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“Pub Bed and (cold) Breakfast”

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The Menai Hotel and Bar
Ranked #20 of 24 Bangor B&B and Inns
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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“Pub Bed and (cold) Breakfast”
Reviewed 25 March 2007

This is no hotel. It is above a pub (so unsuitable if you don't like stairs!) and becomes populated with students - especially on "happy hour" days. This wasn't a problem and there was no issue with noise either, so that was a plus point. The room was fine, very large with reasonable view of the river and clean. There were tea-making facilities in the room

We didn't try the food, but there is a poor choice of eating places in this town, so I might have changed that decision if I'd known that beforehand

The tv was a tiny 14 or 15 inch affair, on an arm on the wall and a long way away from the bed, so I didn't feel comfortable having it on late at night and watched a dvd on my laptop instead.

When we arrived, we ordered and paid for a cooked breakfast, but in the morning there was absolutely no-one around. There was some food in the kitchen (orange juice cereal, bread, etc) so we did make a cold breakfast before we set off.

Overall, the staff were friendly enough, the room was clean, but the lack of a (paid-for) breakfast) means I won't be staying here again.

  • Liked — Large room.
  • Disliked — No cooked breakfast.
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 April 2006

I stayed in the Menai recently for one night, when visiting Bangor University. The room was very nice, with clean en-suite bathroom, colour tv with remote, and tasteful decor. Staff were friendly and welcoming, and the bar downstairs had a good atmosphere. I did not eat there, but the menu seemed to offer good value for money. Even when I managed to lock myself out of my room after only being there a short time, a friendly member of staff came upstairs with me and let me in again. The B&B rooms are situated above a modern bar, though you wouldn't know it - I was on the second floor and was not bothered by noise or music from downstairs.

The only minor problem I did encounter was that the ensuite bathroom light and the light above my bed didn't work. However, when I told staff they thanked me for letting them know, so I suppose if no one had told them about this before they wouldn't have known it wasn't working (as roomed are most likely serviced during the daytime).

However, I cannot really say that I found the room to be good value for money, because the price for one night was £42.95 not including breakfast. I did not realise that this was over-priced for the area until I stayed in a different bed and breakfast place the next night, which was only £25 for the night, including a cooked English breakfast (and that room had a double bed - I had a single at the Menai). The standard of the bedroom was fairly similar, although the bathroom in the Menai was cleaner and better ventilated, and the room decor in the Menai was more classy. When I met a group of other postgraduate students who had stayed overnight to visit the university, I found that my room had cost the most compared to theirs, and each of them had had breakfast included and a room of good standard.

I would certainly recommend this B&B to anyone visiting the area and wanting to be sure of finding somewhere with a good standard of accomodation. However, for people (e.g. visiting students) wanting value for money accomodation, there are many other B&Bs which are almost as nice and cost a lot less (and have breakfast included).

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Property: The Menai Hotel and Bar
Address: Craig Y Don Road, Bangor LL57 2BG, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Bangor
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Bangor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Menai Hotel and Bar 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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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