/ Pen y Gwyrd
I was looking at booking a few nights for my partner (romantic as opposed to climbing - sorry old chap) at the Pen Y Gwryd this October/November.
Obviously the place has an incredible history and is a key piece of British mountaineering history but I was wondering what it was like quality wise.
I'd be looking at getting a room with a private bath, so that excludes the whole sharing element of reviews.
I've read very mixed reviews online, including a few old ones on here, but it seems frightfully unfair to judge a place on reviews over a few years old.
So, to get to the point, I was wondering if anyone had any recent experiences of staying there?
Very dated... One for the 'collective' ambience rather than a romantic night.
Ah really? I don't mind dated in terms of decor, ambience or attitude but old reviews I read suggest that unfortunately this might extend to the linen and the like (to put it delicately). Shame for such a wonderful institution.
Travelodge in Bangor??
Ha brilliant, it is a particularly fine Travellodge. My favourite review, on Googling, contains the gem of a line 'The amenities of this hotel are best listed as - pillows. Everything else, you must bring'
I stayed there last about four years ago, I’m a long term fan of the place and worried that after the handover to the next generation of Pullees, the place might lose some of it’s character. it hasn’t.
It is what it is, an old fashioned hotel with a distinct style of hospitality suited to people doing the Snowdon horseshoe in the rain, or doing Avalanche Route after a large breakfast.
Well I must say that sounds absolutely perfect. If that's the sort of atmosphere then I'm almost sold . Thank you for the input.
There's a book, 'Tales from the Smoke Room', with some lovely essays about the place, from all sorts of people (such as Joe Brown). Well worth perusing.
Cheers Mick, thank you. I will look into it.
It's worth a night's stay for the atmosphere and the access to the resident's bar. The dreary set menu and the eagerness of the housekeeping staff to access your room at breakfast time might get irksome if you're staying for several days however. Black Boy in Caernafon is my favourite hotel/boozer in Gwynedd. (And there's a Premier Inn just down the road if you like purple decor and they have no rooms...)
Stayed once for a few nights with Dad. Was brilliant and full of atmosphere.
Stay there if you buy into the atmosphere, in which case you'll love it.
Don't stay in any British independent hotel or B&B if you want fresh, modern or well-maintained.
I didn't notice linen and the like - but I have fairly low standards! Certainly don't expect slipping into crisp ironed sheets smelling of roses though.
> It is what it is, an old fashioned hotel with a distinct style of hospitality......
Absolutely right. I haven't stayed there for a while but the location and history make the place a must for me
Cheers for the replies one and all. Much appreciated.
I'll have a think about it but, from the responses, I'm mighty tempted to go for it.
If you choose a Premier Inn over the P-Y-G then you belong on the naughty step.
Maybe not as romantic as an hotel, but Plas Y Brenin B&B in exclusive rooms is excellent. Evening meals available too. Perfectly situated for crags, mountains etc.
Oh! and 2 minutes from room to the bar which has wonderful views.
Thanks for all the replies folks, much appreciated
Failing that a cosy self-catering cottage in Beddgelert probably not much difference in price.
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