Best Hotels in Snowdonia for 2021-22


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Best Hotels in Snowdonia for 2021-22

Snowdonia is a National Park in Gwynedd, Wales and made up of impressive mountains and glacial landforms.

The historic mountain railway climbs to the summit of Mount Snowdon and offers views across the sea to Ireland on a clear day.

The park has over 100 lakes for fishing and canoeing and almost touches the sea on its western side.

Hiking in Snowdonia combines a mixture of outdoor adventure, physical challenges, historic intrigue and the chance to unwind in the sprawling Welsh countryside.

Hiking, walking and biking trails are scattered around the park, making it the ideal destination to get to grips with the great outdoors.

On the flip side, if you want to take things slow, there are spa hotels nestled amid postcard-perfect scenery.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, requiring a hard and strenuous hike to its peak, making it the country’s ultimate outdoors challenge.

Even if you’re not looking to take on the 1,085 metre peak, there are a huge amount of walks, climbs and other adventure activities in the area.

Experience Europe’s longest ziplines, massive underground trampolines and high-rope cavern adventures at Zip World or unwind at the seaside.

There is a plethora of hotel options in and around the park. For the most part, expect quaint and traditional hotels that are closer to country houses.

That said, there are some slick, modern options and even castles and mansions that date back hundreds of years.

Below we have pulled together 10 of the best hotel options for anyone heading to Snowdonia, ranging in price, location and luxury.

  1. The Grapes Hotel

Best for: Those on a budget

Key features:

  • Picnic area, terrace and garden
  • Minutes from Zip World
  • Free WiFi and parking
  • Cottages available for families
  • No dogs

Offering outstanding value for money, The Grapes Hotel is traditional, warm and comfortable and the staff are happy to provide local knowledge.

For this sort of price you might expect to sacrifice location or quality, but not here.

Set in a beautiful Grade II listed building that is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Zip World and Portmeirion and just over 15 minutes to Snowdon, guests can have it all.

Rooms have been recently refurbished to provide all modern comforts whilst retaining their original period features.

It is the kind of hotel that once you’ve stayed here, you might never book anywhere else.

Renowned for its home-cooked food, the portions are big and the conservatory and outside seating areas are a relaxing setting to dine in.

After you’ve been out walking, cycling or horse-riding, you’ll be itching to get back and settle in for the evening.

Although there aren’t many dining options nearby, pricing is incredible for the standard of food and enjoying a local ale by the log fire is unbeatable.

For families there are even a couple of cottages that are full of character, if not a little cosy, and the garden features a small playground for kids.

  1. The Rocks at Plas Curig

Best for: Young and solo travellers

At a glance:

  • Huge variety of room options
  • Outdoor furniture and fireplace
  • Free WiFi and parking
  • Dog-friendly
  • Zip World, Surf Snowdonia and Snowdon all within 20 mins

Ok so this one isn’t technically a hotel, but it’s pretty close.

Somewhere along the way this superb dwelling was converted into a hostel but there’s no doubting that it is a five-star experience.

Homely and warm, The Rocks is conveniently located to local points of interest – though a car is highly recommended – as well as cafes and pubs.

Room options include family or quadruple rooms with mountain view right through to four and six-bed dormitories.

If you do opt for a shared room, bunk beds are solid and have their own curtains and lighting for additional privacy.

Big comfortable beds welcome you at the end of a long day and the superb facilities with lots of social areas create a dynamic vibe.

The ground level has everything you might need (and more), including a huge kitchen and dinning room, tidy living room with fireplace and free tea and coffee.

Interact with other adventurers as you hang out in the lobby that is full of bean bags and books for loan.

This is the perfect spot in Snowdonia for solo travellers to make new friends, hiking partners or even just stay inexpensively as a group.

Don’t be put off by the hostel label, there are plenty of families and adult groups here too!

