Our visit to Tynycornel Hotel began badly when we were told that there was no chef in that evening "Weren't you told when you phoned earlier? You should have been." We were a bit miffed about that as we'd only booked 4 hours earlier and the hotel is somewhat distant from other restaurants.
Our hearts sank even further when we discovered the reason why there was no chef. Apparently the hotel went into administration in April and has been run by the bank ever since, which won't put any money into staff costs, upkeep or, in fact, anything at all. The day we stayed there was only accommodation available in the outside extensions as the heating was broken on the top floor of the main building and there was no money to fix it.
This really does show in the appearance of the hotel: wallpaper beginning to peel in places, stains, tired upholstery and the a horribly soft and saggy bed. Nevertheless, our room (Swan) had a lovely view across the lake, was well proportioned and had a good bathroom.The heating worked fine in there, including underfloor.
Not surprisingly, the place was almost empty. There were two other couples staying there, but we didn't see them until breakfast the following morning, so spent a very quiet evening in the lounge area using the free wifi and reading.
Apart from the beautiful surroundings, which are always stunning, the main plus point of our stay was the wonderful Geraint. He was the only staff member on duty in the entire hotel, but looked after us beautifully, pouring our drinks, serving us sandwiches to make up for the lack of chef and, in the morning, produced a lovely Welsh breakfast which was perfectly cooked. It seems like he is horribly taken for granted and we'd employ him like a shot if we were in the business.
The hotel has apparently been bought by new owners and we really hope that they'll bring the building back up to standard and treasure Geraint as a valued member of staff. We will be back, but only when we've heard that investments have been made and things have improved.
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- Also Known As:
- T'Yn y Cornel Hotel Talyllyn, Wales