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“Such a Treat!”
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Pen Y Gwryd Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nant Gwynant
Certificate of Excellence
St Ives, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Such a Treat!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

It was a joy to stay at the Pen Y Gwryd, having admired it from the outside for over 40 years!
The rooms and furnishings are simple and old fashioned in the nicest possible way.
The hotel was warm and beautifuly clean.
The staff were helpful and professional and everyone had a smile.
The food was wholesome and delicious.
It made an Autumn visit to Snowdonia really memorable. Thank you!

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

I have frequented the Hotel during the days of Chris Briggs and later on when his daughter Jane took over the business and now her sons. It never lost any of traditional value or standards,and remains the most reputable Hotel in a unique setting. I have had a wonderful weekend, and the evening meal was truly fantastic,so compliments to the chef.I must also say how very pleasant and helpful the girls behind the bar and waiting on at meal times,they are a credit to themselves and to the Hotel, Long may it all continue.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

This is where it all started. The pioneer Victorian climbers and the 1953 Everest expedition all climbed from this hotel. The hotel is unspoilt and harks back to simpler times. My room was comfortable, the food was filling, the company was excellent and the service was great.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

This is a really different hotel. As well as walkers there were several older couples like ourselves. We played darts and table tennis in the evening before dinner, which was a pleasant change from the usual entertainment. The food is excellent and the helpings huge. I would recommend their pecan pie. I would love to have had a swim in the natural outside pool and then a warm up in the sauna but was too tired after a days walking. It was our second time staying there and I would recommend it to all ages.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reading UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

My wife and I managed to get a kid-free two-day mountain break. Arriving at the PYG hotel on Wednesday evening was the most friendly and informal check-in process we've ever had: "You must be the last of the guests, here's the key, we'll see you in bar for a drink later or at breakfast".

The Garden room (booked for it's en-suite and four poster bed) could have used a little airing, but was very comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful, breakfast (8:30 - 9:00) was spot-on, as was was dinner (fixed sitting at 7:30). Both mornings there was a packed lunch available that would satisfy even the biggest appetite (e.g. mine).

Where the PYG really scores though is that it is a living museum of climbing; from a ceiling covered in famous signatures from Edmund Hillary to Doug Scott and Don Whillans to a host of climbing gear from the '53 Everest expedition; the place just oozes character and atmosphere.

There's even a natural outside pool (mini lake) and a sauna.

The perfect place for a mountain getaway.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Having stayed here during the '70s and '80s whilst honing my skills in rock climbing in Wales, I judged this a perfect place to take my two grand children to stay before their first attempt at the summit of Wales' highest mountain. An isolated location gives a slight feeling of pioneering. The place is steeped in the history of the original members of the successful Everest ascent having stayed here whilst preparing for their summit bid. Mrs Pulley was the then very strict landlady and the 'gong' was rung at precisely 7.30 pm for dinner and also 8.30 am for breakfast! There is no television or telephone in the rooms and one must use communal toilets and bathrooms. Also there are no keys for the bedrooms ( although these may be locked from the inside). The staff, as in the past, are from Scandinavia. Before it used to be Denmark, now it is Sweden - and very friendly and helpful they still are!
The bedrooms are sparse, clean and cosy. The dining room is old fashioned, quaint and perfectly acceptable. The snug bar is covered in history and in the winter has a warm coal fire. Both dinner and breakfast are of a high standard, with the food fresh and tasty. The whole experience is a flash back in time and most enjoyable it was too! The bus from the stop outside takes one to Pen-Y-Pass in 3 minutes although we walked it as we would have had to wait an hour! We climbed the mountain and enjoyed our stay before heading for Zip World where the kids hurtled 400 mtrs through the air above Bethesda quarry.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

This is a hotel for walkers and like minded people. Steeped in history from Tensing and Hillary's ascent of Everest in 1953 this hotel exudes charm and history and is a complete joy to stay at. The views of Snowdon and the Glyders surround the building and if you decide to brave the temperature of the natural pool in the garden then you can enjoy these views whilst swimming. Heat up in the sauna beforehand to really feel the benefits.
There are numerous walks from the front door so there's always an option to come by train (Betws Y Coed), then a bus or taxi to the hotel.
Don't come here expecting to be able to order your skinny machiato coffee and copy of the Observer delivered to your door - this is not the hotel for you...instead be sounded to dinner and breakfast by a nepalese gong, take a soak in the victorian bath tub and chat amongst fellow walkers in he residents cosy lounge.
Every inch of the place is a step back in time, complete with creaky floorboards and bed sheets instead of duvets, silver tea ware and china cups. This was not my first trip to this hotel and it won't be my last, I'll be coming here for years.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Pen Y Gwryd Hotel
Address: 4086 Junction of A498 and A | Snowdonia National Park, Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park LL55 4NT, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Nant Gwynant
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nant Gwynant
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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Hotel Pen y Gwryd
Pen Y Gwryd Hotel Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park

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