A friendly, well-catered hostel that's convenient for Snowdonia – and, in particular, Snowdon itself.
Lodge Dinorwig, Dinorwig, Gwynedd, LL55 3EY 01286 871 632
As an inexpensive base for Snowdonia, it's hard to beat Lodge Dinorwig, a small independent hostel that is perhaps the perfect place to start your adventure in North Wales. Situated right on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, you can enjoy incredible views of Snowdon, Llanberis and Anglesey while planning your route up Snowdon. Friendly hosts Simon and Sonni – stalwarts of several seasons in European mountain chalets – seem to have thought of everything you might need to make your stay as comfy as possible. The bunkroom is very cosy, with capacity for 14 people in a set of bespoke handmade bunk beds; bedding is provided and the beds have curtains for extra privacy. There are shared toilets and hot showers and a comfy lounge and café that – given the size of the hostel – never get overcrowded so it feels like a real home-from-home. Rates also include an excellent cooked breakfast (served between 9am and 11am), which is perfect before setting off to hike up Snowdon and nearby peaks; the café serves great lunches, and they will also do you a delicious packed lunch to take with you if you book in advance; they'll also have dinner waiting for you when you get back to the hostel (again you need to book this in advance).
The main lure, though, is the location: the hostel is above all a great base for the highest and best-known mountain in Wales, Snowdon, which you can ascend on foot, by bike (outside the summer season) or on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, and the fastest zip line in the world – the adrenaline excitements of Zip World are only a few miles away. Or just set off from the hostel on any number of circular hikes through the beautiful and dramatic countryside that surrounds. Highly recommended as one of Snowdonia's best budget places to stay – and a perfect base for groups attempting the Three Peaks Challenge or Welsh 3000s Challenge.
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Lodge Dinorwig have just have one bedroom available. It is a mixed sex room, unless you book the whole room, they cannot promise single sex occupancy.
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A bed in the hostel's 14-bed bunkroom costs £25 per person per night including breakfast. You can book the whole for £300 per night.
The owners recommend the road through Deiniolen as the most direct and quickest route to the Lodge. Your satnav may recommend the route through Fachwen from Bryn Refail but you should be aware that this is a single-track road with very few passing places and is poorly lit with numerous bends.
Open all year.