Castle of Brecon
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- Continental Breakfast
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Room service
- Non-smoking hotel
Historical Traveler Reviews Castle of Brecon
My partner and I stayed at the Castle for one night and having both stayed in many hotels worldwide we agreed this was probably our least favourite. Reception was curt to the point of rudeness. Our first floor room which had a beautiful view was clean but badly in need of redecoration and refurbishment. The dining room is attractive with good quality table linen. The Restaurant menu appeared extensive and interesting .....The food turned out to be well presented but tasteless. We feel we would have fared better with a bar meal. Breakfast was an improvement although the scrambled egg was very overcooked, resembling rubber rather than the expected soft creamy consistancy. The hotel is currently undergoing some building work which may explain why there were no hand washing facilities in the groundfloor Gents. When we checked out we were presented with an accomodation bill even though I had paid in full on arrival. We would not recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a comfortable resting place whilst exploring some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.
Awful & Expensive
Only stayed the one night - thankfully! Having paid for a Beacons View Room was disappointed to be looking at a stone wall. The room had definitely seen better days, was dark and gave the impression of not being clean however I believe that was just due to the decor. The bathroom had no window and the electric light was very dim, the toilet did not always work and the shower was 'adequate' for a one night stay.
The breakfast was served in a small lounge as the Restaurant is being refurbished unfortunately this meant that the 'hot' breakfast was cold and we had almost finished the meal before the tea arrived.
One of the reasons for booking this hotel was the fact that it stated it had a car park - what it didn't say was that there was only room for about 10 cars and it was difficult to get a space.
Run down and overpriced
We stayed for one night at the Castle of Brecon over Easter. The property is tired and the rooms are run down. The carpet must have been there for 20+ years and the bathroom has seen its better days as well. Breakfast is totally uninspired.
The building is historic and right in the middle of town. It is a good basis to explore the Brecon Beacons. At BGP 95 this property is TOTALLY overpriced. I would not recommend this property.
We also offer a wide range of double or twin rooms with prices ranging from £59 up to £150 a night to relfect the size and condition of the guestroom.
A Very Special Treat
We spent 3 days at this magnificent hotel. The staff was great, the food was outstanding and the atmosphere of the place was superb! There is a new owner, Leon Ruzzi, who is anxious to make sure your stay is pleasant. I would definitely stay there again.
Very friendly staff, great views
A lovely hotel with grat views of the Brecon Beacons. The staff were friendly and helpful and the room comfortable
A good hotel with excellent dinner
Am surpised at some of the reviews as we had a good stay here. It is only 2 star but I thought the room was pleasant with plenty of space, tv, tea and coffee and good bathroom. The floorboards in the room were very creaky but its an old building.
We ate in the restaurant one night and the food was excellent and not too pricey.
Great location with only a 5-10 minute walk into the town. Lots to do in the area - walking, cycling, canoeing etc. We ended up staying and extra night and there was no hassle from the staff in extending our stay.
I thought this hotel was good value, comfortable and what I would expect of a 2 star hotel. Would recommend it to family and friends.
We stayed for two nights but were disappointed with the hotel which clearly has plenty of potential. Whilst the bedroom (a Beacons View Room) was perfectly adequate and pleasant, the bathroom was awful - the shower was the low point. The flow of water was incredibly weak and the point at which the shower was attached to the wall was broken and someone had attempted to fix it with tape without success. The floor of the bathroom was wet either through condensation due to inadequate ventilation or leaks. Essentially the bathroom was tired and in need of refurbishment. The bedroom was also noisy due to the extremely creaky floor in the room above. To add insult to injury, the hotel made a mistake with the bill and we had to point out that they had charged us a rate higher than that offered when we booked. That said the staff were friendly and helpful.
A decent, solid choice with good food
Good sized rooms, with decent cleaning and a nice bathroom. It's an old building, and feels it, so expect some creaky floors and long corridors, as well as some rather old fashioned decor in places.
