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Welsh Success at AA Hospitality Awards 2017-18

Welsh Success at AA Hospitality Awards 2017-18

Twr y Felin Hotel
Twr y Felin, St Davids


Wales’ first contemporary art hotel, Twr y Felin, St Davids has been awarded AA Hotel of the Year, Wales, 2017 at a prestigious ceremony, establishing its reputation as Wales’ leading luxury boutique hotel. 


Attended by world-renowned chefs, prominent hoteliers and restaurateurs, hospitality gurus and key media, the awards recognise and reward the excellent services provided by the very best establishments.


Originally built in 1806 as a working windmill, today Twr y Felin is a unique heritage hotel, located in Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, where guests can expect a traditional ‘Croeso Cynnes’ – ‘warm Welsh welcome’.


Opened in March 2016, following an extensive restoration, today Twr y Felin offers luxury accommodation and award winning fine dining at Blas Restaurant, which achieved two Rosettes within just eight months of opening and in July 2017, won the Pembrokeshire Business Award for Food, Drink and Hospitality, as voted for by the public.


The hotel features 21 bedrooms including a suite located in the former windmill tower which spans three floors and offers 360 degree views over the St Davids peninsula.


As an art hotel, Twr y Felin features over 100 original works by 20 Welsh, British and International artists, with the larger works on display in the dedicated gallery, Oriel Lounge.


Since October 2016, Twr y Felin Hotel has been listed in the Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels list and Best Places to Stay in the UK, awarded Best Serviced Accommodation over 12 rooms at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards, and achieved AA 4* Silver and Visit Wales 4* Gold status.


Also awarded were Rosettes which recognises successful cooking at different levels across the UK.


Ynyshir, Eglwys Fach - New 5 Rosettes and winner of the Hospitality Wine Award 2017 - An AA Hotel Inspector said of Ynyshir: “The dining room at Ynyshir offers the very best selection of wines to accompany their highly accomplished food.” 


Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth - New 4 Rosettes

Sosban & The Old Butcher’s Restaurant, Menai Bridge - New 4 Rosettes

Palé Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Bala - New 3 Rosettes

Other award winners of the night are listed below.


The Beach House Restaurant At Oxwich Beach - Restaurant Of The Year (Wales) - An AA Hotel Inspector said: “The Beach House Restaurant offers a fresh contemporary cooking style to match the fresh sea air.”

Bryn Tyrch - Pub Of The Year (Wales) - An AA Hotel Inspector said “A charming old inn with mountain views.” 

Mansion House Llansteffan - Guest Accommodation of the Year (Wales) 


Fforest Fields Caravan & Camping Park - Campsite of the Year (Wales) 


Published 28 September 2017

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