Monday, 27 February 2017

An Authentic Victorian Stay


Lots of people visit Llandudno every year, hoping to experience a fantastic seaside resort which boasts original buildings which have been painstakingly maintained and cared for, every inch the glorious sight they were in Victorian times.

There’s something magical about this beautiful seaside resort, which touches the soul and resonates with Victorian elegance and splendour. Whether it’s the beautiful stretch of perfectly clean and pristine beaches, it’s variety of amazing things to do and see within and a few miles drive away, Llandudno has absolutely something for everyone and it’s no wonder that the resort has been crowned the Queen of Welsh resorts.

Part of Llandudno’s fantastic success is partly owed to its row of stellar hotels in Llandudno, and while they’re all of an excellent standard, the beauty of Llandudno is very much thanks to the beauty of the hotels within it. Some of course are more beautiful than others, and an excellent addition to its very many rows of wonderful hotels is the St Tudno Hotel on the North Parade, which emulates in its decor the romantic beauty of this period.

The St Tudno Hotel is one of the very oldest buildings within Llandudno, which has a much storied history. Did you know that Alice Liddel, the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland stayed within this very hotel on one of her much loved holidays with her family. The room which she stayed in is affectionately known as the Alice Suite – which offers unparalleled comfort and décor which both children and adults will love.

The St Tudno Hotel also boasts an award winning restaurant, which is very well known in Llandudno. This restaurant is well known for providing excellent quality fine dining with a twist – gorgeous décor of Lake Como and the chandeliers themselves are wrapped in flowers on a daily basis.

St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno can offer you absolutely everything you need for an excellent holiday, wrapped in all the grace and splendour of the Victorian era.

The Groes Inn Is Mentioned In the Michelin Guide 2017


Who remembers the Groes Inn? This wonderfully quaint and oldy timey restaurant in Conwy as well as a pretty decent hotel was a wonderfully kept secret in Wales and the UK for the quality of it’s food and very reasonable rates for a number of years, which directly benefitted from numerous Michelin Guide mentions as well as having the rather illustrious position of holding an AA Rosette for well over ten years.

The Groes Inn then seemed to take it easy for a number of years. While indeed the building was never ignored or left to stagnate, and the quality of the food remained quite good, the Groes Inn almost seemed to burn out and never really managed to recapture former glories. Why is a very difficult question. Perhaps it was the very well documented fact that restaurants in North Wales and indeed the UK upped their game in the era of online reviews. Perhaps the Groes Inn even lost their way a little.

Many people have very fond memories of this coaching inn which claims to be the oldest licensed premises in Wales – whether it’s through the fact that the Groes Inn’s staff have always been exemplary in their high attention to detail and excellent standards of service, or even that the building has and always will be dog friendly – the place bleeds history. Whether it’s the history of North Wales, or even its patrons, there’s always a sense of looking back in time when you visit the Groes Inn.

It seems that since the building was sold by the Humphreys family (longtime owners of the Groes Inn) and purchased by another family business, JW Lees (a very well-known brewery which is still owned by the Lees Family with absolutely no shareholders) The Groes Inn is starting to push for awards once more with excellent service and new menus, which offer new takes on the Welsh classic dishes they’re very well known for – as well as the same quality which has brought the Groes Inn so many accolades in the past.


It appears that JW Lees has had a very positive effect on the Groes Inn already – with the fact that they’ve already been mentioned by the Michelin Pubs Guide for 2017! Clearly this lovely Welsh Countryside Inn is rising back into notability – and all it needed to become a foodie paradise once more was a little bit of love. We look eagerly on to what the Groes Inn will become with a new lease of life and the care and attention JW Lees are investing into it.    

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Award Winning Llandudno Hotel Opens for 2017


We’re very big fans of holidaying in the UK and most specifically Llandudno, a beautiful seaside town in North Wales which is unlike all of the others in varying ways. Llandudno is very well known for a number of things including outstanding seafront accommodation and of course the town in itself, a living, breathing, perfectly maintained and very well loved restored relic from Victorian times. Lots of people flock to Llandudno hotels for their holidays, and overall, we can absolutely see why.

Llandudno has achieved a wonderful amount of praise in recent years for the quality of it’s breaks – the town in itself being awarded a place in the Lonely Planet’s top attractions in 2016, as well as recently being crowned the Queen of Welsh Resorts in recent years. There’s also amazing choice and quality in this beautiful seaside town with it’s hotels – the Elm Tree Hotel in particular being awarded TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award in 2017 as the very best Bargain Hotel in the World.

This comes with a series of other accolades including being listed as the 3rd best hotel in the world for customer service, and also winning the very much coveted Best Small Hotel in the UK award. But what can you expect from your time at the Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno? Quite a lot, it seems.
Situated in the very best spot of Llandudno – the stunning North Parade – The Elm Tree Hotel offers you an awful lot for your money. Guests are encouraged to use their honesty bar, gym and games room (which even has an Xbox 360 for those of us which simply can’t stand to be away from our games consoles) as well as partake as well as an excellent free breakfast that we were staggered to find that we weren’t charged for.

A cold assortment of cheap sausages this is absolutely not – the breakfast in the Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno was absolutely phenomenal, alike their excellent quality rooms and amazingly helpful and friendly owners.

Llandudno is fast rising in the world of holidaying, and with hotels like the Elm Tree, it’s not difficult to see why at all. You’ll be pleased to know that the Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno has kicked off it’s season of 2017, and is now officially open for business following the Winter period.

Why not enjoy a break in a hotel that truly is a home away from home?