Where To Stay: Snowdonia

Settle in Snowdonia for your next holiday


A holiday spent in Snowdonia offers adventurous folks the chance to truly lose themselves in a mysteriously epic landscape  – have you considered it for your next trip?

Snowdonia National Park offers something truly unique: over 2,000 km of unspoilt landscape that comes complete with a huge array of stellar activities and experiences, not to mention some pretty individual restaurants. Whether you come to push your limits with some extreme sports or are seeking a more peaceful getaway, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for here. But before you start booking your spa days and bungee jumps it’s probably best to find a place to stay first…

Like with any good holiday destination, Snowdonia has a wide array of excellent accommodations that cater to most tastes. If you’re particularly picky or have certain requirements that need to be met, then it’s always a good idea to get in touch with the hotel directly first before booking and remember that you’ll usually be able to get cheaper rates if you book through them too.

We’ve picked out our top picks of accommodations for each type of holiday-maker, but if you don’t see one to your fancy then let us know and we’ll find something more tailored to your needs:

For the Highflyer

If you’ve got a fat wad of cash to burn then it’s worth considering The Riverside Hotel as an option. The village of Betws-y-Coed is home to a good range of hotels and B&Bs, but we believe the Riverside sits at the top of the heap.

The rooms are well decorated and the service is excellent, but its the scenic riverside location that makes this hotel truly one in a million. Follow a long driveway down to the banks of the River Conwy where you can eat and relax in true peace.

How much? Double rooms start at £65 per night (including breakfast)

For the Budget Conscious

Climbing Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak, should certainly be on your agenda if you’re thinking of spending any amount of time in Snowdonia. Unlike the ascent to its Scottish rivals (which climb much higher) Snowdon is a relatively simple peak to conquer and the best place to start your ascent is at the YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass.

This Youth Hostel offers some of the cheapest accommodation in the region whilst being perfectly situated for any would-be hikers. Breakfast isn’t included with the price here, but you can get 10% off whatever you do eat if you book through their website.

How much? £15 per night for a bed in a single-sex dorm (en-suite rooms are also available)

For the Happy Camper

There aren’t many campsites that can rival Gwern Gof Isaf for camping heritage. This business has been in the hands of the Williams family for a staggering eight generations with the first campers being welcomed onto the site in 1906. Explorer Sir John Hunt famously used the campsite as a base for his Everest training and it’s not hard to see why with so many fantastic hiking routes and attractions nearby. If you’d rather have a roof over your head then you can sleep in the bunkhouse, a hostel-style space affectionately known as ‘Willie’s Barn’.

How much? £6 pppn for a camping, or £14 pppn for a night in Willie’s Barn

For the Minimalist

Looking for a secluded getaway for two? Look no further. What Llety Nest might lack in luxury it more than makes up for in spectacular views and simple charm.

There’s everything a couple would need to cook a decent meal and with the nearest shop just a short drive away in Dolgellau, you’ll find no problem in gathering the ingredients you need to make a lovely meal for two. Come during the Summer to enjoy your meal in the lawned garden and make the most of excellent nearby trails and walks.

How much? £465 for a week’s stay (around £33 pppn)