Ty Gwyn Hotel
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This castle was begun in 1295, on the order of King Edward I, in reaction to a Welsh rising. Although work initially progressed rapidly, funds were eventually siphoned off tp deal with troubles in Scotland, and the castle was never completed.
The design is actually amazing and relatively foolproof. Walking around and climbing on the unfinished remains gives you great insight into the planning and reasoning behind the ...
... That, then, knocked the rest of the dominoes down. We ended up having to take 4 total trains and then the LONGEST 20 mile trip on a bus that you can imagine!! Oh, no, the trip's not over! We had received directions from the B&B owners about getting to their place once we were in town. It seemed to involve just a little over 1/2 of walking. We had been sitting for SO long, I convinced Ron we should walk (even tho a taxi was one suggestion ...
... Williams-Ellis, between 1925 and 1975, on his own private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia. He built it in the style of an Italian village and incorporated fragments of demolished buildings, including works by a number of other architects. A number of the statues etc were donated to Portmerion, including an impressive colonnade which came from Bristol and would otherwise have been demolished. It’s an interesting place but we thought it looked a bit ...
... dinner and a chance to find internet, as we’ve some things that need arranging back in the US prior to our arrival.
Tonight is rainy, meaning that there was no thought of making a camp fire. Ben did, however, start a fire in our little stove, which has taken some of the bite off the air inside the yurt. With a hot water bottle to curl up to, I think we’ll manage a better night’s sleep than ...
... area, vegetated with heather and bracken and grazing Welsh Mountain sheep which are generally hardier and smaller than the other breeds. We drove to Lake Vyrnwy which is a reservoir supplying water for Liverpool. We have been here before, but had dinner here at the Tavern. Graham had lamb shanks and I had a traditional Welsh lamb stew called "cawl".
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ty Gwyn Hotel Betws-y-Coed
I can recommend the Ty Gywn. Although the shower in our room didn't really work they moved us to a different rm the next day and were very friendly and helpful. They are in the process of updating all their bathrooms and replacing carpets so maybe we just caught them at the wrong time. The food in the restaurant is excellant and busy every night. The area is really beautiful, and although the Hotel and the staff were great, and went out of their way to be helpful, next time i think we'll go to one of the cheaper B&B's in town and just eat at the Ty Gywn, as rates are quite expensive for what you get compared to other accom in the area. Great place though.
Chose the Ty Gwyn hotel after looking on this web site and yet again Trip Advisor has come up trumps.
The room was very clean and tidy and the bed was comfy.
The only possible negative I could find was a little bit of a traffic noise but it's hardly like you're staying on the M25 !!
The food was excellent - I can recommend the duck.
Very reasonably priced - would definitely stay again.
Great room, So-so Service
I loved my room at the Ty Gwyn coaching lodge. It had stone walls, was nicely decorated and had lots of charm. But I probably wouldn't choose to stay there again as a single traveler because no one chatted with me like I normally expect from a good guest house. Service at breakfast was mediocre and not too friendly. Checking out was a bit of chaos, with the restaurant staff trying to check me out vs. an experienced person. Also, they had drinks on my check-out tab that weren't mine. It I had a car to check out more of N. Wales and a partner to travel with, the experience would have been much nicer as the rooms are wonderful.
A traditional inn par excellence
If you like traditional coaching inns then this is one to try. Don't go there if you are one for the antiseptic modern hotel. This place has stacks of character, good food and a gentle ambiance. A proliferation of ornaments around the hotel, but particularly in the bar, lends to the homely atmosphere and provides something to look at and discuss as you imbibe the fine ale available.
Situated just on the edge of Betws it is less than a gentle two hour drive from Liverpool airport. It is ideally located to allow spectacular drives to the areas attractions i.e Ffestiniog, Portmieirion, Capel Curig, Snowdon and Caernarfon to name but a few.
I will certainly visit again if I get the chance.
My wife and I recently stayed at Ty Gwyn in Betws-y-coed and were very impressed by the place. It's bursting with character and in a great location. Our room was delightful. The bar (which is open all day for residents) and restaurant are fascinating with antiques everywhere. The food is just magnificent. We only had 3 nights, and wished we'd booked for a longer stay to fully explore all that this beautiful part of North Wales has to offer - will no doubt return in the future, provided we can get in at Ty Gwyn!
Charming little hotel Northern Wales
My husband and I chose this charming hotel based on a recommendation from the travel guide Fodors Forum. We could not have been happier with the recommendation.
We stayed in the most charming room in late September this year. Our room had a four poster, jacuzzi tub and a wonderful balcony. The hotel is quaintly rustic and full of charm and character.
Martin, the owner is a terrific host. Martin is also the chef and a wonderful one he is. We had a beautiful dinner of strogonoff with rice and a creatively prepared pasta dish. The dining room as well as the pub are incredibly romantic and atmospheric.
The entire staff could not have been nicer. Christine was a pleasure and so helpful.
This hotel is for people with soul!! Not for someone looking for a Holiday Inn or Travel Lodge accomodation (like the guy from Atlanta). It has charm, history, character and it sits in the most beautiful area of Northern Wales - Snowdonia National Park.
