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“Surprising”
Review of Oakeley Arms Hotel

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Oakeley Arms Hotel
Queensland
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53 reviews
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“Surprising”
Reviewed 18 March 2013

Having had 2 very very ordinary accomodation experiences in the preceding 2 days with equally ordinary evening meals it was with great trepidation that we approached the Oakley Arms. Had run late and dark was fast approaching in the middle of Welsh nowhere when we happened upon the historic pub. Having been caught the previous day with accomodation we took up the staff members offer to look at the room. Up 3 flights of steps to the room was already a worry but when door was opened it was a really pleasant suprise. Large room, large really comfortable bed and actually had furniture( see previous days hotel review) TV, big bathroom with good shower and heated towel rack. Bed was just wonderful. Very quiet room despite being in a pub when Wales had just beaten Scotland. Loved the pub itself with its many comfortable sitting areas and we really enjoyed both our dinner and breakfast. Husband declared was best meal he'd had in UK. It was an utterly wonderful unexpected experience.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We dropped into the Oakeley for lunch over xmas. The staff seemed friendly enough but that's where the positives ended. The lunch was dreadful really. 'Welsh black' burger and chips was overpriced at £7.95 and was of very poor quality. The chips were the deep fried frozen variety, the peas badly overcooked and the burger a disgrace. Chewy and not discernible as beef. The token lettuce they'd put in the bun was well past its best and was actually brown in places!! Just not acceptable.

I also ordered a pint of Oakeley Dokeley. It was just about drinkable (in terms of taste) but it looked awful. As murky a pint as I've ever seen. The barman said he would change it if I wanted, which is fair enough, but frankly he shouldn't have even let me see it. You just don't serve ale in that condition, period.

What we found especially confusing was that we were 2 of only a handful of diners yet the food wasn't cooked or prepared with any care or precision. One might be forgiven for an average plate of food if the kitchen were rushed off their feet but they clearly weren't.

The restaurant/bar itself is ok. Dated but not awful. It was at least relatively warm.

I'd perhaps drop in for a beer on a summer's day as there's a decent beer garden on the premises but I would never eat there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

We have just stayed here in room number one for four nights whilst visiting the area and I must say that overall we were dissapointed with the accommodation considering the cost etc.. Whilst the room was very spacious with good clean linen with great original features and furniture, the decor was very tired and needed a good dose of TLC and a clean. The sort of things that let it down were spiders and cobwebs around the ceiling cornices, the edge of the carpets and bathroom floor were very dusty, the fittings in the bathroom (toilet seat/sink) did not fit, two downlighters in the bathroom were not working, light pull broken etc., etc. There was a smell of damp as you walked up the back stairs which pervaded the place, there was a smell of urine as you walked in the back door from the public toilets and an overall smell of cooking fat from the kitchen at the back of the premises. The breakfasts were OK but we had to wait a while until someone was around to serve us however the one evening meal that we had was very tasty and good value and each evening there were a lot of diners in the pub so it must have a good reputation for this locally. This is probably coming over a a bit of a mixed review but I am trying to be fair - we didn't look forward to getting back to the room in the evening because it wasn't the type of room that you wanted to spend much time in but the place has many positive points and in our opinion probably now needs some time and effort spent on it to bring it back to the standard that we can imangine that it was when it was originally converted. To be completely fair, my husband did mention some of these issues when we checked out and the manager said that we should have said something before and they would have rectified (lights etc.) ... however, most of this would take more than a quick fix paticularly the decor. If you want somewhere basic to sleep with clean linen and good value food, then this is for you but for anything more, you need to look elsewhere.

Room Tip: We found room number one spacious (one double and two single beds) and quiet. There are shutters on...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Maidstone
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

We tried dinner at the oakeley arms as the Brondanw Arms had no tables and were pleasantly surprised. We climbed Snowdon earlier in the day so my wife, children and I were pretty hungry and the portions served were more than enough, we had the steak pies and kid's meals. The service was also very good and the cost was quite reasonable also.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Manchester
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

We stayed in one of the superbly located self-catering cottages for a week, and while it was generally nice, there were enough niggly and unpleasant aspects to it, which mean we won't be recommending it.

The cottage was a good size, with a lovely spacious, well-equipped kitchen/dining room, and comfortable living room. Don't forget your slippers though, as the ground floor is covered with beautiful slate tiles, but no rugs to keep your feet warm! The bedrooms were also good sizes, with very comfortable beds and clean bed linen.

Unfortunately, the moment we walked in the door, we were hit by the smell of damp. That's OK, but when nobody can be bothered to clean the black grouting in the bathroom, the damp muck round the windows, or the mould growing on the blinds in one of the bedrooms, it's particularly disappointing. There was also a strange smell emanating from the toilet - a drain problem? Also the white (mouldy) blinds in what would usually be a child's bedroom were so thin, as to be useless, and meant our usually super-sleeper 3yo had trouble dropping off every evening.

Also, beware if you're a family with small children: there is outdoor space, however as there are cars driving all around the property, you'll need to keep a very close eye even if your child wanders a couple of feet from the door.

We ate in the hotel on our last evening, with the hope of trying a couple of the local beers advertised. Sadly all were 'off' (on a Friday night!?). The food was very disappointing. The moules marinieres, were just mussels in some packet stock, no wine or cream, although, the mussels were clearly of a decent quality; the Welsh black burger tasted defrosted and bland, the bun cheap and flimsy, and there was a lack of anything, such as salad to put in the burger. I was shocked at the grubby, dated decor, given that it's apparently been recently redecorated - what on earth did it look like before? 2/5 for the hotel restaurant.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

I didn't stay at the Oakeley Arms but had a meal there. Both my husband and I were extremely dismayed at the small portion sizes. My "pie" bore only a passing resemblence to one. Basically it was a bowl of soup (because the gravy was too thin to be called anything else) with a piece of puff pastry shoved on top. The filling was very mean so we won't ever go back there for a meal - and it wasn't that cheap either.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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north wales
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We have been regular customers of the Oakely for many years being very local and a meeting place to see friends. It was always a warm and friendly place with ok food and a good pint. We moved further away though about 10 years ago which meant we no longer went there. We called in for a bar meal hen passing a few weeks back and were gobsmacked at the changes there! Gone are most of the thick walls that enclosed poky little rooms that were good for nothing. The whole place has been opened out but the previous little rooms are now interesting nooks and crannies with comfy armchairs and squishy sofas and coffee tables. Ideal for large gatherings of friends and a nice light atmosphere in traditional type surroundings. We had our bar meal which was very good by pub standards along with a couple of drinks. Outside at the side of the hotel is a nice beer garden with tables and chairs and benches. There is a large modern childrens play area very close yet at the same time nicely away from the tables. Well kept grounds. Fab on a sunny day. Try the new look Oakely you will love it.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Oakeley Arms Hotel
Address: Tan Y Bwlch, Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Blaenau Ffestiniog
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Oakeley Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Oakeley Arms, a beautiful Historic Welsh Inn set in the Snowdonia National Park.Situated in the pretty village of Maentwrog and surrounded by the lush green hills of the Vale of Ffestiniog in the heart of Snowdonia, the Oakeley Arms is the perfect base for a holiday in North Wales... Pets are welcomed in the Self Catering Cottages but we do not allow pets in the Hotel. ... more   less 
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Oakeley Arms Hotel Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales

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