I stayed for a week at Elens Castle in May 2009, having stayed there the year before. It was just as good the second time around. The hotel is a three hundred year old building in a quiet village 5 miles from Betwys-y-Coed. It is ideal as a base if you like exploring the countryside in this lovely part of Wales. The village also has a railway station on the Conwy Valley line, with very reasonable fares, if you want to visit Conwy, Betwys, Llandudno, Blenau etc. and give the car a rest.
I found it very difficult to find anything to criticise. Elen's Castle's owners, Adam and Helen are very friendly, as are all the staff. The rooms I found better than expected bearing in mind the age of the building. The food really is excellent - try the cranberry and brie wellington, or the raspberry cheesecake if on the menu. It is clear that the owners are improving the hotel year on year - new double glazing as an example - while retaining the charm of the original building. Ok, so it's not 5 star - if you want to stay in a plastic hotel with muzak, then look elsewhere. If you like a place with character, an open fire, good food, and the personal touch then this is for you.
I will certainly be returning again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lovely historical inn with all modern comforts. Beautiful location in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Friendly and comfortable with excellent breakfasts and dinner. Family friendly with ideal family suites. Cosy bar with log-burning stove. Great Welsh castle just a short walk away. Stunning views. Free parking and high-speed broadband internet connection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elen's Castle Hotel And Restaurant Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia National Park, Wales