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Bodysgallen Hall & Spa
Ranked #13 of 60 Hotels in Llandudno
Certificate of Excellence
Bucks
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84 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Lovely stay, but...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We visit Bodysgallen every year for a couple of nights.
We love the hotel & the staff are always friendly and welcoming.
BUT the price of dinner is high, in the past there has been a set menu for dinner which was reasonable. I was wondering why a friend complained about the cost of dinner! Now I know.
However, the quality of the food was good and the main course was all we needed.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Holyhead
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

My wife and I recently visited Bodysgallen Hall during a tour in the area to celebrate joint birthdays, and called one afternoon for their 'Traditional Welsh Afternoon Tea'. We were escorted into a large dark room and sat in comfortable lounge seats adjacent to a small low table. We assumed that we would be 'escorted' to a room with suitable table and chairs, but no - tea arrived followed by a selection of 8 very small sandwiches cut into fingers without crusts, and a selection of cakes. We then had to sit eating our food off our knees, not my idea of comfort. The staff were very friendly and proficient, and explained some of the history of the hall. The cost of the 'tea' was £16.50 per head and I feel very poor value. Sadly we would not visit for the advertised Sunday lunch as they certainly do not compete with local restaurants in the Conwy valley.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Saturday I went with 3 friends for afternoon tea. Fab experience the hotel and grounds are beautiful, staff warm and friendly and the tea was to die for. Finished off the treat with a meander around the lovely gardens. Lovely way to spend 3 hours with friends.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maidstone, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

Okay, start by understanding this is a Historic House Hotel owned and run by the National Trust. If you want modern surroundings and facilities, don't come here. If you want to feel like you've stepped back in time and experience some classic British hospitality then do come here!
The hotel is beautiful inside and out with wood panelled rooms, well appointed bedrooms and extensive gardens with a variety of walks.

We stayed 3 nights for my partners 40th birthday and were treated wonderfully, the porter who carried our bags told us "Bodysgallen like to make things that little bit extra special". All the staff were friendly, they talked if you wanted to and left you alone if you didn't. Perhaps that can feel stand-offish to some? But for me it was just the right balance.

We ate in the 1620 on night one - good value and plenty size portions. My partner has complicated dietary requirements and were were catered for superbly, with the waitress checking all ingredients with the chef. The same happened at dinner in the main hall the next night. They also produced a dessert not on the menu so my partner could have something sweet!

Our room was upgraded to superior - I had arranged flowers in the room - they were stunning, the bathroom was large but was downstairs which did prove tricky for during the night trips to the loo! Plenty of storage space and we used room service for dinner on Sunday as the 1620 was closed. It was a reasonable price and extremely tasty.

We also used the spa - for a massage, the gym, as well as a swim, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Again all the staff were friendly, it was lovely as the spa wasn't overrun with people. In fact the hotel feels very intimate, especially given there are only 15 rooms in the main house.

All in all it was a fabulous stay, we were sad to leave and look forward to returning. I've stayed in many luxury hotels and this was one of my most enjoyable trips.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 12, on the end of the hotel it meant it was very quiet and had a lovely window sea...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013 via mobile

We have just returned from a 10 day break at our favourite hotel "Bodysgallen".It was colder than our visit there in February,grey skies and temps of 12'.So did we enjoy our stay....Yes,mainly because this hotel can do no wrong in our eyes!The Staff are welcoming,the food delicious,the grounds magnificent,the large swimming pool and the log fires in the main rooms,all add up to a great place to stay even when the temperatures are more like winter than early summer.
The summer menu came in during our stay.The food here is of a very high standard.It is without doubt "restaurant food",and not "hotel food".there is a huge difference.The price of dinner is high for a hotel in North Wales,but the quality and culinary skills are evident for all to see when the meal is served.Outstanding dishes were....Poached breast of pigeon with nettle purée hazelnuts and wild garlic.Anglesey lamb with apricot purée and Parmesan bubbles.Rhubarb mousse with liquorice ice cream.The atmosphere in the dining room is laid back ,and not in the least intimidating.For those who want to dine on more standard food The 1620 bistro is available.So even when the weather is unkind in Wales,we know "Bodysgallen" will come up trumps for us!

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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North Wales,
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

I had not eaten in the main dining Hall at Bodysgallen since before the National trust had taken ownership of the property. However, I can assure any potential diners that it has lost none of the previous ambience and the food quality and service remain impeccable. My wife and I dined there recently to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was an epicurean delight. We enjoyed a superb meal served by a welcoming and highly efficient "front of house" team, the perfect evening. We spent last year's anniversary at the Metropole Hotel in Monte Carlo and despite their chef's multiple michelin stars he provided a repaste which acheived nowhere near the outstanding quality of dining provided for us by Chef Cheetham and his team at Bodysgallen.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Clinton, New Jersey
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Nothing is more charming than driving up to a beautiful old Welsh estate with fields filled with sheep and their newborn lambs on either side of the lane. The house is beautiful, both inside and out, in an elegant old countryside way. Most notable of all are the gardens -- they are stunning! I cannot even imagine what it must take to maintain the property. Unfortunately, the raves end there. Our room was in a cottage, pretty both inside and out. Steps up to the door are uneven and difficult to navigate. The bathroom was dated and had a steep step up into it, not a good feature for a visit to the loo in the middle of the night. Nearly ended up flat on my face on the way back out. Food in the dining room was fair, nothing to rave about.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

Property: Bodysgallen Hall & Spa
Address: The Royal Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno LL30 1RS, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Llandudno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Llandudno
#17 Romantic Hotel in Llandudno
#18 Family Hotel in Llandudno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Bodysgallen Hall & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 31
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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