High Street, Conwy, Gwynedd,
Tel: 01492 582800
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The Castle Hotel, an old coaching inn, stands on the site of a Cistercian abbey and used to consist of two famous hostelries, The Castle and the 15th Century King's Head. The Castle was by far the larger and in more recent times has had an attractive face lift of local granite and Ruabon brick and is now one of Conwy's most photographed buildings.
The Hotel has had a fascinating past and has made an important contribution to Conwy's history, playing host to many famous people, such as Telford, Stephenson, Wordsworth and the Queen of Romania who lunched in the restaurant whilst visiting Llandudno. In the 20th Century, the ownership of the Hotel was almost exclusively by London based companies and it's fitting that in the new century, this wonderful old hotel has reverted back to private ownership.
The Hotel's owners, the Lavin family along with their friend and partner, Graham Tinsley take good food and hospitality very seriously. Graham, an award winning chef and Peter Lavin have created a restaurant and menu which takes inspiration from bygone days but given a modern interpretation.
Fabulous local Welsh produce is always served with a flair and friendliness befitting their byline, 'Friendly Tradition in Historical Surroundings.
The interior of the Hotel has many interesting features and antiques. John Dawson-Watson, a distinguished victorian artist and illustrator spent his last days in Conwy, much of the time in the hotel.
Some say he painted for his lodgings, others say he was commissioned to paint a variety of canvasses and panels depicting scenes from Shakespearean plays for the then owners. Either way, there is a significant collection of his work hanging in the hotel and especially in the hotel's new brasserie restaurant.
The hotel has 28 bedrooms and suites, including a very grand, ornately carved four poster bed, dated 1570 in the Wynn Suite. So named because the bed once belonged to the Wynn family who were major land owners in North Wales in Elizabethan times.
All the hotel's bedrooms have been upgraded very recently and now offer contemporary style and facilities, but with the same emphasis on comfort and tradition.The two room Caer Rhun Suite has a two person jacuzzi bath! The hotel also offers broadband WiFi throughout.
The hotel's location in the centre of Conwy, close to the quay and the ancient castle makes it the perfect place to rest when visiting the numerous places of interest within the Medieval walled town. You can be sure you will not be alone as visitors and locals alike find sanctuary in the town's only ‘inn with bedrooms', with a fine reputation for its food and service.
The Hotel also makes an interesting and unusual location for business functions offering excellent conference, meeting and corporate entertaining for up to 50 people. A range of activities such as sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking and golf can be arranged and built into a company's event or individual leisure break package.
The historic port with its castle built by Edward I and well preserved walls, lies on the coastal side of the Snowdonia National Park. The area is breathtakingly beautiful, both rugged and pretty and a planned short break holiday can soon develop into longer to truly appreciate what the area has to offer.
How to find us
From the A55 travelling west:
From Chester etc follow the A55 towards Bangor. After passing Colwyn Bay leave the A55 at Junction 18 taking the A546 signposted Llandudno. At the first roundabout, with Tesco on your left, go straight on. At the second roundabout, take the first exit, signposted A547 Conwy. After crossing the bridge and with the castle on the left, you enter Conwy. At the mini roundabout the one-way system obliges you to take the left fork. Follow this road to a gateway in the town wall. After passing through the gateway turn immediately right, and follow this one way street which takes you back into the town. Just before the pedestrian crossing turn right into High Street. The hotel is on the left.
From the A55 travelling east:
From Bangor etc follow the A55 towards Chester. After passing Penmaenmawr take the A547 at Junction 17 signposted Conwy. As you approach Conwy you see the town wall ahead of you. Turn left immediately before the wall, and follow the one way street as it takes you into the town. Just before the pedestrian crossing turn right into High Street. The hotel is on the left.