I'm not a seasoned hosteller but have stayed in a few over years with friends and when the children were young. I booked a couple of nights in Bryn Gwynant in order to climb Snowdon. It was last minute and the only thing available for the dates I wanted. I booked a double private room for myself at a cost of £50 per night (£25 each for two).
Good points: lovely setting; a great place to enjoy a pint overlooking the lake (see photo); staff polite and keen to do their best. Toilets and showers clean with a good supply of hot water. Excellent location for climbing Snowdon via the quieter Watkin Path.
Not so good: the hostel is tired and a little grimy. Dining room tables were sticky, the staircase was grubby and the windows could have done with a clean. My room (number 5) was barely adequate for the price. I chose to sleep in the top bunk and the climb was quite an effort even for a fit mountain walker! The walls were paper thin and I could hear every bump, scrape and door slam from the next room. The room overlooked the main entrance: I'd had a hard day on the mountain and wanted to sleep but until late in the evening there was a succession of cars running engines and driving over the gravel under the window (despite the signs directing them to the car park); and people arriving late / back from the pub talking loudly and ringing the doorbell. I don't blame the late arrivers, just the position and poor soundproofing of the room.
Food was OK. Evening meal was basic but well cooked. Chef supplied a big pitcher of iced water that was appreciated. Cooked breakfast was OK if you don't mind budget baked beans and sausage (inedible, in my opinion...)
So what do you expect for the money? I'm not sure. Loyalty to YHA goes quite a long way but if this were a budget hotel it would go out of business. I got the impression that this was a place run by well-meaning people who were struggling to maintain an old building with minimal staff and budget. If I have to stay in a Snowdon hostel again I'll choose the newly refurbished Pen-Y-Pass a few miles away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Snowdonia at its most serene in this early Victorian mansion in the heart of the National Park. Set in 40 acres of wooded grounds with stunning views over Llyn Gwynant and Snowdon, this is the perfect escape from the rat race for families and individuals alike. Walkers will be at home here, with plenty of low and high level routes all around. Don’t miss the classic Watkin path up Snowdon, which begins less than a mile from the hostel and leads you into incredible mountain scenery - just don’t forget your camera. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yha Bryn Gwynant Hotel Caernarfon
- YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant Caernarfon, Wales