Harbourmaster Hotel

Aberaeron, Ceredigion

The quayside setting of this bright-blue hotel in the original harbourmaster’s house is pretty special, with a feel of Brittany about it. More

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The quayside setting of this bright-blue hotel in the original harbourmaster’s house is pretty special, with a feel of Brittany about it. Inside, it’s just as lovely. ‘When entering the hotel you feel you have opened a treasure chest,’ writes one reader after an ‘amazing’ weekend. Once known as The Red Lion, it is now a local hub ‘buzzing with people’. The service is ‘excellent, always delivered with a warm smile’. Smart bedrooms are spread over three adjacent buildings. All those in the main house have a sea view. Serious ‘attention to detail’ includes Frette bedlinen, Melin Tregwynt blanket, fresh milk, and Molton Brown toiletries. Warehouse rooms are spacious, with a ‘super-stylish’ bathroom. Aeron Queen has a balcony, a velvet sofa, minibar and freestanding zinc bath. In the restaurant, Ludo Dieumegard’s cooking is a showcase for locally farmed and fished produce – perhaps pan-roast cod with Jerusalem artichoke, hispi cabbage and salsa verde. At breakfast there is the full Welsh with Penlan bacon, local sausages and laver bread; avocado sourdough, Welsh rarebit. ‘The food was fabulous.’ (FT, and others)

Hotel details


Pen Cei
SA46 0BT


01545 570755


13. 4 in warehouse, 2 in cottage, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year except 24–26 Dec, drinks only (from 2 pm) on 
Boxing Day.


lift (in warehouse), bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), small terrace, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in bar and restaurant.


5 and upwards welcomed, must have own room.


only guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £110–£270, double £120–£280, D,B&B double £180–£325. Set dinner £30–£38, à la carte £38. 1-night bookings refused most weekends, min. 2-night stay for D,B&B rate.

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Comments about Harbourmaster Hotel

A favourite is the Harbourmaster in Aberaeron. Friendly staff, everything running smoothly, nicely furnished, uncluttered bedrooms, and excellent food. - Frances Thomas - March 2020
It's hard to fault The Harbourmaster. Aberaeron itself is part of the charm, but the hotel makes the most of the setting. The bedrooms are clean, stylish and calm; no frills, no -one of my bugbears - cushions piled high on the bed The staff are young and friendly. The food has always been good, but this year we thought it had got even better A lovely place for a calm, grown up break. - Frances Thomas - June 2018
On a sunny evening the effect of the clarity of the light, the pastel coloured houses and the harbour is reminiscent of Brittainy, an impression upheld by the superb fresh fish on the hotel's menu. - the only hotel that I have been to where oysters are on the set menu. The only inside sitting area is the large bar which by evening is heaving with drinkers and eaters. The stairs are quite steep and there is no lift. But I would forgive all that for the joy of sitting outside in the evening sunshine with a drink watching life go by in the harbour. In addition the bedroom was comfortable, the dinner and breakfast were good and the staff agreeable. - Robert Cooper - August 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide