Harbourmaster Hotel

The harbour wall in front of Glyn and Menna Heulyn’s ‘popular, personally managed’ hotel on the Georgian quayside has been dubbed ‘the longest bar in Europe’ – join the locals soaking in the view, then spend the night in one of the ‘comfortable, colourful’ bedrooms. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

13. 2 in cottage, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

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

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

not under 5 to stay, must have own room.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B single from £75, double from £120, D,B&B double from £180. Set dinner £27.50–£35, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused weekends in high season, min. 2-night stay for D,B&B rate.

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The harbour wall in front of Glyn and Menna Heulyn’s ‘popular, personally managed’ hotel on the Georgian quayside has been dubbed ‘the longest bar in Europe’ – join the locals soaking in the view, then spend the night in one of the ‘comfortable, colourful’ bedrooms. Harbour-facing rooms in the original harbourmaster’s building are reached via a winding staircase; rooms in the converted warehouse next door (two with a terrace overlooking Cardigan Bay) are particularly spacious. ‘Well equipped and smartly styled’, all rooms have posh toiletries, Welsh blankets, a Roberts radio. The bar, where ‘happy, motivated’ staff ‘truly look after’ visitors, is where the ‘real buzz’ is. Welsh and English are spoken; ‘you get the sense that the Harbourmaster is a part of this pretty fishing port, rather than just being located here’. In the maritime-cool restaurant, chef Ludo Dieumegard’s dishes, perhaps Cardigan Bay crab and parsley salad, chilled pea soup, brown crab fritter, give a taste of the place. Work it all off the next day – the Wales Coast Path goes right by the front door. ‘The team at this hotel could teach many in the hospitality business just how it’s done.’ (LW)

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Harbourmaster Hotel
Pen Cei
Aberaeron
Ceredigion
SA46 0BT

Guest comments

'Both Aberaeron and the hotel are atypical of Wales. 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. This is the only hotel that I have been to where oysters are on the set menu. In theory, this is not my sort of hotel. The only inside sitting area is the large bar which by evening is heaving with drinkers and eaters. In consequensce it is noisy.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 good and the staff agreeable. What more could one want? ' - Robert Cooper - August, 2017
'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 in Aeron Queen, on the first floor of the extended part of the building. Large,very comfortable, it has panoramic views of harbour and sea. Food can be a bit hit and miss. Service from all staff is exceptional, and the place is personally managed. All customers seem to be truly welcomed and looked after. A very enjoyable place to stay; 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

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Tourist attractions

  • Llanerchaeron

    An 18th-century Welsh estate.

  • Dolphin spotting

    Take boat trips from Aberaeron.

  • Aberystwyth

    A seaside town nestled between three hills and two beaches.

  • Dornoch Cathedral

    A 13th-century cathedral, housing the reconstructed remains of the medieval palace of the Bishops of Caithness.