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If you're looking for windswept and spectacular then Wales is for you. It doesn't matter if it's a dramatically buffeted coastline, rocky mountain range or lush river valley, Wales offers a myriad of opportunities for getting out into the great outdoors. Of course Wales also has lively cities, charming seaside towns and has had many thousands of years in which to build wonderful castles, historic homes and fascinating structures. Some of these have now been converted into the best places to stay in Wales.

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If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Wales for an outdoorsy holiday, consider North Wales:  As well as access to Snowdonia National Park and the Wales Coastal Path, North Wales has stunning beaches along dramatically rugged coastlines,  Llandudno is a good base for the coast, and Conwy, or the Isle of Anglesey, and great for other outdoor adventures.  

South and Mid Wales have the main cities, Cardiff and Swansea. It’s also where you’ll find the vast mecca for walkers and cyclists that is the Brecon Beacons which is part of the Powys area, parts of the Wye Valley and the pretty village of Mumbles, gateway to the Gower Peninsula. This is one of the best places to say in Wales for surfers and beach-lovers.  

As you get into West Wales you'll notice road signs changing from English above Welsh to Welsh above English. This is the heartland of traditional Wales and Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion really feel a long way, culturally, from the rest of the mainland. The coastline is tamer, with more sandy stretches, dotted with candy-coloured harbour towns, so this is great place for a unique seaside holiday.

The Best Places to Stay in Wales

For Ocean Views

  • 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 part of the complex is a wooded hill, and the Castell Deudraeth part of the complex sits above it. Between them, the properties have 55 rooms and suites, with plenty of variety when it comes to size, shape and atmosphere. They have two restaurants, and share the Castell’s luxurious, all-organic spa. Quirky and memorable for all the right reasons, with idyllic views.
  • Holm House occupies a tranquil spot on top of Cardiff’s Penarth Cliffs, overlooking the stunning Welsh coastline so you’ll feel a bit seaside-y on your city break. As well as 12 individually designed and decorated rooms, Holm House has a luxurious spa and a fine dining restaurant.
  • St David's Hotel & Spa is a large hotel on Cardiff Bay. As well as 146 stylish and well-proportioned rooms and suites, the hotel has a great restaurant with a terrace overlooking the water, and a luxurious spa. There’s a pool, gym, 24 hour room service, and parking. When you look out onto the bay you may feel like you’re a world away from the city, but it’s only about two minutes
  • The Harbourmaster Hotel is located in Aberaeron and has a reputation for great food as well as being perfect for the seaside. The rooms are split between three harbour side buildings and many have stunning views out to sea.
  • Overlooking the Pembrokeshire coast, the Twr Y Felin Hotel is a chic, contemporary, 21 room hotel cleverly converted from a 19th century-built windmill. The decor is quite sleek and metallic, and the art is modern, making this a stylishly modern coastal retreat. 
  • Converted from a 19th century vicarage just outside of St. Davids, the Penrhiw Hotel is a luxurious seven room bolthole on the southwest tip of Wales with chic and fashionable accommodation. It's ideally located to head off hiking through the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

For a Rural Retreat

  • The Bell at Skenfrith is a charming old coaching inn overlooking the River Monnow, in the picturesque Welsh Marshes.  This resorted, 17th century coaching house now has 11 light, unfussy, contemporary country-style bedrooms. There are lovely walks  that start right from the doorstep, and the promise of a cream tea on your return, - which could then be followed swiftly by something stronger before a superb supper in the restaurant.  
  • The Willow Hill are three, beautifully presented pods, cut into the hillside above Aberdovey.  These are no hobbit holes, they’re elegant, even luxurious, with contemporary details.  If you’re here with your family you can enjoy the easy ocean access, and if it’s just the two of you, you may prefer the private outdoor hot tubs with fabulous views
  • The Grove is a beautifully restored manor farmhouse just outside Narbeth in West Wales. 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.

For a Country House Hotel

  • Palé Hall is a Victorian manor house, right up against Snowdonia National Park. The sloping lawns, and large windows have always offered incredible views, but now that the manor has been converted into an 18 room manor house hotel, so it’s not only royalty who’re able to enjoy the views and the four-poster beds, and indulgent surrounds. Palé Hall’s cosy library is a pleasure, as is the food served in the restaurant. Definitely one of the most luxurious places to stay in Gwynedd.
  • Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is an elegant, grey-stone manor house set behind pleasant gardens and scenic views. Inside are 14 guest rooms, and an excellent restaurant. The decor is pleasantly country chintzy, 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.

