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Harbourmaster Hotel
Ranked #2 of 12 Aberaeron B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We treated ourselves to a fabulous weekend at The Harbourmaster in the Aeron Queen. Although it's the most expensive room, it was worth every penny to sleep with the huge doors open overlooking the harbour and the sea breeze blowing in all night. If you are looking for an early quiet night, this room is not for you on a warm summers night, as the revellers and the great atmosphere from the bar spill outside. There are lots of quieter rooms in the hotel. Bed is huge with beautiful comfy linen and pillows, bathroom has a lovely roll top bath big enough for two. The food and service is superb. Squid with chorizo, Carlingford Oysters, Lobster with Asian slaw all absolutely faultless, I could eat the Squid for my last supper! Breakfast can be taken as late as 11.45am in the bar (main menu only, no buffet but choice is perfectly adequate). Welsh rarebit was perfect brunch to set us up for lovely walk to New Quay, beautiful views. If I could add one more luxury it would be turndown service, so maybe 4.5 overall! We will absolutely be back.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is a gem of a place. Right on the harbour, looking out across the water, a sea view from some of the windows. Beautifully appointed and comfortable rooms with hairdryers, bath robes, soft slippers, homemade biscuits and proper teapigs and coffee. Bed and duvet extremely comfortable. Food is also delicious, so a stay is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

My wife and I treated ourselves to a well deserved kids-free weekend. Aberaeron is a beautiful place and so chilled out and relaxing. It’s lovely how all the houses are each painted a different pastel colour. The Harbourmaster was the cherry on the top. The staff work extremely hard and we found them to be very accommodating and polite. We stayed in the Gwalia room which has a lovely view of the harbour and some sea. Everything was very clean and the room is a lovely balance of modern, old and quirky (as is the rest of the hotel). The evening meal (three courses) is very nice - I would recommend the Scallops starter followed by the Monkfish main (I’m not much of a dessert person so take your pick). The breakfast is great, especially as you can combine the vast buffet selection with hot meal choices. The bar is bustling in the evening and we loved that - some reviewers have called it rowdy but we didn’t think so, just merry and we couldn’t hear any noise from revellers when we got back to our room on the floor above. Yes, this is an expensive place but it was a ‘treat’ and we loved every minute!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This was our second trip to the Harbourmaster, and it was just as good this time as the last. We stayed in the Martha Jane room, which had a lovely terrace where you could just about see the sea. The meal we had in the bar was excellent - best squid I have eaten in a long time, and the meal the next night in the restaurant was also good - though the restaurant was very busy and quite noisy.
There are nice touches at the Harbourmaster such as home-made biscuits in the room, fresh milk and cosy blankets for sitting outside at night.
Aberaeron is a lovely place to visit, and we were blessed with lovely weather.
We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

On a day trip to Aberaron, the glorious weather tempted us to stay over. We found excellent accommodation (no 3 Pen Cei next door), and booked a meal at the Harbourmaster - normally a safe haven. By coincidence, we sat next to another couple, and we all ordered the same - welsh lamb, dauphinoise potatoes, ratatouille, It arrived (as always) well cooked, a great looking plate of food, but then it all went wrong. The cook (I hesitate to say "chef") had used at least a handful of salt per plate, more a preservative than seasoning. He had clearly learned his trade on a 3 master taking 2 months to reach the West Indies, with weevils and ship's biscuits for company. Three of us decided not to ask for a replacement meal, and the only compensation offered to us was an extra glass of wine, which we didn't want. We were charged the full price of over £60 for two meals, and felt that there was no real apology or interest taken in what had happened. The Harbourmaster, while very popular, is beginning to lose some of its well earned gloss if this is the best they can manage. Such a pity.

It doesn't take much to spoil a nice evening, and this came close. We settled for watching a fantastic sunset fade away at the harbour wall, and the hope that next time we visit Aberaron and possibly the Harbourmaster the memory of the salt mines will be long gone!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Teresa M
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

We turned up on the spur of the moment on Saturday night. The welcome and hospitality was lovely. Food well worth it. Accommodation on a par if not better than boutique hotels we have stayed at. Breakfast well you have to stay to experience it. Diolch

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I took my wife here for her birthday for two nights , we booked the restaurant for the evening for fifteen friends and had to change it to 17 as a couple more turned up , it was no trouble at all for the staff to accommodate the extra people and we were all served with beautiful food by very professional staff The room we had booked was the Aeron Queen which was beautiful with a view over the harbour, you could lay in bed with the French doors open watching the boats bob about in the water , the bathroom was very well appointed , and then for the morning when you go down for a lovely breakfast , we have stayed in this hotel before and shall be going to again

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 855David
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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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