Hydro Hotel

Nevill Crescent
LL30 1AS

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01492 870101
Fax: 01492 870992

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Hydro Hotel,

  • Your Hotel
  • Hotel Facilities
  • Bedrooms
  • Your Resort
  • Hotel History
  • Ideally situated on the sea front overlooking Llandudno Bay, close to the Aberconwy Centre and shops
  • Ballroom with bar and entertainment most evenings
  • Superb "Looking Glass" Bar
  • Sun lounges
  • Snooker room
  • All 120 bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and TV with radio channels
  • All bedrooms have bath or shower and WC
  • Entire hotel, including all bedrooms, is a no smoking area
  • Central heating throughout
  • Lift (although all floors are split level and some stairs are unavoidable to most rooms)
  • Some ground floor rooms available
  • Car and coach parking

    Hotel Facilities

  • We have a large entertainment suite on the lower ground floor complete with bar, dance floor and entertainment five evenings per week
  • Our superb "Looking Glass" bar is situated on the ground floor and has views over the bay
  • We have sun lounges and a games room with full sized snooker table on the ground floor
  • We have a small car and coach park at the rear of the hotel which provides level access to our lift
  • There are several steps to the front of the hotel but we have a wheelchair lift from street level into Reception


  • Our large ground floor restaurant can seat up to 225 people
  • Breakfast: We provide a waiter served breakfast from 08:00 to 09:30 with last orders at 09:00
  • Dinner: We provide a waiter served table d'hote dinner from 18:30 to 20:00* with last orders at 19:15. *Please note that dinner times may vary depending on the season.
  • Special Diets: A selection of vegetarian options is available on the dinner menu. For a more efficient service we recommend these are requested in advance of the meal. Special diets can also be catered for on request; we ask that you contact us at least seven days prior to arrival and provide a diet sheet.
  • To see our current menu, please follow this link.
  • We have 120 bedrooms over 5 floors including a small number of ground floor rooms
  • Smoking is prohibited in all of our bedrooms
  • We do not provide room service in normal circumstances
  • Our lift serves all principal floors from the lower ground floor, where our entertainment room is situated, to the third floor.
  • Clients with a mobility impairment should be aware that most of our floors are split level and there are some stairs to the majority of our bedrooms
  • We have 20 rooms with excellent sea views where you can sit by the window and enjoy the view although unfortunately we do not have any single rooms with a sea view
  • We also have a number of rooms which overlook the sea but have a high window sill. We do not charge a sea view supplement for those rooms.
  • All of our rooms are equipped with central heating but we do not have any rooms with air conditioning
  • All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, and Freeview TV with radio channels
  • All rooms have a telephone for communication with other rooms and hotel services and receiving incoming calls (but we do not have an outbound direct dial service)
  • All bathrooms are equipped with a bath or shower and WC. Most rooms have a shower rather than a bath; if you have a strong preference for one or the other, please tell us when you make your booking because we are often fully booked and it can be difficult to change rooms on arrival
  • We have 21 double rooms, 55 twin rooms, 37 single rooms and 3 rooms with three single beds and 6 rooms with a double and a single bed.
  • We can provide a cot in any room type (except single rooms) on request
  • Ironing facilities are available from reception

Llandudno is set on a rugged coastline, nestling between the Great and Little Orme, overlooking the Irish Sea. The resort lies at the foot of Snowdonia National Park and just a short distance away from the Isle of Anglesey.

Llandudno is Wales' largest resort with a magnificent crescent of hotels, broad tree-lined streets and elegant shops. Llandudno has a kaleidoscope of diverse activities with something for everyone. There are two golf courses, bowling greens and tennis and badminton at its sports centre. A Victorian tramway and a spectacular cable car offer a route to the summit of the Great Orme, offering incredible views and fascinating wildlife.

There is an abundance of historic and cultural sites, including Bronze Age mines, Roman roads, Druidic ruins and medieval castles as well as art galleries and exhibitions, such as the Oriel Mostyn. With its festivals, events, concerts, fairs and special displays, Llandudno guarantees that there is never a dull moment.

