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Old Black Lion
Ranked #2 of 28 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stayed here for a weekend break in April 2011. We were lucky enough to stay in the Cromwell Suite, with its enormous double bed, and mezzanine lounge area. The food here is excellent. The menu is varied and cooked to a high standard. The Old Black Lion is well situated for a stroll into Hay with all its wonders. Would certainly recommend this hotel with its wonderful atmosphere and friendly helpful staff.

Room Tip: Cromwell Suite is the creme de la creme, but the others are of a high standard too.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Olde Black Lion. The place has a wonderful old world atmosphere, and the people are terrific to deal with.

If you get the opportunity, upgrade to the Cromwell Suite. It has a massive king size bed, and a lovely little sitting room on a mezzanine floor above the bed, with a couple of very comfy wing-back chairs. Ideal for skimming the books you've purchased through the day!

It's about a three minute walk into the centre of town.

There's free car parking out the back.

I'm more than happy to recommend this delightful, atmospheric old hotel to Trip Advisor readers.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

The epitome of an ancient coaching inn - comfortable rooms, sloping floors, resident ghost?
First-class food at reasonable prices.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

I stayed here for one night in June and was very impressed with the friendliness of the staff, the quality of the food and the quality of the room.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 February 2011

Really friendly welcoming staff, comfy room with great view. Good little TV!. Delicious food & beer.
Very relaxed and convienient for visiting Hay on Wye.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Old Black Lion

Address: 26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Hay-on-Wye
Price Range: ₹ 6,721 - ₹ 7,583 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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