Liked the look of this White Lion hotel passing through Bala after visiting the site of Frongoch, the internment camp used for the 1916 Easter rising revolutionaries, known as the Sinn Féin University.Just past the Hen shop on the left is where you find the commemmoration stone in Frongoch and perhaps a tricolour too in memory of those brave men.
Anyway, we parked at the rear of the hotel, go along the side road at the side of the hotel for said car parl.Nice little beer garden to the rear too.Check in with a cheery Liverpudlian called Eileen.Food in the bar was A1, some really good steak and some nice salmon.The bar girl was very friendly and allowed us to taste some of the beers before committing to a whole pint!This place is run by the Brains brewery and they do a very good job.Always a good sign to see locals in having dinner.
A huge family room looking west was good value for STG 90.Bathroom was also large with a bath.We had a quite room where we could hear lambs bleating outside on the surrounding hills.Breakfast was basic but a nice fry was presented to us.Early breakfast times seem to be the order of the day throughout Wales 07.30 to 09.30.Just as well we didn't plan a lie in!
On check out, the GM was at the desk and overheard me looking for a hotel in Brecon, one whose name I had forgotten.Thankfully he recommended and booked the EXACT hotel I was trying to remember, the Wellington, also a Brains brewery place.Bala is a nice town, the bookshop sold Irish history books referring to Frongoch.People in this town speak Welsh, lovely to hear minority languages alive and well.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- White Lion Royal Bala
- White Lion Royal Hotel Bala, Snowdonia National Park