A selection of the best five star hotels in Wales, UK. A selection by Laura Becker
Plas Dinas Country House, once the home of Lord Snowdon, provides traditional country house accommodation in 15 acres of stunning grounds. With free WiFi and good road links to many of North Wales’s popular attractions, it is just 10 minutes’ drive from the World Heritage site of Caernarfon. Guests can enjoy individually designed rooms with original family portraits, a flat-screen TV, Molton Brown toiletries and views of the picturesque garden. The Gun Room restaurant, featuring award-winning Welsh chef Daniel ap Geraint, is open Tuesday-Saturday evenings and breakfast, with cooked and continental options, is served in the dining room.
Rooms: 10 Stars: 5
The Music Fable Hotel, a 5-star boutique hotel located right on the beachfront in Swansea, is the perfect place to stay for those looking for a luxurious beach getaway. With breathtaking views of the ocean and a garden and shared lounge with a bar, this non-smoking property offers room service, a concierge service and free WiFi. Each room is equipped with a kettle, and select rooms feature a balcony with sea views. Guests can explore the local area, with Swansea Beach just 400 metres away, and activities like cycling available nearby. Sketty Lane Beach, Grand Theatre and Swansea Marina are also close by. The nearest airport is Cardiff Airport, 60 km away.
Rooms: 12 Stars: 5
Llanerch Vineyard is one of the best five star hotels in Wales. This boutique hotel is located in Hensol and offers free WiFi access and free on-site parking. The hotel features a restaurant with outdoor dining and a bar, as well as a spacious garden and terrace. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, electric kettle, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower, hairdryer, and other amenities. Guests can also enjoy a shared lounge and luggage storage. Nearby activities include golf at Creigiau Golf Club, 10 minutes’ drive away, and woodland walks and hiking trails. Pontyclun Train Station is 7 minutes’ drive away.
Rooms: 37 Stars: 5
Lansdowne House is a boutique hotel in Llandudno, Wales, built in 1908. Boasting a terrace and shared lounge, the hotel features a private car park and free WiFi. Each guest room is fitted with a wardrobe, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Enjoy a continental or full cooked breakfast before exploring the area’s attractions, like skiing, cycling, Leisure Parks and Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 106 km away.
Rooms: 16 Stars: 5
Escape to the countryside of Wales and stay at Drovers Rest, one of the best five-star hotels in the area. With spectacular views of the mountains, you’ll enjoy a restaurant, a shared lounge, bar, garden, terrace, and a children’s playground. Each unit features a patio, a fully-equipped kitchen, a fireplace, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. Enjoy the free WiFi and parking, plus BBQs and table tennis on-site. Go cycling or hiking in the surrounding area, or visit Clifford Castle (8.4 km) or Kinnersley Castle (17 km). Cardiff Airport is 105 km away. Enjoy a luxurious stay at Drovers Rest.
Rooms: 20 Stars: 5
Situated near the Cardiff Docks, voco – St David’s Cardiff offers a 5-star luxury hotel experience in an iconic building. The stunning views across Cardiff Bay can be enjoyed from the comfortable bedrooms, each with their own luxury bathroom and air conditioning. For an extra touch of indulgence, some rooms also have a private balcony. The hotel also features a spa, equipped with a swimming pool, 2 hydrotherapy pools, a modern fitness studio and relaxation room. Treatments are also available for an extra charge, although prior booking is advised. The innovative Tir a Mor restaurant and bar offer a range of dishes and drinks, including a wine list and craft beer. Meeting and conference facilities are also available. For those arriving by car, there are two car parks available adjacent to the hotel, charging £24 for 24 hours, which can be paid for directly with the hotel or via the machines in the Cardiff Council Managed, Havana Street car park.
Rooms: 117 Stars: 5
Experience an unforgettable stay at Foyles of Glasbury, one of Wales’ finest 5-star hotels. Nestled in the picturesque town of Glasbury and just 45 km from Elan Valley, this boutique hotel offers luxurious amenities such as room service, free WiFi and a restaurant. Every room is equipped with a desk, flat-screen TV, private bathroom and all the necessary bedding and towels. And when it’s time to fuel up, enjoy a delicious breakfast with buffet, à la carte or Full English/Irish options. Explore the local area with activities like hiking and cycling, or visit nearby attractions like Clifford Castle and Brecon Cathedral. Cardiff Airport is just 104 km away.
