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“The Queen's Hotel:where NOT to stay in Harlech, Wales”
Review of The Queens Hotel

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The Queens Hotel
Ranked #12 of 14 Harlech B&B and Inns
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“The Queen's Hotel:where NOT to stay in Harlech, Wales”
Reviewed 25 April 2009

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.

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Property: The Queens Hotel
Address: Snowdonia National Park, Harlech LL46 2UF, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Harlech
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Harlech
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
The Queens Hotel Harlech, Snowdonia National Park

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