Best hotels and hostels in Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

  • Lodging in Beddgelert

    Sygun Fawr Country House

    A warm welcome awaits at this sturdy stone manor house, tucked away at the end of a narrow lane. Additions (including a conservatory) have been grafted onto the 1660s core over the centuries, so each of the 12 comfortable bedrooms is quite different; some have spectacular mountain views. It's well signposted from the A498 immediately northeast of the village.

  • Lodging in Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

    Pen-y-Gwryd

    Eccentric but full of atmosphere, this Georgian coaching inn was used as a training base by the 1953 Everest team, and memorabilia from their stay includes signatures on the restaurant ceiling. TV, wi-fi and mobile-phone signals don't penetrate here; instead, there's a comfy games room, a sauna, and a lake for those hardy enough to swim. Meals and packed lunches are available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bala (Y Bala)

    Tyddyn Llan

    An elegant property set amid gardens in the tranquil Vale of Edeyrnion, Tyddyn Llan is a cosy bolthole for a rural retreat. The 12 rooms and suite each boast their own individual style: some frou-frou romantic, some shabby-chic modern. The main draw, however, is the Michelin-starred restaurant (menus £70 to £95), with a creative menu and superb produce (including live shellfish).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dolgellau

    Ffynnon

    With an eye for contemporary design and a super-friendly welcome, this award-winning boutique B&B is both homey and stylish. French antiques mix with modern chandeliers, claw-foot tubs and electronic gadgets, and each room has a seating area for admiring the stunning views in comfort. There's a bar, a library, an outdoor hot tub, and Egyptian cotton and goose down in the bedrooms.

  • Lodging in Betws-y-Coed

    Vagabond

    On the slopes below a forested crag, from which spills its own 'private' waterfall, the Vagabond is Betws' best hostel – and the only one within the town proper. It's a simple set-up, with freshly decorated six- to eight-bed dorms, two family rooms, shared bathrooms and an appealing bar (4.30pm to 11pm), kitchen and common room. Evening meals are £8.50 to £10.50.

  • Lodging in Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

    YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

    This superbly situated hostel has three of Snowdon's trails at its doorstep. It has a well-equipped kitchen, laundry and drying room; Mallory's Cafe/Bar (named for a past patron who perished on Everest); and quiet, comfortable rooms, 16 of which are en suite. It's 5.5 miles up the A4086 from Llanberis, and the Snowdon Sherpa bus stops right over the road.

  • Lodging in Harlech

    Castle Cottage

    Billing itself a 'restaurant with rooms', this 16th-century cottage has seven spacious bedrooms in a contemporary style, with exposed beams, in-room DVD players and a bowl of fresh fruit for each guest. The award-winning fine-dining restaurant (two-/three-/five-course dinner £39/42/45) is a great showcase for Welsh produce, featuring local rack of lamb, local line-caught sea bass and other delights.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cader Idris (Cadair Idris)

    Old Rectory on the Lake

    If you're in need of pampering after your Cader Idris ascent – perhaps a gourmet meal, a complimentary glass of sherry or a soak in a hot tub – this wonderful otter-bedecked B&B could be just the ticket. It's located on the shores of Tal-y-llyn, less than 2 miles from the Minffordd trailhead. Children can only stay in (self-contained) unit 3.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Betws-y-Coed

    Coed-y-Celyn Hall

    Built in the 1850s for a mining magnate, this grand pile on the banks of the Conwy was auctioned off in the 1950s and half of it has been converted into apartments. Each of the six is different, but they're all huge – and terrifically good value. Apartment 4, with moulded ceilings, grand windows and views over the front lawns, is particularly appealing.

  • Lodging in Dolgellau

    Penmaenuchaf Hall

    With grand furnishings, sculpted gardens and superb views, this upscale country hotel is the former pile of Bolton cotton magnate James Leigh. The 14 rooms have a lavish old-world air, with all the 21st-century conveniences and four-poster beds in some. Standards are similarly high in Llygad yr Haul, the hotel's garden restaurant. It's 2 miles west of Dolgellau, off the A493.

