Harbourmaster Hotel

‘A bustling place, popular with locals and visitors’, Glyn and Menna Heulyn’s small hotel stands on the quayside of this pretty fishing village. More

Contact details

Harbourmaster Hotel
Pen Cei
Aberaeron
Ceredigion
SA46 0BT
Wales
01545 570755
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

13. 2 in cottage, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 24 (evening)–26 Dec.

Facilities

lift, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small terrace, pebble beach (safe bathing nearby).

Background music

all day in bar.

Children

under-5s in cottage only.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B from £120, D,B&B from £170. Set dinner £35, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends in high season, min. 2-night stay for D,B&B rate.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A bustling place, popular with locals and visitors’, Glyn and Menna Heulyn’s small hotel stands on the quayside of this pretty fishing village. It remains a favourite among Guide readers. ‘It continues to be an enjoyable place to stay,’ say returning guests this year. ‘The staff are exceptional, and the place is still personally managed, which makes a huge difference. Customers are truly welcomed and looked after.’ Pick one of the stylish, colourful bedrooms (Welsh blankets, posh toiletries, a Roberts radio); the best have panoramic views of the harbour and sea. ‘Our large first-floor suite had lovely new chairs – we could’ve sat in them all day.’ In fine weather, harbourfront animation ‘adds to the atmosphere’: ‘watching the children catching crabs while their parents sit on the harbour wall in the sunshine is like holidays used to be’. Blend in with locals in the ‘buzzy’ bar, or book ahead to try chef Ludo Dieumegard’s ‘excellent’ dishes, perhaps ‘very, very tender’ local lamb rump, in the breezy restaurant. Breakfast is worth waking for: pancakes, organic porridge, ‘particularly fine smoked salmon and scrambled eggs’. (Lynn Wildgoose)

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Harbourmaster Hotel
Pen Cei
Aberaeron
Ceredigion
SA46 0BT

Guest comments

'We have stayed here so many times we have lost count. It continues to be a bustling place, very popular with locals and visitors. We stayed again in Aeron Queen, on the first floor of the extended part of the building. It is large and very comfortable, and has panoramic views of the harbour and sea. Food can be a bit hit and miss. The lunch we had was excellent. Service from all staff is exceptional, and the place is still personally managed, which makes such a huge difference. We have stayed here so often that we are known and greeted by name, but all customers seem to be truly welcomed and looked after, whether they have been there before or not. Continues to be a very enjoyable place to stay and the owners, manager and his assistant could teach many others in the hospitality business a few worthy lessons of how it can be done and done properly. ' - Lynn Wildgoose - July, 2015
'One of the perils of travellng alone is that single rooms tend to be small. This one was, but it was also clean, comfortable well equipped, and had a lovely view onto the harbour and sea. I would definitely stay there again. The food was excellent, both in the evening (lemon sole on the bone) and at breakfast: a tasty full breakfast with all the extras you could wish for. Brisk service. The bar had a real buzz about it, and it was good to hear Welsh being spoken by so many. A little gem. ' - Mike Craddock - July, 2014
'Harbourmaster continues to be excellent. This was our second visit - there was a 'welcome back' note in the room on arrival. Once again, was struck by way the friendly and helpful staff were happy to speak English or Welsh, including speakers of both languages rather than making anyone feel excluded; and the sense that Harbourmaster is part of Aberaeron rather than just located there - particularly in the bar, which is basically a local's pub. ' - SA Mathieson - April, 2014

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