If ever a hotel mirrored the character of modern Wales it’s this one. Gwesty Cymru is small but perfectly formed. It’s arrestingly modern in spirit yet has reassuringly traditional textures. And it displays the tones of dark and light that reflect the fabric of Wales.
Those opposing tones come from the use of slate and wood – motifs and design cues used everywhere, from the chunky slate placemats in the restaurant to the bedrooms’ sleek oak furniture with slate insets, handmade for the hotel. It’s clever and hugely effective in giving Gwesty Cymru a strong ‘Sense of Place’, an identity reinforced by specially commissioned oil canvases and illuminated Welsh poetry.
You’re close to Wales’s heartland too. The dignified Victorian resort of Aberystwyth is on the doorstep of the compelling Cambrian Mountains, a ‘Wild Wales’ of hill sheep farms, forests and lakelands. Gwesty Cymru’s bedrooms – each one colour coordinated and a masterpiece of modern interior design – are simply faultless.
What was a tired Edwardian guest house has been transformed into a dazzling seafront townhouse with designer bathrooms, walk-in showers and all the luxuries you’d expect (Egyptian cotton sheets, top-end toiletries, etc, etc).
It’s the creation of Huw and Beth Roberts, a savvy couple who know all about today’s high expectations. They meet them with a modern Welsh twist – something you can also say about the food, which makes inventive use of classic local ingredients. Gwesty Cymru is a breath of fresh, Welsh air. This summer, book into an arty room, enjoy an alfresco meal on the restaurant’s seafront terrace. And think: who needs over-hyped, overpriced Padstow?