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Harbourmaster Hotel
Ranked #2 of 12 Aberaeron B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 December 2013

Have been going to the Harbourmaster since it re-opened a few years ago - I've been so so proud and pleased that it has (sorry HAD) become one of the must visit eateries in Wales.
I visit there every year when I take my aunts out for a family get together and the Christmas lunch - this year was sadly a disapointment - the luncheon was was less tasty and the portions were smaller- noticed that hardly anyone was eating the Xmas lunch unlike years gone by, they all had the cheap option - soup and bread

Serving the drinks at the bar slipshod - example a Gin and Lemonade for one aunt - they used Brecon Gin, an award winning Welsh gin so a good start, it was poured into a measure and thrown at the glass and quite a bit missed.

I did a search on the place and notice it's for Sale, shame, maybe the owners have taken their eye off the ball or trying to be the VERY best, maybe the local council have pushed the business rates up astronomically and they have cut staff - don't know but I wish they were as good as they were

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

We had a great three nights here, extremely comfortable, delicious food including scrumptious breakfast. It is very relaxing and easy, with all the staff very friendly. The bar is buzzing with locals, making for a bit of chaos in the evenings, but great atmosphere. Aberaeron is delightfully low key, with lovely walking using the coastal path. We enjoyed being able to read our books, use our room during the day and returned home feeling very spoilt. Thank you.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

Have visited 4 or 5 times now, and thought it was time I wrote a review. So as you will no dought have guessed, we love this place. Great location, outstanding rooms (although on the pricey side) and marvellous atmosphere in the bar, with great food. The staff are always very friendly, and Dia is great - he was very accommodating one time when our planned visited was disrupted by snow and we had to rearrange (our deposit was held against our next booking).

Can't think of a reason not to visit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank nb1314
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Perfect setting, comfortable rooms with everything you need and more and beautiful food. the bilingual staff and use of the welsh language on menus and signs makes this hotel very special. I will return whenever possible

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank lemonpepper
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

We have had numerous visits to this wonderful venue and we have always had a wonderful experience. The owners and staff have got it so very right. The atmosphere is so very comfortable and the bar meals are delicious. Definately worth a visit or stay.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

We spotted this hotel a few years ago when travelling from the South of Wales to the North. Decided we would come back one day. We spent three nights here, and whilst a bit expensive, it was worth every penny. We had a room overlooking the harbour (perfect for a man mad about boats). Whilst not very big, it felt very luxurious. The bathroom was lovely, and Molton Brown toiletries were the icing on the cake. Will definitely stay here again. Aberaeron is a very picturesque little town and the surrounding area very beautiful.

Room Tip: Most definitely go for a harbour view.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We have stayed at the Harbour master several times in the past and were always pleased with the food and service. Now it is up for sale and the owners appear to have lost interest. We stayed in the Aeron Queen suite (the most expensive room) but were disappointed that the room was so hot when the sun shone and there was no way of airing the room other than by opening the bathroom skylight. The louvre shutters which act in lieu of curtains, were broken in several places and one of the bathroom towel rails fell apart as soon as we moved the towel.
On our first night we ordered the lobster special and my wife ordered the crab cakes as a starter. I had oysters as a starter (big mistake). My wife's crab cakes were like rissoles and so salty as to be inedible and one contained a thumbnail sized piece of crab shell in the first bite(she sent them back). My oysters were not properly separated from the shell and tasted rather odd. During the night I had severe stomach pains and suffered the normal consequences of eating dodgy seafood. The lobster dish was almost inedible and tasted as if the lobster had not been cooked at all, but perhaps this is the way they eat lobsters at the Harbour Master. One other problem is , that they only have butter for the bread and do not offer a low fat alternative of spread, not very healthy for people with a cholesterol problem.
All in all this is not the place it once was, and for the prices charged, does not provide the quality of food and accommodation that one would expect. I hope that the new owners make the effort to restore this quaint hotel to the fine place that it once was.

Room Tip: If you must stay, pick a room with a harbour view and avoid the sea food
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harbourmaster Hotel

Address: Quay Parade, Aberaeron SA46 0BT, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberaeron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Aberaeron
Price Range: £65 - £250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Harbourmaster Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbourmaster on the quayside in Aberaeron offers you comfort in the most idyllic of locations. This listed landmark building reopened in June 2002 after extensive renovations. We have 13 individually-designed rooms in three historic buildings - all with harbour views. In 2008 the warehouse was opened, providing a further 4 rooms. A harbour facing suite with panoramic views, two west facing sea view terrace rooms and a town view room suitable for disabled use. (lift access to these new rooms) The Restaurant and new warehouse bar specialises in fresh local produce. Come and stay for a relaxing time and watch the tides wash in and out and the sun set over the bay! ... more   less 
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Harbourmaster Hotel Aberaeron, Wales

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