Stayed here on our weekend of walking snowdon. The hotel is beautifully quaint, full of mountaineering memorabilia. Our rooms were in the outbuilding,newly renovated and modern. We had a terrace the looked onto the hills and the hotel lake. Hospitality was excellent and all COVID protocols were in place. We were allocated our own room for breakfast and dinner. Food was perfectly adequate if a little ‘ homely’. Perfectly located to walk snowdon with the added historical element. Our total bill for the weekend ..2 rooms,4 breakfasts,4 3 course dinners,4 packed lunches,4 bottles of wine and beers... £838.
My parents stayed here on their honeymoon and over the years I've been lots of times, but last weekend was the first time I've ever stayed at the Pen-Y-Gwryd. What a great decision that was! Our group of 5 had two of the modernised en-suite rooms - not part of the main building. They were clean, warm and comfortable. It may have taken a year to run the bath if you had wanted one but the shower water was hot. We gathered from other guests that there was gushing hot water in the main shared bathrooms so they must be on different systems. I notice that the last reviewer was very rude about the food, and while I have to admit it did edge towards being a bit school-dinnery at times, our whole stay was such good value that our party all felt it was part of the experience. The service was friendly particularly if you didn't veer too far from the organised arrangements (our vegetarian friend was adequately catered for but they couldn't cater when we all asked for the veggie breakfast). A gong for dinner and breakfast, a sauna and beautiful natural plunge pool (to rival tame indoor and mainstream spa experiences), characterful, tasteful and historic bars and public areas - what more could a group of friends ask for when walking in Snowdonia?
We went as a family for a walking weekend and while aspects were great we left disappointed especially at the food.
It's proudly unchanged so they probably won't read this...if you do...please have a think about the fact that 1950s British food was famously bad..you are still serving it but getting away with charging boutique prices.
I'll do the food mishaps in order...
1. Butternut squash and coconut soup at dinner.. utterly bland with the coconut added via a dessicated coconut sprinkle....comically bad
2. Pork steaks with peppercorn sauce...pepper sauce was massively strong...did you empty the entire cannister of white pepper powder in?
3. Roast lamb... massively overcooked...sliced razor thin ( cheaper) with artificial mint gravy
4. Veg - overboiled or under roasted
5. Porridge at breakfast...you'd have thought a staple of a walking hotel but it was truly inedible...I think you made it with water not milk..tasted like frogspawn
6. Choice at breakfast was orange juice OR cereal OR porridge...one of us had orange juice...predictably it was a small glass of long life syrup from the happy shopper carton
7. Toast was cheap sliced bread with industrial jam..no idea whether it was strawberry or raspberry
We had no idea who the manager was...staff served as fast as they could and then returned to the kitchen. My son asked someone for table tennis bats and was told by the staff member that he was on his break and to ask someone else. Breakfast isn't served till 830...we wanted to get walking earlier but we're told in that case we couldn't have cooked.
This place is massively trading on its heritage...the owners are absent and charging high room and food rates whilst not investing in the place.....not investing is justified by "preserving the 1950s" feel...don't fall for it. Go maybe for a drink because I'll admit it is atmospheric but don't stay or eat. Stay instead in the fab youth hostel at pen y pas or one of the villages below.
We had another lovely stay at this unique hotel. Everything was just perfect from the vintage silverware to the comfortable rooms reached along the old, uneven floors. Peaceful and full of old fashioned quality and character. The staff were all helpful and friendly, even to our doggie! Please don't ever change the hotel! If you want modernity, uniformity and TVs in your room, go to a chain hotel and leave this hotel for people who appreciate history in this ancient part of the world.
A team of us return to this wonderful hotel every year. It's never disappointed. Huge thanks to Rupert, his family and the restaurant, chef bar and room staff. If you want the same feeling of class and nostalgia, old school, we highly recommend the hotel. For affordable luxury there are garden rooms too. From the dinner gong, to silver service cutlery and a chef you can chat with, its perfect. Modern gastro is up the road. We prefer the company and legacy of Hillary and Tensing. Fitting for the best mountain range in Wales. (Careful eco developments are in place too.)