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About North Wales
North Wales is a great destination for all the family with diverse activities including walking, sailing and surfing, plus culture galore. There are plenty of family and heritage attractions, and simply stunning countryside and beaches - and the selection of the best places to stay in North Wales seems to get better and better (for those looking for a holiday cottage we recommend the choice with our online partner, Booking.com).
The further you penetrate North Wales, perhaps via the fast A55 from Chester or the more scenic A5, the more glorious the scenery becomes, as the peaks of Snowdonia rise up, with the remote Llyn peninsula and Anglesey beyond.
Along the coast are charming, old fashioned resorts such as Llandudno, and historical sites such as Conwy and its fortified castle.
Our favourite and the best places to stay in North Wales are mainly run by committed private owners and are notable for three things especially: good food based on excellent local produce, good value for money and peace and quiet in lovely surroundings.
For the best places to stay in North Wales that make the most of this countryside we suggest:
- Y Meirionnydd is one of our favourites. Situated in Dolgellau, in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, this former county jail is now a smart hotel with stylish bedrooms and a highly recommended restaurant.
- The Slate Shed, a classy B&B and great base for walkers or cyclists,
- or perhaps the West Arms Hotel, a 16th century inn with superb food at the foot of the Berwyn Mountain.
- Alternatively check in to Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, the original training headquarters for the 1953 Everest attempt.
- For the cultured amongst us, Manorhaus is an art gallery meets gourmet restaurant with rooms in Ruthin.
- If you're travelling with little ones then opt for Ffynnon Town House, a stylish B&B where kids are actively welcomed.
For the best places to stay on the North Wales coast take a look at:
- the Kinmel Arms a gourmet village pub in Abergele;
- in Llandudno either the Escape Boutique B&B or Osbourne House Hotel a listed townhouse right on the front.
- Further west, but equally coastal try the Penhelig Arms at the mouth of the Dovey Estuary.
- For foodies our choice of the best places to stay in North Wales covers virutally every property on our list. But for those after Michelin starred delights book a night at either Plas Bodegroes or Tyddyn Llan.
For a holiday cottage
- If you've decide you want to be a bit more independent, then perhaps you'd like a holiday cottage or apartment. There's a great choice with our online partner, Booking.com
Best Hotels in North Wales
Llwyndu Farmhouse 7 rooms from $64Gwynedd, North Wales
Overlooking Cardigan Bay and at the foot of the Rhinog Mountains, Llwyndu Farmhouse is a cosy private hotel for Bed & Breakfast. The farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation in rooms full of character and quirkiness. Surrounded by natural beauty, this is ideal for the enthusiastic walker.Sights nearby - Ardudwy, north from Barmouth is rich in prehistoric and early settlements. Investigate burial chambers, forts and huts.Trekking - The Rhinogydd mountains just behind the farmhouse.Great walks - Enjoy stunning sunsets across Cardigan Bay.Local markets - Explore the nearby town of Harlech.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
West Arms Hotel 16 rooms from $80Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire, North Wales
Unspoiled 16th Century Inn nestled in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. Traditional aspects maintained with the original features and antiques. Rooms are cosy and unique, with modern bathrooms. Seasonal menus, daily specials and a fully stocked bar entice locals and guests alike.Sights nearby - Chirk Castle built in 1310 includes a dungeon and tower.Great walks - Explore the Chirk Aqueduct along the River Dee.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Seiont Manor Hotel 28 rooms from $86Caernarfon, North Wales
Country house hotel on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Wonderful views especially on a clear day and all rooms boast either a balcony or patio doors. Enjoy outdoor pursuits and come back to delicious 2 AA Rosette dinners.Great walks - On the edge of Snowdonia National ParkSwimming Pool - Lovely Indoor PoolViews - Great views from hotelFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.
