To visit the Pen y Gwryd hotel is to wallow in the history of British mountaineering and Victorian plumbing.
I had passed many times but never stopped and decided to change that one day by popping in for lunch. I was so impressed that I booked for an overnight stay that weekend.
We were made to feel very welcome from the start and our room was clean with comfortable beds and traditional bedding (the bedspreads are from the local woolen mill in a traditional Welsh design woven from the colours of the surrounding mountains).
We were forewarned about some of the idiosyncrasies of the hotel (the lack of room keys, fixed mealtimes etc) and embraced these as they are part of what makes the PYG unique.
As promised, dinner was announced by a gong at 7.30 and served in a welcoming dining room. The emphasis is on hearty and sustaining food rather than fine dining, perfect after a day in the hills. The manager had attempted to call me to ask if our party were vegetarian, but I would advise that non meat-eaters let the hotel know to be on the safe side as food choices are limited.
Standard rooms are not en-suite but there are ample bathrooms, some of them with wonderful original Victorian fittings.
There are no tea-making facilities in rooms but we ordered an early morning tray and it arrived on time.
Breakfast is announced by an 8.30 gong and served in the dining room and is well cooked with plenty of choice.
The hotel is particularly dog-friendly with dogs allowed throughout with the understandable exception of the dining-room.
The hotel is well heated and there were blazing fires in the bars and lounges in the evening.
The PYG is particularly well situated for walkers and climbers: the Miners' Track to Glyder Fach starts at a stile about 100 metres from the hotel; the Miners' Track to the summit of Snowdon begins less than a mile away.
I thoroughly recommend a stay at the Pen y Gwryd. Those willing to embrace its eccentricities will be rewarded by a friendly and comfortable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 18th century 3rd generation family run mountain inn nestled in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park with a history for British mountaineering with memorabilia from the 1953 Everest expedition in the bar along with many Famous signatures. We have en suite and traditional rooms, there is a sauna and natural pool in our extensive gardens with Snowdon and many other fantastic walks right on our doorstep. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pen y Gwryd