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Elen's Castle Hotel

A470, Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia National Park LL25 0EJ Wales
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#2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Dolwyddelan
GreenLeaders Bronze level
A lovely historical inn with all modern comforts. Beautiful location in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Friendly and comfortable with excellent breakfasts and dinner. A green business award, with a low-carbon footprint and electric car chargers (Tesla and Type 2). Cosy bar with log-burning stove. Great Welsh castle just a short walk away. Stunning views. Free parking and high-speed broadband internet connection.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Electric vehicle charging station
Bar / lounge
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Sun terrace
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Room features
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Gordon S wrote a review Jun. 2021
Huddersfield, United Kingdom22 contributions7 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights here and ate in on 2 nights rather than waste time finding a restaurant during our sightseeing. The Adam & Helen are clearly working hard to operate the business whilst still observing all Covid regulations which cannot be easy. I had concern that our room at the front, lovely view but near the main road, would be noisy but in the event this proved unfounded. The hotel is well located for Snowdon, Portmeirion, Ffestiniog, Lynn Peninsula, Bodnant Garden, etc. An added bonus was that the hotel has 2 proper EV destination chargers - not a scratty, remote 13A socket out the back that passes for a charger at so many places.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Room 4 was OK, despite overlooking the road.
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Response from A HARDY, Owner at Elen's Castle Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. It is good to hear that the chargers are appreciated. Having a Silver Green Tourism Award, they are actually our second lot of chargers as they were upgraded by Tesla last year!
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Stuart R wrote a review Jun. 2021
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom24 contributions9 helpful votes
I booked the hotel for a trip to Snowdon and I found the hotel and staff very nice. The people at the hotel were very helpful and friendly. The food was excellent and perfect size portions. I would highly recommend this hotel for a quiet stay up in the area.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from A HARDY, Owner at Elen's Castle Hotel
Responded Jun. 22, 2021
We are delighted to receive this excellent review. Thank you.
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Stu wrote a review Jun. 2021
Birmingham, United Kingdom7 contributions
Excellent staff and service. Comfortable clean room. Beautiful and peaceful setting. Excellent quality breakfast, done exactly as requested. The evening meal restaurant food was fantastic. No need to look elsewhere on this trip! The bar served well poured and kept beers. A definite stay again.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from A HARDY, Owner at Elen's Castle Hotel
Responded Jun. 22, 2021
Thank you for this fantastic review. So pleased to receive such high praise from great customers.
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Gabriel C wrote a review May 2021
2 contributions
Stayed in a group with 7 adults and 2 kids. Nothing was too much trouble for the attentive and personable hosts Adam and Helen, who, whilst being mindful of C19 guidelines, created a safe and accommodating environment. For those not familiar with the area, Dolwyddelen is a small village located in a valley in the middle of Snowdonia. For drivers who prefer to be at arm’s length from bustling Betws-y-coed, the “heart” of Snowdonia’s outdoors tourist district, Dolwyddelen is perfectly located, with the drive 15 minutes. With a friendly local pub down the road, lambs in the field opposite and ample opportunities for forest walks, it’s hard to think how this location could be improved. Thanks to the knowledgeable and friendly team at Elen’s Castle. Highly recommended and we’ll likely be back.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from , Owner at Elen's Castle Hotel
Responded Jun. 3, 2021
Thank you for this review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and it was certainly a pleasure to meet you. Just in case anyone reading this is concerned, this family group of over 6 maintained all social distancing requirements and kept to all the government guidance! Thanks again.
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ikillmunchkins wrote a review May 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom4 contributions
A wonderful hotel where I was welcomed in on arrival after I get soaked through no fault but my own. I would've been walked to my room aswell if it wasn't restricted due to covid. The owners and staff were really kind and looked after me the whole time. The building was amazing, really rustic but homely with some reslly nice timely decoration. The history of it was really intriguing to me and it still shows through but with modern amenities. My room was spotless and had all the things I needed for my trip. It was such a comfortable bed and there was no noise to speak of during the night. I would've heard a pin drop from 200 miles away it was that peaceful. I didnt stay too long, so only ate twice in the building, but from my experience it was really nice and the food was reslly tasty, especially the burger from a locally sourced butcher. Overall I'd reccomend this hotel for anyone wanting to visit Wales or even just for a stopover on the way to a different area. The area surrounding is breathtaking though so I'd highly reccomend 2 nights so you can check out the local walking trails
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Be wary that flooding could affect the trainlines close by like it did to me, so make sure you...
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Response from , Owner at Elen's Castle Hotel
Responded May 26, 2021
Thank you so much for this fab review after what has been a difficult time for all. After a very long break from having customers, we are back doing our best to welcome our guests and make everyone's stay as comfortable as possible - even in the rain! So pleased you enjoyed your stay and loved the rich and fascinating history of the building. Hopefully we will see you again soon.
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US$119 - US$132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Elen's Castle Hotel and Restaurant
United KingdomWalesNorth WalesSnowdonia National ParkDolwyddelan
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Frequently Asked Questions about Elen's Castle Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Elen's Castle Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Gwydir Forest (3.5 km), Moel Siabod (3.7 km), and Plas y Brenin (5.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Elen's Castle Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Elen's Castle Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a fireplace, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Elen's Castle Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Elen's Castle Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Elen's Castle Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hangin' Pizzeria, Olif, and Isallt Coffee House.
Is Elen's Castle Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Dolwyddelan.
Are pets allowed at Elen's Castle Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Elen's Castle Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Elen's Castle Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Michael's Old Church (7.1 km), Ty Mawr Wybrnant (5.6 km), and Ty Capel (4.9 km).