Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia.
The Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia was in a brilliant location for exploring Snowdonia National Park. It literally is the base of Mount Snowdon in the village of Llanberis and the views are spectacular! The photo below was taken on my phone from our window on the evening of our arrival. With that kind of welcome, I felt we would do well here!
We were looking for a hotel is close to Snowdon as possible as we wanted to be as right on top of the impressive scenery but still have some semblance of civilisation. This Hotel really really fit the bill, it’s within a hundred yards of the Snowdon Mountain Railway and you can’t get much closer than that!
The Hotel and Check-In
Parking and check-in was a breeze. Arriving at dusk on a summers evening, warm welcoming lights and helpful staff made it really easy. Using the lifts, we were soon in our room. We were quite far away from reception which was a good thing. Depending on the time of year it costs between £80-100 per night and that’s with breakfast included. We used our go-to booking site, Booking.com to book this Hotel.
The rooms were warm and comfortable but possibly slightly dated. But hey as I’ve said before in these hotel reviews for me its location not what the inside of the room looks like because even though I’m spending eight hours a day inside the room it’s usually with my eyes closed when I’m asleep! And don’t get me wrong, just because the wallpaper wasn’t the latest shade and trend it doesn’t mean it’s a bad place! In fact, to me, it gave it a timeless atmosphere.
There was a good-sized bed and a desk for writing at. Also, the bathroom facilities were more than adequate for our needs. We found a bath/shower which had good pressure and all we could need.
The Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia is set in 30 acres of grounds. In those grounds is the 13th century Doldadarn Castle. The hotel has some good history which you can read about in the welcome pack in the room. It has had some distinguished guests over the years including Gladstone and the Duchess of Kent.
Food and Drink
The breakfast was a buffet-style hot breakfast where you just help yourself to as much as you wanted. Of course, evenings were different and it was waiter service. Below is the bar area where you could relax with a drink before dinner.
The food was pleasant enough and presented well. I went for the herb-crusted lamb and Tam went to the fish.
I also found a Rioja Gran Reserva on the wine menu so I was happy as Larry. Of course, I have no idea who Larry is, I guess he was just a happy person!
The surrounding areas have some great sights to see. Of special note is the Ceunant Mawr Waterfall which is well worth a visit. Click on the link for all the info, maps and directions.
As well as Mount Snowdon, there are some great sights and walks to be had in the local area.
The Hotel has great parking facilities, with ample parking for hotel guests although the car park does get busy at wedding times.
When we were there there was a wedding going on and I can imagine this is a big money-spinner for the hotel itself. The only problem we found with the wedding on the premises was that when the restaurant opened for the evening serving, they were still tidying up after the wedding. Because of how large the Hotel is and how far away we were from reception, we had a lovely quiet stay but if you are near reception it may not be the case. Maybe at the time of booking, ask for a room further away if you think this may be a problem.
How to get there
The Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia is on A4086 on the east side of Llanberis. The full address is Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales LL55 4TY.
The website can be found here
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