Friendly and helpful service, with a nice bar / sitting room area. Bar meals are excellent - good value and huge portions, and the breakfast is equally good, with quality ingredients and good service. A very "traditional" style hotel, with all its quirks, but none the worse for them.
Booked this hotel because the George Hotel, in the Struet was fully booked. I always stay at the George. My bedroom in the annexe at the Castle could have done with a lick of paint; it looked a bit tired and drab. The ceiling creaked constantly when the guests who occupied the room upstairs walked about. Had to ask for tea and toast twice, breakfast time and the staff, mostly youngsters, weren't too helpful. Had to wait ages for bacon and sausage. Won't stay here again. Over-priced and not half as good as the George.
As a couple with a young boy, we took our youngster to the nearby PGL camp the one weekend, and picked him up the next.
This meant we stayed at the Castle of Brecon Hotel both sides of the week.
The first moment we set foot in the place, we were greeted enthusiastically by the staff on reception, treated as honoured guests and our room reservation was dealt with quickly and efficiently.
We had booked the four-poster bed with the views of the Brecon Beacons, the room did not disappoint. It was spacious, clean, and a breathtaking view of a near-flooding river with wide bay windows to look out of.
The bed was comfortable, the warddrobe nice and large, everything chosen with taste and in keeping with the overall room.
Our only disappointment was the bathroom, it was very 60's, an avocado green suite with a shower that wasn't the most powerful we have ever known. We have since been told that in up-dating and re-doing the Hotel the bathrooms are next on the list.
The food was delicious.... the restaurant immaculate, the staff again attentive and helpful. We were able to try traditional fare, including locally made wine to go with our meal, (which we both enjoyed) and overall this is what cemented our decision to return here the following Friday before picking up our youngster.
In the mornings breakfast was a buffet style, but the food was hot and fresh, something often lacking in buffet style breakfasts, and we both enjoyed full english breakfasts with as much hot strong tea and toast provided by the morning waitress's as we wanted... we are fond of our breakfast...
The following Friday, on arrival we were remembered and greeted like special friends, regular guests. Even the waiter that evening remembered us and was able to return immediately to a discussion we had been having the previous week.
Unfortunately we couldn't have the same room, the hotel was booked out and we had to take a room in the annexe. This, although smaller, was no less clean, the furnishings more than ample and the decor inkeeping with the style of the room. The only disappointment here again was the same bathroom troubles...
During our evening meal, the receptionist personally sought us out to ask if we would like to upgrade our room as a guest had cancelled at the last minute... this we did, and to our amazement when presented with our bill the next day, we were not charged for this move...
Our rooms cost us £99 for the four-poster room with a view - more than worth every penny in our book, and £69 for a room in the annexe, also well worth the money.
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First full day today, after travelling down yesterday. Had a great day yesterday, in Mumbles. it was very warm despite the rain as we travelled up. the family game of logo last night often descended into farce, too many sweets I think. So a cooked breakfast on board, we are off this morning to explore the local ...
... plumbing - only chamber pots. What the heck happened to the knowledge and skill the Romans brought with them in those intervening years? The villa is still being dug up, but there was a good part of the mosaic floor brought up, and you could see the layout of the spa, cold baths and tepid - tepidarium - pools. Hard to imagine the opulence when you see stones without the coverings that would have been there but it would have been very luxurious ...
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... centre of the castle) and over the subsequent years it has been raided for various building materials. Even though it is a shell of its once former grandeur it was fascinating to climb over and under and reflect on how it had once looked and been bustling with life.
Leaving there we travelled to a lovely town Brecon, and spent a couple of hours exploring its charm.
... is clag. Following a lot of improvement work, the path is straightforward and it doesn't take very long to get to the wet and windy summit. Amazingly there are people walking around in shorts or jeans and one woman is carrying a shopping bag instead of a rucksack. With nothing in it. The mind boggles.
After a quick bite to eat, we make the short traverse to the summit of Pen y Fan and then it's back off down towards Storey Arms, using the main path from Bwlch Duwynt, which is ...