We booked for 3 nights, worrying we'd have one look at the place and exhaust all that was there.
As it turned out we needn't have worried.
The hotel is much like the village itself. Quirky but crammed with interesting little details everywhere. Even a very inviting looking outdoor pool
The designer of the whole place decided he needed a ship at the hotel and originally they had a real one but it kept getting blown away in storms and eventually sank, so they replaced it with a concrete one. While we were there they had a wedding and got all the guests on the boat for a photo!
There are two choices of places to eat. The hotel has a very upmarket restaraunt where many dress for dinner. The food was very good, but on holiday we prefer a more relaxed approach. If that is for you book the Brasserie. It is about half a mile up the road but the excellent staff drive you up and back without any waiting around. The staff were all helpful and friendly. Our room was luxurious, enormous bed and robes as well as the usual things you'd expect.
Breakfast was fine, but the best thing about the place were the details like the enormous fireplace with lit fire, comfy armchairs and sofas and the relaxed atmosphere.
OK it doesn't come cheap, but where else can you wander round such an interesting village designed by just one man, and be all on your own? When the doors shut at 5.30 the place is yours as a resident and you can wander to your hearts content.
The walks are fascinating too. Pagodas, lakes, temples, even a dog cemetery in a wood.
If you are not too mobile there is a train that takes you round and will stop anywhere on its circuit. We found it more fun following the signs to more obscure places though.
If you are looking for a taste of luxury and like the bizarre this is the place for you. Don't go expecting antiquity though. The village and hotel only came into being in the 1920's and the appearance of age is a clever trick as are some of the walls which are painted to appear as a house frontage. There is a definite sense of nothing being as it seems.
Then of course, you must try sitting in one of the 60's Prisoner chairs. Much more comfy than they look!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Portmeirion is a romantic seaside resort on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. It was opened by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926. Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit here in 1941. Patrick McGoohan filmed The Prisoner here in 1966-67. In early September Portmeirion hosts Festival No6, a unique celebration of arts and music. Access during the festival period is for Festival Ticket Holders only. Portmeirion is open every day all year and is suitable for all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Portmeirion Wales