After reading some positive reviews about this place and that it was returning to its former glory, we decided to book a two night stay.
Firstly the location facing the estuary, the short walk into the village, and beautiful beach make this a great base. It's the perfect place to unwind and take in the natural beauty of the surroundings, grab a coffee or walk a few miles on the clean golden sands.
Now the venue: The team at the Penhelig are warm and welcoming, and I have to say that the food was fantastic especially the evening meals served in the Bar. Breakfast was ok, although some items ran out on the cold buffet table and took ages to get replenished. Also the atmosphere was a bit flat with no background radio playing, which meant most people just sat in silence for fear of making noise.
For me the only real disappointment was the room. We had a first floor room directly above the entrance of the pub, and although it was reasonably spacious it was in desperate need of some TLC. There were two large patches of damp on the bedroom walls, and the general cleanliness could have been better. The clock radio alarm didn't work and neither did the kettle. The secondary glazing on the French doors almost come off their rails if you try to slide them back to access the doors to let in some fresh air, and could be quite dangerous as you could step out onto a flat roof without any safety rails.
The bathroom again was large, but a bit dated and with an awful shower curtain for the above bath shower. For £100 a night B&B I would have expected a higher quality room to be honest, and for that reason probably wouldn't stay again.
The cleanliness really needs to be addressed, because if you scratch the surface it definitely wasn't up to par. There's an old adage in hospitality... ''Inspect what you expect'', as this really comes down to simplicity like better management of the house keeping staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Penhelig Arms Hotel Aberdovey / Aberdyfi
- Penhelig Arms Aberdovey, Wales