  1. Gwydyr Hotel

Best for: A quaint village experience

At a glance:

  • Just down the road from Zip World
  • Free parking and WiFi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Garden and picnic area
  • Single and family rooms available

If you want to make the most of Snowdonia, Gwydyr Hotel is for you.

Situated right in the heart of the National Park, this homely haven is close to the River Conwy and overlooks Betws-y-coed’s village green.

The hotel has an onsite restaurant, free parking and dog-friendly rooms are available at no extra cost.

In fact, the restaurant even has a dedicated space for canine guests.

Spacious rooms are furnished with colourful scatter cushions and throws for a homely feel, with free Wi-Fi, a TV, tea/coffee making facilities and en suites to boot.

Throw open your curtains to drink in views of the traditional village and mountains beyond.

One of the major pros of this hotel is its location and easy access to outdoor activities.

The Visitor’s Centre is a three-minute walk away and nearby trails lead to the Snowdon summit.

Zip World Forest is just 2.7 kilometres away and the coastal town of Llandudno is a half hour’s drive, with a variety of seaside attractions, including its popular Victorian pier.

The hotel’s restaurant makes the most of local produce, from cured hams and farm-fresh eggs, to homemade bread and cakes alongside freshly brewed fair-trade coffee.

The food is delicious and the location is beautiful, and the best part is that it won’t even break the bank!

  1. Bryn Tyrch Inn

Best for: A home away from home

At a glance:

  • Award-winning on-site restaurant and beer garden
  • Nearby golfing and hiking
  • Dogs allowed

Bryn Tyrch Inn is a friendly, country-chic hotel where you feel instantly at home.

A superb base for the walks in the surrounding mountains, the place oozes character with mismatched old furniture, upmarket pub grub and views of Snowdon from the riverside beer garden.

Alongside a restaurant/bar, beer garden and terrace, the lounge area features a harpsichord and big comfy chairs, the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day.

A giant stack of books and games will keep kids entertained too.

All rooms are double or twin with en-suites, with Superior rooms and Luxury rooms offerings baths as well as showers.

It is possible to book the Glaslyn and Idwal rooms together as a family suite connected via a private corridor.

The restaurant has been awarded an AA Rosette and all food is locally sourced wherever possible.

The breakfast could even be the highlight of your stay, it boasts an amazing made-to-order menu with a variety of hot and cold options that will fuel you up for a big day of hiking.

Dolwyddelan Castle and Gwydir Castle are both less than a 10-minute drive, whilst Zip World is only slightly further along.

The Pen-y-Pass car park, which accesses Snowdon, is just a 10-minute drive away and a range of Snowdonia’s finest walks are also within easy reach.

  1. Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia

Best for: Proximity to Snowdon and mountain railway

At a glance:

  • Surrounded by lakes
  • Walking distance to railway
  • Free WiFi and parking
  • Onsite restaurant
  • No dogs

Set in a picturesque location just moments from the Snowdon Mountain railway, the Royal Victoria is set in 30 acres of impressive grounds.

To top it off, the hotel is cradled between Lakes Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peries, nearby to a waterfall and the grounds contain the the 13th-century Dolbadarn Castle.

If you want to combine a weekend of walking and relaxation then settle in here by slipping into your complimentary robe and slippers before ordering off 24-hour room service menu and looking out to the mountains from your large sash window.

Comfortable rooms feature home comforts like tartan throws, hair dryers, telephones and Nespresso machines.

There’s even a telescope in the big bay window for a bit of pre-bed stargazing.

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon walk from the doorstep or hike the Llanberis path – the most gradual route to Snowdon’s peak.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is 100 metres from the hotel, providing a breathtaking journey up the mountain to the summit.

If walking isn’t your thing, rock climbing and canoeing are also available locally.

The complimentary Welsh breakfast features thick-cut bacon and laverbread, with veggie options available.

Later on guests can unwind in the sunny conservatory or settle down with a local ale in the Padarn Brasserie.

