Where to Stay in Snowdonia, Wales

Pale Hall, once visited by Queen Victoria, sits amid spectacular scenery
Pale Hall, once visited by Queen Victoria, sits amid spectacular scenery | © Pale Hall Hotel
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26 April 2021

Wondering where to stay in Snowdonia? These hotels – ranging from boutique B&Bs to grand country estates – reveal an alternative side of the Snowdonia National Park. Climb Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, visit Conwy Castle or swim in one of the 100 lakes that make this region so beautiful. There’s also characterful villages, a burgeoning food scene and traditional pubs to visit before retiring to your characterful hotel, bookable with Culture Trip.

Pont-y-Pair Inn

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Pont y Pair Pub and Restaurant, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, Wales, UK
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Owners Sue and Colin have put a lot of effort into making Pont-y-Pair in Betws-y-Coed a cosy place to stay. Close to 14 walking paths in the Gwydir Forest, it’s a comfortable base for exploring Snowdonia. Rooms are traditional in style, if a little snug, but you won’t be spending much time in them anyway. You can also invite a four-legged friend along to enjoy the inn’s hospitality – a basket and bowls are provided for dogs staying overnight.

Gwydyr Hotel

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Gwydyr Hotel
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Another Betws-y-Coed base, this stone-built hotel has overlooked the well-kept village green since the 1880s. If you’re visiting in colder weather, book a ground-floor room and warm up next to the log fire. Don’t miss the onsite tea room’s melt-in-the-mouth scones served with lashings of cream – perfect for a moment’s pause after an adrenaline-fuelled ride on the Fforest roller coaster, five minutes’ drive away.

Pale Hall Hotel

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Pale Hall Hotel
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Pale Hall impressed Queen Victoria so much during her visit that she decided to stay here a little longer than planned. Settle down in the same room as the English monarch, complete with the original bath and basin. It looks out over the walled garden and spectacular valley to the hills beyond. Evenings are best spent in the Henry Robertson dining room which exudes aristocratic vibes with its gilded mirrors, intricately carved ceiling and marble fireplace.
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Alpine Apartments Snowdonia

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Alpine Apartments Snowdonia
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You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of an interior design magazine at these apartments. Masterminded by an artist, this renovated railway station is now chock-full of antique furniture and quirky features, from pine chapel pews to feather boa-trimmed lampshades. Eco-friendly owner Jacha Potgieter leaves palm oil-free basics like tea, coffee, condiments and oil in the kitchen for fuss-free cooking (plus a couple of bottles of wine).

George III Hotel

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Jaunts to the George III Hotel are ideal for your second (or third, or fourth) trip to Snowdonia. With vhe views from the Estuary Rooms and premium Hypnos beds you may be tempted not to do much exploring. Set in Dolgellau on the southern edge of the national park, things feel a touch more local here than in other tourist-packed towns across the area. Dogs are welcome and the Sunday roast is worth sticking around for.

Tudor Lodge

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Hospitality is more than just selling bedrooms, say Steve and Clair, owners of Tudor Lodge in Porthmadog. As well as offering a friendly welcome, the couple have furnished the bedrooms with chunky duvets, squishy pillows and Rituals toiletries. The couple pride themselves on their Scandi-style breakfast, which includes local Llaeth y Llan fruit yoghurt, fresh fruit and organic porridge. You can grab a take-away graze box for rides on the Ffestiniog or Welsh Highland steam railways, 700yd (640m) away.

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  • Glyntwrog House

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    Glyntwrog House
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    Enjoy views over Waterloo Bridge and postcard-worthy Conwy Valley from the sun terrace of this elevated hotel in Betws-y-Coed. Whether you’re here to soak up the woodland surroundings, or want to master the waves at the nearby Surf Snowdonia inland lagoon, the Victorian Glyntwrog House is a comfortable base. If you’re in north Wales for a cycling adventure along nearby Gwydir Forest’s three-hour Marin Route, you can store your bike in the lockable shed.

    Olif Bed & Breakfast

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    Guests and locals rave about the onsite restaurant at Olif, which serves tapas-inspired small plates using local ingredients. Even the cocktails are made with Welsh spirits and all 50 gins on offer are sourced from across the country. The minimalist white rooms are given cosy touches with Egyptian cotton sheets and traditional Melin Tregwynt blankets. You can watch Netflix for free but the owners recommend getting outside for strolls to scenic spots like Swallow Falls and the Fairy Glen.

    Ty Gwyn Hotel

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    Old Coaching Inn near Betws y Coed Conwy Wales.
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    The Ratcliff family have been running Ty Gwyn Hotel since 1982, so they know a thing or two about giving you a warm Welsh welcome. A stay at this 16th-century coaching inn comes with a complimentary Welsh breakfast cooked by owner Martin. The food is much loved by locals as well as visitors and the chef uses ingredients cultivated in polytunnels on two acres of land adjoining Ty Gwyn.

    Craig-y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel

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    Craig-y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel
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    As soon as you start travelling down the long private driveway towards Craig-y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel, you’ll realise it’s something special. From the 16 acres (6.5ha) of well-kept gardens to the Riverside conservatory restaurant, it’s just the place for immersing yourself in nature. The light and airy dining room serves meals made with Welsh ingredients – expect cheese from Llanrwst, meat from Carmarthen and whisky from Brecon. It’s the place to refuel after a session in the hot tub on your balcony.
    These recommendations were updated on April 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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