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“AN EXPERIENCE ALL ON ITS OWN” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Black Boy Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Caernarfon
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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“AN EXPERIENCE ALL ON ITS OWN”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

This is possibly the busiest Coaching Inn in which we have ever stayed. It was non-stop in the bar and restaurant all day (and all evening). The restaurant is always booked so book ahead if you want to eat. They do overspill in the "snug" and the bar but the bar is not comfortable for eating and is very very noisy. The snug itself is very attractive and has a good atmosphere but is still full of movement with a quick turn around of food and people and hard to find a seat to relax in. The bar is even more so - obviously very popular in town and very busy - the people were welcoming and friendly and chatty but as said very noisy. The building itself has been extended very sympathetically and almost seamless from old to new and very attractively presented. Our room was a late booking and small (which we were told about so no problem). Everything was there that we needed and it was comfortable. The biggest attribute of the inn was its staff - without fail everyone was helpful, friendly, more than on top of their job - bar staff moved at speed never seen before and still smiled. Downside for us was lack of separate room in which to unwind and absorb atmosphere away from that level of bustle and food but be able to chat more quietly to people This is personal to us and we know many people will enjoy this level of activity and possibly a Coaching Inn was not the best for us. This is in no way detrimental to the standard the inn is offering but may help others. One final comment is that the food is as said hearty, not as good as we hoped, and our breakfasts were not very hot.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, 28 April 2014
Your review is appreciated and i do understand your comments completely as regards the busy trade at the Inn.It can get really busy here in the summer months due to the location and the high local trade we have . Thank you for staying with us we hope you do return .
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

We didn't stay here we just came here for a little snack, the food and service was excellent but the menu didnt have all that much of a choice and was a tad expensive. its a quaint little pub ideal for history lovers, we will be coming back again its just a shame the menu lets them down.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
Thank you for the review , i must assume you did not see our main menu as it is very large plus the daily black boards.Please return when you can
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Black Boy Inn over Easter weekend.
Every single member of staff were so friendly and polite. When we ate at the restaurant, the food was lovely and we wasn't waiting long at all for our food to come out
Our room, wow, what can I say?! It was bigger than our flat and it's the best night sleep I've had in a long, long time.
How busy the pub and restaurant was goes to show how popular it is with everyone.
You won't be disappointed if you choose to stay here!! We've already booked again to go next Easter, but this time we are taking my mum and dad!!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
So glad you enjoyed your stay , please come back soon.It is a very old Inn and the staff work so hard to keep the welcome and hwyl as we call it in welsh .
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Great old inn - we were in room 51 and it was a fantastic room. Service was spot on - food great and plentiful especially after walking up Snowdon. Staff were great - helpful and polite - genuinely seemed to care about the guests having a good time.
Will definetly stay here again.

Room Tip: Room 51 - very spacious. Great room.
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, 27 April 2014
This review is much appreciated , i will pass on all comments to staff. Please come back soon.
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

We went for lunch and the food was amazing we will be coming back very soon and i will be telling everybody to come the staff are very friendly and make you feel very welcome the choice on the menu is very good i had the steak and it was amazing cant wait to come back

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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Please come back soon to this world famous Inn.Thank you for review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Hospitality at it's best as far as we're concerned. Personally I am a fussy traveller as I travel a lot for work so I have definite ideas of what I like and dislike. The Black Boy dates back to 1522 so don't expect anything other than old world charm in the main building, that said, they've got it spot on. We stay in Black Jacks which is an add on building at the back (still owned by the Black Boy) and the rooms are very modern but extremely comfortable. The beds are luxurious and the rooms are so clean it's unbelievable. They look brand new every time we go, not a spot of dust, bathrooms perfectly clean from top to bottom and you even get a kitchenette and dining table if you want to fend for yourself.

I would recommend not fending for yourself though, use the Black Boys restaurant! Breakfast, lunch and dinner the food is excellent and great value.

At this point I would like to give special mention to Selwyn (I hope I've got his name right?!?) the restaurant manager...FABULOUS! Hard working, professional and very friendly, we think you're great, excellent customer service skills and always smiling, thank you for looking after us so well. Sian, sorry we didn't have much time with you during this stay but it was lovely to see you again and Sian is another member of staff that has that perfect approach :) Jo on reception, thank you, very professional and friendly and Chris what can we say, everyone does you proud!

The service and hospitality is brilliant. We are always treated like old friends and although we only go once a year (we wish we could be there more often) some of the staff actually remember us each time we're there!

Amazing range of whiskeys to indulge in and try the local ale the Jack Du, my other half loves his ales and really enjoys the Jack Du.

The Black Boy is a very popular place to stay, eat and drink so during peak times booking for the restaurant is definitely recommended but this is just a sign of how good it is.

Thank you to everyone who makes our visits so enjoyable, I highly recommend the Black Boy and we look forward to our next visit.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
I would like to thank you very much for this lovely review .I will pass all your comments on to all staff particularly Delwyn and Sian.Please come back soon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

We know the area well but had never stayed at the Black Boy before. We will definitely be back! We stayed in one of their Black Jack Suites in the courtyard which was spacious , comfortable and spotless. We ate in the Inn twice and were very happy with the traditional pub meals. The breakfasts were good , particularly for those with big appetites who enjoy their food! The local produce, particularly the award-winning sausages, were scrumptious.

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blackboy673604, Owner at Black Boy Inn, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Our sausages are well known and appreciated by all our customers. Thank you for the review , please come back soon.
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Property: Black Boy Inn
Address: Northgate Street | Stryd Pedwar a Chewch, Caernarfon LL55 1RW, Wales
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Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Caernarfon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Green Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Romantic Hotel in Caernarfon
#1 Business Hotel in Caernarfon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Boy Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Boy Inn is a listed building which is situated in the historic town walls of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon. The Inn is within easy walking distance to the town centre, and the famous 13th-century Castle. An old Inn dating back to 1522 and with its wooden paneling, low ceilings, and thick wooden support beams generates a cosy 'Olde Worlde' Welsh atmosphere. The Black Boy is a very busy Inn; please do not expect it to be a slow laid back hotel. It is in the centre of the tourist hub of North Wales and long wait times can be norm in middle of summer. Come and visit us in the winter season for a more laid back feeling.We now also have Black Jacks, which is another renovated building in courtyard, at rear of Inn .Black Jacks is away from the hustle of the main Inn . All suites have small kitchen area.No lift in building.Some Ground floor rooms are easy access with walk in showers , 1st floor variety of rooms as is 2nd floor.We offer 24 hour staff attendance. When you stay in any country you must wish to stay in somewhere that reflects that country ,we certainly do majority of our staff are welsh speaking and so are the owners .Meal timesSunday to Thursday: Noon until 9.00P.M. Friday and Saturday. Noon until 9.30P.M.Table reservations can be made via reception up to 6.30P.M. Table allocation after 6.30.Pm. Will be made on availability. Waiting times can vary and an indication of any delay will be conveyed to you. To arrange a table reservation (up to 6.30P.M.)In peak season we cannot accept table bookings at all due to the volume of trade ... more   less 
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