Good Hotel Guide Review
If you do like to be beside the seaside, you’ll be beside yourself with glee at this opulent small hotel on the promenade of a quintessential Victorian coastal resort. This is not a place for minimalists; the Maddocks and Waddy families have furnished it throughout in full-blown 1850s style. Six sea-facing suites have a comfy sitting room, ‘table lamps everywhere’, a marble bathroom with bath and walk-in shower, perhaps a four-poster with diaphanous drapes, a working gas fire in a marble fireplace. Public rooms are lavish, with acres of seating, gilded mirrors, oil paintings, chandeliers. Readers praise the ‘gorgeous surroundings’, and advise choosing a second-floor room for the best views. Food is served all day in the bistro where Michael Waddy’s menus draw on local produce for such dishes as lamb shank with rosemary jus; seared scallops, fish and chips. There is a continental breakfast – if you want a full Welsh you can go round to the sister hotel, The Empire, where you also have use of spa and gym. Don’t miss a ride on the funicular tramway to the top of Llandudno’s Great Orme mini-mountain to see the feral Kashmir goats – and be sure to send us a postcard describing your stay.
17 North Parade
all year, except 15–27 Dec.
sitting room, bar, café/bistro, small patio, in-room TV (Freeview), free Wi-Fi, unsuitable for wheelchair users.
in public rooms.
not under 14.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £135–£195, D,B&B £160–£225. À la carte £25. 1-night bookings refused weekends.