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White Lion Royal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bala
Wigan, United Kingdom
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“Below average night”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

Had a lovely night away planned with partner without the children. We were white water rafting so had planned to have a nice meal in the restaurant and an early - ish night to be up early the next day. The four poster room is lovely, bed very comfortable, but that is where it all ends. Food was crap. Chicken fajitas came with 4 small pieces of chicken with two giant tortilla wraps, didnt bring any chips with it, Half a rack of ribs was 4 small ribs with chips. Don't eat here it's really below standard of any pub grub. Having really young children, I was looking forward to a restful nights sleep - HOW wrong was I!!! At 11pm, the restaurant across the road had a live rock band on, which started to play so loud I was singing along to what they playing until 01.30. When this had finished, everyone poured onto the streets shouting and arguing until 3.30am. It was the worse nights sleep ever. To top it off, as I couldn't sleep I tried to put the television on, which didn't work!! Would not reccommend this hotel to anyone who is a light sleeper - you will not sleep! Breakfast was also below average. Self service full English, but hadn't cooked any eggs so you had to have without. Just not a good stay to be honest which is really disappointing as I am quite easily pleased!! 95 quid for the room also is way too much for the value and service you get! Needless to say, we will not be coming back here!

Room Tip: Just don't bother!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

Super hotel in the some what sleepy town of Bala, a 2 minute walk to the beautiful Bala Lake. Friendly people at the hotel and a lovely room to boot. Would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Rhondda, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

easy to find, car parking facilities in the grounds, easy check in and out, lovely comfortable hotel, very oldy-worldy but so nice! Really nice room, breakfast was delicious and a few pubs and bars (albeit a bit grubby) on the same road which were ok to have a drink in or a bite to eat. Overall, very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

This is a Brains Hotel, and we stayed in room 203 on the 14th and 15th January 2012. We used the Brains "Stay the second night free" offer. We tried to book on-line but the on-line booking form wouldn't accept the offer code that we were given (JANFEB2012), so we phoned only to be told that the rates were not as on their web-site but more expensive. We elected for a Four-poster bedded room at UKP 75 (This is the same as the web-site for a Four-poster) For bed and breakfast (With the voucher this is the rate for two nights - the cheap bit!).
Room 203 is a large L shaped room (about 20ft square with the inclusion of the ensuite). However if the idea of a four-posted conjurs up the image of a romantic ambience, well not in room 203. Still the TV's large and had a DVD player and reception has a few DVD's that you could borrow free of charge. The bathroom was also large and clean (Looked newly refurbished) and had the most powerful shower that we've ever experienced - Fantastic!
The town of Bala is in an ideal location for outdoor pursuits and there is a very large lake with narrow gauge railway to take you to the end of it (You can also walk, jog or bicycle - the train only runs April to September + Christmas specials). With the vast influx of visitors during the summer season the town copes well with lots of Pubs and eateries, mostly empty at this time of year.
With the various offers from Brains, we chose to eat in the bar Saturday evening (Discount on two meals and a free, yes free pint). We had the chilli and BBQ ribs, each of which was very poor quality and we we kept waiting 40 minutes after placing out order. On Sunday evening we voted with our feet and went elsewhere.
The same quality problem with the food was present at breakfast, excellent service but poor quality ingredients spoiling what could have been a good experience. For breakfast Monday morning, I tried the smoked hadock - inedible!
The other "Fly in the ointment" was the noise from the eatery oposite (Ty Cwrt?) with loud music disturbing us trying to get asleep and loutish shouting in the street at 05.00 (yes 5 a.m.)waking us up!! Room 203 is at the front of the building, but set back well from the road.
The one saving grace is the splendid staff, all cheerful and helpful e.g. there's no lift, but help with our bags was readily offered.

Room Tip: Phone and book the room and discus position and size.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

The deal that we got here was good although the Gala Dinner for New Years Eve was far from Gala. More like a quiet evening in a rather dull dining room. Nevertheless the food was good and the room was more than adequate. You would not believe that Bala can be rowdy but there was a shop window smashed to celebrate New Year.

Room Tip: We were placed on the third floor and there is no lift. Good if you want to burn off some pounds...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

This is the second time I have stayed at the White Lion Royal Hotel. Both visits have been related to outdoor activity so the hotel acted as the base.

From check-in to check-out we experience friendly and helpful staff. We had a very large room with a separate bath room. The room was well equiped and provisioned for tea/coffee etc.

The food was good and not expensive, especially the bar menu. The beer was 'real' and also a reasonable price.

Overall I found this hotel (again) good value and the stay enjoyable. I will be back next year.

Room Tip: Try and get a room NOT at the front/main street facing.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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birkenhead
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

Staff are lovely, rooms are clean and tidy, breakfast is to die for ESP those mushrooms! Highly recommend this to anyone!!!! We stay for one or two nights every few months it's such a nice place

  • Stayed June 2011
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Property: White Lion Royal Hotel
Address: 61 High Street, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7AE, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Bala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — White Lion Royal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The White Lion is situated within the Lake District of Wales. Bala water sports are world renowned. The hotel has 26 rooms fully refurbished in 2005 to a 4 star standard. ... more   less 
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