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Reviews - Royal Oak Hotel

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The Cross , Welshpool, SY21 7DG
Centrally located in a small market town this Grade II listed hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi , Restaurant, real ales and secure free parking. Just 17 miles from Shrewsbury on the Welsh border, this magnificent building offers a warm friendly welcome and is the perfect gateway into Wales. The Royal Oak Hotel has been welcoming travellers for centuries, including recently Her Majesty the Queen of England. Whether relaxing in winter by an open fire in the snug, enjoying good quality food in the restaurant or just exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside, it is the ideal refuge for all travellers.

With a choice of standard, contemporary or classic, all bedrooms boast complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, room service and tea & coffee making facilities. Guests can look forward to a range of different features, including elegantly carved French beds, delicate fabrics or perhaps more modern boutique style furnishings.

The Royal Oak Hotel offers traditional cuisine with a range of mouth-watering delights to discover. Wherever possible the Hotel is committed to using fresh, locally sourced produce and ingredients, including Free Range Eggs, old breed free range sausages and Welsh Lamb - all from the hotel’s own farm. With a tempting Wine list, an impressive range of real ales and even an on-site Costa coffee bar, guests are sure to find the perfect drink to compliment their dining.

Recognised as the ‘Gateway to Wales’, Welshpool offers an endless array of things to do and places to see. Nestled within the upper reaches of the picturesque Severn Valley near the border between England and Wales, the town is surrounded by the rolling hills of Montgomeryshire and the glorious unspoilt Welsh countryside. There is also an eclectic selection of inns, restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from, offering everything from classic Welsh dishes to contemporary dining. The town is also the first stage of the journey on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway.

The Hotel is within walking distance of the world-famous Powis Castle and Gardens. Once a medieval fortress home to generations of Welsh Princes, it features an awe-inspiring collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture. Chirks Castle is also just a 30 minute drive away, while the Welsh Coast and Snowdonia are within an hour’s drive. For those who enjoy the great outdoors Offa’s Dyke National Trail is one of the most beautiful walks in the UK, Featuring 177 miles of high wild moorland and the nearby Montgomery Canal offers a scenic cruise-way through the picturesque Welsh marshes.
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Overall score Guest rating scores since January 2013 Customer recommendation
Guest Reviews Based on 39 reviews
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82% recommended this accommodation to a friend 82% would stay again
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A Lovely Weekend
Having booked the Royal Oak last minute for my girlfriend and I, i found the weekend exceeded all expectations. Before arriving i arranged for a bottle of Cava to be brought up after check-in to surprise my girlfriend. No less than a few minutes after arriving in the room, said bottle was brought up with a couple of glasses - much to her delight!
The classic room we stayed in was excellent and the furnishings and design very aesthetically pleasing.
The hotel is very quaint and ahead of the festive period, was tastefully decorated ready for Christmas. I would stay here again!

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Thomas C

From Lightwater, UK
Who stayed in December 2014

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Warm and welcoming
Arriving at mid-day in early December, we were very happy to find cheerful fires in the fireplaces of the lobby and bar of the "Royal Oak." Staff members were friendly and helpful, allowing us to stow our luggage until check-in time and responding quickly to room requests (improving the functioning of the radiators, allowing me to have a pitcher of water for the room, etc.) The "Oak" is a re-purposed manor house. It's been allowed to keep its old character in the check-in/stairwell area, but the bar, cafe, and restaurant have been updated to comfortable, modern spaces. The bathrooms are modernized, as well. We enjoyed our two night stay and our rambles around Welshpool. We were there for Powys Castle and Gardens, and they didn't disappoint, even in winter conditions. Welshpool itself has several good cafes, bakeries, and coffee/tea spots. There's a good Tourist Information office for maps and brochures.

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Joan Embree

From Berkeley, USA
Who stayed in December 2014

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Needs refurb.
Although clean and quite comfortable - the whole hotel needs a refurb. And more TLC

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David L

From UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Excellent hotel and location
We stayed at this hotel with our grandson as he was in a judo competition. The hotel was excellently situated for the venue (5 minutes drive), and the hotel was perfect for our needs. The food was excellent, the lounge had very comfortable leather seating, the rooms were spotless and overall we could not find any fault.

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Lorraine Lee

From Staleybridge, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Family break
The hotel was clean and comfortable. The food was lovely and the staff were very accommodating and cheerful.

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Brenda N

From Hinckley, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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Great staff
The staff at this hotel are exceptional, very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is an old building so narrow staircases etc but well worth a visit, the food was great as well

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Chris Adamson

From Bristol, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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The only complaint I have is about our dinner in the restaurant. I ordered the shank of lamb at about 7.30p.m. When it came, I had forgotten I had ordered the shank and I was actually served lamb cutlets with chips and a pile of rocket! Halfway through eating this, I remembered I had ordered the shank with potatoes and honey glazed carrots! However, the food was good so I ate it but when the waiter came to remove the plates I mentioned the above. He said that the shank came off the menu at a certain time of the evening and only lamb cutlets were available. I said I thought he should have told me before assuming this was acceptable. I think £15 for 4 cutlets and a pile of chips and rocket is rather expensive.
I wouldn't stay here again because I wouldn't stay in Welshpool

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B Shewan

From Tamworth, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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Lovely hotel full of character . Was quiet. Nice view of hills from the room.

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Pauline h

From UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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Overnight Stay 23.8.14
Very nice accommodation. Breakfast was good and staff were very friendly. Bar area was good and enjoyed a couple of drinks at reasonable prices. All in all very nice place to stay.

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Mark D

From Dudley, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Room lack lustre.in need of decorating. Very hot as no air conditioning.no pictures. Clean but no style. Welcome packs(tea/coffee/ biscuits provided but basic

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Frances L

From Kidwelly, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

Couple

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