An 8-minute walk from Porthmadog Harbour, this traditional hotel built in 1862 is a 3-minute walk from the nearest train station and 10 miles from the medieval Harlech Castle.
The colourful, simply furnished rooms (some accessible only via stairs) have en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add patios with seating and garden views.
Free amenities include cooked breakfast and limited parking, plus Wi-Fi in public areas. A quaint lounge and restaurant retain original features such as fireplaces and wood floors. There's also a gastropub, and a seasonal patio in the garden.
This independently owned, 2 AA Rosette-winning home-from-home is the only hotel in Porthmadog. It offers modern cuisine, and a bar with locally brewed cask ales, and free WiFi and car parking throughout the hotel.
The full-service Royal Sportsman Hotel is at the quieter end of Porthmadog High Street, by the A487 and A497 roads. The Tourist Information Centre and the Picture Postcard Walk can be reached on foot.
The property's 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers breakfast, lunch (including a traditional Sunday roast), afternoon tea, and dinner. It also has a gastro-bar that serves real local ales and a patio and lounge area. Guests and non-residents alike are welcome.
Within walking distance of The Royal Sportsman is the heritage Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway terminal, which has lines to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon. Train rides head across the Glaslyn Estuary and through Snowdonia to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The Royal Sportsman is rated 3 stars by the AA and Visit Wales. It was built with local slate, and the bar and lounge have original stone and slate fireplaces.