St George's Hotel
The Promenade, Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 2LG
Tel: - 01492 877544 Fax: - 01492 878477 „
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Each year Dave and I go to the Imperial Hotel at Blackpool for a couple of days in October to be pampered in order to prepare us for the onset of the Christmas rush. I can tell that you are now thinking - wait a minute this category isn't for the Imperial Hotel - what is going on here? Well, I'll tell you. Last year, when I rang to book the Imperial, I was told that it was full due to the Conservative Party Conference. I wasn't a happy little soul at all. So Dave and I discussed other options and decided that we would try a few days at the St George's Hotel in Llandudno. It is a place that Dave used to look at as a child when he was on holiday with his parents and he had always wanted to stay there. I rang to enquire as to availability and requested a room with a sea view. The package on offer for October was £37.50 per person per night for bed, breakfast and evening meal. A lot less than it would have cost us at The Imperial. Since the opening of the A55 coastal expressway along the North Wales Coast Llandudno is easily accessible from both M6 and M56 and St George's is right on the seafront when you get there so you can?t miss it. Built in 1854 the hotel is an imposing building on the corner of Mostyn Street and The Promenade. Just think it's 100 years older than me! It has 86 bedrooms, including family rooms and suites, all of which are en suite. We arrived at lunchtime and went to check in although we knew that our room would not be ready for us until 3pm. The staff on the reception desk were efficient and helpful, explaining the venue and times of meals and asking if we wanted newspapers and/or a wake up call. We went off for a walk round Llandudno and returned to the hotel later that afternoon. Our room was spacious with a lovely view along the promenade and over the sea. There was a double bed, two armchairs, a small table, plenty of desk space, TV, radio, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and lots of drawer and hanging space. The bathroom was compact with a bath, toilet and washbasin. The shower over the bath was the only thing that caused a problem. Despite having a dial to control the temperature it was either red-hot or freezing cold, so we stuck to baths while we were there. We don't mind either way so that wasn't a problem for us. The Terrace Restaurant, which has views over the sea, was closed for refurbishment whilst we were there as they had experienced a flood, so we had our meals in the Wedgewood Suite. This is a beautiful large room with wood panelling and the ornate Wedgewood decoration that its name suggests. The cost of our stay included a three-course meal each evening and the food was superb! There were at least four choices at each course including steak, poached salmon (which was divine!) and Welsh lamb. The service was efficient and friendly and the food was plentiful. The breakfast was a self-service affair with cereals, croissants, rolls, etc followed by a full range of traditional cooked food, followed by toast and preserves, together with tea or coffee of course. The bar is well stocked and the seating is in various alcoves making it a lovely place to sit and relax with an after dinner drink, and one before dinner come to that! The hotel also boasts conference facilities in five conference and meeting rooms. They also cater for special occasions such as weddings and have their own licence to perform the actual ceremony. If you?re feeling like pampering yourself The Shape Health, Hair and Beauty Centre is associated with the hotel offering hair and beauty treatments (obviously) and having a spa pool, sun beds, sauna and steam cabinets. Guests of the hotel receive a 10% discount on all treatments. Before checking out of the hotel we were asked to fill in a questionnaire about our stay, which incl uded questions about the room, staff, food etc. The management must take notice of these as I subsequently received a letter apologising for the dodgy shower in our room. The summer prices for 2001 were as follows for bed, breakfast and evening meal: Standard room £45 Superior room £50 Seaview room £60 Seaview suite £70 These prices are per person per night and the price of £37.50 per person per night is available from 5th January until 28th February for a standard room. The hotel address is: St George's Hotel The Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy. LL30 2LG 01492 877544 We're definitely going again in the new year.