The County of Gwynedd in North Wales, in spite of being one of the largest in the country, is also one of the least populated. Containing much of Snowdonia National Park and all the great outdoor attractions associated with it, the county is also rich in culture and history, with Welsh being the first language for many. Many of these cultural elements are found in Bangor, a city smaller than many Welsh towns but with a big heart and strong national identity. Bangor hotels are well established and cater for the large numbers of visitors who come to the city each year.
The city is situated on the northern coast of the country, connected to the Isle of Anglesey by the Menai Bridge. Accessed by train via the North Wales Coast Line which links Crew in England with Holyhead, the western most part of Anglesey, the city also sits on multiple routes of the National Cycle Network and on the 60 mile walking route along the coast to the North Wales seaside town of Prestatyn. Walking and cycling are popular ways to get around and to enjoy the superb landscapes at a more leisurely pace. There are many Bangor hotels which cater for cyclists and walkers and will have facilities for cycle storage and drying areas for outdoor gear.
There is a large and highly regarded university in the city and students account for almost half of the resident population. As a result, the nightlife options are wide and varied with numerous nightclubs and many popular restaurants and bars. The university is also involved in organising a series of classical concerts of international renown, held within the Powys and Pritchard-Jones Halls. The city has hosted the National Eisteddfod, an annual celebration in song of Welsh history, language and culture no less than eight times, the last in 2005. There are plans for a new arts centre too, again with backing from the university.
One of the most famous landmarks in the city is Garth Pier which was saved from demolition and restored to its former glory in 1988. The Grade II listed structure, at 472 metres long is one of the longest piers in the country and a popular local attraction. The cathedral is another famous landmark but perhaps the most dramatic of all is Bangor Mountain which is ever present in the background. Local visitor information and literature will be available from all Bangor hotels.
There is a hotel is the city to suit every taste and budget. Some classic Victorian properties offer the kind of luxury accommodation for which they are so highly regarded all over the country. Often with grand ballrooms and other elegant function suites they form the ideal environment for weddings and business events and the guest rooms and suites will have all the features required for a short city break, a business trip or a longer luxurious stay in the heart of the city. Modern Bangor hotels will have event and meeting spaces too and often additional features for the business traveller.
Available leisure facilities will vary depending on the size and status of the hotel but within luxury Bangor hotels these will certainly incorporate first class restaurants, stylish lounge spaces and often features such as fitness suites and swimming pools. A more intimate accommodation option is provided by smaller hotels which are often family owned and run. Some are little more than guest houses, while others are traditional inn properties but a comfortable sleep, a great breakfast and all the visitor information on the surrounds is enough for most visitors to get the most from the city and surrounds.