Conwy castle from Deganwy beach

Types of Holiday Accommodation in Conwy.

This website makes use of the standard terms used by VisitWales, VisitScotland and VisitBritain - though, as Conwy is a fairly rural area, not all are used! Many properties are graded by VisitWales, examples of the logos are shown below, right.

1 star bunkhouse

2 star hostel

3 star guesthouse

4 star self catering

5 star country house

Self Catering: cottages and apartments where you can experience home from home comforts

Touring Park: welcomes touring caravans, trailer tents and motorhomes.

Camping Park: welcomes visitors with tents.

Holiday Park: where you can rent a caravan holiday home, timber lodge or chalet.

Hotel: the standard term used for most establishments of this type, but you may also see a range of alternative descriptions which relate to a particular style or size of hotel, as follows

Small Hotel: refer to businesses which offer a range of hotel services and are differentiated by the number of rooms available – normally less than 20 – used at the discretion of the hotel owner.

Country House Hotel: have ample grounds or gardens in a rural or semi-rural location, with emphasis on peace and quiet.

Town House Hotel: are in city/town centre locations offering high quality with a distinctive style. High degree of personal service.

Metro Hotel: are found in city and town centres, offering full hotel services, but no dinner. They will be within easy walking distance of a range of places to eat.

Budget Hotel: are always part of a large ‘branded’ hotel group offering clean and comfortable en suite facilities, 24 hour reservations and a consistent level of facilities.

Guest Accommodation: encompasses anything from one-room bed and breakfasts to the larger places found in our coastal resorts, which may offer dinner and may be licensed.

Bed and Breakfast: accommodate no more than six people. It’s like staying as a special guest in someone’s home.

Farmhouse: also offer bed and breakfast and sometimes dinner, always on a farm.

Guest House: tend to have more than three rooms and may offer dinner to their guests. Some may be licensed.

Restaurant with Rooms: are just that. The restaurant is the main business and they will be licensed.

Inns: are pubs with rooms which serve food in the evenings, as well as breakfast

Campus Accommodation: Quality Wales’ campus scheme covers the universities and colleges that are able to accommodate visitors during the vacation periods on a bed and breakfast or self catering basis. Often the rooms are en suite and there will be plenty of single rooms, ideal for large groups.

Hostel Accommodation: accommodation is often in shared rooms with bunk beds. May be family rooms – could be restricted access – either catered or self catering facilities

Activity Accommodation: - usually but not exclusively group bookings associated with provision of accredited activities on site or nearby.

Backpacker Accommodation: - similar in style to a hostel, but may be run on less formal lines. Often more appropriate for independent travellers – may not accept family groups.

Bunkhouse Accommodation: - rural accommodation which can be booked by groups or individuals. Services and facilities may be limited but will include a self catering facility.

Camping Barns: - not star rated – this is simple rural accommodation, often referred to as “stone tents”. Roomy and dry – usually need to bring your own sleeping bags.