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Palé Hall Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • 5-star Palé Hall Hotel is in the Dee Valley, a 10-minute drive from the market town of Bala and 35 minutes from Snowdonia National Park
  • This Victorian mansion house has hosted Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria
  • The property was fully renovated in 2016, yet has maintained many of its original features, including stained-glass windows, crystal chandeliers, wood panelling and grand fireplaces
  • The hotel has a Visit Wales Gold Award, and the restaurant holds three AA Rosettes

Enjoyed This
(25 Member Ratings)
"The taster menu was unreal!"
miss j
13. Nov 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Parking at the hotel is free. Bala and the A494 are a 10-minute drive away. The A5 at Druid is 15 minutes away. The narrow, mountainous Tanat Valley route from the A5 near Knockin is best avoided at night or in poor weather.

Rooms & Rates

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Palé Hall Hotel is a 5-star Victorian mansion in the Dee Valley. Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria both stayed here, and the property "still hasn't lost its special touch", according to The Daily Telegraph, which includes it on its list of the most romantic hotels in Wales.

The country property is set within 50 acres of gardens and woodland that roll down to the River Dee. The market town of Bala is a 10-minute drive away, while Snowdonia National Park is 35 minutes away.

Palé Hall Hotel has a Visit Wales Gold Award, and was also named on Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Gold List of its favorite hotels in the world. The property was fully renovated in 2016, yet maintains stained-glass windows, crystal chandeliers, wood panelling and grand fireplaces.

The 18 bedrooms that have been individually decorated, some with William Morris prints. Each room retains period features; the bath used by Queen Victoria when she visited in 1889 is in the Victoria room.

The restaurant, which is led by Gareth Stevenson, holds three AA Rosettes. Tasting menus are served with a grand backdrop -- expect an ornate plaster ceiling, a grand fireplace and a crystal chandelier. However, as a reviewer from the Daily Post noted, dining "was a friendly experience without any stuffiness at all".

The hotel even has its own hydro-electric generating system that provides power to the whole property.

From the press:

  • "Queen Victoria and Churchill have both sojourned at this Victorian mansion on the fringes of Snowdonia National Park, and it still hasn't lost its special touch" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "First class service and friendly staff" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2018

  • "The hotel certainly has the wow factor as soon as you walk into the newly refurbished building, so much so that I felt that I almost took my shoes off, as the carpet was so thick and plush" -- Daily Post

  • "Gareth Stevenson's menus are informed by the grandeur of the surroundings, but with today's ingenuity of approach adding interest throughout" -- The AA Restaurant Guide 2018



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £25 per pet per night.

Dogs only. Use of the Library incurs a £30 supplement for dog friendly dining

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The tasting menu will have 8 courses for stays until 31 August 31st, then 10 courses for stays from September 1st.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(25 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Pale Hall Hotel & Restaurant over the past 15 months.
4.9 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.8 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The taster menu was unreal!
Other Comments
The staff couldn't do enough and the setting was stunning
miss j 13. Nov 2018 Liverpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room & surroundings
Other Comments
Dining room staff need to be trained in the knowledge of the food and wine they are serving,
Sheila 21. Oct 2018 Egham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The building and scenery
Other Comments
Food not quite as good as the setting
Michaela 15. Oct 2018 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
friendly staff, complementary tea and homemade biscuits on arrival.
Christine 08. Oct 2018 Grafton Underwood, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Exceptional service and attention to detail. Our room was magnificent and the food fabulous.
Other Comments
We would not hesitate to return using the amazing deals offered through Travelzoo and have encouraged our friends to join us next time.
Sue 27. Sep 2018 Ashbourne Road Rocester Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The whole experience, from the moment we arrived!
Buddug 26. Sep 2018 Welshpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were exceptionally accommodating and attentive throughout the stay. The room was beautiful with a large, comfy bed and all the amenities you could ever need, highly recommend.
Other Comments
The only very minor change we would have made to the room was to swap the blinds for curtains - the gap around the blinds meant we woke up nice and early at about 6am with the sunrise!! Some of the other rooms appear to have curtains from the photos which may be preferable if you are a light sleeper.
Sarah 24. Sep 2018 Nantwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All of it
Other Comments
Great garden tour by head gardener kate Ginty
Sarah-Jane 06. Sep 2018 Bordon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
An all round delightful experience
Keith 05. Sep 2018 Solihull, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
all good
tony 30. Aug 2018 Munslow, United Kingdom

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