Having stayed here several times over the last few years, my wife and I were somewhat sorry to see a fall in standards which used to be so excellent.
Firstly the still very good points. The staff, without exception were very friendly and welcoming. They were all very young. The rooms were very clean except for things which I will mention later. The beds were very comfortable. At weekends, breakfast is served until 10.30. The hotel is in a very good location for shopping and about half a mile from the railway station.
Now for some unfortunate points, which can be overcome if concerned by the Company. There were stains on the once beautiful bedroom carpets which could easily be cleaned and in our room there was blood under the lavatory rim. When this was pointed out, the manager immediately transferred us to a suite.
There were other little niggling things like chipped crockery, frayed towels, no soap in the dispenser and while we were ther the fridges were removed from all the rooms. Could this be so that guests would be compelled to buy all their drinks from the bar!!
At breakfast, some ingredients on the menu were unavailable and boiled eggs served in a cardboard egg container as no egg cups available.
The food for lunch and dinner was now pub grub when Italian dishes used to be served. I stress that excellent dinners are still served at Alfred's. which belongs to the Blueberry just a couple of doors away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blueberry Inn is a unique hotel located in the centre of Pontypridd, South Wales. Owned by the Pontypridd Market Company and formerly known as the Market Tavern, this 5 storey building underwent a drastic overhaul, with refurishments taking up to two years for completion. The Blueberry Inn had a grand re-opening in December 2008 which did not disappoint, worth waiting two years for the Blueberry Inn shocked and amazed with its dramatic makeover, what was once the Market Tavern seemed completely unrecognisible with many finding it hard to believe it was the same building. The Blueberry will blow you away with it's attention to detail and design. All the rooms are fully equipped with all the mod cons and have all the comfort's you would expect from a top end hotel. The building itself is host to a superb bar and restaurant serving a variety of exquisite cuisine, with breakfast available from 7am, lunch specials from 12pm and a la carte from 6pm. Also host to two exceptional function rooms, on the first floor, the kalma lounge, a boudair themed function room that has played host to a variety of events from wedding receptions to charity nights. Down in the basement you will find the Glo bar, the smallest of the two, this ice themed room with built in wall water features is a real favourite for childrens parties. On the whole the Blueberry Inn is a real gem in the heart of the Valleys and worth a visit for whatever the occasion ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blueberry Inn Pontypridd, Wales