This old stone hotel in the pass in the midst of the breathtaking, if small, rocky mountains of North Wales hosted the first Himalayan expedition - Hilary and Tenzing's signatures on the bar ceiling! The mattresses were lumpy, but the hospitality cozy and welcoming, the food good, and the place caters as much to climbers and hikers as to motoring tourists. The bathtub down the hall was breathtakingly wonderful for a bath fanatic - and lots of hot water for those sore muscles. There are fabulous rugged day-walks from the front door - including a trail up Yr Wydfa (Snowdon), and you can request a box lunch for the road. Local buses serve this crossroads, though not frequently. I come back again and again to this spot - the incredibly green hillsides, the blue lakes, the windswept rocks, the history of conquest and resistance, where Welsh is still spoken by many locals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 18th century 3rd generation family run mountain inn nestled in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park with a history for British mountaineering with memorabilia from the 1953 Everest expedition in the bar along with many Famous signatures. We have en suite and traditional rooms, there is a sauna and natural pool in our extensive gardens with Snowdon and many other fantastic walks right on our doorstep. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pen y Gwryd
- Pen Y Gwryd Hotel Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park