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About West Wales
Many people consider the true beginning of West Wales to be the Loughor bridge and the border of Swansea and Carmarthenshire when travelling west towards Carmarthenshire. Certainly for us the best places to stay in West Wales are even further on than this.
At this point, road signs change from English before Welsh to Welsh before English. This is due to the vastly increased use of the Welsh language in the West Wales area.
Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion truly feel far from the rest of the mainland and you can explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast as it sweeps via St David's Head past the candy-coloured harbour towns of Tenby and Aberaeron, where we list charming hotels, as well as others further inland.
Don't forget to plan ahead when it comes to booking one of the best places to stay in West Wales - this is an incredibly popular region, especially during the busy summer months and school holidays.
If you are a stickler for a hotel with great food some of the best places to stay in west Wales can easily deliver.
- Llys Meddyg is a family run restaurant with rooms on the Nevern Estuary. There are nine pretty bedrooms and walls are crammed with local art. Food comes in a variety of options (all delicious) from fine dining to family friendly and all focus on locally sourced seasonal produce.
- The Harbourmaster Hotel is located in Aberaeron and has a reputation for great food as well as being one of the best places to stay in West Wales for the seaside. The rooms are split between three harbourside buildings and many have stunning views out to sea.
- St Brides Spa Hotel is located on the Pembrokeshire coast and enjoys a cliff top situation with stunning views. Privately owned, it boasts forty six contemporary styled bedrooms and top notch spa offering various marine therapies and an infinity pool with seaviews.
For discerning types who are looking for luxury all the way the best places to stay in west wales do not disappoint. Try either of these:
- The Grove is a beautifully restored manor/farmhouse just outside Narbeth. There are twelve bedrooms which are simply perfect, plus extra accommodation in an adjoining cottage and longhouse. Food too is outstanding here and if you book a self catering cottage you're positively encouraged to raid the vegetable garden.
- Hammet House is a luxury bolthole close to Cardigan. Recently refurbished it now offers an eclectic mix of contemporary design statements alongside side classic Georgian features. Chill out in the library bar after a day exploring the area.
Browse our list of the best places to stay in West Wales and start to plan your visit. Nothing here that fits the bill? Expand your search to include all our recommendations in South and Mid Wales or North Wales, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
Best Hotels in West Wales
Penbontbren 5 rooms from 70Ceredigion, West Wales
Penbontbren is a charming, luxury Bed and Breakfast nestled in 32 acres of grounds, surrounded by Welsh countryside and only 2 miles from wonderful national trust beaches. Beaming with character, this old Welsh farm has spacious private suites and substantial Welsh breakfasts!Local markets - Local Cardigan is a very busy market town in Ceredigion with medieval castle.Art Classes - Nearby Studio Llwyndrain is a unique facility in Wales for art coursesGreat walks - Tresaith is a coastal village nearby, linked to a coastal path.Sights nearby - Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Brown's Hotel 15 rooms from $92Laugharne, West Wales
Historic literary hotel, once the haunt of Dylan Thomas. Offers modern, comfortable and quirky bedrooms alongside a lively events calendar and rich cultural connections. All rooms differ from one another and come with organic mattresses and Welsh linen to add local character and comfort to your stayBar - Famous bar used by Dylan ThomasLiteraryGreat walks - Good for walkers.Quirky - An experience!
King Arthur Hotel 19 rooms from $98Reynoldston, West Wales
Cosy hotel for a weekend break in Wales. Nineteen simple en-suite bedrooms at this traditional country inn. Log fire and a restaurant with relaxed and friendly old pub atmosphere. Stunning banqueting hall for weddings. Nestled beneath Cefn Bryn, Gower’s highest point. Ideal weekend getaway.Sailing - Euphoria SailingGreat walks - Cefn BrynFull of characterRemote - Off the beaten track.