Ael y Bryn 9 rooms from $88North Wales
Quiet B&B views of Cardigan Bay. Cream coloured rooms have wrought iron beds, large windows and pine furniture. Conservatory, library and extensive gardens. Evening meals are served in cosy dining room. For a peaceful weekend, this is a lovely choice.Sights nearby - Aberglasney House and GardensGreat walks - Ceredigion Coast Path
The Slate Shed 5 rooms from $98Arthog near Dolgellau, North Wales
Cycle and pet friendly B&B in the heart of Snowdonia. A converted Victorian slate cutting mill featuring an eclectic mix of custom-made and vintage furnishings. Fabulous views over the Mawddach Estuary and mountains.Views - Stunning views over the Mawddach Estuary.Restrictions on children - Over 10s only in the B&B.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Manorhaus 8 rooms from $104Ruthin, North Wales
Art gallery meets boutique restaurant with rooms in the market town of Ruthin, the gateway to North Wales. Contemporary rooms with bold colours and stylish furniture. Boasting a sort after restaurant and excellent bar. Ideal for a country escape or to rent the whole property for a special occasion.Foodies - Highly acclaimed restaurant, uses locally sourced ingrediants in wholesome and delicious food with fantastic wines by the glass.Great walks - Endless walking opportunities in the stunning Vale of Clwyd, plus the hotel will pack your lunch.Sights nearby - Visit the striking Conwy Castle on the Conwy Estuary.Full of characterRecommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
Y Meirionnydd 5 rooms from $109Gwynedd, North Wales
A quaint option at the heart of Snowdonia National Park. A former country jail now beautifully renovated. Rooms feature exposed stone walls, crisp white linen and comfortable beds. The intimate restaurant serves hearty food and there's a cosy bar. An ideal spot to return to after a day outdoors.Hideaway - A perfect retreat from everyday life- a charming country hotel with a cosy bar, fantastic restaurant and chic rooms.Great walks - Bring your walking boots and head out on the Mawddach trail with a lunch packed by the hotel.Sights nearby - The area is dotted with ancient castles and areas of interest, ask your hosts to guide you.Restrictions on children - Adults onlyRecommended by - Sawdays
Escape Boutique B&B 9 rooms from $109Llandudno, North Wales
Boutique B&B in small seaside town. Urban interior within a traditional Victorian villa. Rooms with all mod-cons.Restrictions on children - No children under 10 years.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide
Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel 16 rooms from $110Gwynedd, North Wales
An historic mountaineer's hotel offering characterful service, right under Snowdonia. Delightfully eccentric climbing inn with a range of comfortable sleeping options. With a hearty breakfast to start the day and a lively dinner upon your return!Hideaway - A hidden gem in this spectacular stretch of countryside, lose yourself amongst the picturesque hills and lakes.Great walks - Situated in the heart of Snowdonia this area boasts some of the finest walking in the British Isles.Swimming Pool - Natural unheated 60-metre swimming poolFull of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Manorhaus Llangollen 7 rooms from $1108EU, North Wales
A stylish B&B in a beautiful mountain town adjacent to the Llangollen canal, rooms come with artsy décor in black and white. Private hot tubs in bedrooms and rooftop. Most eateries are within walking distance, the hotel serves breakfast only. A smart bar and lounge on-site. Chic and comfortable.Sights nearby - Several ancient castles/ruins close by like Dinas Bran or Valle Crucis AbbeyGreat walks - Offa's Dyke footpath has many walking trails in the Dee Valley for walkersCountry Escape - Located in a small town with hills, ruins and buzzy streets to exploreLocal exploring - Walks, canal cruises and historical homes are out the front door
Bryn Mair House 3 rooms from $116Gwynedd, North Wales
Escape to this beautiful Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, in the remote market town of Dolgellau. Set in a secluded garden, a stones throw from Snowdonia National Park, the three bedroom B&B is a perfect getaway for someone wishing to explore the magnificent sights and scenery of North Wales.Great walks - Some of the most magnificent scenery in WalesRestrictions on children - No children under 14Remote - Off the beaten track.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Penhelig Arms 15 rooms from $135Gwynedd, North Wales
A picturesque waterfront hotel in the heart of Aberdovey, Gwynedd. The rooms marry original features with modern conveniences and wonderful sea views. There is a quaint on site bar with a cosy fireplace, and a restaurant serving locally sourced Welsh produce. Utterly charming.Active Holiday - Whether on land or at sea there are plenty of challenging activitites.Great walks - The Torrent Walk, Precipice Walk, New Precipice Walk and Panorama Walk provide plenty of contrasting country to explore.Sailing - Dovey Yacht Club offer a range of lessons for all levels.Views - Lovely views over the water and boats.