Both the Padarn and Victoria restaurants serve traditional yet creative cuisine with local fish, cheese and sumptuous desserts.

  1. Aberdunant Hall Country Hotel

Best for: A hotel with self-catering and family options

At a glance:

  • Array of room and cottage options
  • Picnic area, garden and sun terrace
  • No dogs

Aberdunant Hall Country Hotel is a 17th-century property set within 200 acres of woodland.

Traditional with a modern twist, some rooms are bright and crisp, whilst others feature four-poster beds with lace decor.

Skylights, large windows and neutral bedding helps to make even the smaller rooms feel airy.

Spacious, clean and comfortable rooms throughout, the hotel also offers family studios and a cottage.

The quaint, self-catering cottage has two loft style bedrooms with Juliet Balconies, mood lighting and Smart TV’s.

The lounge comes complete with leather corner couches and an electric stove-fireplace.

The kitchen leads out to a Welsh-slated terrace with outdoor furniture and views of the Mur Gwenyn Stream.

For those who wish to self cater, there is a large Tesco supermarket around 10 minutes down the road

There is a nice walking trail on site, otherwise the park’s main trails are a 10-minute drive away.

There are also rock climbing and mountain biking destinations within easy reach.

The pretty harbour town of Porthmadog and Black Rock Sands beach are under five kilometres away.

Black Rock Sands

For anyone seeking watersports such as jet-skiing, diving and windsurfing, there is a venue 40 minutes away.

Food in the restaurant is high quality and the portions offer good value for money. If you catch happy hour you’ll even be able to snag a beer for £2.

Guests can dine al fresco dining on the terrace, which has panoramic views of the mountains. Breakfasts are varied and the hotel happily caters for gluten-free and vegetarian diets.

The roaring log fire and waterfall walks are just the cherry on top of this woodland escape.

  1. Trefeddian Hotel

Best for: Rest and relaxation on the sea

At a glance:

  • On-site restaurant, bar and lounge
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Nearby golf clubs
  • Pets allowed for an additional fee

The Trefeddian is a family-run hotel, situated just outside the charming seaside village of Aberdyfi.

Set in such a position that one can hear the soothing waves crashing on the beach, guests can take just a few steps to reach the chilly sea.

For the less brave, the hotel has a heated indoor pool, hot tub and a concierge service.

Other on-site facilities include a tennis court, library, mini golf course and a beauty salon.

Despite being over one hundred years old, the Tefeddian has been regularly refurbished to maintain an old-fashioned vibe with a bit of modern attitude.

All 59 rooms are styled to match the seaside concept, with calming sea blues and sandy tones.

Half of them have a sea view, some with balcony, and the others look out on the hotel gardens.

All rooms are en-suite and have TVs, radios, telephones and tea-making facilities.

Whilst both kids and dogs are welcomed with open arms, smart-casual-wear is compulsory in the dining room, where a locally sourced menu includes a five-course dinner and a good range of desserts.

There are plenty of public spaces to relax in and the games room is a good destination if the weather closes in.

The nearest town, Tywyn, is eight minutes away by car with additional cafes and restaurants.

  1. Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth

Best for: A unique Portmeirion experience

At a glance:

  • Vast outdoor areas
  • Overlooks the beautiful Dywryd Estaury
  • 35 minutes from Snowdon
  • Wellness facilities
  • Opt to stay in the castle or village hotel

Portmeirion Village and Castell Deudraeth is the focal focal point of the Italianate village and has hosted high-profile guests such as H.G Wells, George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell.

Located just south of the coastal village of Porthmadog on a private peninsula, there are woodland gardens and sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and Snowdonia National Park is just 40 kilometres away.

Clustered on the edge of a spectacular tidal estuary, this mansion house hotel has its own spa and wellness centre, an on-site mini market, a bar and a restaurant.

With a design inspired by Portofino (an Italian fishing village) the hotel is surrounded by colourful cottages and 70 acres of wooded gardens and trails.

