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Reviewed 19 October 2015

What a lovely place this is! We were a party of 11 on an Offa's Dyke walking week. The establishment appears to be held together by the VERY efficient Kirsten....she, honestly, seemed to be in charge of EVERYTHING! The room I had was in the annex and rather dark inside...but it had all that one would wish for....except a bath...

Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

Sunday lunch menu is back at the old black lion ........ Great starter main and dessert the beef was exceptional. Very warm and welcoming staff quick service and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend a visit. Probably the best Sunday lunch I've had in a long time!!!!!!!

Thank Rmjhomes
London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 October 2015

two weary Londoners took refuge here for four nights a few weeks back 25th sept. This was a place full of character in the building and the setting. Book lovers paradise and a walkers dream. Foodies keep an eye the food was brilliant, the jazz night was great. The team both front of house and back of house were helpful...

Thank PaulMorgan57
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

A friend and I stayed here at the start of a three day cycle trip around the Brecon Beacons. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We ate dinner here as well which was most enjoyable. The rooms are a little dated but they are in fitting with the overall ambience of the premises. Bikers beware-if you have you bikes...

Thank RogerfromTown
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 October 2015

We stayed three nights here and it was a nice and welcoming experience. The place is jammed packed full of character, although if you are tall you need to watch for the beams as it's easy to knock yourself out. The room was comfortable, but you had steps down into the en-suite shower room / toilet, which is tricky if...

Fareham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

Very comfy B&B in a great location near the middle of town and very handy for the book shops. Stayed in the annex which was small but comfortable. Breakfast was excellent and very good value. Car park is a real bonus as you do not a car to explore the town and parking is at a real premium. Would definitely...

Thank Phil P
Cork, Ireland
Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

Couldn't recommend this place enough. It was lovely, very welcoming upon reception. Comfy and homely. The room was based in the coach house. It was clean, lovely cookies!! The restaurant had fantastic food and overall the hospitality was excellent. Stay and eat here if possible!!

Thank valawee
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

We were looking for somewhere suitable to stay overnight close to a wedding we were attending. Glad to have chosen the old black lion. Lunch and breakfast were enjoyed, the landlady was very pleasant, as we're the rest of the staff. The accommodation is full of character, the floors are uneven and plenty of original features. Bed was comfy and...

Thank Jay69Jay
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Came to hay on Wye for my brothers wedding and was lucky enough to stay at the old black lion. The staff were so attentive and friendly, they made us feel so welcome, the beds were the comfiest I've stayed in in a hotel for a long time, which was very welcome after a few days of wedding organizations. The...

Thank Jenna A
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Quite surprised with this place as the twin room was better than expected compared to the photographs on the website. Lovely beds, good beer garden and fantastic breakfast. We didn't eat in here as we were going elsewhere, but when we checked in and walked passed the restaurant, the presentation of the food looked really colourful and fresh. All in...

Thank stellastreet

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled within the market town of Hay-on-Wye, this colourful 17th Century Inn exudes historical charm and atmosphere offering quality home-cooked food, luxury accommodation and free Wi-Fi and parking. With parts of the original building dating as far back as the 1300’s, the Hotel subtly blends the elegance and whimsy of the past with the comfort and convenience of the present. Indeed, it is even reputed that Oliver Cromwell once stayed at the inn whilst the Roundheads besieged Hay Castle, which was then a loyalist stronghold. Sympathetically refurbished, exposed timber beams and roaring log fires help to cultivate a homely environment and a famously warm welcome.The Inn features 10 high quality en-suite bedrooms, all of which are individually and tastefully decorated in a style reminiscent of the buildings historic past. All rooms include free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, direct dial telephone and tea & coffee making facilities. They offer a choice of Single, Double, Twin and Superior room options.The Old Black Lion is renowned for the quality of its food and has received a host of rewards and accolades including a coveted AA Rosette. The menus, which are changed frequently, use only the best of British produce wherever possible including locally reared meat, fresh seafood from Cornwall and seasonal vegetables. The oak timbered bar with its scrubbed pine tables and comfy arm chairs is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fantastic selection of local ales (including their own namesake ‘The Old Black Lion’).The Hotel is located in the heart of the Welsh market town of Hay-on-Wye just a short drive from the A438, it also offers free on-site parking for guests. The city of Hereford is roughly 35 minutes away and offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country. For those flying in, Cardiff International Airport is about a 95 minute journey from the Hotel.The Old Black Lion is situated just a three minute walk from the centre of Hay-on-Wye. Renowned internationally as a Mecca for bibliophiles the town offers over 30 bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. It is also home to the annual Hay Festival, Europe’s premier literature and arts festival. The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Wales, the surrounding area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with both the Offas Dyke Path and Wye Valley Walk passing through the town. ... more   less 

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Address: 26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Price Range: ₹ 7,263 - ₹ 9,183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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