We decided to book into The Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis, based near Snowdon for our holiday to North Wales. The hotel is situated just opposite the entrance for Snowdon Mountain Railway and is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful views.
The reason that we chose this hotel is the price, £203 for two adults four nights B&B really was unbeatable. We read several reviews of the hotel on Trip Advisor so we knew that it would be a bit dated in places but that really didn’t bother us so we went ahead and booked. The on-line booking process via booking.com was a simple one.
On arrival the hotel looks very impressive. It has ample free parking and sits in its own beautiful grounds surrounded by gorgeous views. There is even a castle in the grounds, more on that a little later on.
I didn’t actually take any photos of the hotel room, blogger fail, but I did take a photo of the view from my bedroom window one morning, waking up to this little lamb and his friends was pretty special. When my fluffy friends weren’t outside the view wasn’t very good, just a load of old trees. I imagine that the view from other areas of the hotel would be very special, it may be worth requesting a room with a view when booking but this may cost more.
The room was okay, a little dated but it had what we wanted. A comfortable double bed, a bedside table each, cupboard space, a TV with Freeview channels, a large mirror sitting on a table that ran the length of the room (plenty of room to spread out my make-up!), a decent hairdryer, iron & ironing board and an en-suite bathroom with both bath and shower over bath. Though dated the bedroom was spotlessly clean, we couldn’t see a single speck of dust. The bathroom seemed very clean all bar the shower curtain. Shower curtains gross me out anyway, they are so unhygienic, but this one had slight yellow staining on the bottom which worried me somewhat. I probably should have complained but instead I just decided to not use it and get the floor wet.
We ate at the hotel several times on top of our inclusive breakfast. The breakfast was what you expect, full English plus a buffet consisting of the usual cereals, juices, croissants, bread, etc and those awful slow toast machines. I did have to send my breakfast back on one occasion as my poached egg either wasn’t cooked properly or was full of water, when I cut into it it just ran into all of my food and ruined it. They bought a replacement out pretty quickly.
They serve both bar meals and restaurant meals. Spencer and I actually preferred the menu choice for the bar meals so didn’t eat at the restaurant during our stay, opting to eat at the bar in the evenings. The majority of the bar meals were a steal at two for £15 and tasted delicious. We treated ourselves to pudding one evening, I of course went for the chocolate fudge cake. I assumed it would be warm but it was cold, why would you not warm up chocolate fudge cake? Aside from my incorrect assumption of warmth it was nice. We chose to eat our bar meals in the lounge area which was a very nice and relaxed area, you can eat them in several areas in the hotel including outside and in the actual bars. We were disappointed on one evening as there was a Wedding in the hotel which meant that the lounge areas were closed off for the function, we ate in the bar which wasn’t as pleasant as the lounge. They really could do with informing people in advance of the closure of the lounge areas.
We decided to take it easy on our first day and explore the hotel grounds, the above four photos are the result of that little adventure, pretty cool right? Dolbadarn Castle sits in the grounds of the hotel, it isn’t a huge castle but it is worth the short walk just to take the views in.
All in all we had a great stay at The Royal Victoria Hotel, yes it is a little dated but it is clean, reasonable, serves good grub and is situated in an ideal location with plenty to do and see. The two major downsides for me were the fact that the free wifi would not work and it wasn’t as ‘Welsh’ as I expected it to be, meaning that there wasn’t much use of the Welsh language throughout the hotel. I don’t speak much Welsh myself but had hoped to see the language being promoted in this hotel as it is in a Welsh speaking area.
Have you ever been to North Wales? If so, where did you stay?