This is a large and well run hotel with a very good leisure centre. Our bedroom was large with a double and single bed. One lady, who had booked a single room, had a double bed and two single beds. Our room was well furnished, had a window that opened and a distant view of the Menai Straits. Ensure that your key cards are issued at the same time. We were told to return to Reception later for a second card, but then the original card did not work. A second pillow was supplied on request. The mattress was exceedingly firm and the duvet much too hot.
Our group ate in the ballroom, where there was an 8.30 am start for breakfast. One couple, who arrived at 8.15 am, was asked to leave as breakfast was not ready. There was a good choice at the breakfast buffet and hot covered items on the Saturday morning. However, on Sunday morning, the covers had been removed and items were only luke-warm. The bacon was especially good. Staff served tea and coffee from large pots and the tea tasted stewed if you had the dregs. Hot water was brought on request in little pots.
At dinner three courses were ordered at the start of the meal. All the waiting on staff worked together as a team, serving each table. Some guests had to ask for certain vegetables, e.g. peas, cauliflour as these were often missing from the serving dishes by the time the last guests were being served. There was a plentiful supply of iced water on the tables.
There are seating areas on each landing well away from the bedrooms and a Pepsi machine on the third floor landing. There is only one lift, so there is often a queue.
The leisure centre has a shaped swimming pool, shallow near the edges and so especially good for children or poor swimmers. Children can use the pool until 6 pm on week days and 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. An instructor was shouting instuctions on Friday evening to what sounded like a class of 20 children, but which turned out to be only 2! The jacuzzi uses water from the swimming pool, but the sauna is hot. Before being allowed in the small but well equipped gymn, I answered a health questionnaire, had my blood pressure taken and my trainers checked.
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- Also Known As:
- Celtic Royal Caernarfon
- Hotel Celtic Royal
- Celtic Royal Hotel Caernarfon, Wales