The Rocks at Plas Curig Hostel

North Wales Conwy Capel Curig

  • 14 Rooms, Sleeping 2–8
  • Walkers Paradise

Chic and comfortable mountain hostel with stunning views in the heart of Snowdonia National Park

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There's nothing in the rules that says hostelling and mountain-hiking have to be rough and ready – and thank goodness for that, or The Rocks would be in trouble. With its chic Alpine feel, high-quality accommodation and stunning location, this is one very classy hostel in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. You can see the mighty Snowdon horseshoe range from your window, while you're also just a few miles from the adventure village of Betws-y-Coed.

The building has serious mountain heritage on its side: once a hotel and then the Plas Curig YHA hostel for many years. It's since undergone a hugely impressive transformation by outdoor enthusiasts Christian and Annie, who have returned to their family roots in Snowdonia to offer a comfortable but stylish base for anyone wanting to explore the nearby mountains. It's gorgeous inside, with stone-flagged floors, stripped-back wood and a real home-from-home feel in the public lounge areas, with a wood-burner, books and cushions, throws and artworks. There's all the outdoors hostel stuff you need, from boot room and bike storage to an excellent self-catering kitchen, plus the bonusof being in the hands of people who know what hikers and adventurers want, whatever their budget. So there's a firepit and terrace for al fresco nights, and the ability to bring your dog along too (provided you book a private room).

Sleeping-wise, there are 47 single beds and six doubles available, across 14 rooms, which breaks down into choosing from cosy doubles and twins, booking a 4, 6 or 8-bedded room, or a double with a single thrown in. These are really chic spaces too – especially so given we're often talking about bunk beds: hand-made wooden sleeping areas with built-in storage, individual lighting, fresh colours and knitted throws. Currently, you have to book the entire room, so it's great for hiking buddies, friends and family – individual bunk beds may be available in a room or two in future. There are eight shared bathrooms throughout the house, nicely turned out, each with a toilet, sink and shower.

They don't serve breakfast, but the kitchen is large enough to cope, and there's a café and two pubs within walking distance. You can hike directly from the door – heck, you're already in the mountains, in the heart of the National Park – but the local Sherpa bus service stops outside for buses up to the Pen-y-Pass car park for Snowdon hikes. Or jump on the bus in the other direction to visit the gloriously sited mountain village of Betws-y-Coed, where there are pubs, cafés and a railway station. With a car you're also 45 minutes' drive from the famously quirky Italianate village of Portmeirion or the same distance from the coast on the Llŷn Peninsula.

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Contact Website  01690 720 225  The Rocks at Plas Curig Hostel, Capel Curig, Betws Y Coed, Conwy LL24 0EL

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  • Family rooms
  • Good public transport links
  • Private Rooms
  • Wifi
  • Walking
  • Boutique Hostel
  • 24-hour reception
  • Bike Store
  • Dining area
  • Drying room
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage store
  • Parking
  • Self Catering Available
  • TVs with Satellite
  • Wedding Venue
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Car-free option
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Historic
  • Remote location
  • Sensational Views
  • Something Different
  • Independent hostel

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


The best of times

I booked a celebratory weekend with friends, all of us 50s-60s, based on the photos and reviews online but didn't expect the hostel to exceed my expectations. The location is beautiful, the bedrooms are very pretty with spotless cotton bedding and warm blankets and the common rooms (kitchen, dining room lounge and games rooms) are well equipped and spacious. The staff (Carrie in particular) were friendly and welcoming. Wish we could have stayed longer and spent an evening round the campfire - the views are fantastic - but rain stopped play ....maybe next time? Thank you
Aug 8, 2023 by Wanda F

Wonderful place for a large group to stay, set in beautiful surroundings.

What an amazing place, this was our second visit and won’t be our last. We are a charity with a group of 55 people staying for a sponsored event to climb Mount Snowdon. We were warmly greeted by Dylan & Carrie who couldn’t do enough for us. The whole place is spotlessly clean, has beautiful rooms with quality beds and bedding with ample shower rooms which avoided any queuing. The kitchen and dining area was well equipped and accommodated us perfectly. In the communal areas, there were lovely touches such as rugs, throws, comfy cushions and games. We were fortunate enough to enjoy warm evenings outside around an inviting fire pit toasting marshmallows all surrounded by stunning scenery. Carrie was always on hand if we needed anything, making sure everyone was comfortable and happy. It is a perfect place for a large group to come together to enjoy the activities and beautiful scenery on your doorstep. Thank you Carrie & Dylan for making our stay so perfect.
Jul 29, 2023 by Gill M

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