Trefloyne Manor 12 rooms from $135West Wales
A lovely country hotel, set on the Pembrokeshire coast. The rooms are elegant and spacious with tasteful furnishings and excellent balcony views. In the summer, delicious home cooked food can be enjoyed on the veranda. Explore the beautiful surrounding National Park or go for a round of golf.Business meetings - With excellent conference facilities and a business centre, it's perfect for a business trip in the Welsh countryside.Country Escape - A cosy and enchanting spot from which to explore the south Pembrokeshire coast.Sights nearby - This is castle country with Tenby Castle, Carew Castle and Manorbier Castle all closeby.Great walks - Excellent walking in the surrounding Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The New White Lion 6 rooms from $147Dyfed, West Wales
For walkers and artists, and all those who love the great outdoors, The New White Lion in the Breacon Beacons and Cambrian Mountains is a wonderful retreat. After a day in dramatic scenery sleep and eat in the greatest of comfort. Cosy log burning fires, lavish rooms, hot baths and huge breakfasts.Sitting Room - Come back to homemade scones and jam in front of a blazing fireLocal exploring - Stunning scenery and exciting and dramatic mountain bikingBar - Honesty bar, the hotel is very relaxed and welcomingRestaurant - Recommended.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Harbourmaster Hotel 11 rooms from $147Aberaeron, Ceredigion, West Wales
A contemporary seaside hotel and restaurant in charming Aberaeron. Rooms spread among three historic harbour side buildings. Splashes of colour, wrought iron freestanding baths and lively patterns make this a unique property. The chef prepares modern welsh cuisine. A standout property.Value chic - Cosy, sophisticated design with thoughtful details, warm service and top notch cuisine- without the designer pricetag.Country Escape - Nestled in a charming harbour town, with great walks, roaring fires and an extensie cellar.Great walks - Jump on the Welsh Coastal Path running straight by the front door.Restrictions on children - No children under 5 other than in the cottagesRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Penrhiw Hotel 7 rooms from $158West Wales
Excellent luxury hotel set in a 19th century vicarage just outside St. Davids. The stylish rooms are comfortable and spacious with fashionable furnishings and artwork. Perfect for people who are interested in exploring the Pembrokeshire coast with its stunning cliffs, wildlife and beaches.Birdwatching - Nearby Ramsay Island is great for watching seabirds.Great walks - Stunning walks around the St David's Peninsula.Sights nearby - Three miles from Roch Castle.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
The Grove 12 rooms from $184Narberth, West Wales
Family friendly grand Welsh farmhouse, beautifully restored with excellent food, located just outside Narberth with its wide range of boutiques and galleries.Romantic - Good for couples.Great walks - Ideally placed to explore the Pembrokeshire coast.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
Llys Meddyg 'Doctor's Court' 9 rooms from $196Pembrokeshire, West Wales
Artistic, family-run restaurant with rooms situated on the Nevern estuary in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With miles of coastline to explore you'll be glad of the comfy beds and locally sourced, beautifully cooked cuisine. Simple and effective.Foodies - The hotel offers a whole range of foraging and hunting courses, teaching you to find your own food and cook it.Local markets - See work in progress and browse the beautiful merchandise at the Melin Trewynt (Woollen Mill) and Blueberry Angoras.Cooking classes - Forage and feast courses, looking for and cooking the wild food of the Pembrokeshire countryside and seashore.Great walks - There are numerous walks along the Pembrokeshire Coastal path, just ask your hosts to advise you.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
St Brides Spa Hotel 34 rooms from $202Pembrokeshire, West Wales
A charming spa hotel overlooking Saundersfoot Harbour. The simple and chic rooms are come with modern furnishings and neutral tones. The Cliff Restaurant serves up fresh fish straight off the boat and local farm produce. Miles of beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline to explore.SpaGreat walks - The 186m Pembrokeshire coast is ideal for walking, with golden sands backed by towering cliffs teeming with wildlife.Sights nearby - Pembroke Castle, Oakwood and Heatherton are all within range.Swimming Pool - Heated spa pool.
Twr y Felin Hotel 21 rooms from $257St Davids, West Wales
A wonderful hotel overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast. Set in a restored 19th century windmill, the hotel's design is chic and contemporary. The rooms are sleek and urbane with metallic colour schemes. Local and international modern art pervades throughout this stylish coastal retreat.Honeymoons - This elegant and extraordinary hotel boasts a two floored circular windmill suite- perfect for a honeymoon to remember.Birdwatching - Make the most of the great sea birdwatching along the Pembrokeshire coast.Sights nearby - Roch Castle is only four miles away and well worth checking out.Great walks - There are ample walks along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.Recommended by - Johansens