This is probably one of the cheapest guest houses on the sea-front at Aber. We were lucky enough to get room 1 which is on the first floor and has a view straight out onto the prom. Overall the place seemed clean and tidy so no issues there. The lady who greeted us seemed polite enough but didn't show us where our room was or where the dining room was, although neither required much detective work.
The decor throughout was a bit of a mish-mash of some quite old and tired looking carpets and wallpaper but with evidence of recent improvements. The window in our room was single glazed and let quite a draught in which I imagine would be a nuisance in a winter storm, but we did notice that most other windows have been replaced. Consiquently our window steamed up heavily so on waking up I at first assumed there was a heavy sea-fog!
Also our ceiling had a dodgy looking stain over the door suggesting a leak, it would not have taken much to cover it up with some special paint. The bathroom was clean and had fresh towel but was a bit pokey and the shower was nowhere near hot enough, maybe due to competition for hot water before breafast.
The breakfast was really good, the indicator being a good quality sausage (not 'bready') with the cooked breakfast, and plenty of choice of cereal, toast, tinned fruit and yoghurt.
No major issues with this place and would probably use again. One point to note is that the parking is a nightmare, the car park is long and thin, probably would only accomodate 5 or 6 cars and involves blocking everyone in - my advice, park on the street out the back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are situated in the centre of the main promenade, overlooking Cardigan Bay. We are close to all the shops, restaurants and bars. There is free WiFi and also a car park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Helmsman Hotel Aberystwyth
- The Helmsman Aberystwyth, Wales