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Bill Bryson - Notes From A Small Island"I examined the meagre stock of local hotels with some care. I felt entitled to a spell of comfort and luxury after my night in a cheerless Llandudno guesthouse and I chose an inn called:
The Royal Sportsman Hotel..."

Bill Bryson - Notes From a Small Island

Welcome to The Royal Sportsman Hotel in Snowdonia

Britain's Best Hotels                                              A 4-star Quality Experience

The Royal Sportsman, with Snowdonia as a backdrop, is Porthmadog's Premier Hotel, the only full-service quality hotel in the town, and among the top three AA & Visit Wales 3-star hotels in all of North Wales. It is considered one of the very best in Snowdonia with lots of character.

This Snowdonia hotel is included in the AA's 2012 Britain's Best Hotel Guide, has been awarded 4* for overall quality by the AA and an 82% merit score, based on the high quality scores achieved, above the UK average. In May 2013, it again received a TripAdvisor Award for Excellence.

"The investment and improvements at the Royal Sportsman are impressive... Further aspirations to lift merit scores even higher, are commendable and a clear reflection of the level of care and passion which is given by the entire team. Housekeeping deserves praise. A Two Rosette award is retained, food and menus look exciting". AA Inspection May 2012

 Hotel in SnowdoniaThe Hotel has 2 AA Rosettes for its cooking, one of only five in Gwynedd to achieve such status, ranking with the very best in Snowdonia. Its Sous Chef is also a Welsh Gold medalist Culinary Champion. Our style of cooking is highly regarded, suits all tastes, and meals are served in either our bar or restored 60-seat restaurant in a contemporary setting.

'Home-from-home' Independent Hotel

Independently owned and managed by a friendly new owner, the Royal Sportsman is a place of genuine warmth, character and comfort with welcoming,  helpful and knowledgeable staff at the heart of its business. It has an extended home-from-home family atmosphere for which the hotel is renowned. Staff try to exceed expectations and go the extra mile for guests and customers, to ensure that they more than enjoy their stay.


The hotel has 28 small and larger rooms that are comfortable, clean unfussy and newly refurbished for all ages, to suit all sizes and pockets. There is free WIFI  throughout, free on-site covered parking on a first-come basis - except for Blue Badge holders - and is the only hotel in Gwynedd providing free electric car charging points. Babies and children are welcome at all times as are pets, the latter in designated rooms. We also provide drying and storage facilities for golfers, cyclists and walkers.

This hotel was built in 1862 as a traditional coaching inn with local Blaenau Ffestiniog slate still visible from the outside. It has retained many of its features, such as the stone and slate fireplaces in Gelert's Bar and Lorenzo's Lounge. Floors, however do occasionally creak and the walls may be slightly outo f line but its heritage has been preserved.

However, extensive restoration and refurbishment has taken place since 1999 to restore its original fabric, character and charm - but with modern comforts.

The Royal Sportsman is neither a pretentious, boutique nor fashionable hotel nor do we wish for it to become one. We try simply be a very good, honest, traditional hotel, well managed and staffed by a team that cares about its customers.

Centrally located, the hotel is found at the quieter end of Porthmadog High Street - in a town often described as the “Gateway of Snowdonia". It is very close to the harbour, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland railways and all shops which are less than five minutes walking distance.

Porthmadog is the perfect location. Whatever the occasion, for family, friends, even pets, there is lots to do and see for all ages in Snowdonia. With its stunning natural scenery, mountains, beaches, abundant tourist attractions such as Portmeirion, and many indoor/outdoor activities, some say there is more to do here than the Lake District or Cornwall - and it's a lot closer!

For further enquiries please ask for Kasia, Ian or Angela on reception.

Email: enquiries@royalsportsman.co.uk | Tel: 01766 512015

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The Royal Sportsman Hotel, 131 High Street, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL49 9HB