Castle of Brecon

The Castle Square, Brecon, Powys, Wales, LD3 9DB, United Kingdom | Hotel
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Castle of Brecon

    Least Favourite

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Disappointing

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    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

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    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.

    Disappointed

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    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.

    Amazing Service...

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    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Castle of Brecon

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    Travel Blogs from Brecon

    More of the Doctor and some squirrels!

    A travel blog entry by beakerage on Aug 10, 2014

    2 comments, 25 photos

    ... Castle which had a mixture of history from the Romans, to medieval and even the world wars. We chatted a lot while we looked around. As we walked along the perimeter of the castle, I heard some rustling in the tree next to is and immediately stopped. Evelyn wondered why I stopped and I told her the noise might be squirrels. Sure enough, two squirrels, one chasing the other, ran down the tree, past our feet and into the bush. I sadly didn't have time to take a ...

    3 weeks to go!!!

    A travel blog entry by ectune on Aug 10, 2014

    ... in 3 weeks I will be saying my goodbyes and leaving for the airport. Tissues will have to be at the ready! My mum has been an absolute doll helping me organise my bag (even if we do bicker, if it wasn't for her I would have packed a massive towel and fluffy socks!). So after going out on the town last night and bumping into mum and Oliver (drinking a few too many drinks), me and mum spent a couple of hours packing my bag too see if I ...

    Cardiff and the Doctor

    A travel blog entry by beakerage on Aug 08, 2014

    2 comments, 13 photos

    ... bad area. Later, I saw t shirt guy who looked very disappointed that he didn't get any autographs and I believe I even saw tears in his eyes, poor guy. Since it was all over, for fans without tickets anyway, I then walked around a bit to find a cup of tea which I'd even wanted badly for most of the time I was standing and waiting but didn't want to lose my spot. I sat in Starbucks with a cup of Earl Grey, a biscotti, and a charging phone. It was ...

    Newport

    A travel blog entry by mariontrew on Jul 29, 2014

    Staying in the grounds of a stately (small) home for three nights. Nice walking in the park but Treacle has to be on the lead, rather frustrating for her as the place is crawling with squirrels. I spent my time learning to use my new GPS system onto which I have downloaded all the Ordnance Survey maps of the UK. It took me ages to work out how to use it but I think I am ...

    Winding through Wales

    A travel blog entry by kathmom on Jul 01, 2014

    2 comments, 13 photos

    ... direction of everyone else waiting for the train, and set off down a narrow and winding country road. The biggest highways in the UK are one digit, like the M1. Then there are two digit M connectors, then some smaller three digit roads, and we were on a four digit Welsh road, paved but very narrow, determinedly trying to get back to a bigger road while staying alive.

    We crested a few hills and were able to find where we were on the map, and continued ...