We are experienced Warner guests and the main reason we booked this weekend was to see Ken Dodd in the autumn of his career.
Most Warner reviews mention the age group of their clientele and there is no getting away from the fact that many of the guests are as old as Ken Dodd.
Ken was very funny. 'Tears of laughter rolling down the cheeks' kind of funny. Although he forgot some of his lines, at 86 he is entitled to do so and he made a joke of it by using his band as a prompt and he is so much better than the modern alternative comedians.
The rooms (512 and 513) were very good, clean and warm with plenty of space, drink making tray and full facilities.
The dining room often gets criticised because of the nature of the service but we like it.
There is always a buffet carvery but if you don't like that you can have full waiter service for all 3 courses if you prefer.
We were put off by the fact they have introduced a charge for coffee at the table after dinner which is penny pinching.
The showtime evenings are what sets Warners apart from other Hotels and the star turn is always on the Saturday night. On Friday they had Lisa Jane Kelsey who is a musicals and opera singer turning her hand to cabaret. Very good. The resident entertainment crew cover Sunday night and all the spaces in between. They are not West End standard but they are still good. The only weak entertainer was the MC who is transferring to Alvaston this week and the less said about him the better.
There is always the quiz and dancing class part of the programme but we treat that as an option. Warners claim that they want to move towards a younger market but frankly this part of their offering will only drive away any youngsters who arrive unaware.
The hotel is billed as a castle but this is an overstatement. It is a hall with castellations and a stately home/museum attached which also has castellations. Don't expect to stay in a castle.
The staff were mostly friendly and helpful but our waiter for Sunday dinner was out of his depth and I concluded that he was probably a temp.
The MC claimed that Bodelwyddan had won the 'Warner of the year' award for 2013 but all 4 of us wondered how, because Warners have better venues than this one.
Lastly it's worth mentioning that Warners are still offering discounts of up to 50% and this made this weekend away a real bargain.
Anybody seeking 5 star luxury won't find it here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning Grade II listed Historic Hotel has walled gardens, sweeping lawns and ivy clad turrets. Soak up the rolling Welsh hillsides, or take in the scenery from the top of nearby Snowdon. Midweek and Weekend breaks inclusive of breakfast and 3-course dining, live evening entertainment and extensive leisure activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Warner Leisure Hotels Bodelwyddan Castle Historic Hotel Wales