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. 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 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.
For the best places to stay in North Wales that make the most of this countryside we suggest 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.
Along the coast are charming, old fashioned resorts such as Llandudno, and historical sites such as Conwy and its fortified castle.
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.
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 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.
Gwynedd, North Wales
Historic, delightfully eccentric climbing inn in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
Caernarfon, 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.
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire, North Wales
Unspoilt traditional 16th century inn with superb food in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountain.
Gwynedd, North Wales
A good-value option at the heart of Snowdonia National Park, this former county jail is now a smart small hotel serving great food, in the centre of Dolgellau
Arthog 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.
Valley, North Wales
A charming 16th century longhouse with 30 acres of gardens leading to the sea, just off the Isle of Anglesey. Chic rooms and suites with creamy furnishings and DVD players. Fabulous modern Welsh cuisine, walks on the beach, cycling, and much more. Romantic, gourmet, lots of outdoor activities.
Llandudno, North Wales
Boutique B&B in small seaside town. Urban interior within a traditional Victorian villa. Rooms with all mod-cons.
Ruthin, North Wales
Art gallery meets boutique restaurant with rooms in the market town of Ruthin, the gateway to North Wales.
Llandrillo, Denbighshire, North Wales
Exceptional Michelin starred food in relaxing surroundings in the beautiful Vale of Edeyrnion,
Gwynedd, North Wales
Friendly hostelry with a great waterfront location in the heart of Aberdovey, Gwynedd.
Anglesey, 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!
Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales
A boutique B&B where families are actually welcome; the perfect location for discovering southern Snowdonia.
Llandudno, Conwy, North Wales
Listed townhouse with six luxury Victorian-style suites on Llandudno's seafront.
Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales
Georgian Manor house now award winning restaurant with rooms on the Lleyn peninsula, an area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. Eleven individually designed rooms and Michelin starred dining.