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Black Boy Inn

Northgate Street Stryd Pedwar a Chewch, Caernarfon LL55 1RW Wales
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 17/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 11 hotels in Caernarfon
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The Black Boy Inn is a listed building which is situated in the historic town walls of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon. The Inn is within easy walking distance to the town centre, and the famous 13th-century Castle. An old Inn dating back to 1522 and with its wooden paneling, low ceilings, and thick wooden support beams generates a cosy 'Olde Worlde' Welsh atmosphere. The Black Boy is a very busy Inn; please do not expect it to be a slow laid back hotel. It is in the centre of the tourist hub of North Wales and long wait times can be norm in middle of summer. Come and visit us in the winter season for a more laid back feeling.We now also have Black Jacks, which is another renovated building in courtyard, at rear of Inn .Black Jacks is away from the hustle of the main Inn . All suites have small kitchen area.No lift in building.Some Ground floor rooms are easy access with walk in showers , 1st floor variety of rooms as is 2nd floor.We offer 24 hour staff attendance. When you stay in any country you must wish to stay in somewhere that reflects that country ,we certainly do majority of our staff are welsh speaking and so are the owners .Meal timesSunday to Thursday: Noon until 9.00P.M. Friday and Saturday. Noon until 9.30P.M.Table reservations can be made via reception up to 6.30P.M. Table allocation after 6.30.Pm. Will be made on availability. Waiting times can vary and an indication of any delay will be conveyed to you. To arrange a table reservation (up to 6.30P.M.)In peak season we cannot accept table bookings at all due to the volume of trade
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children's playground
Highchairs available
Car hire
Paid public parking on-site
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Hungarian, Polish
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Janet davies54 wrote a review Nov 2020
4 contributions
We had a lovely stay for my birthday, the room was first class, spotlessly clean amazing facilities in room; dishwasher, microwave, hob and fridge, large tv. Large comfortable bed and we had an excellent meal in their restaurant, highly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from john evans, Owner at Black Boy Inn
Responded 29 Nov 2020
Thank you for the recommendation and the lovely review. Please return soon to this lovely old Inn.
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Neil P wrote a review Nov 2020
8 contributions1 helpful vote
A comfortable and enjoyable weekend stay at the Black Boy. Breakfast lunch and dinner take at the establishment. The food here is good and plentiful pub fare which very much sets the standard by which others are compared. Thanks also to all the staff who are always cheerful and helpful.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from john evans, Owner at Black Boy Inn
Responded 29 Nov 2020
Lovely review in these hard times for all, particularly front house staff in hospitality. Please do return soon.
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Chris K wrote a review Oct 2020
Barry, United Kingdom64 contributions44 helpful votes
Stayed here for 3 nights and it’s an attractive looking place on the outside with characterful corridors and bars. Room was clean and bed comfy but felt the kitchen area took up far too much space and with no windows it didn’t feel comfy enough to sit in. Large bathroom with bathroom and shower. Shower water didn’t run out and had to get someone to check it as the plug hole was very clogged, which wasn’t great. First morning at breakfast we waited 30 mins for our order, only to find out the order wasn’t there despite us giving it to waitress. They quickly redid this but it was thrown together and not good. Second morning I was still eating my cereal when cooked breakfast arrived! Third morning went well enough, but not the best presentation and taste. As said earlier, attractive Inn but too many disappointment parts so wouldn’t stay again.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from john evans, Owner at Black Boy Inn
Responded 5 Oct 2020
So pleased you enjoyed the Inn. We are sorry for the errors at breakfast with new staff serving. This has been attended to now.
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JAWWAJ wrote a review Oct 2020
Gloucester, United Kingdom143 contributions77 helpful votes
The Black Buoy Inn was a last minute booking three night and we were pleasantly surprised. We chose a room with a Kitchenette for space rather than self catering. We stayed in room 52. The room was clean and spacious. The Queen bed with fours deep pillows was a dream to lie on. Ear plugs were available if you wanted to use as you do hear the bins being collected early. The room had a cupboard with coat hangers, ironing board and iron, and a fan. The dressing table with stool was a good size with a large mirror and hairdryer available in the draw. The TV was big and had a large selection of channels if needed. The kitchenette with table and chairs also had a microwave and fridge, with tea, coffee, sugar and milk being provided along with fairy liquid washing and wiping up clothes. The bathroom had a over the bath shower which was easy to use with good temperature control. Towels, hand towels shampoo, condition and gel all being available. There were two big mirrors to look in as well as a magnifying mirror in the bath room. Breakfast was Table order only with different choices being available and was plentiful the young female on 1st/2nd deserves a special note as she was organised conscientious, helpful and represented the Inn excellently. Dining in the evening was done on a first come first served basis. So if you were staying at the Inn you had to queue outside with everyone else to get a table and although I get you have to keep the locals happy I do feel that paid customers should be given the opportunity to book at table. That being said it was table service and the food that we received was amazing, meat pie, Welsh pie, blue cheese burger, haddock and chips, scampi and the recommended lasagne, all served with a smile and service was quick. Again a special thanks to the young man in the restaurant on 2nd October who recommended the Lasagne and was attentive, welcoming and friendly. Although parking is normally off site as we were on a motorbike we asked if we could park onsite and they were very obliging which increased the security for us but also made it a recommendable place for other people with motorbikes. We were not disappointed In our choice of staying at the Black Buoy Inn and hopefully if you choose to stay here you won’t be disappointed. I will definitely be staying here again. COVID everyone was expected to wear a mask when not sat at your table. All staff wore masks. Tables were cleaned between guests. Sanitiser was available to use. Thank you for making our stay enjoyable.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: If you want extra space choose a kitchenette room
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Response from john evans, Owner at Black Boy Inn
Responded 3 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for the lovely review, and so pleased you enjoyed your time here with us. We have been discussing how to accomadate residents with meal times etc. And as table bookings from our experiance over the last 40 years fail to work. We will now be offering residents to come and see reception when they wish to dine and the next table available will be allocated out to them. COVID has made us all relook at the way we run things. I am so pleased you commented on the staff, as the verbal abuse some have recived over last few weeks has been a disgrace. Again i thank you on their behalf and know it will be very much appreciated.
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Xrci wrote a review Sep 2020
Dartford, United Kingdom19 contributions18 helpful votes
We are on holiday in Wales. It’s been an odd experience but out of everywhere I have been this was the least inviting. We have a disabled parent and a dog. We had to sit outside which was never an issue. But we waited ages to be seated to en she’s to fill in the covid application which everywhere else we have completed at the table. Not sure I loved it here. But due to its abundance of history it is worth a look. Food however looked incredible and excellent value. Worth giving a go.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black Boy Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Black Boy Inn?
Nearby attractions include Caernarfon Castle (0.2 km), The Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum (0.2 km), and Caernarfon Town Walls (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Black Boy Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Black Boy Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Black Boy Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Black Boy Inn?
Yes, free public parking nearby, paid public parking nearby, and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Black Boy Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Y Gegin Fach, Scoops, and Palas Caffi.
Is Black Boy Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Caernarfon.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Black Boy Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Polish, and Hungarian.
Are there any historical sites close to Black Boy Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Caernarfon Castle (0.2 km), Plas Newydd House and Garden (7.8 km), and Bryn Celli Ddu (7.8 km).
Does Black Boy Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
Is Black Boy Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.