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Elm Tree Hotel 3.0

Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales

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Pros

  • Hotel is contemporary, homey, and intimate, with just 14 rooms
  • Overlooks Llandudno's bay close to the pier
  • Most rooms have lovely views over the sea
  • Excellent cooked-to-order breakfast included
  • Honesty bar and front garden with bay views
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No lunch or dinner menus
  • Parking can be tricky
  • No children allowed (a pro for some)

Bottom Line

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.

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Scene

Child-free Victorian boutique hotel with a welcoming bed-and-breakfast ambience

Previously The 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.  

Location

Set on west side of Llandudno bay close to its traditional Victorian pier

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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.

Rooms

Some rooms have large bay windows with sea views.

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.

Features

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 sea front.

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Address

24 North Parade, Llandudno, North Wales LL30 2LP , United Kingdom

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