The Celtic Manor resort is a five-star hotel found on the outskirts of Newport, just off the M4.
As one of the most prestigious hotels in the whole of Britain, the Celtic Manor is highly regarded within its industry.
The Manor is so well respected as a facility, it was chosen as the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup - one of the most important and celebrated sporting events in the world - with many athletes and celebrities staying at the hotel.
The rooms themselves are spacious and most have a great view overlooking the golf course. Fully equipped with lavish facilities including plasma flat screen TVs, power showers complete with in-shower radio, fully stocked mini-bars in addition to the luxurious furniture on display.
As well as these sumptuous rooms, the hotel also offers many other facilities that will make the stay extra special for its guests. There are many beauty spa facilities for those wishing to chill out and relax during their stay and there are many designer products, from names such as Prada and Versace, available to purchase in the hotel.
For the sports minded individual, there is a more than adequate swimming pool as well as two on-site gyms which both boast a wide range of cardio and weights equipment. These gyms are manned by fully-competent and knowledgeable staff, many of whom also offer personal training services. But the real attraction for sports fans has to be the golfing facilities.
The golf facilities at the Celtic Manor are world class and were redesigned specifically for the Ryder Cup. For those privileged enough to use it, they can do so safe in the knowledge that the best golfers in the world have teed off on that same course.
Whether you're looking for a relaxing break away or a weekend of sporting activities, the Celtic Manor is a superb resort that is truly deserving of its five star rating.
Soon to be host of the 2010 Ryder Cup this is one of Wales' more exclusive hotels.
The hotel is split into 2 sections, the older part towards the back and the newer section at the front. I stayed there for a works function and I was staying in the older section while some colleagues got the posh rooms at the front. I have to say the older rooms weren't anything special, but the suites were very nice indeed with big balconies and very spacious.
Of course you come somewhere like this for the facilities and they are very good indeed. The golf course is world class and the club house which hosted a party for us was really lovely, even though it was quite tempting to 'borrow' a golf buggy to get back to the main hotel. The swimming pool and spa were all pristine, the staff trained to high standards and the food was beautiful. Everything you can expect from a 5 star hotel, if you get a room in the new bit that is.
Approaching the Celtic Manor from Bristol direction, it looks like a rather huge, ugly hulk of a thing towering up above the motorway, and it's hard to imagine that it's a place of indulgence and luxury.
My experience of this huge hotel and conference centre has unfortunately never included its leisure facilities, however (it's particularly famous for its golf course, which hosted the prestigious 2010 Ryder Cup) - but rather I've witnessed its very well equipped business and conferencing side.
I attended a business trade exhibition there a couple of years back, and it is really well set up for events like that. Their purpose built convention centre has a 1200 square metre Exhibition Hall with its own entrance and reception, and the Caernarfon Suite holds up to 1500 delegates. They can offer banqueting for up to 800 and there are various other meeting rooms, plus a rooftop garden and a barbecue terrace. The exhibition spaces are flexible, with all the necessary power and network points, and so on - which makes it really easy for exhibitors. Next time I'd like to enjoy the spa facilities instead, though!
Words cannot describe just how truely amazing this hotel is.
I went here for Sunday lunch recently with some girlfriends of mine. From the moment I entered I felt like a superstar. Everybody was so polite and welcoming.
We were only there for lunch but I managed to have a sneaky peak in the spa aswell.
Firstly lets talk about lunch. We dined in 'The Lodge'.
The Lodge is probably the more relaxed of the six restaurants and one cafe that the Celtic Manor has to offer. It serves good old rustic British food.
We went on a Sunday and opted for the carvery. On a Sunday you can expect to pay £17.45 for two courses and £20.95 for three. (Take a tip from me and opt for the three courses as the dessert I had was to die for.)
Food and service were both faultless.
This was the first time I had eaten at the Celtic Manor but it certainly wont be the last. The atmosphere was very relaxed and dining here was a real treat.
On the way out I took a de-tour and had a little lookie at the hotel spa.
Girls, this is the mother of all spas. I was only in there for a matter of minutes but what I saw excited me.
There is a photo of the swimming pool attached to this reveiw to wet your appetite but visit the website to see what else the hotel spa has to offer.
The Ryder cup will be held here soon and a lot of the spa appointments are already taken so it may be worth waiting until the golfers have gone before you book.
This is a review of the bar and the food served at the bar, not the rest of this (wonderful) hotel and resort.
For £16 ($25) you'd be expecting a burger made in heaven but you'd be wrong, very wrong. The meat patty was one of those nasty mass manufactured ones that you bulk buy at some wholesale place for the restaurant trade. It looked like an ice hockey puck and was just as chewy, I left it. Disgusting. How a place like this can cut a culinary corner like this is beyond me.
Fair play to the bar manager however, I pointed out the problem and she didn't charge me for it - no questions asked.
The whole golfing experience at the 2010 course, site of the Ryder Cup was amazing! We found the staff very friendly and helpful. Transportation crew was courteous and professional.
Menu choices very limited in the 2010 clubhouse, but I am sure that will change with the Ryder Cup. We did manage to get access to a proper breakfast in the morning. The Hotel and grounds make for a perfect family golfing getaway. We ate dinner at the hotel. With the better two restaurants reserved we chose the outdoor barbecue night (their last one of the season). Food was excellent and of good value. Overall this was a golf resort experience that is desperately needed in the US! TOP NOTCH!
Leisure, conference, golf, spa, dining, families and events
Established in 1980.
The first step in The Celtic Manor's development was the renovation of the 19th century Manor House, which had fallen into disrepair since being closed as a maternity hospital in 1975. Celtic Inns became the owner and obtained planning permission for a 17-bedroom hotel and an 18-hole golf course on 163 acres of land.
The Celtic Manor opened on schedule in April 1982 and was an instant success, winning the Egon Ronay award for the best hotel in Wales in five consecutive years from 1983 to 1987.
By December 1988, The Celtic Manor was ready to open its first major extension, which added 58 bedrooms, the 350-seater Manor Suite, four meeting rooms, an indoor swimming pool and a sauna, solarium and gymnasium. The new facilities put the hotel on the map nationally as a venue for conferences and business events
When Celtic Inns Ltd purchased a derelict Manor House in 1980, few people could have imagined that it would become part of such a prestigious, internationally recognised development.
The vision came from the company's chairman, Sir Terry Matthews, a highly successful entrepreneur who has invested £100m in the project. Sir Terry lives in Canada, where he founded two highly successful telecommunications businesses, Mitel and Newbridge Networks.
However, he was born in the Manor House when it was a maternity hospital, and has strong family ties in the area.
The Celtic Manor Resort is first and foremost a commercial venture. From the outset, Sir Terry saw that the site - with its superb countryside and proximity to the M4 - had the potential for development into a thriving business. However, he also hoped there would be wider benefits for local people and Wales as a whole.
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