Harbourmaster Hotel

Aberaeron, Ceredigion

Light, colour and fishy fun are the key ingredients of this periwinkle-blue building in prime position on cheery Aberaeron’s harbourside. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Light, colour and fishy fun are the key ingredients of this periwinkle-blue building in prime position on cheery Aberaeron’s harbourside. Run with enthusiasm by locally born Glyn and Menna Heulyn, it feels like ‘the hub of the town’, with people coming there as much for the atmosphere as the food and bedrooms. Spread between the original harbourmaster’s house and adjoining warehouse, ‘first-class’ rooms (some quirkily shaped) are ‘stylish and calm’ in breezy shades with crisp, contemporary furnishings, Welsh rugs and designer lighting; most with sea views. Bathrooms are generous, some with roll-top bath. For more privacy, choose the two-bedroom cottage. After drinks on the harbourside terrace, dine in the smart, blue-panelled restaurant or more rustic warehouse (both with boat-bobbing views) on food brimming with Welshness – Carlingford Bay crabs and oysters, Welsh rib of beef and sirloin steak, home-made burger with Welsh Cheddar. Decent vegetarian choices, too, including Welsh rarebit at breakfast. The hard-working, friendly staff, who ensure everything is ‘running smoothly’, add to the ‘wonderful’ experience. (Frances Thomas)

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, adapted toilet, EV charging, limited parking.

Background music

all day in bar and restaurant.


aged 5 and upwards welcomed, no additional beds, or book cottage.


only guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £145, singles from £95. À la carte dinner £38. 1-night bookings refused most weekends.

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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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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.