I frequently stay in Holiday Inns, mainly for business trips. The main reason for using them is that you generally know what to expect in advance. The one thing they are not is memorable. Not so the Ty'r Graig Castle.
It is hotels such as these where the reviews on Tripadvisor are invaluable – and I have found that it is a pretty reliable barometer as to what to expect. As others have stated, we were greeted with a great welcome from the proprietors Janette & Khalid who proved to be excellent hosts throughout our stay. Mention must also be made of the chef Jackie who often served the food as well; her enthusiasm was quite infectious! This all contributed towards the pleasant, relaxed atmosphere which we enjoyed and very much appreciated.
We had booked a standard double room. While it was on the small side, the en-suite shower room was positively cramped, measuring the same width as the shower tray (approximately 2’6”) by 8’. If I stayed again, I would book a large double (at additional cost). That aside, the room was clean and comfortable.
The food was a highlight – as others have commented it was very good indeed. In addition, we found the pace of table service to be very good with gaps in between courses to be about right – not so long as to make you feel you’d been forgotten and not so short as to make you feel as if you’re being rushed. Although the menu didn’t change, there was enough choice to try a variety of dishes if you are staying for a few days. The wine list was fine, and reasonably priced, but the selection of beers was rather disappointing – only two, Worthingtons on draught and Budweiser in bottles. (I accept this is not a large establishment, and a larger choice of draught beer is probably not justifiable, but a wider choice of bottled beer would be welcome). Traditional breakfasts are on offer, and these too were excellent with a wide choice of ‘cooked’.
It was generally quiet – the rooms looking towards the sea (I think most of them do) are on the opposite side to the road – we could hear no traffic noise, but there is a railway not too far away, albeit passing the hotel at a much lower level. My wife was awoken at 4am with a train rumbling along. It isn’t an especially busy line, and I suspect that most people would not find the noise too intrusive.
Finally, one major plus point – this is a totally non-smoking hotel. This gave us much confidence that our room would not smell of stale cigarette smoke. In fact, there is a note that states if anyone does smoke in the bedroom, £50 will be added to their bills to get rid of the smell! I wish more hotels would do this.
Would I stay here again? Definitely, but with the caveat of booking a Large double room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A landmark Victorian castle-hotel situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, overlooking Cardigan Bay. Approx. 1/2 mile out of Barmouth. An excellent base for anyone wishing to explore the surrounding areas. Recently described by a guest as 'an oasis of calm' it sits proudly between the mountains and the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ty`r Graig Castle Hotel Barmouth
- Ty'r Graig Castle Barmouth, Wales