For those in the know, The Rocks at Plas Curig (formerly named Plas Curig Hostel), has always been regarded as an accommodation gem in the heart of Snowdonia.
Situated in Capel Curig, The Rocks is ideally placed for the exploring the surrounding mountains. And once you’re in through its doors, the comforting and luxurious styling provide an environment that can be difficult to leave on days when the Welsh weather is on the wild side. Add in a log fire, an almost professional spec kitchen, a range of local craft beers to buy, and a welcome that’s as warm as you’ll find anywhere, and you’ve got a hostel thats up there with the best in the world.
Now that status is official. Travel blogger and author Kash Bhattacharya has included The Rocks in his new book - The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World. Kash, who is perhaps better known as BudgetTraveller and was National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Blogger of the Year 2016’, has curated the great and the good of hostels around the world into this hardback guidebook, which is beautifully bound and as pleasing to hold as it is informative and inspiring to read. And the inclusion of The Rocks at Plas Curig is a real coup for the Welsh hostel, setting it firmly and officially amongst the best on the planet.
The excerpt below is taken from The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World published by Gestalten.
The Rocks at Plas Curig
Top notch facilities and a great location make this one of Britain's finest hostels
Beautiful interiors, superb facilities, and stunning views of lush, green rolling fields crossed with the rugged mountainous landscape of Snowdonia make The Rocks one of Europe’s best hostels. Once here, a guest’s opinion of hostels will change forever.
The Rocks at Plas Curig has a dreamy location at the heart of Snowdonia, in the picturesque village of Capel Curig. Come here to escape. Spend your time snug in the lounge by the huge fireplace, admiring the mist-shrouded views of Moel Siabod in the distance as canoeists pass by on the River Llugwy, winding its way to Betwsy-Coed. The hostel is not far away from a beautiful stretch of North Wales’ coastline and the Island of Anglesey, so it’s an ideal base from which to explore the great outdoors.
Capel Curig is a beautiful village to stay in this region. You can scale the mountains or go for a wander through the forest following the River Llugwy. For the more adventurous, Plas-y-Brenin Outdoor Activity Center is five minutes away, and offers a smorgasbord of adrenaline-filled skills to master. Only 20 minutes away, there is Zip World Velocity, the fastest zipline in the world (and longest in Europe) set in the majestic Ogwen Valley, and Surf Snowdonia — the world’s first inland freshwater surf lagoon — in the lush Conwy Valley.
The hostel building is an impressive space designed to be your home away from home. Even on the rainiest of days, the soft lighting, warm colors, and multitude of color-coordinated cushions give the place a cozy, cheerful ambience. An elegant, worn staircase leads you to the rooms. If you’re finding it hard to think of “dorms” and “luxury” in the same breath, you have to come and stay at The Rocks to see it with your own eyes. The built-in wooden bunk beds—made up before arrival—come with private fitted curtains, a personal power point, and individual reading light. The bedding here is Welsh woolen blankets and fluffy duvets that you just sink into after a long day of hiking around the countryside; crisp sheets and excellent quality mattresses ensure guests have a sound sleep.
Rooms are not en suite, but the communal bathrooms are plentiful on each floor and have nice hot showers.
The staff here are extremely knowledgeable and ready to offer lots of great tips on nearby hiking trails and places to eat. The hostel has an excellent self-catering kitchen and a large dining area—a nice way to bump into fellow adventurers from all over the world. The communal area includes a well-stocked library and seating made out of reclaimed scaffolding planks. There is a drying room for hanging up your jackets and storing hiking boots, and, if you have a vehicle, there is adequate parking space for cars. Lastly, pet owners rejoice: The Rocks is a dog-friendly hostel.
You won’t be wanting for things to do here, but relaxing is always an option. If you’re not on the deck, snuggled up in blankets, looking out over the Snowdon Horseshoe, you can stay warm by the woodstove and take in the scenery through the broad bay windows.
At night, relax with a craft beer or fine wine in hand and watch something on the huge flat screen TV. But only after you’ve enjoyed the glorious sunset behind Snowdon, the highest peak in the national park, as it changes color from red to orange to slate blue while the sun disappears out of sight.
Alternatively, you can stay outside by the fire pit or visit one of the two excellent pubs flanking the hostel: The Tyn-y-Coed and Bryn Tyrch Inn both offer a range of excellent local ales and produce.
Words can’t accurately describe the experience you’ll have here—you’ll just have to go and see for yourself.
To find out more about The Rocks at Plas Curig, book a room or send an enquiry visit www.therockshostel.com
If you’d like to buy a copy of The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World, to be inspired by other top-bunk hostels around the globe you can do so at www.gestalten.com/products/the-grand-hostels
Finally, to find out more about blogger and author Kash Bhattacharya and read more of his articles online go to www.budgettraveller.org