Rooms: 11 Stars: 5
Tucked away on the open plain, just 6 miles from Snowdonia National Park and 5 minutes away from the Menai Bridge, Tyn Rhos Country House is the perfect rural escape. Formerly a farm, this charming home has been transformed into a luxurious country house with en suite bedrooms, free parking and Wi-Fi, and a restaurant serving fine dining food. Enjoy the views of Anglesey from 4 acres of farmland and explore the nearby towns of Bangor and Caernarfon. With easy access to A55 Motorway, the property is ideal for a relaxing break.
Rooms: 19 Stars: 5
The Tilman is a boutique hotel located in the beautiful coastal town of Barmouth. The hotel offers a range of stylishly designed rooms, each with a desk, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. All rooms come with air conditioning and a wardrobe for your convenience. The Tilman also features a bar and lounge area, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring the area. The surrounding area is popular for cycling and hiking, and the hotel is conveniently located just 34 km from Aberystwyth and 45 km from Betws-y-coed. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay or an adventure, The Tilman is the perfect place to stay.
Rooms: 10 Stars: 5
Nestled in the Usk Valley, Celtic Manor Resort is a luxurious 5-star destination offering 2000 acres of picturesque parkland. With 3 championship golf courses, 2 adventure courses, a treetop adventure course, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and mountain biking, it’s the perfect place to relax and get active. The 19th-century manor house and 5-star hotel feature 31 function rooms and 5 restaurants, as well as the award-winning Forum Spa. Wi-Fi is free in public areas, and all rooms come with TV and satellite channels. As host of the 2010 Ryder Cup, the Resort is equipped to host any business event or special occasion.
Rooms: 332 Stars: 5
Best areas to find hotels in Wales, UK
1. Cardiff – Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and is a great place to look for a hotel. It is home to many historical attractions, such as Cardiff Castle, the National Museum Cardiff and St David’s Hall. Cardiff also offers plenty of shopping opportunities, including St David’s Shopping Centre and the bustling Victorian arcades. The city also has a vibrant nightlife, with lots of bars, restaurants and live music venues.
2. Snowdonia National Park – Snowdonia National Park is a beautiful area of Wales and is a great destination for a hotel stay. It is home to the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, and is a great place for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and rock climbing. The park also has many beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls, as well as a range of attractions, including the Welsh Highland Railway, the Sygun Copper Mine and the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project.
3. The Gower Peninsula – The Gower Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is home to some of the best beaches in Wales. The area is also well known for its birdlife, with many rare species of birds making the Gower Peninsula their home. The area is also great for activities such as surfing, kayaking and horse riding.
4. Anglesey – Anglesey is an island off the North West coast of Wales and is a great place to look for a hotel. The island is home to many attractions, including Beaumaris Castle, South Stack Lighthouse and the Anglesey Sea Zoo. The island also has a rich history, with many ancient monuments, such as the Standing Stones of Storiel.
5. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a stunning area of Wales and is home to many beautiful beaches and cliffs. The area is also great for activities such as surfing, kayaking and walking. The area also has many attractions, such as the Pembroke Castle, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the Preseli Hills.
6. Brecon Beacons National Park – Brecon Beacons National Park is a beautiful area of Wales and is home to many stunning landscapes and wildlife. The area is great for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling and horse riding. The park also has many attractions, such as the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre, the Brecon Mountain Railway and the National Showcaves Centre for Wales.
7. Aberystwyth – Aberystwyth is a seaside town on the west coast of Wales and is a great place to look for a hotel. The town is home to many attractions, such as the Aberystwyth Castle, the National Library of Wales and the Vale of Rheidol Railway. The town is also great for activities such as walking, fishing and golf.
8. Conwy – Conwy is a town on the North Wales coast and is a great place to look for a hotel. The town is home to many attractions, such as the 13th century Conwy Castle, the Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House and the Conwy Suspension Bridge. The town is also great for activities such as fishing, golf and walking.