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“Fading beauty offers excellent value for money”
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Bryn Howel Hotel
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Llangollen
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Fading beauty offers excellent value for money”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

This hotel must have peaked in terms of refurbishment about 30 years ago, but it still offers a very pleasant experience in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen. The winter offer of B&B for £10 pp if you eat the £25 dinner (ie £70 D, B & B for 2) is excellent value for money, but £25 for dinner would not by itself represent value.
The hotel is warm, clean and comfortable. Restaurant food fresh and compotently cooked
Saw in the local paper that the hotel is up for sale - if the new owners invest in refurbishment the hotel could warrant higher ratings.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Rooms on the small side, we were in the eves - nice bathroom with roll top bath.
Hotel is about a 5 minute drive to town.. so cannot have a drink unless you get a cab back. Grounds are beautiful with lovely walks.
Breakfast ok but nothing special - serving staff a little snooty.
Stay at the whitewater hotel instead - much nicer with more facilities and a 5 minute walk to town.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2012

We were more than a little apprehensive when our daughter and her fiance chose to have her wedding 150 miles from home but we need not have worried. Arrangements were made with their very professional organiser Sandra, and the staff on the day delivered the goods in an efficient but unobtrusive way. We had rooms booked either side of the stay and so enjoyed walks along the canal, beautiful views, with food and service of a high standard. A wedding can be a stressful time but Sandra, Patrick and the rest of the staff took the strain while we had a thoroughly enjoyable family occasion. Well done!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Recently booked into The Bryn Howel (Jan 2012) with my husband for the Winter Half board offer and we couldn't have chosen a more perfect hotel and location!
I loved the fact that the hotel is so full of character with beautiful gardens and surroundings. All of the staff were very warm and welcoming and offered a friendly service that you just don't seem to get anymore. The room was basic but felt very cosy, clean, spacious and very warm (it was below freezing outside) with the most beautiful views! The area around the hotel is perfect for nice walks and being right on the canal you can take as short or long a walk you like! We booked online & the offer included full use of the spa facilities in their sister hotel The Wild Pheasant but unfortunately when we enquired at check in we were told they had a problem with the water so the spa was closed. We did however have a large jacuzzi-bath in the on-suite so made full use of that instead which completely made up for not being able to use the spa!
The 3 course evening meal was amazing, very good, home cooked, quality food. There was a good choice on the menu and the service was excellent. The breakfast the following morning was just as enjoyable, with a choice of hot & cold food and piping hot plates.
Everyone has a different standard of opinion when it comes to hotels and depending on the nature or reason for the stay, for me the Bryn Howel is the ideal place if you're looking for a relaxed, chilled-out, romantic experience.
I'd love to stay at this hotel again in a different season to experience the full beauty of the surroundings.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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jordandonnelly1
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

I stayed there for two nights in December 2011 for a friend's wedding. The hotel is set in beautiful surroundings and the views from the bedroom windows are superb.
The rooms are clean and well presented (possibly a little tired around the edges!) and are very spacious.
The breakfast in the mornings was excellent with a great buffet choice of both hot and cold foods. Everything tasted very fresh and was a great start to the day.
The staff at the hotel were all extremely friendly and on our second night it was great to be offered free portions of the sticky toffee Pudding that had been served at the wedding the previous night. We also ate in the bar area and the food was again delicious.
I strongly recommend taking a stroll along the canal into the town centre of Llangollen - incredibly beautiful with its train station that looks like something from Harry potter and rolling welsh hills in the distance.
A great base to set off for walking the hills - or, like we did, a short walk to the pub!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Had booked in to another local hotel and on arrival swiftly changed our mind and was reccomended the Bryn Howel. A Fantastic suggestion! A warm welcome and good service all round. We booked in for the Half Board package, and when my wife could not choose they asked what she would be interested in and they cooked that, Service you just dont seem to get any more. The communal areas could do with a bit of work, and please could they get rid of the awful fake flowers everywhere!!!! Overall a friendly hotel that easily could be overlooked as it is a bit out of town.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lancashire
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

A very pleasant stay. The Bryn Howel Hotel has a lot going for it and gets all the basics right. A great location on the canal near Llangollen and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Although we stayed on a Saturday night the price was reasonable.The hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful.
Our room was a good size, it may not have had ultramodern decor but was clean with a nice jacuzzi bath.
After a busy day we did not feel like a restaurant meal so opted for a meal from the more than adequate bar menu. We had lamb as our main course and it was well cooked, tasty and of excellent quality. Breakfast was well organised with piping hot plates and a good selection of self service food.
We will be happy to come back again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bryn Howel Hotel
Address: Bryn Howel Lane, Llangollen LL20 7UW, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Denbighshire > Llangollen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Llangollen
#4 Family Hotel in Llangollen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bryn Howel Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bryn Howel Hotel the most perfect setting for your perfect day, Set in the spectacular Dee Valley, alongside the Llangollen Canal absolutely outstanding views, Our aim is to provide perfect service and excellent food to all guests regardless of your choice of dining be it in our famous lounge bar with its oak wood paneled surround and blazing open fire, to the amazing Ceder Tree Restaurant both of which have undergone major investment. Our award winning team of chefs are here to cater for your requirements, What ever they may be. The service team have undergone intense training to ensure your requirements are carried out to the letter, we pride our reputation on our standards of service, refer to Facebook or TripAdvisor for your satisfaction. ... more   less 
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