  • Lodging in Penmachno

    The Eagles

    A hand-painted sign depicting three black eagles hangs above the door of the village pub, popular for its cask-conditioned ales, banter and (on Saturdays, plus Fridays from February to November) evening meals. Upstairs there's simple bunkhouse accommodation in nine private rooms, plus a self-catering kitchen. It's well suited to mountain bikers, with a drying room and secure bike storage.

  • Lodging in Betws-y-Coed

    Maes-y-Garth

    Off the A470, and accessible from Betws by a footpath (starting behind St Michael's Church) across the river and the fields, this top-notch B&B inhabits a 1970s Clough Williams-Ellis–designed 'alpine-style' house. Inside are a warm welcome and five quietly stylish guest rooms with gorgeous views – perhaps the nicest is room 4, which has its own balcony and views of the valley.

  • Lodging in Llanberis

    Plas Coch Guest House

    More like a little hotel than a B&B, this large stone mid-Victorian guesthouse is operated by Jim and Eryl, a friendly couple with lots of local knowledge to impart. There's a cosy, slate-floored drawing room, and the bedrooms are stylish, comfortable and in some cases large enough to qualify as suites. Breakfasts, including vegetarian and vegan options, are lavish and wonderful.

  • Lodging in Betws-y-Coed

    Afon Gwyn

    Down in the valley, this old stone house has been skillfully converted into a grand boutique guesthouse. The decor is faultlessly tasteful, with hushed tones, white-painted wood panelling, glittering chandeliers, and bathrooms bedecked in Italian tiles and marble. While all the rooms are spacious, the Alice Suite, complete with free-standing bath and canopied bed, is massive.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Llanberis

    Beech Bank

    First impressions of this double-gabled, wrought iron–trimmed stone house are great, but step inside and it just gets better. A stylish renovation has resulted in beautiful bathrooms and exuberant decor, which matches the gregarious nature of the host, and breakfasts can be packed for early-rising hikers and climbers. Highly recommended, although not set up for children.

  • Lodging in Betws-y-Coed

    Tyn-y-Fron

    This gracious old stone house has five guest rooms; all have been given a plush, modern makeover, and some have divine valley views. Friendly owners Barbara and Nigel serve an excellent breakfast, including award-winning sausages and bacon from the local butcher, and are full of advice on local walks. The B&B's off the A470 and accessible from Betws via a footpath.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Harlech

    Maelgwyn House

    A model B&B in an art-bedecked former boarding school, Maelgwyn has interesting hosts, delicious breakfasts and five elegant rooms stocked with DVD players and tea-making facilities (ask for one of the three with sea views – they're definitely worth it). Bridget and Derek can also help arrange birdwatching trips and fungus forays. Full marks.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bala (Y Bala)

    Abercelyn Country House

    Luxurious rooms, excellent breakfasts and a lovely setting in gardens with a gurgling brook make this former rectory (1729) a great option – the more luxurious rooms even have whirlpool baths. The owner is a mountain guide and white-water enthusiast. It's quietly situated on the A494, a mile along the lake from the town.

  • Lodging in Dolgellau

    Bryn Mair House

    This impressive stone house – a former Georgian rectory, no less – sits amid gardens on wistfully monikered Love Lane. Its three luxurious B&B rooms are all kitted out with Egyptian cotton sheets, DVD players and iPod docks; room 1 has sublime mountain views. Two-night minimums apply between Easter and September.

  • Lodging in Beddgelert

    Colwyn Guest House

    Coleen, who also works at the National Trust shop at the other end of the town's much-photographed central bridge, is a consummate host. Her floral rooms are large, spotless and very comfortable. Those at the front of this 18th-century stone house look out over the murmuring Colwyn and surrounding hills.