Caernarfon Hotels

The Black Boy Inn in Caernarfon (photo by Quimby)

Those wishing to visit Caernarfon are usually looking for a certain sort of experience. Words like tranquil, historical, traditional often sum up the atmosphere sought after by a tourist to this ancient town, and the hotels rarely fail to oblige. However, space in the town in itself comes at a premium and as such there are few hotels that are based within the old city walls, with the notable exception of The Black Boy Inn, mentioned below. Many more are based in the surrounding towns and villages, a ten or fifteen minute drive away from Caernarfon itself.

If you’re looking for a traditional experience then The Black Boy Inn, an authentic medieval inn within the old city walls of Caernarvon, is likely to be your cup of tea. The location means that you’re only a minutes walk away from the famous Caernarvon Castle, as well as being conveniently situated for attractions such as the Welsh Highland Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway and Doc Fictoria. The inn features roaring fires, Welsh oak beams and four poster bed rooms decorated in a way that is comfortable whilst remaining sensitive to the building’s long history. With prices starting at £91 it represents exceptional value for money, although if you are looking to avoid the hubbub of a town centre then there is the possibility that this hotel is too centrally situated for you.

Visitors who are looking for a more tranquil experience and who are travelling with a car may also like to consider the Seiont Hotel Caernarfon located in Llanrug, which is just a 15 minute drive from Caernarfon town centre. Alternatively, it is possible to travel between Caernarfon and Llanrug in just ten minutes on the Caernarfon to Llanberis bus. Prices start at £99 making it a shade more expensive but that is perhaps compensated for by the fact that this 18th century farmhouse is situated in 150 acres of grounds, the river Seiont flowing through. Views of the foothills of Snowdonia form the backdrop to this luxurious hotel, containing 28 large bedrooms and a 40 foot indoor swimming pool.

In a similar vein, although much more expensive, is the grade-2 listed Plas Dinas country house based in Bontnewydd, just two miles outside Caernarfon. Prices start at £159, perhaps partly because this was formerly Lord Snowdon’s Welsh countryside residence and remains within the aristocratic Armstrong-Jones family.

For those who are looking for far less expensive accommodation there is, of course, the Premier Inn based in Victoria Dock within the city itself.  The best thing about this hotel is probably its location right in the centre of Caernarfon and only a few minutes walk from all the major tourist attractions, including the castle. As is often the case with Premier Inns it represents good value, although perhaps without the quality of finish that one might get in any of the other hotels mentioned above.

In summary, Caernarvon contains a good range of hotels, from the luxurious to the budget, both centrally located and not.