Castle Hotel 28 rooms from $144Conwy, North Wales
300 year old old coaching inn with views of a Conwy castle. Individually designed rooms offer a clever combination of contemporary style & traditional comfort. The restaurant serves local Welsh produce and there's a spa for pampering. A great base for exploring the North Welsh coast.Local exploring - A great base for exploring Conwy and the North Wales coastline.Great walks - Along the coast and in Snowdonia National ParkSpa - With a good range of treatments and massagesSights nearby - Conwy Castle
Chateau Rhianfa 22 rooms from $153Anglesey, North Wales
Grade 11 listed gothic style property, inspired by the french chateaux in the Loire valley, turned luxury hotel and venue overlooking the Menai Straits. Twenty two contemporary styled bedrooms, plus three self catering cottages. Superb onsite facilities. Ideal for groups or adrenalin seekers!Great walks - Snowdonia National Park is close by as the Wales Coastal PathViews - Wonderful mountain views over the Menai StraitsOn the beach - Private beach on the Menai StraitsKayaking - Available locally.Recommended by - Johansens
Osborne House Hotel 6 rooms from $153Llandudno, Conwy, North Wales
Victorian townhouse now 5* boutique on the Llandudno's seafront. The listed building houses antiques and fine art works in all rooms. Suites are comfortable with sea views. Continental breakfast to start the day, lunch and dinner at the casual cafe. A beautiful find in the Welsh countryside.Local exploring - Whether your interest lies at land or sea Osborne House is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the country.Value chic - Lavish old world feel without the prohibative price tag- think marble fireplaces, fluted pillars and antique furnishings.Sights nearby - The worlds largest Bronze Age Copper Mine are located in the Great OrmeSwimming Pool - Indoor poor at the Empire Hotel are avaliable guests at Osborne House.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Kinmel Arms 4 rooms from $165Conwy, North Wales
The village pub goes gourmet. Luxury rooms with uber comfy beds and individual artwork. A cosy lounge with open fireplace ideal for an evening drink. A highly accoladed restaurant forms the hub. The perfect country escape.Country Escape - A characterful Welsh inn, with cosy fireplaces, comfy beds, well stocked bar and excellent rambling.Foodies - From a traditional Tearoom to a sumptious A la Carte menu the food is superb, local and wholesome.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive Bodelwyddan Castle, full of history and surrounded by lovely walking.Fishing - For any keen anglers, Trout fishing at Tan Y Mynydd is an absolute must.Recommended by - Sawdays
Plas Dinas 10 rooms from $170Gwynedd, North Wales
A fine old house steeped in character and history, set in beautiful 15 acre grounds between Snowdonia and the Irish Sea. Plas Dinas has a number of majestically decorated rooms and several dining options. This remote getaway is perfect for large groups looking for an active and luxurious weekend.Historic - Steeped in Royal History, Plas Dinas still retains many family portraits, memorabilia and original furniture.Golf - Caernarfon has its own 18 hole parkland course, with a 10% discount offered if you mention Plas Dinas.Fishing - Bala Lake, is the largest natural still water in North Wales, with the River Dee flowing through it.Watersports - Just 15 minutes down the road, Plas Menai, a National Watersports CentreRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Ffynnon Town House 5 rooms from $174Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales
