We stayed here for 3 nights in order to visit Portmerion. The building is and old one but well maintained, Another block has been built behind it in the car park at the back. We were greeted with a warm smile and found all the staff helpful, kindly and efficient. The main lounge/reception was a victorian triumph with comfy leather wing chairs and chesterfield sofas, large heavy fireplaces (which I would imagine would make it very cosy in winter with a fire in them), heavy gold framed pictures on the walls, big lamps and chandeliers. A doorway to the bar led off to one end which was a busy spot but not too noisy. They held a quiz in there one night and bargain bar meals were available there. At the other end of the main reception hall was the dining room - a symphony in pink! We had breakfast and dinner there each day and found the quality and choice to be superb, perfectly cooked with a change of menu daily. We enjoyed live singers in there each evening, but not sure if they are a daily event. Our room was at the front of the hotel so we had a lovely view down the village and across the bay. The bed was very comfortable and everywhere was spotless.The new en-suite shower room was modern, recent. The only problem was that the Saniflo unit was grumbly - we could hear everyone else's nearby too and there was a faint, strange smell in the room.That said, we didn't find it a problem and never lost sleep over it. It just cost them their extra point! I would recommend the Lion for anyone needing a base in the area, it seemed to be the most happening place in the village. Criccieth is a very sleepy place with pebbly beaches and a castle.The Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadoc was about 10 minutes drive away and the same distance to Portmerion, which I can highly recommend. Black Rock Sands is the nearest beach accessed by a long, winding, unsigned lane, is worth the time to visit - miles of golden sand - you drive along the beach, It's ideal for kite surfing, sand sailing, and sailboarding, and of course long walks in the surf! Wonderful! Go and enjoy!
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- The Lion Hotel Criccieth, Wales