would be like without the usual horse brasses/chintz/hunting pictures, then visit the Lion Inn. Here are subtle paint colours, sleek crockery and cutlery and traditional Welsh woolen spreads and cushions. The owners are welcoming and informative with local knowledge- packled lunches available for walkers. A good choice of evening meals and generous breakfasts. We hope one day to return.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lilyanda
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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formby
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2009

I have just returned from a suprise night away with my fiance and was compelled to write a review (something I have never done before) as this was positively one of the nicest places we have stayed. The hospititality was second to none and our room was also fantastic. The food did not disappoint either, the evening meal was delicious and the breakfast equally as good. The scenery was breathtaking with lots of beautiful walks on offer. I would recomment this B&B to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank saz32
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Worcester
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2009

It's very hard to say exactly what the best thing about the Lion Inn is. The location is idyllic, the scenary breathtaking and the accommodation cozy and comfortable. The beer was great (try the Flintshire!) and dinner is very tasty, wholesome, well-portioned and reasonably priced. Breakfast is amazingly good. The patrons' (Rose and Dai) welcome, service and attention to detail is spot on and the locals are friendly.

This is a truly wonderful venue as a base for exploring the stunning Snowdonia National Park .

I would definitely recommend a stay at the Lion Inn to anyone looking for a romantic break away from the hustle and bustle of everday life. It helps, of course, if you just happen to go with the most beautiful person in the world (which is exactly what i did!).

Relax and enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SMFWorcester
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uk
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2009

We would like to thank Rose for her wonderful hospitality and excellent food. We would definately recommend this hotel and would certainly return.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank UkAjs
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uk
Level Contributor
65 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2008

We stayed at the Lion Inn from 27 to 29 December 2008 for two nights. Right from the start the signs were good. Many of the other places we tried to book simply did not answer the phone or never replied to emails. As most of the other reviews say, one of the best bits about the Lion Inn is Rose and Dai, the friendliest and most welcoming people I have met running a pub.

They seem to have struck a perfect balance between being a local pub and a modern and stylish B&B. The rooms are as good as they look on the website. Ours was Persli and had a very clean modern bathroom, nicely lit mirror, huge heated towel rail, plentiful bottles of soap, shampoo etc, and an electric shower over the bath. The room was snug, with solid reclaimed wood bed and furniture, nice lights, lovely white linen with a goose down duvet, and stylish Welsh bed rug on top. There is a good sized flat screen TV with DVD and no signal due to the location, so they offer about 60 dvds to borrow – ideal for a weekend break.

The bar downstairs was very warm with a lovely fire, and local Welsh speaking farmers in for a pint. They cannot make a living just from locals, but make a real effort to support the local community which makes it so much better than just being a B&B. There is a room for dining in which was a fraction cool, but as there were only two other rooms booked, all three couples ate in the bar area on the second night, and we all joined in each other’s conversations (good luck with the skiing trek across Greenland Raoul!)

There are lovely walks around the village, and we did one of about 8 miles with great views of Snowdon. Best of all they have printed and laminated not only copies of the large scale maps, but detailed route plans with photos of key landmarks etc!! Rose made us a lovely packed lunch with a flask of tea to take with us. Luckily we had beautiful frosty clear weather – not a given in North Wales in December.

Breakfast was included and was outstanding – bacon and sausage quality was superb. Unlimited fresh coffee or tea, and hand made jam and what may have been home-made bread – more on demand.

The meals were excellent. The menu is limited but it was very good homemade food. Of particular note were the best chips I have ever had!!!! These are handmade, hand-cut and hand fried by Dai, and are just amazing.

The room was £69 per night for the two of us including breakfast. Main courses for dinner were about £9-10 (steak £15) and starters and puds about £4-5.

Finding a place with nice modern, clean rooms, good food, a real pub atmosphere, and stunning service, at a good price is a holy grail for us, and I think we have found it at the Lion Inn. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. You will not be interrupted by your mobile as it won’t work there!

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jmccuk
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PRESTATYN
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2008

the most peacefull,romantic and magical inn we have stayed at.
we are both in our late fiftys,we had an excellent stay not one complaint. excellent food,cask local ale,good wine,and the rooms
are just brilliant. rose and dai are one of the best hosts you could
ever meet, we had a great warm welcome.we will be back to this real gem in the next few weeks.
great stay marg and tom

  • Liked — the setting, so peacefull
  • Disliked — you could not fault the lion inn in anyway
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank PrestatynTonto
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Shropshire
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2008

This is the second time that I've stayed at the Lion and my opinion of the establishment is in no way reduced.

Getting there is always a problem (this time, we chickened out of the over-the-moors route from Pentrefoelas and instead tried the road from Llanrwst) but, even then, you do begin to wonder if you've got lost until Gwytherin opens up underneath you.

BUT - keep going, because Rose and Dai and the Lion Inn are worth the effort. The welcome that they offer makes you feel like you're back where you ought to have been all along, so you can relax and realise you've arrived where you wanted to be (if you see what I mean).

Rose is the most welcoming hotelier I have ever met. The Lion's "book in" time is 4.00pm but we arrived later than we'd said we would because we stopped to view the river Conwy waterfalls in all their wettest-August-on-record splendour. Not a problem - Rose was concerned that we hadn't turned up when expected, but that was because she was concerned about her guests, not because of her schedule.

And then there's dinner. Dai's cooking and presentation are excellent - try the raspberry and brie won-tuns for your starter - and the service is careful and timely.

The rooms are comfortable, the beds are sublime, and the en-suite bathrooms are the most spotless that I have ever enjoyed.

The only possible fault that I could find with The Lion is that is doesn't offer Internet access, and your mobile 'phone won't work in Gwytherin because of the geography - but if you're going there to keep on-line, why not try staying at work?

  • Liked — Food, beds, beer, location, and the hoteliers' welcome.
  • Disliked — Telling anyone else about it.
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Curate
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Property: The Lion Inn
Address: Gwytherin LL22 8UU, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Gwytherin
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gwytherin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lion Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lion Inn Gwytherin in beautiful Wales is a great place to come and eat fresh food, drink good wine and real ale and recharge your batteries. Close to Snowdonia it is a great centre from which to explore North Wales. Dating from the 16th century, but the bedrooms take their design cues from the 21st century - Wales Great Little Places. ... more   less 
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