Not only do guests not have to pay entry to walk around the iconic village, they can also take a free walking tour.

Rooms are brightly decorated and feature a TV, a telephone and en-suite. For a truly unique experience, check into the Gothic castle section of the hotel or a self-catering cottage.

Scattered around the grounds they are recognisable by their pastel-coloured painted shutters and walls. Cottages also have private terraces and gardened areas.

The hotel has a number of award-winning restaurants that offer an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, including Hotel Portmeirion Restaurant and Castell Deudraeth Brasserie.

Take afternoon tea on the terrace and await the impressive sunset. The hotel’s menu is relatively swish, so those with children may opt to eat at one of the nearby restaurants.

A few nights here will guarantee you a truly one-of-a-kind stay.

  1. Tynycornel Hotel

Best for: Spectacular lake location

At a glance:

  • Twins and doubles only
  • On-site bar but no restaurant
  • Fishing and swimming
  • No dogs

Located amongst the stunning natural beauty and dramatic scenery of Snowdonia, the Tynycornel Hotel looks out over Tal Y Llyn lake and the peak of Cadair Idris.

This historic hotel is an ideal base to explore the park whilst remaining out of the hustle and bustle.

23 rooms are split across the main hotel, The Boathouse and a modern annexe. Annexe rooms are larger and more contemporary with marbled bathrooms porthole windows and lake-view patios.

Rooms in the main hotel are more traditional but no less impressive, with exposed beams, handmade wood furniture. and sumptuous beds.

Dinner is served in the bright conservatory with views across the lake, serving bistro fare and local lagers.

Breakfast is buffet style in an adjacent room with a selection of hot and cold options.

A tranquil spot that is great for couples, the hotel’s lakeside benches are hot property for sundowners.

The owners will happily advise on mountain walks and cycling routes but there’s certainly no shortage of sporting activities, even if hiking is not your thing.

The 222-acre lake is the perfect spot for wild swimming, boat trips and of course fishing.

  1. Palé Hall

Best for: A high-end, luxury experience

At a glance:

  • Hosted both Queen Victoria and Churchill
  • Picnic area, terrace and garden
  • Pets allowed on request

Palé Hall is an AA Five Red Star, Relais and Chateaux destination luxury country house hotel. Independently-owned

After heading over the moors of Snowdonia, between looming mountains and past waterfalls, you’ll reach the remote Palé Hall .

Certainly not for anyone on a budget, this pricey hotel delivers outstanding quality and unrivaled customer experience – it did host both Queen Victoria and Churchill after all.

From the moment you arrive until the final wave goodbye, you will be treated as though you are the most important guests in the hotel, with staff going above and beyond.

From the impressive grounds to the traditional games room and harp music in the lobby, Palé Hall will leave you feeling like a modern-day celebrity that has just stepped onto the set of Pride and Prejudice.

The hotel’s remoteness is intrinsic to its charm but does mean that Snowdon and other attractions are a bit of a drive away.

Sitting in its own 50-acre estate above the River Dee does mean there are plenty of short walks nearby to wile away the afternoon.

The three-rosette fine dining restaurant is formal and features signature dishes from head chef, Gareth Stevenson. Guests can choose from a Tasting Menu and a short à la carte one.

The taster menus and paired wines are superb and local Welsh produce is used wherever possible.

The hotel features eighteen luxurious, individually-styled bedrooms with retained period features including stained-glass, tiles, wood panelling, chandeliers and fireplaces.

Light-flooded ground floor reception rooms are a delightful place to relax or you can sign up for an in-room massage.

The hotel’s signature package is the ‘Gin Venture’, which combines a two-night stay with fine dining, a foraging-related hike to Mount Snowdon and a pro gin tasting at the Snowdonia Distillery.

If you’re looking for character, charm and high-end luxury, Palé Hall has you covered.

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