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Oakeley Arms Hotel
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We stayed at 'Moel Siabod' Cottage which is one of the cottages at the back of the main hotel. The cottage was superb and exceeded all our expectations. Enjoying glorious views and surrounded by forest and open plains with grazing sheep and wild rabbits right at our door step. A spacious and very comfortable cottage with a well equipped kitchen. An ideal holiday base.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

After spending the morning walking, we decided to find somewhere for a late lunch. The Oakeley Arms was (almost) on our way home and fitted the bill just fine. We chose drinks and food and waited in the beer garden with our dog Sparky. The food was good and wholesome, the potions were generous. There was real ale on from a local brewer which we shall sample next time we are over that way. In this age of "ping" kitchens it is refreshing to find an establishment that is unashamedly individual. I loved it.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank bradthebrewer
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Stopped for two nights at the weekend while visiting Harlech. I have never stopped in such a large room with en suite. Very impressive! Could pick minor faults with the decor but this would be petty for a three star hotel. The food was simple but fresh and good quality. Breakfast wonderful and service friendly.
The main criticism would be the poorly thought out arrangements for booking in, ordering food or getting a drink. All of these are done at the busy bar by the same one or two staff trying to cover it all. There is bizarre fake reception with a plastic dummy (really) that confused us and we could see this confused others. There is a bell that you press that brings over the same staff covering the bar.
To hand in, or collect your room key (as they request) results in standing in a queue for the bar. I am sure this could be easily rectified by having a box to drop your keys in and the waiting staff taking orders once you're sat at your table and a separate area of the bar for ordering food and hotel reception.

Room Tip: Go super king, but all rooms seem to face busy road.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tina R
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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here on 25th July with our 3yr old son.

The room was very spacious and clean and our evening meal was very nice. The little fella had a great time in the two play areas.

We paid £120 for one night which I did think was a little steep, but we did only book on the morning of our stay.

We would definitely stay here again and I will make sure we book in advance and try to get a better deal.

Stayed: July 2014
Thank EmmaBaz
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

My partner and I stayed in this hotel last week and really enjoyed it. The staff were pleasant and helpful, we were shown to our room! the "paddle of ale" an experience, the food was fine.. Not "a la carte" but pub grub which is reflected in the price so perfectly acceptable. The room was decorated and furnished to a good standard with excellent views with a huge shower room that was impeccably clean( the loo even had a hygiene seal on it) to show it had been sanitised. The building itself is very old so lots of history there. My only negative was when we went in for breakfast, we waited nearly 10 minutes and no one appeared to serve us so my partner had to go looking for someone to take our order. However when the breakfast arrived it was very tasty. Very pleasant stay and would visit again.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Thank Kay R
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

my husband and i whilst on holiday noticed that this pub/hotel seemed popular with the locals throughout the week and weekend so thought we would book for a "treat" a nice meal out during our holiday. What a disappointment. We both chose the steak and ale pie with mashed potatoe. Although given a plentiful plate and the steak meat flavoursome the meal was spoilt because the food was not hot. It is very important that food be served hot and is mainly one of the reasons we never choose anything from a menu other than beef or fish in case we are served "cool food" i.e. chicken or port or shellfish which can give food poisioning. We noticed that a member of staff asked a couple of other people sitting at tables if they were happy with everything, but did not ask us. 0nce this member of staff cleared our plate away which was not eaten up she asked if we would like anything else. Needless to say we decided not to have a desert as our first course was disappointing - shame when you go for what should be "a lovely meal on holiday" and leaving disappointed and spent more than £30 or so on it. The 0akley Arms also needs recarpetting as its shabby. I am not sure i would want to stay there in their accommodation if this is & other reviews to go by. Shame

Room Tip: look for other choices elsewhere
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

The owners of the Oakeley Arms appear to have drawn upon some unlikely sources of inspiration for their hotel. The Trotters' council flat in Nelson Mandela House evidently served as the main reference point for the downstairs decor. The cuisine, meanwhile, was à la Little Chef: I'm not quite sure what my gammon steak had done in a previous life, but it must have been something devilishly heinous to deserve the torturous dessication it had been subjected to. The egg and chips, clearly co-conspirators, didn't get off much more lightly.

The one saving grace was the beer: brewed by the hotel itself and excellent value.

Room Tip: Much of a muchness
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Tomsk A
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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 #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Price Range: £95 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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