Do not be taken in by flattering website pictures for the Queen's Hotel in Harlech. It is in fact located between a railway line and a main road. Neither of these are very busy, but nonetheless it's not exactly 'picturesque'. The family room we were shown had no double glazing, a broken window and a view over the industrial estate. I didn't stay long enough to test the shower, but the T.V. only produced two snowy channels. After just a few minutes on the less-than-clean premises our clothes were impregnated with the all-pervading smell of frying. Or should I say, the small of stale oil... foul. The proprietors were friendly to begin with but really need to do something about the non-existent hygiene standards on their premises.
I was thoroughly disappointed when we arrived and couldn't face staying in this shabby and sordid atmosphere so we left. I gave the proprietor 10% of what our stay should have cost, explaining sheepishly that the location wasn't what I'd expected and refraining from telling him to his face that his hotel was in my mind a filthy death-trap. Notwithstadning the 10% 'escape money' I handed over, the owner thought proper to debit my account for one night's stay as I had already given my credit card details when reserving. ( I can't imagine he'd turned down many potential guests...) Friendly? No longer.
This is the first time I have been so deceived by a website, but as I found out from other professionals locally, the Queen's Hotel doesn't belong to any trade associations and so cannot be called to account by anyone. I wonder even if they really wish to function as a place for paying guests, so far is their establishment from resembling what I would call a hotel.
My advice to the traveller: don't go there! My advice to the Queen's Hotel: clean up and renovate.
I would point out that is the first time I have ever packed up and left accommodation reserved in advance and it is also the first time I have felt strongly enough to write a review/warning.
- Also Known As:
- The Queens Hotel Harlech, Snowdonia National Park