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“Does what it says on the tin !” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Menai Bank Hotel
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Caernarfon
Certificate of Excellence
Torfaen, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Does what it says on the tin !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2011

Look you are not paying big bucks here and so don't expect frills ! It's easy to find, no parking problems, warm welcome and the room is absolutely fine and scrupulously clean. Tea and coffee making facilities, TV, spacious and nice view over the Menai Straits. Everything that a budget hotel provides is here-also a residents' lounge with plenty of literature and tourist information and well stocked bar. ( Morrison's is only over the road so you can even get your own alcohol there !) You don't have to have breakfast in Menai Bank-a double room was £50 without breakfast or £60 with-not many places give you a choice do they ??? Breakfast was fine too-plenty of choice and freshly cooked to order.

Room Tip: First come first served I was told !
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MargaretPonthir
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PIPCaernarfon, Owner at Menai Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
What a great headline! Thank you for your review. We try and and match what it says on the tin at a budget price!
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2011

This hotel would benefit from a total makeover - my bedroom had elements for the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and a bed that looked pretty new, but wasn't very comfortable.

The sound travels within the hotel - my room was above the dining room, where a dog plays in the evenings (growling, barking, killing toys) but people start breakfast preparations at 7 - and where the person in the room above walked around a lot causing creaking. My bathroom door rattled if closed.

The breakfast was adequate, and the staff were friendly but I've never been asked to pay for my stay on arrivalat a hotel before - and I felt the price was hefty for the standard of accomodation.

I visit Caernarfon regularly and usually stay elsewhere, and that's where I'll be going next time I'm here.

Room Tip: Refuse room 5
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank goodysidno2
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PIPCaernarfon, Owner at Menai Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
Thank you for taking time to review our hotel. We've noted your comments which will help with our ongoing review and improvements in all areas of maintenance and service. Our new Dining Room overlooking The Menai Straits is now open and Room 5 is no longer over it! The dogs have a new play area and have been told to play more quietly! Paying on arrival is standard but not compulsory. It helps speed up checkout.The bathroom door noise has been remedied. The furniture is all new incl. Ipod docking TV. The room itself is quirky I think with as you say elements of 70's. 80's and 90;s. The wallpaper and decoration is new though. Price wise we feel we are pitched about right in the Budget Hotel Market. We have absorbed recent hikes in VAT and Energy costs amongst others. Your £50 Room Rate included Full Breakfast ,Double Bed and Free Wifi. We think that's competitive in a licensed hotel with licensed Bar and Lounge.
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2011

Last minute booking due to problems with car so decided to stay here. Rachel very friendly as was Patrick. Very homely and welcoming hotel. Good value with personal touch knocks spots of travel lodge. Great breakfast. Definately staying here in future.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kadbirch
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PIPCaernarfon, Owner at Menai Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
Many thanks for the review. Look forward to seeing you again.
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Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2011

Very helpful, friendly peoples, super accomodation; selfless love and help!!! Thanks, for everything for you, love this place very very much!!!!! I suggest this place for everybody!!!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anita0730
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PIPCaernarfon, Owner at Menai Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 22 May 2011
Glad you and your Company were pleased with our services. Look forward to doing business with you again.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2011

We have spent two nights in the B&B. We have enjoyed all time there very much. It has all you expect from a B&B. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kelseus
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PIPCaernarfon, Owner at Menai Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 22 May 2011
Thank you for your nice comments.
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2011

Both my wife and I enjoyed a great stay at the Menai Bank and would recommend this Hotel B&B very highly.
We felt very welcome and comfortable; breakfast was great, our room was large and clean, with a good view of the Menai strait, and had a comfy big bed. The bathroom was clean with soft towels on a heated rack, and at night the hotel was nice and quiet. What more could weary travellers ask for?

It is situated a 10 minute walk from the town centre and Caenarfon castle, with great access to the North and South Road. Very helpful hosts ( we remain forever grateful to Patrick for his local knowledge and advice! ), and we felt very well priced.
Admittedly there were a few creaky floorboards, but we were perfectly willing to forgive these as they add to the charm of the place.

We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone looking for inexpensive yet comfortable lodgings, with helpful and friendly hosts.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AthosV
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PIPCaernarfon, Owner at Menai Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 22 May 2011
Great Review! Every year we manage to remove a few creaky floorboards..but new creaky ones appear?/ Strange isn't it?! Old carpenters talking to us??
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Craigavon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2011

We stayed here on the last night of our 17 day Wales/England tour and it was the best by far. I can't understand how someone whinged about it being "creepy". yes it's old, but so what? It's clean and has everything you need in a B&B, en suite, tea and coffee, clean comfortable beds and rooms. But the thing that sets it apart from 90% of other b&b's is the warm welcome and friendly owners (Irish, not Welsh!). Nothing was too much trouble. They showed my 4 year old daughter where all the games were! Even the baby's travel cot was already put up in the room, with lovely clean sheets and baby blanket. But the breakfast was the best and you really can't fault it, chilled juces, a dozen types of cereal, and make your own toast from several types of bread, so much better than the 2 cold slices you normally get in these places ! The full English was extremely tasty also. And the coffee machines made great coffee, also hot chocolate, much to my daughters joy. The owners were so nice, the lady even gave us bananas and a few cartons of juice for our long drive home. You just don't get that sort of kindness hardly anywhere these day. I can't recommend this great place enough, i hope i haven't missed anything.Yes i have, the off street parking behind the house is a godsend.!! I will definately be booking again if i'm passing through, thanks very much.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank clive6356
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PIPCaernarfon, Owner at Menai Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 23 July 2011
Thank you so much for taking the trouble and time to write such a detailed review. We look forward to seeing one day again hopefully. Thanks again. Sorry it took us so long to respond!
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Property: Menai Bank Hotel
Address: North Road, Caernarfon LL55 1BD, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Caernarfon
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Caernarfon
#5 Business Hotel in Caernarfon
#6 Family Hotel in Caernarfon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Menai Bank Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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