Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Why visit the Pullees’ ‘eccentric’ and ‘old-fashioned’ hotel at the foot of Snowdonia? More

Contact details

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel
Nant Gwynant
Gwynedd
LL55 4NT
Wales
01286 870211
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

18. 1 on ground floor, 5 in annexe.

Open

Mar–mid-Nov, occasional weekends Dec, New Year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, games room, dining room, free Wi-Fi in games room, in-room TV (Freeview) in some rooms, chapel, 1-acre grounds (natural swimming lake, sauna), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£10 charge).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person B&B £45–£75, D,B&B £70–£100. Set dinner £25. 1-night bookings often refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Why visit the Pullees’ ‘eccentric’ and ‘old-fashioned’ hotel at the foot of Snowdonia? Well, because it’s there. It was run by the same family back in 1953 when it hosted Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as they trained to climb Everest, and not a lot has changed since then. Built in 1810, the farmhouse-turned-coaching inn retains the spirit of a mountaineers’ hostel, ‘safe from the relentless grind of modernity’. Wi-Fi has found its way into the common areas, TV into some bedrooms, but even now not all rooms have an en suite bathroom. The compensations are many, not least the beauty of the surroundings and the hotel’s own swimming lake, sauna and chapel. Lounge about in three snugs, with a reliquary of Everest memorabilia, a dartboard and table tennis. The cooked breakfast is ‘hearty’. Lunch in the bar might be soup, quiche, smoked duck salad. At night, when the gong sounds, head to the dining room, shake out your starched napkin and tuck in to a sustaining set dinner ‘fit for explorers’. Long may they keep the log fires burning.

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Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel
Nant Gwynant
Gwynedd
LL55 4NT

Guest comments

'Somewhat eccentric and old-fashioned in style. A snug and comfortable residents’ lounge with roaring fire. No TV or radio, what a blessing. The food was good and plentiful. No fancy gourmet cooking. ' - A.D. & J. Lloyd - October, 2013
'This unique climbing hotel is a rare delight. There is something for everyone, whether a family learning the ropes, or an experienced climber. On returning from the hills, a hot soak in a Victorian bath tub; a beautiful five-course meal in the elegant dining room. Welcome and service second to none. The Pullee family have performed a remarkable conjuring trick, keeping the old with the new. Time has stood wonderfully still. ' - Jane Horovitch - November, 2011
'Remarkable. Caught in a time warp preserving some of the best facets of hotels we knew in our youth. Dinner is at separate tables, nicely set. Service is cheerful and informed. Everyone gives you a pleasant greeting, but if you prefer to be left alone there is every opportunity to do so. At breakfast, marmalade is fresh and home made (no silly little pots). ' - Robert Turner - August, 2012

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Tourist attractions

  • Beacon Climbing Centre

    Indoor climbing walls, for rainy days.

  • Inigo Jones

    A fully operational and thriving slateworks company, with educational tours.

  • Snowdonia

    The national park surrounding the highest mountain in Wales, covering 830 square miles of rugged scenery.