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The Lion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Criccieth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I stayed for three nights with seventeen fellow golfers as a base camp for rounds of golf in the area. The hotel is fairly average and a little tatty in places but it was clean and comfortable and the staff were all helpful and friendly (with one exception when we tried to reserve an area of the bar to eat). The breakfast choice was good and all local produce. We ate in the bar on two nights and the food as very good and good value for money. The bar served four different local beers but they were all fairly similar. The hotel is well placed in the centre of the town. Overall a pleasant enough stay.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed at the Lion Hotel for 3 nights with 2 other couples. As we have a dachshund dog, we were put into their Annexe. Great view of Cricceith castle from the room, the only downside was we had no hot showers for 2 days. When we phoned the reception at 7.10am on the Sunday morning after finding out we had no hot water, we got a sleepy person telling my husband to get dressed and go and find the housekeeper! Interesting! An hour later, on the way to breakfast, we found the housekeeper who went to try and sort it out. That evening when we returned to the hotel, we went to reception and were told that the problem could not be fixed as the plumber who was called out did not have a spare part with him. They gave us a key for another room in the hotel (we could not move to it because of the dog), so we could use the shower in the morning. Next morning I felt like I was on a camping holiday going from the Annexe to the main hotel to use their facilities in my dressing gown to have a shower. On the day of departure, we settled our bill, the hotel deducted a small token of £20 off our bill, but it was very inconvenient not having a shower in your own room.

The other 2 couples had problems with late night drinkers sitting outside the hotel main entrance until midnight-1am and a TV that did not work, which even though reported, nobody came to look at it.

The photo of Lion Hotel is a bit misleading as it shows roads which I thought were within their grounds, but are actually side roads. I thought the tarmac areas were car parking spaces within their property.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Joyce W
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I stayed for three nights with my husband and two other couples. Our room was at the front on the second floor and was very nice. It was comfortable, clean and had a really great sea view. Each day the bins were emptied and the tea/milk was replenished, but on the second evening when we returned from our touring, we found the quilt almost thrown onto the bed with a good foot of empty quilt cover at the top end. I had to remove it and replace it properly before we could retire. The following day I made the bed before we left so I knew it would be ok on our return! . The breakfast was all buffet which we rather liked and was varied and plentiful. We also ate at the hotel every evening and found the meals to be tasty and reasonably priced. However one of the party had duck one evening which she found to be very dry, so that may not be the best choice. All the staff we met were pleasant and helpful and we enjoyed our stay. However not all our party were happy and there were problems with the hot water in the annexe. Although we slept quite well, there was quite a lot of noise from other guests who were drinking in the garden until after midnight, and in general the hotel did not really quieten down until about 1am.

Room Tip: Choose a room in the main hotel. Those facing the front have the best views, but the sun does shine...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Carol E
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Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed here over the bank holiday weekend for one night. We stayed in the annex as we had two dogs with us. I think it's fantastic that it has the annex which is dog friendly, as most places aren't nowadays. The only trouble was that we were on the ground floor and the people above us were quite noisy waking us up quite early!!! The rooms are also very small and we could barely fit the two dogs beds in the room. The rooms also need a lick of paint and a bit of TLC. We would say that anymore than one night would be a bit too much, particularly as the rooms as so small. But the staff were very welcoming and the location is great would defiantly recommend it for a short one night stay if passing through.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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1  Thank VeeHigh88
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We stayed as a party of eight golfers on a package.

The hotel itself is in the heart of Criccieth and convenient for the courses we played.

At £40 - £45 a night B&B it's fair value but the rooms were small (we were in the annexe) and the whole place is a bit tired.

For the three nights we were there the main body of guests were elderly people on coach tours and this just about sums the place up.

Breakfasts were fine with a decent choice, we dined in one evening with mixed responses. Other restaurants in town are better.

The staff were all helpful and very pleasant.

No complaints, but nothing to get excited about.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank John F
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

The Lion Hotel is a fantastic place to stay, providing excellent accommodation, Food and Service throughout our three day Golf break for 21 golfers.
The level of service received is of 5 star quality, but at a very reasonable price.
The late arrival and check in of guests was dealt with professionally and staff even ensured that a late bar was available for thirsty golfers.
Our group will certainly use the hotel again and would recommend to anyone.
A big thank you must go to Gwenda and all staff for their hospitality and making us feel so welcome.
Jeff Watkins. Hesketh Golf Club

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Our stay was for three nights paying £240 which I thought was good value.On arrival we were told that we were staying in the rooms within the annex at the back of the hotel accessed via the car park.Room seemed quite small for a double but was clean and easy accessible from the car which was a plus (didn't need to lug cases etc up stairs) so we felt comfortable despite the small size. However the problem came as we were in the room on the ground floor with a second floor above us. We had two different persons in the flat above us who decided to get up early ie 6.30am first night and 5.30am the second night ,which disturbed us as we could clearly hear them walking about. It appears that insulation is non existent. I am sorry to write this but felt a need as it did spoil the stay somewhat despite the staff being very helpful and friendly and the meals (bar meals which we opted for) were exceptionally good value for money!! Also the breakfast was excellent and again the staff very helpful.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Y Maes, Criccieth LL52 0AA, Wales
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Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Criccieth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Criccieth
Price Range: £67 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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