For Snowdonia National Park

  •  Right under the Snowdon’s nose, the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel is an historic mountaineers’ base, with 16 rooms in a range of comfortable configurations. Hearty dinners are announced to guests with a gong, and the breakfasts are designed to set you up for a good climb. One of the walls in the bar is made of halved tree trunks, all polished up, and there is home-made lemonade in summer and mulled wine in winter. Popular with self-walkers as well as dog walkers, the hotel is the definition of homely with old-fashioned but spotless rooms.
  • 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 guest rooms, all rather majestically decorated, with four-poster bed dressed in brocade-style fabrics. Our Gurus appreciated the antiques, original oils and objet d’art. There are also several options when it comes to dining, including self-catering, before you get too snooty!
  • Seoint Manor Hotel, set in an 18th century country house amidst 150 acres of grounds, provides stylish and tasteful accommodation. You'll love their 2 AA Rosette awarded Llwyn y Brain dining room! Plus, you're right on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.
  • Y Meirionnydd is a cosy, 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! but they’ve all been beautifully renovated to feature spacious bathrooms - some with roll-top baths. The restaurant is loved by walkers for its hearty food and intimate atmosphere, and there’s a cosy bar too. Adults only. Perfect to come back to after a days walking.

For the Brecon Beacons

  •  Llandeilo’s The Cawdor is a charming Georgian building — painted a deep red — in the centre of the village, surrounded by galleries, and antique and specialist shops. It has 23 rooms and suites, large ones, with well appreciated original features, but simple contemporary furnishings. Each of the rooms is unique, and they’re priced accordingly. Downstairs there’s an informal bar and lounge, and a large restaurant known for its local Welsh recipes. A great base from which to explore the region.

For Foodies

  • The Restaurant James Sommerin is a gorgeous, Michelin-starred restaurant with nine boutique-style rooms. The setting is idyllic in Penarth, right on the waterfront, and you’re close to Cardiff.
  • Patricks with Rooms is a fantastic seafood restaurant with rooms, with views that look out across Mumbles Bay. There are 16 rooms, all of them individually decorated, in a rainbow of colours - though just one colour to a room, please, and the excellent modern British restaurant, specialising in local seafood. ideal for families, as well as lovers of the ocean. And of golf - you’re just five minutes from the Clyne and Llangland Golf Clubs.
  • Manorhaus in Ruthin, is a highly acclaimed restaurant with eight rooms, and an art gallery. The art works are displayed throughout the restaurant and hotel, with different artists featured in each room; the bar and lounge downstairs act as a sort of exhibition space for a changing offering of artists’ work. The restaurant is known for its contemporary take on classic Welsh recipes. There’s also an excellent bar, and if you fancy it, a cinema room, where you’re able to take your pudding and coffee for a screening.

For Romantics

  • Close to Snowdonia National Park, the wonderfully Gothic Chateau Rhianfa, inspired by the castles of the Loire Valley, offers bedrooms in a traditional style but with contemporary furnishings - as well as three self-catering cottages. Come back after a long day hiking and enjoy a good book in their elegant sitting rooms.
  • Located on the Pembrokeshire coast, St Brides Spa Hotel enjoys a clifftop 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 sea views.

For Walkers

  • The King Arthur Hotel is a cosy, 19 room hotel, beneath Cefn Bryn, the highest point on the Gower Peninsula. The decor is chic, yet unfussy, and there are a number of open fires, ideal for reading in front of. Our Gurus enjoyed the friendly-old-pub atmosphere of the restaurant.  
  • The New White Lion is an elegant little B&B in Llandovery, close to both the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains. We highly recommend it for walkers and cyclists. It’s welcoming and cosy, with log fires in the season and several rooms with large bath tubs. The generous breakfasts will really set you up for the day. Child-friendly and close to a golf course too.
  • Glangwili Mansion is a warm and welcoming B&B, this time in a picturesque rural spot outside the village of Llanllawddog. As well as walkers and cyclists, this B&B is ideal for fans of all sorts of outdoor pursuits. There’s a lot to do in the area, starting with walks right out of the front door, and croquet and boules on the front lawn. There are four guest rooms inside the converted mansion, all of them spacious and light, with beautiful garden views.

Best Pubs-with-Rooms

  • The West Arms Hotel is a 16th century inn located in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. It offers cosy bedrooms with original features and antiques. There are nearby golf clubs and wonderful walking trails to be explored.
  • The Saracens Head is a stylish county pub in the picturesque Snowdonian village of Beddgelert. Its 11 rooms are simply decorated, in cosy country style by contemporary neutral colours. Our Gurus like the Welsh wool throws. They also enjoyed the selection of ales and hearty food in the welcoming pub restaurant.

