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Reviewed August 28, 2020

We came to Snowdonia for some walking and stayed for three nights in the top floor Arram Family suite. (Double + twin room). The weather was unfortunately pretty bad so we didn’t venture far afield for our walks, but there were plenty of good short and long walks right outside the hotel door. It’s set right next to some a National Trust woodland so the setting is beautiful and wonderfully peaceful.

The hotel itself is in a striking gothic style country house. It is a little frayed at the edges in places, but it was comfortable, the breakfast was good and the owners(?) were extremely friendly and helpful. I don’t particularly like anonymous chain hotels so I liked its quirkiness and thought it was good value for money. The restaurant (which had a reduced ‘Covid menu’ was seriously limited for vegetarians/pescatarians (unless you you like pizza - which I don’t!), but the menu looked great if you like meat! The owners were so helpful that I suspect that if I’d given them advance warning they would have provided some non-meat alternatives, so I would suggest asking. Dolgellau is only a few miles away so there are plenty of eating possibilities within easy driving distance.

Date of stay: August 2020
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Thank Ruffin55
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Reviewed August 24, 2020 via mobile

Beautiful location and a lovely old dowager of a property, with an interesting history file. Yes, it is a little tired in places but it’s very clean and well prepared for the covid holiday season, including a menu ‘a la covid 2020,’ proudly displayed in the hallway.

Breakfast was very well done and the sausages were amazingly good, as were the selection of pizzas, served up by the lovely Gaynor in the early evening. The staff are delightful and Alan goes out of his way to offer friendly advice and assistance to his guests. It’s a hotel for the price of a B&B, so keep that in mind and enjoy the experience, including the swarm of rare black bees in the walls around the Eden room. These creatures are safely contained and their honey is almost as good as those sausages from Dai the butchers in Bala.

We had some amazing drives into Barmouth, Betwsy-coed, Harlech, Portmeirion, the stunning Llanberis Pass and Horseshoe Pass. But forget all those scenic views and the hordes of masked hikers in woolly socks; those sausages were just amazing......

Date of stay: August 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Arthurlonius
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Reviewed August 30, 2019

Very sadly our two night stay in this well situated and characterful house was completely marred by a failure to service either of the two rooms we had, coupled with the manager's denial of this situation (even though his lady colleague had admitted the error to us), a lack of any apology and his "I am right, you are wrong" attitude.
Neither room was serviced after our first night until I pointed the fact out when we arrived back to get ready for dinner. Even then all that happened was that our bed was made, but the bathroom was not touched, the bins were not emptied and essentials were not replenished (I had to source extra from the communal cloakroom).
A derisory discount was reluctantly given and still no apology. This is an establishment where very sadly the guest does not feel respected, something which is reflected in the property itself where the grounds, structure, furnishings and fittings all show signs of creeping neglect. An air of idleness pervades and this is borne out in the inadequate stocktaking of the larder which during our stay lacked key ingredients meaning that about a third of the already limited menu was unavailable. Pizza was offered as an alternative to anything with chicken (off), dragon sauce (off) or minced beef (off).
A stark contrast to the two hotels we subsequently stayed in on the same trip - similarly characterful and unique properties but in each case ones where the guest is well treated with courtesy and deference.
There probably is a market for the Fawlty Towers type experience, but this hotel markets itself out differently and without apology or any meaningful compensation for this bad service. For this reason I am posting these comments. Potential guests should be aware.

Date of stay: August 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019

We are a family of 3 and stayed in the Mawddach room, which was perfect for us. Spacious, clean, and comfortable. Loved the 4 poster bed, and the garden view (with a view of the waterfall) was great. Hotel staff were friendly. The lounge is well appointed with books and games, and we really appreciated the staff's and other guests' patience with our families (we traveled with a few other families) hanging out in the lounge with our kids in the evening. There is a real air of peacefulness here that I appreciated, would love to come back some day.

Room tip: Mawddach room is excellent
Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank wildflowersoul
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Reviewed August 3, 2019

We stayed 3 nights here. On arrival, we were greeted by Gaynor who was very warm and welcoming. We stayed in the Dulas room, which is quite spacious with a very comfortable king size bed (a previous review mentioned there were 2 single mattresses, this was not the case for our stay, the mattress was super comfy!) and a lovely view out the front. The en - suite bathroom was decent, with a good shower (we didn't use the jacuzzi bath). Gaynor showed us the best way to the waterfalls, a highly recommended walk, just a few minutes from the door! All through our stay Gaynor and the staff were lovely, nothing was too much trouble and we learned a lot about the beautiful building. Breafasts were delicious, and made a welcome change from the bog-standard full English! We dined there for one evening, though there isn't a huge choice the food was good and homely (and Gaynor's home made sticky toffee pudding is sensational!) - there are also lots of good places to eat in the local area. Don't expect 5 star luxuries from this 3 star hotel, but if you like quirky historic rooms and a warm welcome, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Plas Dolmelynllyn.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank 7localhero
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