The resort is surrounded by places of natural beauty, as well as bustling towns and picturesque villages. Snowdonia with its mountain range and deep valleys is a contrast of breathtaking panoramic views, teeming wildlife and intriguing rivers, lakes and streams.

The coast is a mixture of bustling harbours and historical treasures such as the imposing medieval castles at Conwy and Caernarvon and their walled towns. It is this heady mix of contrasts which have helped to establish Llandudno as one of Wales' best loved holiday resorts.

Town Centre

The town centre consists of carefully preserved architecture placed within a superb natural setting. The Victorian Shopping Centre, one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Wales, offers both quality and value as well as award-winning restaurants and tearooms.

Beach and Gardens

The resort boasts two superb bathing beaches and spectacular gardens. The lively north shore has a shingle beach and Victorian pier whilst the west shore boasts golden sands and panoramic views. The Bodnant Gardens, set above Llandudno, have magnificent plantations and command excellent views across the resort and surrounding coastline.

Activities and Attractions

Tourist Information
Tel:01492 876413

Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines
Tel:01492 870447
The oldest metal mine open to the public in the world. Explore the 3,500 year old passages leading to the amazing prehistoric cavern.

Great Orme Country Park
Tel:01492 874151
Dramatic limestone headland so renowned for its wildlife and history that much of it been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast. The Visitor Centre includes interactive displays and video presentations of the area.

Happy Valley Gardens nestles in a sheltered hollow on the eastern side of Great Orme, with spectacular views of the surrounding coastline. Contained within the gardens are many rare and tropical plants, as well as picnic areas, coffee shop and observation platforms.

Welsh Mountain Zoo
In a spectacular setting overlooking Colwyn Bay and Snowdonia, the zoo is home to many interesting species. A seasonal free minibus operates from Colwyn Bay railway station.

Home Front Museum
Tel:01492 871032
Experience the sights and sounds of civilian life during WWII with a number of interesting exhibits and artefacts.

Great Orme Tramway
Tel:01492 575275
Britain's only cable-hauled, public road tramway (and one of only three still in existence in the world) still uses the original Victorian carriages.

Llandudno Cable Car
Tel:01492 877205
Enjoy spectacular views of Llandudno, the Little Orme, the Conwy Estuary and beyond.

Llandudno Ski Centre
Tel:01492 874707
Provides facilities for skiing and snowboarding. Open all year round (subject to weather conditions).

Oriel Mostyn
Tel:01492 879201
A blossoming art gallery with exciting exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world.

Bodnant Gardens
Tel:01492 650460
One of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, with over 80 acres of terraces and plants from all over the world.


Llanduno Victorian Extravaganza
Tel:07774 475300
The town celebrates its Victorian heritage with events, attractions and exhibits in a four day extravaganza.

Three Castles Classic Rally takes place over three days in June and features over 125 classic vehicles covering around 500 miles of rally road.

Llandudno Carnival is held in August. Attractions include a large funfair, dog shows, majorettes and various stalls.

Llangollen International Eisteddfod
Tel:01978 862000
Taking place in early July, this is a world-renowned festival of music, song and dance with competitors from over 50 countries taking part.

Llangollen Fringe Festival
Tel:01978 860600
Music, dance, comedy and celebrity guests, held in July.

Llandudno Transport Festival
Held in conjunction with the Victorian Extravaganza, the festival showcases over 1,000 vehicles, including classic and vintage cars, buses, agricultural machinery and military vehicles.

North Wales Choral Festival takes place annually in November and features national and international choral performances.

Abergele Carnival is held over the first weekend in July and features stalls, a street parade and fun fair.

Conwy Classical Music Festival takes place over a week in July and presents lunchtime and classical concerts in St Mary's Church, Conwy.

Conwy River Festival
Tel:01492 596253
The festival takes place in August and features ten days of on and offshore activities.

Denbigh Midsummer Festival
Tel:01745 814646
One of North Wales' most established festivals features a week of music, drama, exhibitions and poetry at a number of venues around the town.