For Lovers of Dylan Thomas

  • Browns Hotel was immortalised by Dylan Thomas — he apparently visited twice a day — it was his favoured watering hole in Laugharne. Dating from the 18th century, the hotel today offers smart modern accommodation with a chic boutique vibe. There are 14 rooms and suites, decorated individually to make the most of the exposed stone, huge beams, and other original features. Dexter's Restaurant champions amazing locally grown steaks and the bar is the place to soak up the scene.

Best B&Bs

  • Ael y Bryn is a peaceful, nine room B&B, with pastel decor, large windows and views of Cardigan Bay, and the Marine Wildlife Centre.  As well as the nine rooms, there’s a conservatory, a library and sprawling gardens.  They serve an even meal in a cosy dining room. You’re within Snowdonia, with walking trail abound, and also just a short distance from Royal St. David’s Golf Course.  

For Great Value

  • Swansea’s Morgans Hotel is a hub, and stylish choice: a collection of 42 individually designed rooms and suites, in an elegant, historic, red-brick building. If you want a four-poster bed and a champagne bar, but it’s also for you of you prefer a spacious, contemporary option, with solid, square furnishings, good lighting, and access to a bacon buttie. Staff are friendly, and the restaurant is reassuringly buzzy.
  • Holm House is located outside of Cardiff, atop the cliffs of Penarth, overlooking a stunning stretch of Welsh coastline. The location means it’s something of an escape, and the facilities, which include a luxurious spa and pool, a large garden and an elegant bar, are top notch. The hotel has just 12 rooms and suites, carefully designed, and decorated in pale neutrals. Very reasonably priced luxury with sea views.  
  • Greenbank Lodge in Llangollen is a period Victorian townhouse turned chic nine room guesthouse, located right in the centre of town. The decor is chic and the suite comes with an indulgent in-room bath tub for two! For those on a longer stay there's also a charming self-catering cottage which can sleep up to four.

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Travel Information

  • Cardiff Airport is directly linked to around 50 destinations, including all the main airline hubs, but it’s also a fairly short distance from Heathrow - only three hours by road. Alternatively there are good rail links to many Welsh destinations from continental Europe 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.
  • Welsh spring is beautiful!  If you enjoy a stroll, be it around a castle grounds, up a mountain or along a rocky peninsula, then the mild, dry weather of spring is a good time for it. Plus there are lambs and birdsong. Summer in Wales is also appealing, what with the golden beaches looking almost as good as the Med. under the summer sun. Autumn is great for walkers, with the colours adding to Wales’s dramatic views and welcoming pub lunches to come in for. Plus the castles are at their most moody and dramatic looking too. In winter you might need to walk more briskly, or up higher mountains, to keep you warm, but there’s always a welcoming fire burning somewhere and plenty of colourful Christmasy events to keep you in good cheer.

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    • 32 Townhouse Narberth 11 rooms from CA$143

      Sights nearby  -  Explore the Welsh castle trail at nearby Llawhaden Castle, Narberth Castle and Wiston Castle.
      Great walks  -  Beautiful walking routes in the surrounding countryside.
      Local markets  -  Visit the nearby No.47 Boutique.
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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      Charming hotel in the South Wales village of Narberth. 32 Townhouse features plush rooms, an excellent restaurant and an atmospheric bar. History lovers will enjoy visiting the region's glut of castles. See More

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    • St Katharine's House Pembrokeshire 2 rooms from CA$152

      Total relaxation  -  A tranquil spot with acess to one of the most inspiring coastal national parks.
      Great walks  -  Take long walks along the rugged and picturesque coastline.
      Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to visit the picturesque St David's Cathedral.
      Birdwatching  -  Spot numerous birds at Bosherston lily ponds.
      GardenParkingNo pets

      A charming two bedroom B&B in the small coastal town of Milford Haven. Traditionally dressed rooms feature antique furniture, patterned wallpaper, open fireplaces and large windows. Indulgent breakfasts are served and the property is ideally located for exploring the surrounding countryside. See More

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    • The Willow Hill Aberdovey (Wales) 3 rooms from CA$464

      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 CA$121

      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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    • Hotel One Hundred Cardiff 7 rooms from CA$81

      Learning  -  Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.
      Sights nearby  -  The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of Wales
      Close to nightlife  -  In close proximity to Cardiff city centre
      Other Activities  -  Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
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      Hotel One Hundred is a family owned and managed bed and breakfast in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel has seven clean, simple, fully en-suite bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast each morning. Great value just a short walk from all of the shops and attractions of Cardiff city centre. See More

