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Royal Sportsman Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Porthmadog
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Spent 2 nights here during half term. Should have been 3 but we'd had enough! Courtyard room was small, and smelt strongly of disinfectant. We'd spent a fair amount of time booking in being given a handful of slips of paper for breakfast, dinner, a bottle of wine with dinner if we had so many courses, a list of do's and don'ts, do we want to book local activites, etc etc. Every money making scheme that could be thought of. However the food was very good -- if quite expensive - but the quality of the surroundings in no way lived up to the quality of the food. A very disappointing few days.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aby Q, Owner at Royal Sportsman Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2013

As far as we are aware, these guests had a 2-night special break voucher - including a dinner, complimentary bottles of house wine, 10% off the second nights' dinner, and some exclusive money-off vouchers to nearby visitor attractions - and inquired about staying for a third night. So they did not book and then 'leave early' as implied. We do our utmost to ensure guests on special offers get the very most from their stay here, while keeping our welcome and check-in as short as is necessary: simply highlighting only the key points on their welcome card, such as health and safety and dining arrangements. Just goes to show you cannot please everyone all of the time. . .

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We had a 1 night stay last week at the Royal Sportsmans. My friends both use wheelchairs and they were allocated room 3 and they were delighted with it. The handy car parking space was ideal too. A friendly greeting, comfortable rooms, good food and a central location in Porthmadog, what more can you ask for? The hotel also helped us a book our trip on the Ffestiniog Railway. The short stay went exceedingly well and we will return to the Sportsmans for a longer stay in the future. The Moose was well received too.
Don Reeve

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Aby Q, Owner at Royal Sportsman Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2013

We particularly welcome feedback from guests who have special requirements because we really do like to go the extra mile for those who genuinely have struggles in life. These guests really appreciated our facilities and services, made the most of places to visit in the area, and were a pleasure to deal with. We sincerely hope they will return as soon as they can.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I took my wife to this hotel as an anniversary trip. The hotel needs to be brought up to date a bit. the room was decent but much like a Travel Lodge room to be honest, there was nothing special about it to warrant the price paid for it. although i must admit the bathroom was a really decent size and had a 'over the bath' shower. there was some sealant missing from around the bath and the side panel kept falling off, but i forgot to mention this to the hotel staff. we were on the third floor and there are no lifts, so, we had to hike to the top with our luggage, with no offer of help at all from the staff. when we arrived the person beind the counter seemed a little perplexed that i wanted to pay cash, so i offered to pay in advance if that would suit, it seemed to so i was happy. the resturant was nothing special to look at, but the food although very very good, was not really to our liking as we don't eat all this rosette style food, but as i say the food we did order was excellent and tasty. The breakfast was very good too, there was a choice of cereals and fruits, yoghurts and croissants etc and a vast array of hot food on the menu, i highly recommend the Full Welsh Cooked Breakfast. I do not however recommend the rib eye steak, it was tough and full of gristle. All-in-all a very nice hotel but i have given it an average rating as i didn't think it was worth the money i paid. £150 per person per night although that included £30 per person per night to use in the restaurant for the evening meal. even at £120 pppn was, in my opinion, too expensive for this hotel. The restaurant staff were very friendly, smart and helpful. Didn't really see anyone else!! The area is wonderful and the hotel is fairly central to places like Portmerion, Snowdonia, Swallow Falls, Betwys-a-Coed etc..

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aby Q, Owner at Royal Sportsman Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2013

Inspection of all rooms is carried out daily by our AA inspection praised housekeeping team. Management inspection carried out today could not identify any fault with any bath panels. Full installation of all our new bathrooms was only completed in April of this year.

The hotel has a second floor and as part of our check in all guests are asked if they require help with their luggage, if this was not mentioned on your arrival a member of our delightful team would have been more than happy to help with a request.

We feel the package of £240 for 2 nights for 2 people is excellent value for money. It includes 1 night dinner in our restaurant with food cooked by our AA 3 rosette chef, all at a cost of just £60 per person per night. So the price mentioned in the review is incorrect.

Thank you for commenting that all-in-all the hotel was very nice.

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Booked through a 'deal site' and slightly disappointed with the view on arrival. But the staff soon made you feel welcome and valued, Ian in particular. I had made them aware that my partner has coeliac disease and needed gluten-free food. They catered for him without any problems and with most of the menu being available. But if an item wasn't they adapted it with his agreement. All of the staff went over and above our expectations and never made you feel that it was a problem. I can't sing their praises high enough. It is such a shame that the hotel looks tired and very unloved and without the staff would be inhospitable. Please update it, because on looks alone, we would never have enjoyed the experience.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Aby Q, Owner at Royal Sportsman Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2013

It is nice to hear that you enjoyed your break with us, our dedicated staff take the time to ensure all guests are accommodated to their needs. The hotel is under new ownership and an upgrade plan is already underway, moving with the times whilst in keeping with the charm of the building which dates back to 1862.

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Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

Never ever thought we would go, never ever fancied it.
BUT WOW the food was GOOD
But the place needs a huge refurb very very dated, old fashioned but in a bad way!
Don't think we would visit again because the only box ticked was the food and at restaurant prices we require lots more to have a great evening

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Aby Q, Owner at Royal Sportsman Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2013

You ventured in! I am glad you enjoyed your meal and despite the comments hope you might like to try a visit to our bar.

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Stayed here on a Travelzoo deal for a couple of nights and loved it, very welcoming staff, lovely big room which was really nicely furnished with lots of nice touches. We ate in the restaurant both nights and the food was extremely tasty and was served by a lovely efficient waitress. Not too sure about Porthmadog itself but it was raining for a lot of the time so probably didn't see the place at its best.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aby Q, Owner at Royal Sportsman Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2013

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We do hope to see you again when possibly we might tempt you to visit the local Italianate village of Portmeirion which is beautiful throughout the year with every change in season. We are ideally situated for two fascinating narrow-gauge steam railway lines; the Ffestiniog railway and the Welsh Highland railway offering charming, leisurely journeys through breathtaking natural beauty or even a walk into the hills, to name a few of the things Porthmadog has to offer, our team would be delighted to help you.

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We stayed for two nights in a "large double". The staff were friendly and attentive, and relaxing in the lounge by the log fire after a November day in the hills was wonderful. The real highlight is the food. An extensive selection in both their "rosette" menu and "traditional favourites". We dined from the rosette menu both nights, and it was delicious. The room was fine, but not particularly large, and the bathroom fittings were getting a bit past-it. We will definitely visit again.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aby Q, Owner at Royal Sportsman Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2013

Our open log fires are a comfort after a treks in the hills, we are delighted you enjoyed your break and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Address: 131 High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9HB, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Porthmadog
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Porthmadog
Price Range: £78 - £99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Sportsman Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A very comfortable, 'home from home,' independently run, full-service quality hotel, the only hotel in Porthmadog. It has been awarded 3* by the AA and Visit Wales, 2 AA Rosette for its food and included in the Good Food Guide, using the best of local Welsh suppliers. Children are welcome and particularly pets in our courtyard rooms. Ground Floor rooms also available for those with walking difficulties. Private covered parking, cycle lock up, drying room. ... more   less 
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