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“Very enjoyable stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Black Lion

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Old Black Lion
Ranked #3 of 29 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
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LONDON, CENTRAL
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18 reviews
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“Very enjoyable stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

We spent a full 24 hours here starting with drinks and lunch, supper, bed and breakfast and onto a second lunch. Blame the terrible weather - we couldn't walk for the downpours, but this was a great place to hole up in. Excellent and friendly service from all the staff and lovely owner. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Pontyclun, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Have always fancied staying at this pub. The food was fabulous; the service was great and we were made to feel really welcome. Staff were warm and friendly. My only criticism was that our room (in the annex) was tired and desperately in need of some tlc. It was however pretty clean and the bathroom which was of a good, modern standard was spotless.
Would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

We stayed at the old black lion on the 18th Feb. Our room was in the annexe, the carpet was very dirty, the room seemed adequate but there were only 2 coffee sachets and 2 tea bags. The toileteries were quite basic.
When we went to the restaurant for dinner, we approached the bar area, the restaurant manager looked up at me then went back to his book, he said I'm not ignoring you. I told him he was. We were eventually seated in the restaurant, my wifes starter included a side salad, the rocket leaves in the salad were slimy and obviously off, when we returned it the waiter said it would come off the bill. The restaurant manager then came to see us and said the leaves were slimy because they were dressed a whilke ago. There was no dressing on the leaves, it was only the rocket and not the rest, if there was a dressing it should not be left until leaves become slimy. We were offered a complimentary drink after our meal, my wife did not want one, I had a scoth. The next morning our toast did not arrive with our breakfast, I had to go hunting for someone to sort it out. When we did eventually recieve our toast the restaurant manager brought it and said they were having a nightmare breakfast as it was so busy. Surely this is not a surprise as they know exactly how many people are staying. I asked for a newspaper the evening before to be told they do not do newspapers and I could walk to the newsagents in the morning. When I asked for the bill on the Sunday morning, you guessed it my wifes starter was not deducted and they had also charged for my complimentary drink.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wiltshire
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101 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

This is a lovely old pub, with a few guest rooms above the bar/restaurant area. Its age is part of its charm - creaking, uneven floors, low ceilings and bags of character. The room was a decent size and had an en-suite bathroom, with a shower (although this was probably the worst part of the stay as it had no oomph to it at all!). The bed was comfortable and although there was some noise from other guests (until about 11pm) it wasn't excessive and was to be expected given the age of the building. Breakfast in the morning was fabulous, with a good choice of home-cooked items. The toast was superb - proper bread!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

We stayed for three nights and ate at the pub each evening. The room was a good size and comfortable and the staff were very friendly and couldn't be more helpful. The evening meals and (huge) breakfasts were consistently excellent and bar and dining rooms provided cosy surroundings. For a place to stay when visiting the many bookshops of Hay you couldn't do much better than this.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Old Black Lion

Property: 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 #3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Hay-on-Wye
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,088 - ₹ 9,986
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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