I met up with extended family and friends in Llandudno for a weekend, and they had booked us all into the Risboro Hotel. Having read the reviews on TripAdvisor, I was convinced that the weekend would be a disaster. Bathroom tiles hanging off? Terrible service? Dirty rooms? Smelly toilets? It certainly didn't look good!
I was very wrong – and so were a lot of the reviews I’d read. Yes, there was a slightly loose tile in the gents. One. But it didn’t smell, and it certainly didn’t hinder my bathroom activities.
Yes, the rooms need a little updating – the avocado bathroom suite was a bit seventies, but it was in perfect working order and I was in no way disappointed that the view from the throne was a few years out of date. The bedroom was clean, tidy and comfortable.
As for the service, I couldn’t give high enough praise. From the moment we arrived at reception to find a cheerful young lady who offered a welcoming smile and as much assistance as we could ever need, to the General Manager who took the time to meet and greet guests, socialize with them and generally make the hotel an altogether great place to be.
The restaurant was clean, spacious and welcoming and the food was absolutely fine. You can’t expect gourmet cuisine for twenty-nine quid a night dinner, bed and breakfast. I didn’t even expect good, wholesome food served in good time by friendly, attentive waiting staff – but that’s what we got.
The entertainment was this hotel’s crowning glory. I’ve seen a lot of shows over the years, but nothing could prepare me for what we were treated to in the hotel Ballroom on the Saturday night. A young singer opened the show with a fantastic selection of music. Fifties rock’n’roll, sixties pop, eighties stuff, you name it. He oozed charisma, and had the most incredible voice. We were all having a wonderful time, it just couldn’t get much better. Then it did. After a short break, the same guy came back on stage as Elvis Presley. Full outfit, hair, the works. Then, in a flash, he was dressed as the Blues Brothers, Meatloaf and Even Tina Turner!! He was joined on stage by another guy, and they sang songs from Grease, Sister Act, Abba, all in the appropriate outfits – it was simply breathtaking.
The people who are running the Risboro Hotel have just been there a few months, I gather. It looks like the place might have been a bit let down in the past, but rest assured the new people have moved Hell and Earth to bring the place back to life and they continue to do so. An absolutely sterling effort by each and every member of staff, and boy oh boy what fantastic results.
Don’t be put off by bad reviews – This place is on the up and up, and it really is worth a visit – especially while the rates are still so reasonable!! What a fantastic weekend. A big, big thank you to all of the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Risboro is perfectly placed for exploring the beauties and historic treasures of North Wales. Anglesey, Snowdonia, and the scenic Conwy and Denbigh coasts surround the Victorian resort of Llandudno which stands on the low isthmus that joins the Limestone rock of The Great Orm to the mainland. The Gardens of Bodnant and the Castles of Conwy, Penrhyn, Canaerfon and Beaumaris are all close by as are the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park and the Great Little Trains of Wales Llandudno boasts two beaches—the North shore with its elegant crescent of hotels and Victorian pier, and the wilder west shore, famous for inspiring Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland, with its sand dunes and fabulous views towards the mountains, the Menai Straits and the medieval walled town of Conwy. The Risboro sits between the two beaches at the foot of the Orm—a stone’s throw from the tram station for the summit of the Orm and at the western end of the vibrant town centre. with its wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Whatever your age there is a great holiday awaiting you here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Llandudno Hotel Risboro
- Risboro Hotel Llandudno
- The Risboro Hotel Llandudno, Wales