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YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

The tree lined driveway takes you upto the main house which is located with stunning views to the lake opposite the house and the surrounding mountains gives this house a majestic feel. However, the interior doesn't quite live upto similar expectations. It's in need of a major overhaul, the bunk beds are too small for an adult to sleep comfortably. but under the YHA budget this may not be possible. In fact it's a perfect investment opportunity for someone with a vision who can turn this place around. It's centrally located to explore some of the finer aspects of North Wales and Simon & Corina the manager onsite were very helpful and did there best to make things comfortable during a very difficult winter 2013 Christmas stay.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank YJJ75
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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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Thank Filip F
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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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