Conwy Castle’s classic spires, towers and crenellated walls have begun to crumble in the 700 years since it was built, but that just adds to the drama. If you’re looking to combine a bit of historical sightseeing with a Welsh countryside break, these hotels nearby are the choice for you – and all bookable with Culture Trip.
Right on the water at Deganwy Marina, the Quay Hotel and Spa looks out over the Conwy River to the crumbling castle. As well as boasting dramatic castle and river views, rooms come decked in soothing seaside tones of sand, turquoise and pastel blue. The Ebb and Flow Restaurant serves a menu of locally sourced fine dining in stylish surrounds, or on the riverside terrace where you can view that striking castle as you dine.
This 19th-century coaching inn offers all the rustic charm of accommodation of yesteryear. If you want to complement your trip to Conwy Castle with a stay fit for a medieval monarch, choose the deluxe historic bedroom with its ornately carved, four-poster bed and throne-like velvet armchairs. Deluxe and superior doubles also come with gilded edges and antique end tables.
Within the medieval town walls and a stone’s throw from Conwy Castle, the Erskine Arms is a traditional Georgian coaching inn. Above the pub, you’ll find three floors of contemporary-chic rooms, most of which have views across the 13th-century walls to the castle. Everything on the pub menu is home-made, right down to the brown sauce, and the fisherman’s platter makes the most of the fresh seafood landed right by the inn.
Stylish and luxurious, Escape B&B is the first boutique B&B in Llandudno. This handsome Victorian villa stands proud on the edge of Llandudno town, a five-minute walk to the seafront and centre, and a 15-minute drive from Conwy Castle. Each of the nine double bedrooms has been designed with its own character – crochet blankets, velvet headboards and vibrant feature walls adding a bit of jazz and attracting a litany of musicians and British celebrities.
This lavish estate hotel may be secluded in acres of land 3mi (5km) from Conwy Castle – but the views from the terrace stretch to Edward I’s famous fortress and Snowdonia on a clear day. Strolling the grounds, you’ll find 17th-century box hedges, walled rose gardens and ancient follies. A fine-dining menu featuring Welsh lamb and locally caught sea bass is served in the grand dining room, looking out over the grounds. Standard rooms and lavish suites are in the main building, and a handful of spa cottages near the Bodysgallen Spa are the perfect romantic getaway.
On the promenade of Llandudno town, the Grafton is a family-run hotel with super-friendly service. It’s a good choice for families as interconnecting suites and family rooms can accommodate groups. Plus, a collection of books and games and the Gruffalo bench outside let you know kids are more than welcome. Most of the rooms have a sea view, either from big Victorian bay windows or sash windows. A hearty cooked breakfast is served with a sea view in the breakfast room to set you up for the day.
On the coast at Llandudno, St George’s Hotel is all about making the most of that sea view. Contemporary standard rooms and opulent suites have views over the town to the Orme valley, or out over the sea. You can opt for a room with a balcony for an evening al fresco tipple, or sip a G&T on the terrace bar. You can also indulge in afternoon tea with sparkling wine overlooking Llandudno Bay for a special occasion.
The Hen-Dy B&B sits alongside Llandudno promenade’s bars, restaurants and shops. A family day out awaits at Conwy Castle, a 15-minute drive away. Rooms at the front of the hotel have beautiful sea views from bay windows and are decked with plump pillows, feature walls and sprawling beds. Breakfast is a full cooked affair, or a continental selection and an honesty bar in the lounge offers a place to relax in the evening.
Welcoming travellers for more than 500 years, the Groes Inn is the oldest licenced pub in Wales. It can be found in the glorious countryside between the Conwy Estuary and Tal y Fan mountain, a seven-minute drive from Conwy Castle. The pub’s cheese pie is legendary, and the menu of hearty grub is accompanied by a roster of regional beers and ales, including the pub’s own Dragon’s Fire ale on tap. At the end of the evening, you can toddle off to bed, where even the standard doubles have a king-size bed.