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Port Meirion Hotel (Portmeiron, Wales)

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Well-established hotel in a beautiful village in north Wales.

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      01.01.2012 23:21
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      A lovely winter break in a comfortable cosy room

      Portmeirion Hotel
      WHY?
      I get daily alerts from all the bargain voucher sites and this I believe i found on KGB deals. I paid £99 for the two of us for two nights stay in the village but no breakfast was included in that price. Neither of us had been to Portmeirion before so we thought we'd have a mini break and go and see this unique architectural delight in Wales.

      THE DEAL:
      When you buy a deal from KGB you then print off the voucher nad phone the business directly in order to book. I wasn't thrilled with the hotel as I phoned almost as soon as I bought the deal and we wanted a Sunday night and Monday night which at this time of year i don't think would be the most popular nights. When i phoned to book the first few dates I suggested were only available with a surcharge varying from £20 to another £100. I was not thrilled and so asked the lady at the other end to tell me which days they actually had available for the price advertised. Eventually we managed to get a date that suited us for the price we paid for the deal. She then told me that we could have breakfast there for an extra £13/£14 which we decided we would pass on.

      This Italianate village setting designed by Clough William-Ellis and opened in 1926 has about 53 rooms and suites within either the actual Hotel Portmeirion or Castle Deudraeth or within the village itself.
      ARRIVING:
      Having gone through all the fuss for booking I was a little nervous when we arrived that we would not be booked in or that they would be charging us extra so it was some trepidation that we entered.

      When you arrive at Port Merion there is a car park but if you are staying in the village you don't park there you follow signs to the hotel and the village. When you get to the gate you have to say who you are and if you are booked in your name is on their list and you are pointed in the direction of the hotel. So far so good, we were on the list.

      You have to drive right through the village and right to the end where the hotel is and reception. We parked and went in and were welcomed pleasantly. The young girl explained that we were not in the hotel but in the village which we were aware of. The entire village is the hotel and rental cottages and no-one actually lives in the village at all.

      The receptionist told us to follow the gentleman in the van and he would show us where to park and where we were staying. We followed him at some speed through the village back up to the archway and parked our car in a space designated for our room beside the road. He then took us up to our room and offered to help us with our luggage which we declined as we didn't have a lot.

      THE ROOM
      We were staying in " Salutation 2" which was just above one of the gift shops and had a fabulous view over the village square from our window.

      The room was a fairly decent size with wooden floors and shabby chic painted furniture, a wardrobe ( two towelling robes included and slippers) a set of drawers, bedside tables and a small table with tea and coffee stuff all in a duck egg blue shade.

      The bed was a double with large white comfortable pillows and white sheets and a French Country Wedgewood blue and ivory Toile Designer Fabric cover; everything was in a duck egg blue and really looked in keeping with the room and the place generally.

      The coffee table had a kettle, two Portmeirion cups and saucers and a pot with coffee, hot chocolate and various teas and sugars as well as little UHT milks. I thought the Portmeirion crockery was a lovely touch and made it quite special.

      On the table was a small carafe of sherry and two sherry glasses which was something we were not expecting and made a very pleasant surprise. We enjoyed our sherry before our evening meal and it was refilled on our second day too which was a further bonus.

      The bathroom was a decent size. Both rooms had attic sloping ceilings so the floor space was larger than the space you could actually walk. The bathroom had a long shelf above the basin and under a long mirror. There were glasses and white towels on the shelf along with a basket full of lovely l'Occitaine soap, lotion, shampoo and bath gel which I was quite delighted to find and use. These were replaced the next day when I moved those I hadn't used too. There was also a mending kit, shoe shine and shower cap with Welsh Dragon cardboard covers on them.

      We found that that was plenty of storage for our things for a few days with both a wardrobe and a set of drawers. The room was very cosy despite the fact that the window was single glazed and got very wet over night so that I had to wipe it with toilet paper so we could see out.

      WE liked the fact that there was plenty of lighting in the room so we could read easily. Each side of the bed had a light and a small table which is also something that I appreciate as I hate having to put my glasses and book on the floor.

      There were also a couple of comfortable chairs and a second coffee table on which we found the menu for the restaurants and a coffee table book about Portmerion which was an interesting read. It was little things like that which made the place that bit special and made you feel that some effort had been made to make your stay something to remember.

      In the corner of the room was a small TV and on one of the channels you could watch episodes of "The Prisoner" as we had never seen the series we did have a look at a couple just to see what everyone was talking about. It was strange to see the village where we had been walking in a film set and the outside of the buildings looked very different from what they filmed as the insides of the buildings!


      Would I recommend staying in the village? We had a really nice stay and felt that a real effort had been made with the room. I will write another review about the village as a destination to visit and what you can see there. I would say that staying in the village is very pleasant as you get to wander around once everyone else has gone so you do see it when it is quieter. It isn't a cheap place to stay, apparently our deal should have cost £260 and I am not sure I would have paid that for two nights with no breakfast included and ours was one of the cheaper options I understand. This was also in December and I would have thought that was the low season for prices.

      The problem with staying in the village is that your eating options are limited if you don't want to drive. You can eat at the hotel which is pricey or at Castell Deudraeth which is also not cheap or there are a couple of cafes in the village with average fare. You can of course drive to Porthmadog which is not so far away but if you want to have a drink then this is not an option for the evening meal. There are some self catering cottages in the village which might be a nice option for a family stay.

      I was really pleased that we managed to get this deal and had the opportunity to explore Portmeirion in a relaxed couple of days. I felt we paid a fair price and would not really have wanted to pay the full asking price although I did feel that the little extras did make the guest feel pampered.

      There is a spa on site in the village but we didn't investigate that and i suspect the prices might be eye watering and rather take away the pleasure you might have got from the treatment.

      If you can get a good deal then I would say this makes a lovely escape break but I would check the prices if you are on a budget.

      Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.

      ©Catsholiday

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