As the biggest coastal town in Wales, Llandudno is more than the long stretch of North Shore Beach. Spend days at over-the-sea restaurants, bars, shops and arcades on the iconic 19th-century pier. Catch the 1900s-built tramway to high-up Great Orme for spectacular views – and nearby, the historic mines of this North Wales town. Expect grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture, included on our list of the best hotels in Llandudno – bookable on Culture Trip.
Four-star St George’s has stood prominently facing the sea since 1854. Look out to the bay from one of the beach-view rooms or suites – it’s best from the binoculars-included Deluxe Sea View Room with its own balcony. Visit the plush lounge for coffee and cakes or spirits to sip – yep, there’s a long list – and the sophisticated, sea-view restaurant for award-winning dishes. Think pan-fried duck breast with smoked bacon rosti, followed by Welsh cheese selection.
Inside two Victorian townhouses, find this family-run hotel, bar and restaurant. Couples will enjoy the bay-window superior double room – there’s an overhead-beams-included family room for groups. Head to the bright restaurant for many British classics plus V, VG and GF alternatives – like the vegan burger and vegan chocolate fudge cake. Digest with a few minutes walk to the coastal promenade, then finish off with a cocktail at the hotel bar.
Pamper yourself well at this luxury promenade hotel and stay in Victorian-elegance rooms – many have sweeping bay views and some come with a relaxing balcony. Book a stylish suite for special stays with luxuries like sash-curtained bay windows and private lounges. You’ll love the two AA Rosette-winning Chantrey’s restaurant serving up authentic Welsh cuisine: try the taste-filled roast of the day. Work off indulgence at the pool-included health and fitness centre before rejuvenating with beauty treatments like sea salt exfoliation and mani-pedis.
Expect a warm welcome from the friendly staff at the Marlborough Hotel. Rest up in en-suite rooms that feel homely with floral wallpaper and cosy scatter cushions – book a bay window, seafront room to kick back in plush armchairs and take in the view. The lounge and sun veranda overlooks Great Orme and the Pier: the perfect spot for Marlborough afternoon tea. Look out for live evening entertainment throughout the week.
Choose a room to suit you in this boutique B&B, housed in a distinctive Victorian villa. Nine double rooms are individually designed to theme with quirky decor: the Contemporary Deco room features a copper roll-top bathtub, while the Boudoir boasts LED crystal-encrusted wallpaper and vintage cocktail chairs. Book the Retro Red room and you’ll get a Chesterfield black leather headboard lit from behind, original 70s light fitting and red phone box wall art. Special occasion? Hire the whole villa for fun group getaways.
Check out the pier opposite the Wildings – with its many panoramic bay views including from some of the individually-designed rooms. Book the Alice Suite for bay-window scapes and a corner whirlpool bath – breakfast is included so tuck into your choice of cooked dishes like Eggs Benedict. The restaurant serves afternoon tea, Sunday roasts and local desserts like Welsh cheese boards, while the bar stocks regional gins and wines. Don’t forget your furry friend who’s welcome in the bar, front lounge and certain rooms.
For a rural luxury escape, book this Grade 1 listed, National Trust-owned country hall. You’ll enjoy strolling the magnificent grounds with their 17th-century, herb-filled parterre and walled rose garden. Rest in an opulently-decorated, antique-laden room in the house or cottages, in the armchair-strewn, fireside library or drawing room or the gym, pool and aromatherapy-beauty-treatment-featuring spa. The AA 3 Rosette-awarded restaurant features an impressive wine list and vegan menu serving organic, garden-grown veg. You’ll see Snowdonia and Conwy Castle from this 2mi (3.2km)-from-Llandudno stay.
Town centre and boutique-style, the Empire Hotel has been run by the same family for over 75 years. Lovely rooms with French doors leading to private patios feature luxurious bathrooms and modern, plush decor with classic twists like sash curtains in some. You’ll be impressed by the spa’s indoor-heated, lit-up mosaic pool and outdoor splash pool – as well as the opulent lounge bar serving afternoon tea, cocktails and hotel-cellar wines. Try well-done British classics at the sophisticated restaurant.
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