Our Tales from A Traveller series covers the latest and greatest places to stay in North Wales, from a visitors’ point of view. Our first point of interest is the Groes Inn Hotel in Conwy, from the perspective of a visitor in early 2018. If you’d like to submit your own reviews for high-quality places in North Wales, we welcome your contact! Write to us to share your experiences.
The Groes Inn Hotel in Conwy is a very rare find, and one that has a very established following of visitors to the Wales area… and also the locals too! When you mention the Groes Inn Hotel in Conwy around the North Wales area, locals speak very highly of its reputation due to the fact that its charming restaurant in Conwy has won a number of accolades such as Michelin awards, and AA rosettes, to name but a few. When you mention the Groes Inn hotel in Conwy on the internet as we did when we were looking for places to stay, you’ll more than likely see high praise for a number of things. The quality of the Groes Inn’s rooms, the high levels of customer service, as well as the fact that the establishment is well and truly dog friendly.
It was enough for us – We headed to the Groes Inn in Conwy in order to see what all the fuss was about.
As we approached the Groes Inn Hotel in Conwy, we were overwhelmed by everything around us. The Conwy Valley, even on the misty and somewhat cold day that we arrived at the Groes Inn- is a sight to be seen. The views up in this neck of the wood are absolutely picturesque, and the Groes Inn is well and truly perfectly situated to enjoy them all. It very much feels like the Groes Inn is built in the middle of the Conwy Valley, and it really isn’t hard to see why in the times of the Tudors, the original owners decided to build this inn right here.
As we checked in, we took notice of the amazing bar area. If you’re looking for a country pub, this is indeed it – the décor is very traditional, with wooden beams and traditional build, as well as a roaring fire right in the centre of it all. Personally, we feel that with country styled pubs it can sometimes feel not that quaint and more like untidy – but the Groes Inn’s bar is absolutely immaculate.
There’s so many things on the wall – trinkets and promotional mirrors, tankards, beer mats and other tat from breweries that your granddad would likely get misty-eyed thinking about, as well as other oddities from the times (including, beyond belief, signed deeds from the then Duke of Wellington, authorising the license awarded to the Groes Inn to serve food and ale legally!) which look almost brand new due to the care and attention put into their maintenance. We found ourselves actually taking pictures (and we do think that quite a few of the more elderly locals seemed bemused at the sight of it) just simply because the Groes Inn is well and truly the picture of any sort of traditional pub that you’d see on something like Game of Thrones. (Just much, much cleaner.)
The staff are faultless, and are both efficient and helpful. Although the staff certainly know what they’re doing and the levels of service could easily rival that of far bigger hotels, we never once felt like we were shoved along or around. For us, the Groes Inn staff do an excellent job of balancing being helpful and efficient with friendly, and no-one appreciated it more than the third member of our group – Daisy, our Irish setter, who took a very real liking to the receptionist at the Groes Inn, and an even larger liking to the treats she was given on arrival as well as the odd scratch behind the ear.
People say that dogs are very much the best judges of character, and the staff at the Groes Inn received a very happy seal of approval from Daisy. There was something else that Daisy was rather taken with – our sleeping quarters for our short weekend stay.
When we saw our room, we were blown away. What appeared to be such a quaint little country bolthole from the downstairs turned into a hotel, with rooms with individual design, as well as every single feature which you’d need to make your stay perfect.
We were provided with fluffy slippers and dressing gowns (!) which were freshly laundered. The room itself consisted of a bed of the like which could comfortably fit us and even a fully-grown (and truthfully quite elderly at the ripe old age of 11) Irish setter, but what was most amazing about the entire experience was the views. We were informed at reception that the hotel part of the Groes was actually an extension which was not part of the original building – and built to enjoy the stunning and sweeping panoramic views across the Conwy Estuary. Our room, alike the ground rooms, had its very own patio of which to enjoy.
All-in-all, the Groes Inn in Conwy is an amazing experience, and we can’t recommend it (especially for dog owners!) enough.