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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On an annual sporting weekend this was our third visit and certainly won't be our last. Drinks promptly served and we were soon shown to out table near a welcome wood burner that countered the effects of a freezing night. Despite some having difficulty making the choice from a great menu, the lovely ( and very helpful) young lady took... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent the weekend at the Old Black Lion and had a great time. The hotel is old and very quaint. The room was very good and the bathroom had very recently been refitted and was excellent. We had dinner in the restaurant in the evening. We both chose the Herefordshire steaks which were really good. If we return to... More 

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Thank Lynn S
Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

The host, Dolan, couldn't have been more accommodating. She sorted us out with great food, great beer and excellent rooms to make up for the mud, rain and exertion of mountain biking on Hay Bluff. It was just what we needed - knowing that we had somewhere really comfortable to go back to allowed our group to enjoy the physical... More 

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Blackwater, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this pub for sunday lunch - friendly accommodating staff, sunday roast was excellent - very tasty, great yorkshire puddings. Great service! Well worth a visit! Hay-on-Wye pretty quirky little town

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1 Thank Peter O
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely Inn, charming, comfortable room, friendly staff and a first class chef. Both the evening meal and breakfast were excellent,and just a five minute walk from the quaint centre of Hay. We will definitely return.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really lovely place to stay, excellent staff, excellent location, excellent newly refurbished bathroom. The only drawback would be the bed was quite hard for my taste and I didnt sleep well. Everything else was perfect. Would recommend and hopefully return.

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Dolan L, Owner at Old Black Lion, responded to this review

Dear Rroadtrip, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Old Black Lion. Thank you for your comments which are extremely helpful. We are in the process of upgrading our rooms and installing more comfortable beds with lovely mattress-toppers to enhance sleep. Hopefully you will come back again to try out the improvements. Kind regards, Dolan. More 

Brecon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met here for a family get together. Two members of the family have food allergy problems and the owner and chief couldn't have been more accommodating. The standard was great for service and food. There is always a wide choice of food and interesting menu

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The wife & I came to The Old Black Lion for a lovely weekend away & that's what we got when we arrived the staff were very friendly & helpful We also had dinner & what can I say the food was absolutely fantastic very tasty & well presented. The room was very clean & full of character. The bathroom... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Two couples for a two night stay Excellent Good food lovely staff Only drawback is the age of the building which lends itself to low ceilings and an interesting staircase Which is part of the charm of the place Good breakfast and plenty of it

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St Albans, UK
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

When we booked this superior room we did not expect the wonderful suite we were given. This room in the heart of the hotel was very spacious and provided a lovely mezanine floor which provided a sitting area. The welcome from the owner on arrival was great and registration was simple. We had dinner on all three nights we stayed... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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 

Additional Information about Old Black Lion

Address: 26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Price Range: $134 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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“This is in a quieter area of Hay but is only a very short walk to centre”
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 of 5 bubbles Cornakey, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Don't opt for the coachouse - the sound insulation is awful!”
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