Urdd National Eisteddfod, one of Europe's biggest cultural youth festivals, is a celebration of the Welsh language and culture as well as a showcase of young Welsh talent. With competitions, live music stages, street theatre, stalls and exhibitions it is a great day out for all ages.

Llandudno Christmas Fayre
(Formally known as Celtic Winter Fayre) is held in November and features over 100 stalls selling a range of authentic foods and crafts.

For further details on events in the area see:

Places of Interest

Llangollen is an ancient town on the River Dee, home to the International Eisteddfod. Its narrow streets, quaint canals with their horse-drawn boats and numerous historic properties make it an intriguing and pleasant place to visit.

Caernarfon, situated at the foot of Snowdon, is dominated by its magnificent castle where Edward VII was made Prince of Wales. There is also a bustling harbour, numerous craft shops and some fine restaurants.

Betws-y-Coed A delighful journey into the Vale of Clwyd arrives at the heart of Welsh woodland and the picturesque beauty spot of Swallow Falls.

Rhyl and Prestatyn Rhyl is a typical seaside town with an excellent shopping centre and the well-known Pavilion Theatre which stages top summer shows. Prestatyn offers a lovely promenade which links the town's three beaches, as well as the remains of a Roman bath house.

Conwy Castle
Tel:01492 592358
Built by Edward I, the majestic castle towers imperiously above the medieval walled town of Conwy.

Tel:01248 713177
The island offers beaches, wildlife and history as well as a flavour of the unique modern Welsh culture and language. Anglesey is also home to Llanfair PG - the village with the longest name in the British Isles.

Bangor is an ancient university and cathedral town with a unique character. Explore magnificent Penrhyn Castle with its panoramic views over Snowdonia, which has arguably one of the finest private art collections in Wales. Relive over 2,000 years of history with a visit to Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, or take a leisurely stroll along the 1,500ft Victorian pier.

Hydro Hotel 1873


Proprietor and Medical Superintendent – Dr. Henry Thomas.

This establishment was specially designed and erected by the late Dr. John Edward Norton. It is situated on the Parade and commands a full view of the Bay, with its surrounding magnificent scenery.

The house is thoroughly warmed and ventilated with hot air, which much enhances its value as a Winter Residence for invalids. The Bath Rooms are part of the Establishment and contain, in addition to the ordinary Hydropathic appliances, FOUR RUSSIAN VAPOUR and TWO COMMODIOUS and WELL-APPOINTED TURKISH BATHS, THE SEAWEED or OZONE BATH.

Also a Compressed Air Bath, which is especially beneficial in Asthma, Bronchial Affections, Weakness of the Vocal Organs, Chronic Catarrh, and other similar affections. It was originally devised by Emile Tabarie, of Paris, and may be briefly described as follows:

“The air bath is a chamber, constructed of iron plates, similar to a boiler of a steam engine, so as to be perfectly air-tight. It is provided with a close-fitting door, and windows, each composed of a piece of strong plate glass. The interior is lined with wood, and furnished with seats or couches for patients. A steam engine works a force-pump, from which there passes an iron pipe, which opens into the chamber floor. By this arrangement a vigorous circulation of air goes on without the patient being conscious of it.

The duration of each bath is usually two hours. There is a feeling of comfort in the lungs, and an unusual facility of breathing. These effects are often shown in a marked degree in persons suffering from asthma”.

The Seaweed or Ozone Bath is famous as regards the cure of rheumatism. The good to be derived from ordinary sea water is intensified to an immense extent by the manner in which the bath is applied; but there are many different variations of what is generally termed the “Ozone” bath, which are especially applicable to various complaints. Given in its strongest form, the effect on the spine is only to be equalled by the baths of Kreuznach in Rhenish Prussia.

The American Reactionary Lifting Machine – the essential principle of Cumulative Exercise, the basis of the Health – Lift or “Lifting Cure”, is the gradual arousing of the latent muscular strength of the individual.

It is a system of voluntary effort in which the person, in each day’s exercise, begins with a light weight, sufficient only to exert a few muscles, and gradually increases his efforts as he arouses the neighbouring and deep-seated muscles to activity.

Postcard from Visiting Guests - 1955

Postcard Front 1955

Postcard Back 1955

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