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Aberystwyth Park Lodge Hotel
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Aberystwyth
Hampshire
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51 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Friendly and homely”
Reviewed 24 October 2008

Encouraged by the positive reports we stayed here while visiting in the area. Tried to book online but few problems with site so phoned directly to the hotel. When I explained i had tried to book online, my booking was taken by the friendly member of staff who gave me the online reduced rate. Asked for a ground floor room which was duly allocated to us. Room was a good size and comfy with sofa area. shower was bit leaky but on reporting this we were moved straight away to another ground floor room which was fine. staff most helpful. Breakfast very good if you are a keen meat eater as the sausages were huge and also the bacon rashers were more like chops!! The other choices were a little limited, cereals and grapefruit segments but no other fruit or pastries, croissants or similar. The room was well cleaned each day. The hotel is well situated with good parking. The all day cafe bar served some nice food which was well priced and plentiful. Would certainly stay here again on our next visit, it is very welcoming.

  • Liked — comfort, friendliness and convenience of parking
  • Disliked — breakfast choice limited for non meat eaters
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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NORTH WALES
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2008

Held our son's 21st Birthday party here and stayed over for the night.

Customer service was excellent, the staff couldn't do enough for us re making arrangements for the decorations, cake and buffet etc!!!!! Everyone loved the food - very high quality and loads of it!! The rooms are clean and tidy and we were lucky to be given a large family room with seating area - was brill!!!

My husband and I will be staying there again on the 18th July as we will be attending our son's graduation ceremony, and I am really looking forward to it!!!

This is an excellent hotel!!!

  • Liked — Customer service
  • Disliked — Out of the main town
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank SAGITTARIAN
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Cardiff, Wales
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47 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2008

This is a fairly new hotel by Aberystwyth standards, and it is outside the town near Llanbadarn (longish walking distance into town). Although it looks like a travel lodge it is independent. It is quite different in character from the more traditional Aberystwyth seafront hotel, and it's not somewhere you'd stay for the views, but it is particularly well placed for business visitors, with ample parking. We stayed at short notice at a very busy time with our then 3 year old child. No complaints at all, comfortable room (though why the warning about not cleaning shoes with the towels? bitter experience?) Food available throughout the day, breakfast was good, 3 year old was made welcome.

  • Liked — Clean, comfortable, good breakfast, parking
  • Stayed July 2005, travelled with family
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1 Thank prisyn
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Lee-On-The-Solent, Hampshire
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99 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2008

Stayed 4 nights half board with a coach party of 46. This family run hotel treated us excellently, no complaints from anyone. The food was of superb quality and there was far too much of it!
The rooms were of very good standard, plenty of eveything including the hot drink supplies in the rooms.
The family told us they had just purchased the redundant football field at the rear and were planning to extend the hotel and build a swimming pool, sauna etc.
A couple of minor issues about blown light bulbs and a leaking toilet but everyone agreed they would readily stay here again. Our thanks to the staff who made it very enjoyable stay.

  • Liked — Family run with great food.
  • Disliked — lack of maintenance
  • Stayed May 2008
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Surrey, UK
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2008

My boyfriend and I booked to stay at the Parc Lodge for a reunion with some of our university friends, and as we left it too late to booked into one of the many B&B’s in town they were scattered across we had to choose a less central location.

We originally booked 2 nights (Fri and Sat) on the weekend £100 offer, which we thought was great value for 2 of us. Having looked at the train times for the Sunday and seeing that due to engineering our usual 6 hour journey would become 8 or 9, we decided to stay until the Monday, and to our surprise were allowed the 3rd night for an extra £50 (instead of the normal £89).

After arriving at the Lodge after a long journey up from London, we were pleasantly surprised by the light and airy reception, and were really pleased with out room. It was spotlessly clean, with great tea and coffee facilities, and a bathroom that look new!

The bed was really comfy; the breakfasts were great, and the staff very helpful and friendly.

When we return to Aber for future re-unions I will most certainly book the Parc Lodge again – in fact a couple of our friends who booked into a dingy B&B (and paid more than us!) actually moved to the Lodge after their first night, and will certainly be back again too!

All in all, I think it’s worth the couple of minute cab journey out of town (and the sacrifice of a nice view), to stay somewhere clean and comfortable, as although Aber is a lovely town, most of the accommodation in the centre does leave a lot to be desired!

  • Liked — Clean, comfy, quiet! (A rareity in aber)
  • Disliked — Lovely view of McDonalds, a bit out of town.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Torsie24
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2007

We spent 3 nights here. My husband and one of his collegues was graduating from the university of Aberystwyth. That was 4 adults a 4 year old a 1 year old and our 6 week old baby daughter. The staff were all so friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The food was very good and they seem to get a lot of repeat business. Only problem we had was the dinner dance they held was in a marquee at the back of the hotel. The music was loud and kept us awake. We were offered a room change but with a 4 year old and a very small baby and all the associated luggage it was easier to stay put. The music did stop as promised at 1.30. If we didn't have the children with us we would probably been up til then. We would stay there again and hopefully it would stop raining! Never stopped during our visit!

  • Liked — The staff are all so nice
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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1 Thank familytraveling2007
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Wales
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2007

I have stayed in many hotels over the last 7 years but this is the only one i have felt compelled to review.

1st impressions;
The Hotel overlooks the very busy and very industrious Aberystwyth - Cardigan road (A467), the location makes it an ideal base from which to tour the local MacDonalds, Morrisons or the nearby housing association estate that overlooks the car park which, incidentally is frequented by the 'local' hoddies who like to play kerb ball at the entrance.

The hotel;
I was greeted by some very friendly staff who were obviously immune to the deep fat fumes that their kitchen or the MacDonalds or both were eminating, the girl at the counter pointed me to my room which was on the ground floor with a fantastic view of the traffic building up at the roundabout of the A467, the windows of the ground floor room to which i was allocated wouldn't lock so with a smile the receptionist gave me the key to another room, unfortunately this room was only overlooking the MacDonalds drive through, alas you can't have it all i thought.
When given the room upstairs i thought a nice touch was to let the residents know that the towels are not for polishing shoes, they are for drying oneself, (a little memorandum i shall pass onto the Marriott chain when I next stay there) and the smell of airfreshener that had been used to dispel the delicate almost cat like smell took me right back to my pre-teens as it reminded me of Brut33.

The receptionist was a little startled when i told her i wouldn't be staying and she assured me that my card wouldn't be debited as someone would call within the hour to confirm that point, 23 hours later and still no call.

All in all when you take into account these factors:
A467
Roundabout
MacDonalds drive through
ground floor window that doesn't lock
Smell of chips throughout
Smell of Brut / cat (receptionist assured me that animals weren't allowed)
Local chavs
No CCTV on the car park (as i could see)

You will understand why i will never be seen on that plot of land again.

Stayed March 2007
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Property: Aberystwyth Park Lodge Hotel
Address: Parc y Llyn Retail Park, Aberystwyth SY23 3TL, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberystwyth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Aberystwyth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Aberystwyth Park Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Aberystwyth Park Lodge Hotel. We have 36 Luxury Bedrooms, Lounge & Conference Room, fully Licensed Cafe Bar & Restaurant and 100 parking spaces. Whether it's for business or a place to relax and unwind, you'll find our facilities and dedicated staff second to none. Our philosophy is simple: commitment to provide the very best traditional cuisine and facilities where guests enjoy a dedicated professional service for the best value for money. ... more   less 
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