Top 10 Hotels inSnowdonia, WALES MAP

This page provides information about 10 great places to stay in Snowdonia, ranging from up-scale country house hotels to campsites.

High End Hotels (£200+ per night)

(1) Pale Hall ($$$$$). This five-star country house hotel offers sumptuous accommodation, fine dining and idyllic surroundings. Found a few miles to the east of the Snowdonia National Park, Pale Hall has 18 individually styled en suite bedrooms (some of which are dog friendly). The pick of them is the Churchill Suite, with wood-panelling, stained glass windows and a secret door to the marble bathroom. The three-rosette fine dining room is presided over by head chef Gareth Stevenson. Dishes such as pan roast fillet of bream (with mussels, saffron potatoes, baby leek and bouillabaisse sauce) have earned high praise. Sunday lunch (£32 for 3 courses) is particularly popular. Room rates range between £300 for classic rooms to £700 for superior suites.

(2) Hotel Port Merion ($$$$). The light and airy Hotel Port Merion is tucked away in a little cove underneath the eponymous village. With stunning views overlooking the tidal Dywryd estuary, the hotel has a range of rooms, a welcoming bar and excellent restaurant, spa and wellness centre, and a small circular outdoor swimming pool. The premiere suite, the Hotel Peacock Suite, was used by the future King Edward VIII when he came to Wales in 1934 for his investiture. Reviewers praise Hotel Port Merion's friendly staff, high quality food and excellent location. Room rates start at £200 (based on two sharing, with breakfast).

Mid-Range Hotels and Luxury B&Bs (£100-200 per night)

(3) Tir-y-Coed Country House ($$$). Tir-y-Coed is a large country house offering bed and breakfast, and great evening meals, in north-east Snowdonia. It offers seven rooms in all: five doubles and two suites. The whole house is beautifully decorated, with many of the rooms offering views to the surrounding mountains. Other amenities include a comfy drawing room (with sofas surrounding a wood burning stove), and a small bar, balcony and gardens. Reviewers comment on Tir-c-Coed's friendly welcome, the clean and cosy rooms and the high quality cooking. Double rooms are available for £145 per night (based on two sharing with breakfast). The suites are available for £165-£195.

(4) The Waterloo Hotel ($$$). The Waterloo Hotel, in Betws-y-Coed, is a three-star establishment with a choice of different category rooms, fully-equipped gym and leisure suite (including pool, steam room and sauna) and excellent reviews. Rooms come equipped with flatscreen tv and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. They are located either in the main hotel or in nearby lodges (which have nearby parking and patio areas). The food, served in the airy Bridge Restaurant, gets good reviews. And the Waterloo Hotel has a surprisingly trendy bar: Bar 1815.

The Waterloo Hotel is found just outside of Betws-y-Coed town centre: so it is in the centre of the Snowdonia National Park but is not overrun by the hordes of tourists visiting Betws at peak holiday times. Standard Lodge Rooms costs £125 (based on 2 people sharing, with breakfast included); Deluxe Lodge Rooms cost £175; and rooms inside the hotel cost £140.

(5) Craig-y-Dderwen ($$$). This peaceful four-star hotel offers relaxing accommodation and good food in 16 acres of private grounds. The hotel is to be found next to the River Conwy, with super views of the Conwy Valley to be head from a number of the rooms and its terraces. Rooms come equipped with flat screen television and complimentary wifi. They are decorated in keeping with the hotel’s Victorian style. The restaurant, which has held one AA rosette, focuses on simple food made from local produce. Reviews are positive, commenting on the beautiful location and views and friendly service. Betws-y-coed is a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Prices range from £140 (standard double) to £280 (family suite).

(6) The Old Rectory on the Lake ($$). The Old Rectory on the Lake is a four-room bed and breakfast overlooking Cadair Idris in southern Snowdonia. The Lake, Tal-y-Llyn, is adjacent to the property; with a circumference of about 4 miles, it provides a decent walk and an opportunity to spot a family of otters. Two of the Old Rectory's four rooms are doubles with free-standing Victorian baths, one is a double with a shower en suite, and the last is a self-contained studio flat. Three course evening meals are provided for £35. Rooms start at £110 per night.

Value Hotels and Campsites (up to £100 per night)

(7) Camping ($). What better way to savour the great outdoors than camping? Snowdonia has 23 campsites in all. We recommend the Nantcol Waterfalls campsite. Set in seven acres at the base of the Rhinog Mountain range, and 2 miles away from the sandy beaches of Shell Island, the campsite offers good river walks and is a 30-minute stroll from a good pub. It also offers good washrooms and showers, wifi and glamping pods (campfires are allowed). Prices are £8 per adult per night (£4 per child); £55 for a two-person glamping pod; and £65 for a bell tent.

Other highly rated campsites include Rynys Farm Camping Site, Cwellyn Arms Campsite and Tyn Cornel Camping.