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About Gwynedd

Gwynedd is one of the most spectacular regions in Wales, with most visitors drawn by its highest peak, Mt. Snowdon, or the magical scenery of Snowdonia National Park. But as well as the famously sky-scraping mountains, Gwynedd has a dramatic coastline which alternates between sandy scooping beaches and rocky headlands. The Llŷn Peninsula is especially known for its scenery and the county has an impressive number of lakes and rivers. Our list of the best places to stay in Gwynedd includes several recommendations within the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park, and a couple of options well known by mountaineers from across the decades. We’ve also picked out converted country manors, pubs-with-rooms, hotels with water views, and peaceful rural retreats — in short something for all tastes and budgets!

Gwynedd is a wonderful place to learn about Welsh cuisine and crafts, it’s a region known for its hospitality and strong Welsh identity — around 65% of the population speak Welsh. It also boasts a good range of historic sites — most of Gwynedd’s castles date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the Welsh resisted the rule of King John and Edward I, and it has a charming collection of National Trust properties too.

It's also worth remembering that this is a great destination for a seaside getaway. The largest beach is Worth Neigwl, between Abersoch and Aberdaron, but Llanbedrog and Nefyn also have good sandy beaches. And there are numerous smaller ones just waiting to be discovered.

As you'd expect, the best places to stay in Gwynedd are extremely busy in the peak summer months with everyone wanting to make the most of the good weather. So if you plan to visit in July or August, do your research and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Gwynedd

Country House Hotels

  • Palé Hall is a Victorian manor house, just outside Snowdonia National Park. The sloping lawns, and large windows offer incredible views, and the grand interiors include four-poster beds, chandeliers and plenty of period features. The cosy library is perfect for rainy days, and the restaurant is a gourmet experience. Definitely one of the most luxurious places to stay in Gwynedd.
  • Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is an elegant, grey-stone manor house set amid lovely mature gardens and scenic views. Inside are 14 guest rooms, and an excellent restaurant. The decor is contemporary-country chic, with open fireplaces and wood panelled walls adding a feeling of genteel history. The hall is close to Snowdonia National Park, and the trout and salmon fishing of the nearby River Wnion.
  • Plas Dinas is a charming country house in 15 acres of grounds between Snowdonia and the Irish Sea. Now converted into a hotel, Plas Dinas has ten sumptuously decorated, individually designed guest rooms. The Gunroom restaurant is Michelin recommended and offers montly changing gourmet menus.

For Ocean Views

  • The Willow Hill is a secluded hillside property with three self catering pods enjoying spectacular views not only over the sea, but also the surrounding countryside. Each unit has been beautifully designed and luxuriously appointed and each has the added bonus of a private furnished patio with outdoor hot tub. A coastal hideaway that works for both couples and families.
  • In a spectacular spot, with the beach as an extension of the front garden, the Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth was built to prove a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Just behind the Hotel Portmeirion is a wooded hill, with the Castell Deudraeth sitting above. Between them, there are 55 rooms and suites, with plenty of variety when it comes to size, shape and atmosphere. There are two restaurants, and both properties share the Castell’s luxurious, all-organic spa. Quirky and memorable for all the right reasons, with idyllic views.
  • The Penhelig Arms on the Dyfi Estuary is a 15 room inn in a fabulous spot, right across the road from the seafront in Aberdovey. The restaurant has especially good sea views, and is known for its locally sourced produce turned into delicious menus. There are 15 rooms and suites, some in the hotel building, some in an annex above the hotel, and there’s also a cosy cottage. The pub is popular with guests and locals alike and offers a friendly, laid back dining and drinking option.

For Snowdonia National Park

  • Right a the foot of Mount Snowdon, Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel is an historic mountaineers’ base (popular with walkers too), with 16 simple bedrooms (some with shared bathrooms). Hearty dinners are either three or five courses, and the breakfasts are designed to set you up for a good climb. The hotel is the definition of homely with with simple, old-fashioned style and a cosy bar for swapping stories.
  • Y Meirionnydd is a smart, five room restaurant-with-rooms converted from the former country gaol in Dolgellau. Each of the rooms is light and spacious (surprising considering this was a prison!) and all feature lovely bathrooms — some with roll-top tubs. The restaurant is loved for its hearty food and intimate atmosphere, and there’s a cosy bar too. Adults only. Perfect to come back to after a day's walking.

On the Llŷn Peninsula

  • The Porth Tocyn Hotel is in a stunning spot, surrounded by gardens and overlooking the sea. It has just 17 rooms and suites, simply decorated in a homely, rural/seaside style. You'll also find a games room, swimming pool, tennis court, and a little bar. The restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes.

