We booked to stay in the Prince Llywelyn on Saturday night past as my wife and I were visiting some of her relatives who live locally and wanted somewhere cost effective to stay (£60 for a double room). The outside of the pub is very picturesque, and the inside is typical country pub style, albeit requiring a bit of a revamp. On arrival, the Chef/manager and a bar girl greeted us warmly even though they had just opened, and allowed us to check in early at mid-day which was nice.
We were shown to room 3, and it was plain to see that the corridors were shabby and had seen better days, as had the room which was actually a bit of a shock, as it was definitely not one of the rooms shown on either the booking website or the Pub/Hotels own website. It was very tatty indeed, with ancient furnishings and fittings and was in desperate need of new wallpaper and a repaint. The room was however very clean. On the positive side, there were full tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer which whilst of cheap quality, were brand new. There was also a small brand new flat screen TV and complimentary shower gel, soap and shampoo. The bed and bedding looked to be brand new also. If this had not been the case I would have made a complaint and asked to be changed to a different room.
What is a little strange is that on being show to our room, most of the doors to the other bedrooms had been propped open and they were much nicer than the room we were shown to. If there is nobody else staying, why were we not given one of these rooms?
We unfortunately found that we were unable to lock the door to the room on the outside, but as it turned out we were the only people staying in the hotel, and we did not leave any valuable in the room so this did not bother us. Also, on returning to the hotel after visiting relatives, we had a beer in the bar which was very pleasant, amongst locals. On retiring to bed we found that the main bedroom light did not work, although a large fluorescent tube light on the far wall did work, which did the job. It was a bit chilly, but a portable heater was provided.
We had a reasonably comfortable nights sleep, but I was awoken by the pub goers leaving the pub at 2am. The actual breakfast/dining room was very tired with tatty decoration and chairs, but was nevertheless nicely presented, and Steve the Chef allowed us to pick the time we wanted for breakfast which was great. His full cooked breakfast was very tasty indeed, and was complimented with the basic coffee and orange juice provided.
Overall, the service was very friendly and pleasant, but the pub/hotel itself is in desperate need of investment. I feel that £60 with breakfast was an acceptable rate, but if I had known the standard of the room would be so poor, I would have paid more to go elsewhere. It was more the standard of a tired Youth Hostel than that of a Pub Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- I Have recently taken this Hotel over in the past few months as a manager to accomodate for better standards and keeping up our reputation for excellent traditional quality locally produced food at a reasonable price with a good selection on the children's menu and an outstanding reputation for real ale, lagers, ciders and a selection of fine wines. We are renound for being a children and dog friendly hotel and we are now working on our rooms re-decorating them but they all have a new comfortable bed with fresh linen and a flat screen TV with built in DVD player to make your stay as cosy as possible for a budget priced hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prince Llewelyn Hotel Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Park