The Menai calls itself a hotel, but it is more like a hostel. I stayed here for 2 nights and will never go back again. There are some good things about this hotel - the location is good for the station, and there is some parking, a TV with good choice of channels and free tea and coffee - but that was as good as it gets.
The room was £90 a night had 3 single beds which creaked every time you moved, there were sweets on the floor from a previous guest as well as old receipts in the drawers. The window in the bedroom would not closed and there is a sign saying not to open the window further because it could fall out!! As a result we were too warm during the day and frozen at night.
There were two members of staff - a woman who was lovely and could not be more helpful and a man who was miserable. They are a family and there are children (or could be just the one) in the building, as we found out at 8am when one was running up and down the corridors as we tried to sleep. You can hear the noise from the pub below from the top floor, so if you want an early night you might want some earplugs. Breakfast was basic - bread for toast, cereal and out-of-date milk and dry pastries.
Worst of all was the night we were locked out. The first day we arrived we had tried to get in touch with staff without success, so had to go to he pub downstairs to be let in, so we weren't hopeful about getting hold of someone. We got back at around 2am and we tried and tried to get the attention of the staff who live in the building - we used the intercom, the main doorbell, the pub doorbell and called the phone number, but nobody came. We tried every half hour until 6am when someone, who was in a foul mood, finally let us in. This place calls itself a hotel, and in my mind there should be someone available all night, or at least provide an emergency contact number, even hostels have night staff. The man who came to the door was clearly angry at being woken up and unapologetic that nobody had come to let us in and left us outside for 3 hours in the freezing cold. We saw him the next day and he didn't say anything to us about it.
Another thing that annoyed us - this is a hotel in Wales, but it had England flags on it. There is nothing to make you feel you in Wales, and from experience there are other places nearby which will give you a nice warm Welsh welcome.
I'd say avoid this place and either find a friendly B&B or stick to a chain hotel where you at least get your money's worth,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 3-star Menai Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Bangor on the North Wales coast. All 9 rooms are en-suite with free continental breakfast, with fantastic views of both The Menai Strait & The Snowden Range. Vegetarian & Vegan cooked breakfasts available on request.There is a vibrant bar serving home-cooked meals with a focus on Welsh produce, extensive vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options, a range of beers, wines and spirits. Food is served every day 12-3 6-9pm. An entertainment schedule runs throughout the week including quiz nights, live bands & open mic sessions. Each well-equipped bedroom has its own private bathroom, TV, radio and Fairtrade Welsh tea and coffee making facilities with free parking and free WiFi. Our bar also boasts SKY keeping you up to date on all sporting events.We are a pet friendly hotel allowing up to two dogs at £10.00 per animal. We also have a meeting room available for hire for workshops,classes & functions. Being close to Bangor University, there are many pubs and bars contributing to the active nightlife just a 10 minute walk from the Menai. Transportation links are nearby with Bangor Rail Station and the Bus Station just 0.5 miles away. The mountains of Snowdonia can be reached within a 10 minute drive, where you can hike and enjoy the scenery the national park has to offer. The beaches of Anglesey and the rolling countryside are just a 15 minute drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Menai Hotel Bangor, Wales