Lovely old building in fantastic gardens and grounds. Very pleasant and helpful barman and porter, however......
On our arrival we were greeted by two very sour faced and miserable ladies working on reception, who gave us the impression that they felt they were doing us an enormous favour checking us in.
We stayed in one of the cottages which are in the hotel grounds, near the leisure centre. The cottage was pleasant enough although could do with the carpets and decor upgrading. We loved the seperate kitchenette area as we could make ourselves a drink, which you are (incredibly) unable to do in the main hotel rooms.
The leisure centre was o.k. but nothing special. It was very busy indeed with local members, some of which seemed to resent the hotel guests. It was impossible to use the spa bath as it was always full.
We were really looking forward to our evening meal as we had read some good reviews about the restaurant. This trip was supposed to be a complete relax for us and a real treat.
We waited in the bar for a very long time after ordering before we were called in for our meal and were seated on a table right next to a large group of diners on one table. The noise from this table became unbearable, they were singing and talking very loudly, so much so that we could not hear each other speak. We asked to be moved to another table and were seated, halfway through our meal, in another room in the restaurant. We ordered sparkling mineral water and were brought still and then we were given each others meals by a waitress, we had to swap them Fawlty Towers style! We felt we were being rushed through the three course meal, as soon as we finished one course, the next was arriving. The food was only average and the portions were truly miniscule. We were most dissappointed by the meal, for the money it was terrible value.
After the meal we thought we would be offered coffee in the lounge but coffee was apparently extra and there was nobody to serve us anyway. The lounge was empty, dark and very cold. We decided to go to the library and read in there but the lighting was too dim to read by and there was nobody else in the room. It was again cold, the atmosphere was most depressing. We gave up and went to bed.
Breakfast was o.k. but nothing special, the staff just going through the motions.
We had booked this hotel thinking it was going to be really superb. Yes, the buildings and grounds are fantastic, the location superb, otherwise our stay was very mediocre and certainly not worth the very high price tag. Red stars for service, surely not?!!!!!?!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing in over 200 acres of its own parkland to the south of Llandudno with spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle. Believed to have 13th century origins, Bodysgallen Hall provides all that is best in country house hospitality. Beautiful gardens include a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs, a rockery with a cascade, a walled rose garden, and several follies. Historic House Hotels Ltd bought and rescued the house from a dilapidated state in 1981 and restored the 17th century house and gardens. In September 2008 Historic House Hotels Ltd and its interest in all its properties were given to the National Trust to ensure their long-term protection, with all profits benefiting the houses and the charity.The 15 extremely comfortable bedrooms in the Main Hall offer several different room types, including the four elegant principal suites. Each bedroom is individually decorated and furnished with antique furniture, paintings and prints, enjoying glorious views of Bodysgallen's parkland or gardens, with some rooms having further reaching views of Conwy Castle or the distant Mountains of Snowdonia. There are 16 cottage suites with picturesque names like The Smithy, Box Cottage and Pineapple Lodge, are situated in the grounds, and provide accommodation for guests preferring a greater degree of privacy. Many cottages enjoy their own private gardens and some are in close proximity to the Bodysgallen Spa. All are charming and delightful. The Dining Room in the main hall has been awarded three rosettes for fine dining by the AA - the only restaurant in Llandudno to be awarded such - and offers imaginative meals prepared from fresh local produce and complemented by fine wine, and overlooks the gardens and has been recognised as one of the best places for Sunday Lunch in the United Kingdom by The Observer newspaper.The Spa is approached by a short walk through the garden or by a private road. Converted from an original stone built farm it contains a magnificent 50' swimming pool edged with comfortable reclining chairs, whirlpool spa bath, steam room and sauna. A superb gymnasium has all the latest technologically advanced equipment, suitable for all ranges of fitness. A comfortable Club Room is a place where guests and members can relax and enjoy drinks and light meals, which in the summer are also served on the terrace. Residential guests have full use of the Bodysgallen Spa.Bodysgallen Hall is situated about 2 miles south from Llandudno and the North Wales coast. It is surrounded by over 200 acres of beautiful gardens and wooded parkland. Bodysgallen Hall has magnificent views of Snowdonia, and Conwy Castle. It's the perfect setting for a relaxed holiday at all times of the year. The hotel is ideally placed for visiting the many historic castles and stately homes in North Wales as well as the famous golf courses that adorn the coastline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bodysgallen Hall Hotel Llandudno
- Bodysgallen Hall And Spa
- Bodysgallen Hall Llandudno
- Bodysgallen Hall & Spa Llandudno, Wales