The OH has had a landmark birthday and we took a weekend break at The Osborne House in Llandudno. January in Llandudno?? Well it has it’s advantages – no coach parties, easy parking, no toll charges on the circuit of the Great Orme and when the sun shines , it feels good to be by the sea.
Llandudno was one of Britain’s great Victorian seaside resorts and has a sea front of buildings that match anything in the North. It has a rocky headland at either end of a curved bay and the fifth longest pier in the United Kingdom ( the longest in Wales ). There are some hotels that are worth the trip, notably the Empire where we have stayed before.
The owners of the Empire in recent years have refurbished a sea front town house called Osborne House, creating 6 opulent suites with drawing rooms, bedrooms and spared no expense in the furnishings. The king size brass beds are covered with Egyptian cotton sheets and are firm and very comfortable, all the rooms face over the bay and no guest requirement is overlooked with fresh ice delivered during the day, fresh fruit and sparkling water provided.
The bar and lounge are a delight with two open fires and overstuffed sofas complemented by a long marble topped bar seating area. Behind this is a restaurant decorated in navy and gold with lush drapes and romantic lighting. The food was excellent and reasonably priced , the service both attentive and professional and the place was busy both Friday and Saturday with locals and visitors.
The Hotel has private parking spaces at the rear of the building and serves a continental breakfast brought to your room. There is an option to eat a cooked breakfast at the main Empire Hotel 200 yards away but , to be honest, we did it once and decided to not repeat the experience the following morning. The otherwise excellent Empire lets itself down with a chaotic breakfast service . If this was your only experience of the place, you would wonder what the fuss was about.
Osborne House is excellent – as the Tripadvisor reviews would support.