For Exploring Gwynedd

  • Ty'n Rhos is a charming small hotel just outside Caernarfon, within striking distance of Snowdonia National Park and Bangor too — ideal for exploring further afield. There's a lovely large mature garden, sink-into beds and plump sofas. Plus a fine-dining restaurant, that spills out onto the terrace when the weather allows.

For Walkers

  • Dolffanog Fawr is a rural house turned luxury guesthouse, picturesquely set in a lush valley as green as they come and with endless walking possibilities right from the door. It has just four guest rooms, each with rustic features, simply decorated in neutral tones, with Welsh wool rugs. There’s also a cosy lounge and dining room, and a sunny terrace, all welcoming places to sit and relax after a days explorations. Quiet.

For a Countryside Escape

  • Plas Tan-yr-Allt is a luxurious, country house B&B with picturesque views from its three bedrooms, breakfast room, and garden. You’re within striking distance of Snowdonia National Park and close to some beautiful beaches too. No kids or pets, but lots of peace, and beautiful antiques.
  • Cross Foxes has a fantastic location at the foot of Calder Idris mountain. This six room hotel is small, but each of the rooms has been individually styled to make the most of the space available, and the results are all very successful. The bar and restaurant have plenty of atmosphere, and a hearty menu, with a good collection of ales.

Best Pubs-with-Rooms

  • The Saracens Head is a stylish country pub in the picturesque village of Beddgelert. Its 11 rooms are simply decorated in contemporary classic style and the cosy bar and restaurant serve traditional pub fare.

For Great Value

  • Ty Castell is a charming restaurant-with-rooms in the historic heart of Caernarfon. The restaurant and menu are the main event, but the fours rooms won't disappoint: two doubles and two twins, carefully styled, with plenty of natural light, and neutral colour schemes livened up by Welsh wool rugs and cushions. Ideally located for sightseeing, and eating well and extremely competitve rates.

Best B&Bs

  • Within the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park, but just back from Cardigan Bay, Ael y Bryn is a quiet, nine room B&B, perfect for walkers, or for a peaceful weekend away. Surrounded by mature gardens and expansive views, Ael y Bryn’s rooms benefit from large windows and unfussy decor in pastel shades. Meals (dinner on request) are served in a cosy dining room, and there’s also a library and a conservatory to relax in. Royal St David's Golf Course is just a short distance away.

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Travel Information

  • Cardiff Airport is the nearest major airport, but Gwynedd is also quite close to Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport — both are just across the border. Alternatively, Gwynedd has good rail links to many Welsh destinations and the rest of the UK, and you can cross to and from Ireland on the ferry, which takes under two hours from Dublin.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Spring is beautiful in Gwynedd; it is mild and dry ideal for outdoor explorations. Summer is also appealing, what with the golden beaches for family seaside fun. Autumn is great for walkers, with the colours adding to Gwynedd’s dramatic views and welcoming pub lunches to come in for. In winter you might need to walk more briskly to keep you warm, but there’s always a welcoming fire burning somewhere and plenty of colourful Christmassy events to keep you in good cheer.

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Best Hotels in Gwynedd

  • The Willow Hill Aberdovey (Wales) 3 rooms from £275

    Romantic Break  -  Book one of the smaller pods for a romantic getaway with luxury interiors and a private outdoor hot tub for two
    Hideaway  -  The pods at The Willow Hill offer total seclusion and glorious views over the surrounding countryside
    Views  -  From their elevated position just to the north of Aberdovey, the pods have fabulous panoramic views
    Active Holiday  -  There is plenty to do here, from strenuous hikes to quadbiking or numerous watersports

    Three beautifully presented pods set on a hillside above Aberdovey. All boast gorgeous contemporary interiors with luxury touches including underfloor heating, hand-chosen furnishings and private outdoor hot tubs. Not to mention fabulous views! A perfect coastal hideaway for couples or families. See More

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  • Ael y Bryn Gwynedd 9 rooms from £72

    Sights nearby  -  Aberglasney House and Gardens
    Great walks  -  Ceredigion Coast Path
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Ty Castell Caernarfon (Gwynedd) 4 rooms from £80

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned to discover all Caernarfon and Snowdonia have to offer.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the dramatic 13th century waterfront Caernarfon Castle, just steps away!
    Full of character
    RestaurantNo pets

    A charming restaurant with rooms in historic Caernarfon. Four beautifully styled rooms benefit from plenty of light flooding through the sash windows, open fireplaces and pops of colour coming from the Welsh tapestry bed spreads. With plenty to explore in the area this is the perfect weekend escape. See More

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  • Y Meirionnydd Dolgellau 5 rooms from £89

    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 only
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Plas Tan-yr-Allt Gwynedd 3 rooms from £90

    Country Escape  -  A luxurious country stay surrounding by beautiful countryside.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets

