Hotel Elen's Castle

DolwyddelanBetws-y-CoedLL25 0EJUnited Kingdom
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About Hotel Elen's Castle

Occupying an adapted stone-built 18th century coaching inn retaining many original features, Elen’s Castle Hotel offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the pretty Snowdonia National Park’s Lledr Valley. Set beside the A470 in Dolwyddelan between Betws-y-Coed and the Crimea Pass, it offers free parking.

Individually-decorated rooms feature en suite bathrooms, hot drinks provisions, hairdryers and Freeview TVs. Selected rooms boast valley views and/or four-poster beds. Family suites and bunkhouse rooms are available.

Conveniences include room service, cots on request, gardens and complimentary Wi-Fi.

A free cooked breakfast is served for guests. There’s a relaxed bar and the restaurant offers home-cooked dinners featuring local produce. Bistros and Indian restaurants are located within 15 minutes’ drive.

Elen’s Castle Hotel is about one mile from 13th century Dolwyddelan Castle and half-a-mile from Dolwyddelan train station. Mount Snowdon is approximately 30 minutes’ drive away. The Ffestiniog Railway heritage line is about five miles away.


Dolwyddelan, Betws-y-Coed, LL25 0EJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1690)750207 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • A/C
  • Parking
  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • TV / Entertainment
  • Hairdryer
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking rooms

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Upbeat about rooms and views

Guests liked the clean, tidy, characterful and comfortable rooms, praising them for their powerful showers and cosy beds. Many admired the mountain and valley scenery visible from various rooms.

Catering and customer service won praise

The hosts at this family-run property were often described as friendly and hospitable. Diners said they liked the hearty and freshly-prepared breakfasts as well as the reasonably-priced home-cooked evening meals. The lively bar was also popular, offering a good selection of ales.

Superb valley location in national park

This property's location in Snowdonia National Park's tranquil Lledr Valley in north Wales appealed to outdoors enthusiasts as it put them within easy reach of climbing, walking and mountain biking terrain. Not only was it at the foot of Moel Siabod, but also within easy reach of other peaks like Mount Snowdon, Glyder Fawr and rugged Tryfan. Holidaymakers appreciated being within striking distance of area attractions, beaches, Llandudno, Bangor and Holyhead for ferries to Ireland. Motorists welcomed the direct access to the A470 and the free parking. Non-motorists welcomed the proximity of bus stops, shops and a railway station.

Negative Reviews

Minor maintenance and cleanliness grumbles

Inconsistent housekeeping standards, beds that weren't made properly or bathrooms that could have been more thoroughly cleaned were among the minor cleanliness issues occasionally reported by critics in some rooms. There were also occasional cosmetic maintenance grumbles over tired-looking carpets or old-fashioned decor.

Too remote for some

The valley location meant some visitors, in particular non-motorists, found it tricky to access amenities and dining options at times.

Reports of patchy Wi-Fi and weak TV signal

Patchy Wi-Fi coverage and sluggish speeds were reported in some areas of the building at times. Weak TV reception was also encountered by some guests due to the valley location.

Rating Overview

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8.3 out of 10 based on 67 reviews