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YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Stayed here recently for 3 night for a planned ascent of Snowdon via the Rangers Path. The setting and views were amazing. Room and communal areas a in very good conditions, as expected. The manager, Corina, was brilliant, helpful and very funny. Look forward to visiting again!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Context:
We're a South African family of 4 on a tight budget and were looking for a comfortable, reasonably priced place in the Welsh mountains to overnight and possibly do a short hike from while en route from Scotland to the ferry across to Ireland.

Getting there:
We were driving a hired car and brought a GPS with us, so followed the GPS to a lat/long I’d got off Google Maps. The entrance was a little hard to spot, but we did not get lost.

Cost:
We paid 56 pounds for a 4 bed room for 1 night, which was a little pricey for the value we got - considering YHA Grasmere cost us 45 pounds for a bigger room in a similar establishment. The room was small and the en suite toilet was broken.

Value:
Almost but not quite reasonable value - the location makes up for the somewhat shabby and worn state of the place.

What sort of place was it:
Much like YHA Grasmere, a beautiful old house in an equally beautiful part of the country which has been converted into what we in South Africa would term a backpackers hostel. Expect good basic amenities and friendly service (Simon was on his own and did his best to ensure we had what we needed and were comfortable), but this is not exactly a 5-star hotel, so manage your expectations accordingly. You get a bunk-bed, sheet, pillowcase and duvet cover, but towels are an extra fee if you do not have your own. There was a great drying-room with hot water pipes to dry our wet gear. The toilet in our room was broken with no water flowing in to the cistern. There is no WiFi or mobile data signal here - you’re off-grid, which considering the location is entirely not a bad thing. You can get a mobile data signal in the village nearby and we found Simon sitting at a bus stop the next day, collecting his mail. Dinner and breakfast were passable - standard YHA fare.

How long were we there?:
1 night.

Would we go back?:
If we wanted to be located in the Snowdon area, and needed a base to hike from most likely yes.

Pros:
Beautiful location, comfortable if a little shabby, warm, with friendly service from the one staff member we met.

Cons:
Price was a bit high for what we got. Place is a bit run-down. No internet connection or mobile data signal.

Tips:
Like Grasmere, the place apparently gets quite busy in the summer months although it was very quiet when we were there in December. Parking is not close to the building although you can pull up close to the door to load or unload baggage. There is a pleasant walk up through the forest above the hostel. The roads are narrow and windy making driving in the dark and rain quite stressful for the first time visitor.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank d4v3g
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Stayed here recently for a planned ascent of Snowdon via the Watkin Path.

Stayed at the outbulding by the car park - en suite room for 8 of us - typical YHA bedding and everything was clean.

Corina the manager was fantastic and good fun - very helpful and friendly.

Breakfast was the only minor point that a couple of things were cold and it was served rather than helping yourself.

Note there is no pub or restaurant in walking distance.

Look forward to visiting again

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Stayed for one night with 4 other guys in a 5 bed ensuite bunk room prior to Snowden the following morning. Pre ordered dinner but were running badly late for kitchen closure time due to bad weather and heavy traffic. telephoned ahead and manager, Corina, very understanding and helpful. Chef (didn't catch his name but spot on)stayed behind at work and cooked meal fresh for us when we got there, way beyond the call of duty! Wasn't sure what to expect as never stayed in a YH before but very pleasantly surprised. The setting and views were amazing. Room and communal areas a little tired but we were not expecting the Savoy anyhow and it had everything you needed. We had dinner and breakfast following morning which were both excellent and superb value for money. The manager, Corina, was brilliant, helpful and nothing was too much trouble for her. Can't recommend it,and them, highly enough. Thanks. Pete & gang.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Pete T
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Hi,

it was 10 of us staying in Bryn Gwynant after conquest of Snowdon. Usually not writing rewievs but, this hostel is just great option where to stay overnight. Absolutelly amazing location with amazing views, very helpfull staf,food and rooms great for the price. Absolutelly satisfied with service provided and would recomend to anyone looking for high standard touristic hostel.

Peter Hahn

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank advisor19
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Arrival at night was fine, however seeing the location and the Lake the following morning was breathtaking.

On arrival, staff are very helpful! You could expect this type of service in a 4* hotel.

Poor cooking facilities and no hot water. Cooking chilled sausages took 45mins and after a lack of hot water meant could not wash up efficiently.

All we wanted was a nice hot shower and a place to rest our heads. However there was NO hot water anywhere. In the end we had to walk 300 yards across a dark car park and lane to get to another building where to our relief was a nice hot shower.

I slept well, however I can sleep through anything. My girlfriend found it very noisy in the morning and was not too happy.

To finish on 2 good points
# Amazing location and views
# Literally 5mins from Pen y Pas track (Miners & Pyg) up Snowdon

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank simon l
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We stayed here in the main house for 3 nights in a 2 bunk private room.

We arrived by bus from Beddgelert (this runs roughly every 2 hours 9.20-4.20) and used the bus to get up to Pen y Pass (£1.60 single) and then another bus to Llanberis to do the Llanberis path up Snowdon. The only difficulty was that the last bus back past the YHA leaves Pen y Pass at 4.20, so we had a very pleasant walk back from Pen y Pass on the advice of the bus driver who said a taxi from Llanberis would be very expensive. (Apparently you can also buy a Red Rover ticket and go back via Caernarfon) We also did three-quarters of the quiet Watkin path on a drizzly day but turned back due to the wind on the ridge and not fancying the prospect of a scree scramble in the wet and wind.

We self-catered evening meals (big fridge and five sets of 2 x hobs and grills). There is a big drying room which did the job very well! There is a washing machine in the drying room, so I wonder whether you can use this if you bring washing powder or liquid. The main house was always warm, and we had control of the heating in our room.

There is no mobile access, wifi or tv so a lovely retreat and a chance to chat and curl up reading in the common room.

The location next to Llyn Gwynant is just stunning and you can sit eating breakfast in the dining room overlooking the lake.

The staff were very friendly and helpful with local info etc.

We paid for breakfast (£4.99) which was very adequate and included juices, cereals, cheese, toast etc, croissants (on one morning) and a 7 item hot breakfast which was mainly fine apart from the sausages which tasted a bit odd. Staff worked hard to make sure your hot breakfast was hot and freshly cooked for you.

Everything that is important is really clean and smells clean - bedding, toilets and showers (fairly newly fitted), self-catering kitchen, cutlery and crockery. I know this is a hostel but I really felt like the whole place could do with a serious deep clean - the dining room tables were sticky, most of the windows were dirty round the edges and grimy, and there were condensation marks running down the wall in our room. I would have set about improving things a bit if we'd had any cleaning materials. I was a bit surprised that there wasn't any cleaning spray in the self-catering kitchen.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Elizabeth L
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Address: Nantgwynant, Caernarfon LL55 4NP, Wales
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Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Caernarfon
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Caernarfon
Price Range: £30 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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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