Harbourmaster Hotel

Aberaeron, Ceredigion

‘An old favourite, a lovely place for a calm and grown-up break. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘An old favourite, a lovely place for a calm and grown-up break.’ It proved a happy return for readers to Glyn and Menna Heulyn’s vivid blue former harbourmaster’s house on the Georgian quayside. ‘Aberaeron itself is part of the charm, with its rainbow-coloured houses and the boats bobbing in the harbour, and the hotel makes the most of the setting.’ There’s no residents’ lounge, and the bar is ‘heaving’ in the evenings, but there is plenty of comfy seating. The inn rooms, up the spiral staircase, have harbour views, bold colours, unfussy boutique chic. All are supplied with Molton Brown toiletries, gowns and slippers. Some have an exposed stone wall, fun artwork. Rooms in a converted warehouse have lift access, sofa, minibar, a stylish contemporary bathroom. Aeron Queen has a zinc roll-top bath. Chef Ludo Dieumegard uses local produce, especially locally landed fish and seafood (Cardigan Bay crab, bream, hake, bass), Welsh lamb, organic vegetables. Bread is home baked, and the breakfast menu includes American-style pancakes, porridge with figs, locally cured bacon, beans with chorizo, a full Welsh with laver bread. ‘We will go back again and again.’ (FT)

Hotel details


Pen Cei
SA46 0BT


01545 570755


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


all year except 24 (6 pm)–26 Dec, drinks only (from 2 pm) on Boxing Day.


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

Background music

all day in bar.


5 and upwards welcomed, must have own room.


only guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £110–£255, double £120–£265, D,B&B double £180–£325. Set dinner £27.50–£35, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused most weekends, min. 2-night stay for D,B&B rate.

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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