- Style Boutique inn
- Setting Bright, breezy Cardigan Bay
Harbourmaster Hotel is a true pioneer. In one of its nautical-chic sea-view rooms, there's an enormous wrought-iron bed, and a soft leather couch with bright hand-woven woollen covers on the back rests that is typical of the hotel’s style: considered, comfortable and quirky.
Need to know
- Rooms 13, spread over the main building and the warehouse next door, plus the Harbourmaster's cottages Albion and Pandora.
- Rates Double rooms from $150.11 (£92), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include full Welsh breakfast or late brunch.
- Facilities Small library of books; WiFi in the bar. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player,dial-up internet and Molton Brown products.
- Check–out Midday.
Children No under-fives (except in the cottage); older children must have own room.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Madona suite on the top floor has the best panoramic views of the coastline. Aeron Belle has a comfy sofa and views overlooking the sea. Gwalia features original stone walls. The new Aeron Queen room has a panoramic view of the bay from its juliet balcony.
- Packing tips Fishing rod, kite, stout walking boots or wellies.
- Also Umbrellas can be borrowed from reception.
Food and drink at Harbourmaster Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Set on the ground floor of what was once the home of the eponymous harbourmaster, the oak-floored, art-walled restautarant is a mainstay of the Modern Welsh culinary scene, serving a seasonal menu built around local produce, including Welsh beef and cheeses, organic veg and the best of the day's catch. There are good value two- and three-course set menus on offer, plus an enticing à la carte.
- Dress code Go for a more windswept version of your usual stylish selves.
- Top table Go for table 2 for a window seat; or 18 by the snugly fireside. If it's a special occasion, or if you want to dine in privacy, ask for table 14.
- Last orders For lunch, 2.30pm; for dinner, 9pm. The bar serves food between 12 noon and 2.30pm and 6pm–9pm.
- Room service Continental breakfast can be brought to your room.
- Hotel bar Overlooking the harbour, the hotel's bar is a lovely spot to sit with a coffee or a pint of Welsh ale (Harbourmaster has its own brand) and watch the boats bobbing on the water. No-reservation, gastro-pub-style dining is an option here, with highlights including classic Welsh beefburgers topped with Snowdonia cheddar and linguine with fresh Cardigan Bay crab. The bar staff are dab hands with a cocktail shaker too.