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The Helmsman
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

Had yet another good weekend, we have been coming here since 1995, have only missed two visits since then, as always we had a comfortable stay, the room was lovely, the staff were pleasant and very welcoming, Breakfast was beautiful. Thanks for a wonderful stay, will be back 25/10/2013.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Scoles65
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

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.

Room Tip: Room 1 has a sea view but only single glazing.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Ecomentalist
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

Perfect location on the promonade. Quiet enough to get a great night's speep.Great room. Tony and Joan were great hosts. Good breakfast. An extremely good value in Aberystwyth. Would certainly use again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank P598738
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We are now starting 2nd year of our daughter being at Aberystwyth University and stayed once more at The Helmsman. It is a lovely, traditional B&B, bright, clean and comfortable rooms, excellent breakfasts and very friendly, helpful service. Will see you again in December! Many thanks!

Room Tip: I think all doubles and family rooms have full on sea view which is magnificent!
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lynne S
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Breakfast was great,you could have a continental and full english breakfast.This b and b was right on the water front,but i had a back room which was the only one left for a sole traveller.I would of liked to stay longer,but it was a quick break from work commitments.I would definitely go back and stay.I walked across the road with my cup of tea and sat on the promenade and watched the sun come up before i went and had a lovely beakfast the next m,orning.The town and the b and b are well worth a visit.

Room Tip: get a front room over looking the sea
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank MastertonMar
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