We booked 2 nights here as a result of a write-up in the National Trust magazine. To make the journey more economical we booked a night at a B&B in Chester, (Edgar's House, reviewed elsewhere). The hotel was comfortable and the staff polite and reasonably attentive. There were few guests staying, all well over retirement age! Our room was large and well appointed and all the bathroom facilities worked well - they don't always!
In the evening we went down for dinner, found the bar with some difficulty and again were well looked after. We were brought menus and here bells began to ring: not a great deal of choice, a great deal of French and high prices. We found it difficult to choose. To cut a long story short we found the meal poor, lacking in taste and colour and generally uninteresting. We did wonder if it was us and are now interested to read a report saying it was worse than motorway services. Well maybe we would not go that far but it was certainly not "fine dining" as it was described,
The other irritation was having no hostess tray in the room. If one wanted a cup of tea or coffee it had to be ordered: it arrived promptly and was very good but sometimes one just wants to do it - oh and of course it cost extra each time.
The hotel has a separate Bistro where we dined the second night. It was much better than the restaurant!
Our 2 day special break cost us £300 per night, twice the cost of the B&B in Chester and certainly no more comfortable.
Above all, we were never given the impression that we mattered to the staff!
- 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