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    • Morgans Townhouse Swansea 22 rooms from CA$110

      Value chic  -  Stylish contemporary hotel with smart bar and restaurant, at a reasonable price.
      Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the stunning Clyde Gardens for a breath of fresh air and an exotic array of plants.
      Sights nearby  -  Near Gower Peninsula, Britain's first named Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.
      Surfing  -  Ideal conditions at Gower Peninsular beaches.
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      Modernist annexe to Morgan's Hotel. Individually styled rooms with wood floors, crisp white linen and flat screen TVs. The adjoining hotel provides style and entertainment with a slick champagne bar and smart yet laid backed dining. Ideally equipped for a both business and weekend getaway. See More

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    • Escape Boutique B&B Llandudno 9 rooms from CA$150

      Restrictions on children  -  No children under 10 years.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide

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

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    • Coed Mawr Hall CONWY, Conwy 4 rooms from CA$152

      Country Escape  -  Boasting a secluded spot amidst mountains and valleys, ideal for a rural getaway.
      Fishing  -  Lake, river and sea fishing are all available locally.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      GardenViewsParkingNo pets

      A lovingly renovated country house commanding a spectacular location overlooking the beautiful Welsh mountains. Rooms are spacious with a traditional unfussy feel. Breakfast is an indulgent affair and there's a number of pubs in the vicinity to try in the evening or along the way on a ramble. See More

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    • Manorhaus Ruthin 8 rooms from CA$143

      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 character
      RestaurantPet friendlyParking
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide

      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 sought-after restaurant & excellent bar. Ideal for a country escape or to rent the whole property for a special occasion. See More

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    • Greenbank Lodge Llangollen Llangollen LL20 7 rooms from CA$152

      Sights nearby  -  Several ancient castles/ruins close by like Dinas Bran or Valle Crucis Abbey
      Great walks  -  Offa's Dyke footpath has many walking trails in the Dee Valley for walkers
      Country Escape  -  Located in a small town with hills, ruins and buzzy streets to explore
      Local exploring  -  Walks, canal cruises and historical homes are out the front door
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      A stylish Victorian townhouse turned boutique guesthouse in a beautiful mountain town adjacent to the Llangollen canal. Nine chic modern rooms come with artsy décor in black and white, the best with an in-room tub for two. There's a self-catering cottage too. A great base for local exploring. See More

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    • Caer Beris Builth Wells 23 rooms from CA$133

      Restaurant  -  Local fare, Welsh lamb, black beef and Welsh cheeses.
      Fishing  -  Wye and the Ifron are close-by.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      This historic three star manor house set in it's own 27 acres of delightful gardens can be found in the Wye Valley where nature's fauna and flora abound. Friendly atmosphere with elegant rooms. Experience the best of rugged countryside and relax by a roaring fire to finish off your day. See More

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    • The Old Vicarage Powys 4 rooms from CA$160

      Views  -  Breathtaking scenery.
      Active Holiday
      Sights nearby  -  Lake District of Wales is world famous Powis Castle & Gardens.
      Fishing  -  On the Severn River.

      A fantastic little B&B in mid Wales near the Cambrian mountains and not far from the stunning coastline. Elegant bedrooms and a licensed bar. Plenty to do; walking, cycling, festivals etc. Excellent value and lots of outdoor activities. See More

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    • Browns Hotel Laugharne, Carmarthenshire 14 rooms from CA$126

      Full of character  -  Was favourite watering hole of poet and writer Dylan Thomas
      Great walks  -  Follow the lovely two-mile 'Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk'
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent Laugharne Castle
      Birdwatching  -  Birdwatching at the Grist
      Pet friendlyParking
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

      Built in 1752 and forever linked to poet and writer Dylan Thomas, Brown's Hotel is now an iconic literary address. The rooms have been elegantly refurbished and the bar is stocked with plenty of Welsh ales. An ideal place to stay for any Thomas fans looking to relive and explore his past. See More

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    • The Cawdor Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire 23 rooms from CA$160

      Country Escape  -  A cosy hotel with plenty of walking opportunities from the Brecon Beacon National Park to Pembrokeshire and Cardigan Bay.
      Great walks  -  Just outside the town find yourself in stunning countryside with endless walking options.
      Sights nearby  -  Nearby attractions include the medieval Dinefwr and Carreg Cennen castles.
      Full of character

      A landmark building in the lovely village of Llandeilo. Large rooms mix contemporary design with a traditional feel. High ceilings with criss-crossing wooden beams. The large bar sells regional drinks and the restaurant serves up wholesome Welsh food. An ideal base for exploring Wales. See More

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