A boutique B&B with just five perfect rooms. Contemporary decoration with traditional features. Crisp linen and comfortable beds with ornate headboards. A cosy lounge with an honesty bar and open fireplace awaits after a day outdoors. A stunning location ideal for discovering southern Snowdonia.Families - Ideal for families, with plenty of books, DVDs, games and activities plus kiddies menu and use of a of a Butler's Pantry.Romantic Break - Perfectly isolated, cosy rooms and an outdoor hot tub with champagne and strawberries to order.Great walks - Great hill walking on Cadr Idris or explore the magical Snowdonia National Park.Birdwatching - Bring your binoculars, the RSPB Coed Garth Gell reserve is close to the hotel.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth 55 rooms from $182Gwynedd, North Wales
This eccentric resort was build by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Hotel Portmeirion and Castell Deudraeth each have a unique design and give a fantastic opportunity to stay in this charming village and explore.Architectural - The hotel was built on a wooded peninsula by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926Great walks - See the dawn break over the mountains of MeirionnyddSights nearby - Portmeirion Village offers fantastic garden visits.Other Activities - Organic Spa Treatments at Castell Deudraeth.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Plas Bodegroes 11 rooms from $184Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales
An enchanting Georgian Manor on the Lleyn Peninsula - an area of outstanding natural beauty. Eleven country-chic rooms offer understated elegance and comfort. The Michelin starred restaurant serves phenomenal locally sourced cuisine that never fails to set the taste buds alight!Country Escape - Set on six acres of beautiful gardens with a 200-year-old avenue of beech trees and surrounded by totally unspoilt countryside.Foodies - Chef and co-owner Chris produces sensational food from local, seasonal, sustainable produce- knockout stuff!Active Holiday - Within eight miles of the proerty you'll find shooting, fishing, sailing, kayking, go-karting and golfing.Great walks - Explore the Wales coastal path on the Llyn peninsula a designated heritage coast area of natural beauty.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Tan y Foel 6 rooms from $193Llanrwst, North Wales
A traditional Welsh stone building, this luxury B&B enjoys stunning views across the valleys and on a clear day, Snowdonia. Rooms are spacious and contemporary in style with plush fabrics and modern en suite bathrooms. A stylish getaway in North Wales, ideal for keen walkers or local exploring.Sights nearby - 6 minutes drive from Betws-y-Coed with its mixtures of Boutiques, Art Gallery, restaurants and BistrosGreat walks - Explore the many footpaths nearby or for the fearless there's Snowdonia.Restrictions on children - Over 12s onlyFull of character
Bodysgallen Hall & Spa 22 rooms from $195North Wales
Dating back to the 13th Century, Bodysgallen Hall & Spa lies in beautiful formal gardens and features 15 bedrooms in the main house, Principal Suites, and 16 delightful cottage suites in the grounds. The hotel is ideally placed for local historic castles, golf courses and the coast of North Wales.Historic - The oldest part of the house is a five storey tower, probably dating from the late 13th centuryBirdwatching - The local RSPB Nature Reserve on the Conwy Estuary is a must for birdwatchersGreat walks - 2 miles from Llandudno, a perfectly preserved Victorian Seaside resort.Local markets - 2 miles from the medieval town of Conwy.
Tyddyn Llan 13 rooms from $233Llandrillo, Denbighshire, North Wales
Charming Welsh farmhouse turned exceptional Michelin starred restaurant with comfortable rooms resting in the stunning Vale of Edeyrnion. Classic style throughout and with armchairs around every corner. Enjoy the seasonally inspired menu whether it be a taster menu, Sunday lunch or breakfast in bed.Great walks - Knowledgable local guides will happily take guests rambling along the many trails, providing plenty of anecdotes and history.Sights nearby - Llangollen and the Dee Valley have a wealth of attractions and activities to appeal to almost everybody.Fishing - There is wonderfuly fishing on the River Dee, ask at the hotel about equipment.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide