North Wales

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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.

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.

Best places to stay in North Wales


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.


For the best places to stay on the North Wales coast take a look at:

For Foodies

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.

Nothing for you amongst our picks of the best places to stay in North Wales? Take a look at our West Wales list.

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  • Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

    Gwynedd, 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!

    16 rooms from $64
    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 pool
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Llwyndu Farmhouse

    Gwynedd, 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.

    7 rooms from $74
    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

    Llanarmon 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.

    16 rooms from $92
    Sights nearby  -  Chirk Castle built in 1310 includes a dungeon and tower.
    Great walks  -  Explore the Chirk Aqueduct along the River Dee.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Seiont Manor Hotel

    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.

    28 rooms from $99
    Great walks  -  On the edge of Snowdonia National Park
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Indoor Pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Ael y Bryn

    North 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.

    9 rooms from $101
    Sights nearby  -  Aberglasney House and Gardens
    Great walks  -  Ceredigion Coast Path
  • Y Meirionnydd

    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

    5 rooms from $106
    Mountain biking  -  8 miles from Coed-y-Brenin, home to some of Britain’s best mountain biking. Lock up and cleaning facilites on site.
    Great walks  -  Ideal base for walking in Snowdonia.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • The Slate Shed

    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.

    5 rooms from $113
    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
  • Cleifiog

    Valley, North Wales

    A charming 16th century longhouse with stunning views over the Menai Straits to Snowdonia. Chic rooms and suites with creamy furnishings and original features. Walks on the beach, cycling, and much more. Romantic, lots of outdoor activities; the perfect location for a country escape.

    3 rooms from $113
    Great walks  -  650 miles of footpaths.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Escape Boutique B&B

    Llandudno, North Wales

    Boutique B&B in small seaside town. Urban interior within a traditional Victorian villa. Rooms with all mod-cons.

    9 rooms from $126
    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
  • Bryn Mair House

    Gwynedd, 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.

    3 rooms from $135
    Great walks  -  Some of the most magnificent scenery in Wales
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 14
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Penhelig Arms

    Gwynedd, 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.

    15 rooms from $156
    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.
    Full of character
  • Manorhaus

    Ruthin, North Wales

    Art gallery meets boutique restaurant with rooms in the market town of Ruthin, the gateway to North Wales.

    8 rooms from $163
    Artworks  -  Restaurant and lounge act as a gallery for contemporary Welsh artists.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
  • Castle Hotel

    Conwy, 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.

    28 rooms from $167
    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring Conwy and the North Wales coastline.
    Great walks  -  Along the coast and in Snowdonia National Park
    Spa  -  With a good range of treatments and massages
    Sights nearby  -  Conwy Castle
  • Chateau Rhianfa

    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!

    22 rooms from $177
    Great walks  -  Snowdonia National Park is close by as the Wales Coastal Path
    Views  -  Wonderful mountain views over the Menai Straits
    On the beach  -  Private beach on the Menai Straits
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • Ffynnon Town House

    Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales

    A boutique B&B where families are actually welcome; the perfect location for discovering southern Snowdonia.

    4 rooms from $177
    Great walks  -  Great hill walking on Cadr Idris or explore Snowdonia National Park
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays
  • Osborne House Hotel

    Llandudno, 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.

    6 rooms from $177
    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 Orme
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor poor at the Empire Hotel are avaliable guests at Osborne House.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Kinmel Arms

    Conwy, North Wales

    The village pub goes gourmet: luxury rooms and delicious food in St George, Abergele

    4 rooms from $191
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosettes. Brasserie style at lunch time and fine dining in the evenings.
    Great walks  -  Snowdonia on the doorstep.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Plas Dinas

    Gwynedd, 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.

    10 rooms from $197
    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 Centre
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth

    Gwynedd, 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.

    55 rooms from $211
    Architectural  -  The hotel was built on a wooded peninsula by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926
    Great walks  -  See the dawn break over the mountains of Meirionnydd
    Sights nearby  -  Portmeirion Village offers fantastic garden visits.
    Other Activities  -  Organic Spa Treatments at Castell Deudraeth.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Plas Bodegroes

    Pwllheli, 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 taste buds tingly.

    11 rooms from $212
    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

    Llanrwst, 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.

    6 rooms from $224
    Sights nearby  -  6 minutes drive from Betws-y-Coed with its mixtures of Boutiques, Art Gallery, restaurants and Bistros
    Great walks  -  Explore the many footpaths nearby or for the fearless there's Snowdonia.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 12s only
    Full of character
  • Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

    North 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.

    22 rooms from $225
    Historic  -  The oldest part of the house is a five storey tower, probably dating from the late 13th century
    Birdwatching  -  The local RSPB Nature Reserve on the Conwy Estuary is a must for birdwatchers
    Great walks  -  2 miles from Llandudno, a perfectly preserved Victorian Seaside resort.
    Local markets  -  2 miles from the medieval town of Conwy.
  • Tyddyn Llan

    Llandrillo, 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.

    13 rooms from $269
    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
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