    A luxury country house boasting glorious views across the picturesque countryside. Three individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed with antique furniture, soft hues and sink-into beds. With Snowdonia National Park on the doorstep this is the perfect rural escape. See More

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  • Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel Gwynedd 16 rooms from £90

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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! See More

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  • Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel Gwynedd 14 rooms from £90

    Great walks  -  Excellent walking routes in the surrounding Snowdonia National Park.
    Fishing  -  Excellent trout and salmon fishing on the nearby Wnion.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    Set amidst beautiful rolling woodlands, Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is a classy establishment. Whether you are in the region to fish or explore Snowdonia, the hotel offers great accommodation with comfortable rooms and an excellent restaurant. See More

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  • The Saracens Head Caernarfon, Gwynedd 11 rooms from £98

    Active Holiday  -  The nearby Snowdonia National Park offers a host of outdoor pursuits.
    Full of character
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    A boutique country pub set in the picturesque Snowdonia village of Beddgelert. A handful of rooms are simple and chic with crisp white linen, patterned wallpaper and contemporary furniture. Hearty food is served in the restaurant alongside a choice selection of ales. See More

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  • Penhelig Arms Aberdovey (Gwynedd) 15 rooms from £100

    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.
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    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. See More

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  • Dolffanog Fawr Gwynedd 4 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  A quaint country house located near the beautiful Llyn Mwgngil lake.
    Great walks  -  Find endless options from gentle coastal strolls to mountain hikes.
    Sights nearby  -  Spend an afternoon exploring Powis Castle and Gardens.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 are welcome
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    A charming country house set in an astonishingly beautiful part of rural Wales. Four individually styled rooms are simple and cosy with sink-in-to beds, cosy fabrics and exposed stone walls. A sunny terrace offers a spot to admire the views and the snug lounge is ideal after a day spent outdoors. See More

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  • Ty'n Rhos Caernarfon (nr. CAERNARFON) 19 rooms from £114

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly situated between Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon and Bangor making for easy local exploration.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Caernarfon Castle, possibly the most famous of Wales’s castles.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking

    A charming hotel in a glorious part of Wales. Simply styled rooms feature floor to ceiling windows (to enjoy the garden views), soft hues and modern bathrooms. A fine-dining restaurant is worthy of a visit alone. With numerous outdoor pursuits in the area this is the perfect country escape. See More

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  • Porth Tocyn Hotel Abersoch, Gwynedd 17 rooms from £115

    Surfing  -  Nearby beaches throw up good surf for those who want to suit up.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding coastline is full of wonderful walking routes.
    Birdwatching  -  The nearby coastline is home to wide variety of seabirds.
    Tennis  -  Have a game of tennis on the hotel's court.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Combining a stunning location with an excellent hotel service, Porth Tocyn Hotel is a superb spot. Homely rooms, a great restaurant and lovely views all come together to create a stellar establishment on the Welsh coast. See More

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  • Plas Dinas Caernarfon 10 rooms from £139

    Historic  -  Steeped in Royal History, Plas Dinas still retains many family portraits, memorabilia and original furniture.
    Groups  -  Private Dining for up to 26 & Murder Mystery weekends.
    Fishing  -  Bala Lake, is the largest natural still water in North Wales, with the River Dee flowing through it.
    GardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Cross Foxes Dolgellau 6 rooms from £140

    Active Holiday  -  Set at the foot of Cadair Idris Mountain and with Snowdonia National Park nearby there is a host of activities available.
    Full of character
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    RestaurantDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    A smart small hotel boasting a fabulous location nestled at the foot of Cadair Idris Mountain. Individually styled rooms feature crisp white linen, exposed stone and simple contemporary furniture. An atmospheric bar and restaurant serves hearty food alongside a choice selection of ales. See More

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  • Hotel Portmeirion & Castell Deudraeth Porthmadog (Penrhyndeudraeth) 55 rooms from £149

    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.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    This eccentric resort was built 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. See More

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  • Palé Hall Bala, Gwynedd 18 rooms from £270

    Foodies  -  Palé Hall serves up exquisite cuisine and you can even book a private dinner and customise your menu with the chef!
    Country Escape  -  Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life at this beautifully historic spot just outside Snowdonia National Park
    Great walks  -  Palé Hall's stunning surroundings mean there are plenty of fanstastic walks in every direction!
    Fishing  -  If you fancy a relaxing afternoon thean head off to the River Dee for a quiet spot of fishing
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    This historic Victorian manor house is situated next to Snowdonia National Park. Feel like royalty in their traditional, elegant rooms and suites. The cosy library is perfect spot for curling up with a good book after a day out trekking! Divine cuisine, gorgeous surroundings - a perfect retreat. See More

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