The hotel has been in Martin's family for many years and he is now in charge of the whole operation. We want to wish Martin and his wife all the luck in the world. We want to see this hotel flourish and continue its success.
Thank you again Martin for a wonderful stay and we will return.
Karen and Malcolm Pilling
A Culinary Paradise not to be missed
I was looking to take a break somewhere in Wales and chanced upon the website of Ty Gwyn in Betws-y-coed. Having visited the area many years ago, I knew the setting would be ideal - and their website seemed to suggest it was the sort of place I like. I phoned and made a reservation, for 3 nights. Afterwards, I thought I'd have a look on Trip Advisor to see if there were any reviews and was quite concerned to read the "Not as good as I expected" review. I made the decision to go ahead with my booking anyway - and I am SO glad I did - the place was quite wonderful.
If you like your accommodation to be oozing with character, olde world charm and interesting objects (they say mind your head and watch your step), service to be relaxed yet friendly, value for money with rooms from £44 to £100 to suit everyone's pockets and requirements... as for the food... I have never found such an interesting, imaginative and varied menu in any establishment.
I admit there is some traffic noise of an evening - but you'd get this in any Betws-y-coed accommodation as the hotels line the main street - and considering I live in a place where you can hear a pin drop at night, any noise did not disturb my sleep.
Ty Gwyn is owned and personally run by chef Martin Ratcliffe. The food he and his team prepare is second to none. We sampled delights such as "Welsh Tower Block" - which was a stack of fillet steak, salami and (something else??) on a garlic crouton and drizzled in just the right amount of just the right consistency pepper sauce. Cooked to absolute perfection and dished up with freshly cooked veg and REAL chips. On our last evening, we were lucky enough to be staying at the same time as a group whom chef/proprietor Martin was preparing a special oriental banquet. He asked that morning if we'd like to have this too as it was no trouble to prepare for an extra 2 persons. We happily agreed and looked forward all day to the delights to savour. It was just magnificent - so many courses, so many flavours - all presented beautifully.
Ty Gwyn is a very busy place. It is licensed just for hotel guests and non-residents who have booked a meal. The place fills up every evening with people calling in on the off chance for a table without having made reservations. You can always be assured of the quality of food where the locals go in their masses.
As for the bedrooms, they range from cheaper doubles with shared bathrooms, through ensuite doubles and twins, through superior doubles, then four posters and there is, I understand a luxury suite. The rooms are decked with antiques and interesting furniture - towels changed daily. Admitedly, there is the odd squeaky floorboard here and there and the odd step where you don't expect it - but I'd much rather stay in a place like this that has this rich essence of character than in a pristine "box" without soul.
Breakfast is good too - there is a wide window from 8.15am to 10am to suit most people and quite a good choice on the menu.
I shall most certainly return and will recommend to anyone visiting those parts. If you book - don't forget to reserve a table in the bar or restaurant - you won't be disappointed.
Not as good as I expected
I had seen rave reviews of this hotel on another website, so was expecting a highlight of our trip. My expectations were too high. It was OK.
The location is on the 2-lane highway on the edge of town, so there was alot of traffic noise, including trucks and cars shifting gears after making the turn out of town. So, ask for one of the few rooms that face the hill in back.
We were in one of the cheapest rooms, but it looked neat on the website with a stone wall (you reserve and exact room online). It did have the stone wall and old fireplace, wood floors, assorted antique furniture, and broken single pane windows. They'd had trouble with the windows falling and breaking so had put weights on them. The chef had to come up to close the window at night and then the waitress gave us an old fan from the dining room to try to make us comfortable.
The shared bath across the hall was fine although someone left clothes and keys in there for at least a day--the keys finally disappeared but a shirt remained for our entire 3 nights. I am used to more frequent cleaning of a shared bath.
There was staff confusion and shortage, but they tried to be pleasant. Upon checking in were asked if wanted dinner booking. I'd heard dinner was best in town from other website so said yes in restaurant so nonsmoking. When we came down at 7pm waitress had no reservation and wanted to know who booked us--whoever checked us in--she wasn't happy but grudgingly showed us specials and let us order. Sign was on door that restaurant and bar full for meals--place must seat 50-70 people, but no more than 30 were there all evening. Food was good. Breakfast cooked by young man, not the chef, was OK.
Good - with just a few failings
We stayed here for a weekend in March. Overall the experience was good with excellent food and an exquisite de-luxe room. There were just two drawbacks. Firstly, the restaurant seemed to be lacking staff on the Saturday night. Consequently, it took us absolutely ages to order and get served (we had to prompt the waitress several times). Secondly, the bathroom decor could have done with a spruce up, as it was looking quite tired. That said, we would wholeheartedly recommend the Ty Gwyn to anyone visiting Betws.
I booked this hotel and when i pulled up outside thought it looked a dump - how wrong can you be - rooms small but excellent. Evening meal was fantastic, the bars only open to residents or anyone booking a meal which makes the place even more quaint and cosy. All in all a brill find for the money