Hotel is contemporary, homey, and intimate, with just 14 rooms
Llandudno's bay close to the pier
Most rooms have
lovely views over the sea
cooked-to-order breakfast included
Honesty bar and
front garden with bay views
No lunch or
Parking can be
No children allowed (a pro
The Elm Tree
Hotel is a mid-range hotel that falls somewhere between a bed-and-breakfast and a boutique. It overlooks the bay in
the popular Welsh seaside resort of Llandudno, and contemporary, uncluttered interiors are welcoming
and homey. Most of the 14 rooms feature big windows with lovely sea views while
the hotel's breakfast service is excellent and included in the rate. Although families
with younger kids aren't allowed, couples looking for a slightly more stylish
take on traditional bed-and-breakfast accommodation would be hard-pressed to
find a better example in the area than here. For easier parking and a restaurant that serves dinner, consider the nearby St. George's Hotel.
Child-free Victorian boutique hotel with a welcoming bed-and-breakfast ambience
Elms Hotel, the property was bought by its present owners -- Tom and Carol --
in 2012 and after a top-to-bottom redecoration reopened for business in 2013
as the Elm Tree. The total makeover can
indeed be seen throughout: There is fresh contemporary decor which blends with a few original features of the building such as stained
glass windows and ornate plaster coving. To the front are a selection of tables
and wicker chairs which are perfect for watching the world go by and enjoying
the views over the bay -- a popular pastime with the generally older clientele
that the hotel attracts. A kids-free policy also means no families with
younger children, which allows for a more relaxed environment. Although there
is a no-pet rule, too, guests can enjoy the company of the owners' fluffy mutt
"Toby" who can be found wandering around the lobby and bar.
Set on west
side of Llandudno bay close to its traditional Victorian pier
The hotel is
located on the west side of the bay overlooking the water in the seaside town
of Llandudno -- the largest seaside resort in Wales and one of the most popular in the U.K.
It's surrounded by similar properties, which line the seafront parade, and is just a
couple minutes' walk away from Llandudno's traditional Victorian pier. It's a short
walk from plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars, and its position just past the west end of the seafront promenade makes for easy
access to the Great Orme headland, also known for its cable car and ancient copper mines (expect to reach it in a seven-minute drive, or under a 20-minute walk).
There is also plenty to explore by car including Conwy Castle, around a 15-minute drive away, and the majestic Snowdonia National Park, home to some of the country's most spectacular walking trails, around a half-hour drive.
The hotel has
just 14 rooms, all of which are individually decorated with fresh modern
style that includes patterned fabrics, carpeted floors, and homey touches. Many rooms have elegant chandeliers, and some have blue and white color palettes that reflect the beach locale. Standard
amenities include free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and
courtesy trays with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, and bottled water.
Rooms vary in size, and some offer large bay windows with
sea views. Bathrooms are clean and modern with decent toiletries and fluffy
towels; higher-tier rooms also include heated towel rails and bathrobes. Some rooms have small walk-in showers and suites may also have separate soaking tubs.
Excellent cooked-to-order breakfast included in rate
The hotel serves
an excellent breakfast each morning consisting of a wide selection of fresh
fruit, cereals, pastries, and any combination of cooked items including smoked
haddock, grilled kippers, and vegetarian options. The breakfast room also
features some tables with sea views and the meal is included in the room rate.
Afternoon tea is also available and there's a small lounge with an honesty bar
providing hot and cold drinks throughout the day. While parking can be tricky --
especially at weekends -- permits are available for guests to use spaces on the