“ Address: Furnace / LlanelliSA15 4HA / Camarthenshire / Wales „
On August 2nd 2012 I appeared on a Welsh television programme called 'Prynhawn Da' where I chatted about my CD (available from www.siopcwlwm.co.uk - search under 'Donna Davies' and performed my song. (you can watch my performance at http://s4c.co.uk/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=503073582 I'm on at around 15 minutes). As I was required to be at the studio in the morning, we decided to go the day before as the studio is a good 3 hours away from us. We had a look online at different accommodation available in Llanelli - we were on a budget - but having seen the Stradey Park Hotel website, we decided this was the best option for us.
~ * Welcome * ~
We had a lovely welcome at the hotel. We were greeted at the reception by a lovely receptionist; she was really friendly, professional and nothing was too much trouble. She was there a lot of the time during our stay and was very helpful; I.e. calling us a taxi etc and giving us directions.
~ * Finding Our Rooms * ~
We were staying on the top floor (I was hoping we would have a sea view!) and so decided to take the lift as we had a couple of suitcases - we later used the stairs and they weren't bad at all; I mean there were around 4 small flights of stairs, but it wasn't hard going like I have found in previous hotels where the stairs really tire you out after a few flights.
~ * My Room * ~
There were three of us going (I had two supporters with me) and so we needed three rooms; so we had two adjoining rooms which we had for just £100 for both of them as I was appearing on the show.
I had a room to myself; it was twin room and so I had a choice of the two beds available. I chose the one nearest the window (obviously). I have to say, that was one of the comfiest ever beds I have ever slept in; I slept like a log.
Our room was at the back and so our view was of a wood. I had read other reviews which said that they had a sea view but even when we saw the sea from the restaurant it was very far away.
~ * Facilities Available In Room * ~
There was many facilities available in my room; television, bath/shower, hairdryer, telephone, fan, tea/coffee (with the most delicious chocolate chip cookies ever). The room itself was quite large too; there were two single beds, a wardrobe, a large dressing table, two bedside tables, a table and chairs and another small table for tea/coffee. There were lots of cupboards and drawers to store belongings too. As I was only staying the one night, I didn't really have a lot of things to unpack and so I didn't really use the cupboards etc.
The room was very clean and spotless looking!
There was plenty of tea coffee and milk in the room - that was great for me because I find that there is never enough milk for tea in rooms, yet I had plenty here.
~ * Restaurant * ~
There was a restaurant available (for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner). We only went to the restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant was lovely with wooden floors etc and comfortable chairs. The staff in here were lovely and there were plenty of staff about.
There was plenty of choice for breakfast; cereals, toast (you had to make your own toast with the toaster provided) croissants, pastries, fruit, yoghurts, Welsh cheeses, juice, and a cooked breakfast (bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausages etc). Haddock, boiled eggs etc were available from the kitchen on request.
Tea and coffee were brought to the table, however we helped ourselves to everything. I didn't want to eat that much as I was going on the television and so whilst it was going to be a long day I didn't want to stuff myself so that I was too uncomfortable to sing. So I just had a small bowl of cereal, one slice of toast and a croissant. I had a cup of tea and orange juice.
There was a menu on the table and I could see that you had to pay extra for special coffees (cappuccinos, lattes etc).
~ * Staff * ~
We found every single member of staff to be very helpful and friendly, whilst being professional at the same time. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt as though they had all the time in the world for us and made us feel really welcome.
~ * Other points and information * ~
There are a couple of bars there with televisions and plenty of lounge areas to relax.
I had expected the hotel to be near the sea (I had read reviews saying how you could see the sea), although we could see the sea in the distance from the hotel, but it was quite far away.
We travelled by train and so we didn't have a car; there seemed to be a lot of car parking spaces though; some right by the door. We got a taxi from the train station to the hotel and as the taxi driver knew where the hotel was; I cannot comment on how easy the hotel was to find (for someone who doesn't know the area).
The hotel is quite smart and whilst I didn't see any signs saying you had to be dressed smart; I did feel a bit underdressed when I arrived in my ;travelling clothes;'. So I would suggest dressing 'smart/casual'.
We were not disturbed by any other guests etc. and didn't hear any noise.
I loved the tv in the room - it was large with plenty of different channels available.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Thanks for reading.
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