Waterloo Hotel 2, Royal Oak, P Planning Documents
The Royal Oak & Waterloo Hotels commissioned Seven Architecture to redevelop the site. Credit: via planning documents

Royal Oak’s £12m Snowdonia hotel approved

Julia Hatmaker

The national park authority has given the green light to the scheme, which will see the redevelopment of the Waterloo Hotel.

When complete, the Betws-y-Coed hotel will have 75 new suites and a separate mixed-use building for conferences and events, complete with a café. Manchester-based Seven Architecture designed the scheme for The Royal Oak & Waterloo Hotels. One key aspect is that the redevelopment will require the demolishing of several existing buildings on the nearly 10-acre site.

Cadnant Planning advised on the scheme, which includes several green aspects including living walls. Built into the plans is a rainwater harvesting system that can irrigate these living walls as well as supplement clean water within the building. There will also be EV charging points and solar panels on part of the roof.

Waterloo Hotel 4, Royal Oak, P Planning Documents

Betws-y-Coed-based Sian Griffiths is the landscape architect on the scheme. Credit: via planning documents

Under the plans, the main hotel building will grow to 44,510 sq ft across six floors.

The mixed-use building is 27,490 sq ft spread out across four storeys and includes 20 apartment-style suites. There will also be 3,466 sq ft of retail space and 1,830 sq ft of food and drink area. Plans also include 1,593 sq ft of conference room space and assorted services.

The approved application also includes outline permission for an additional thermal spa building.

Betws-y-Coed-based Sian Griffiths is the landscape architect on the scheme.

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Looks epic.Im getting a 21st century ‘Shining’.

By Robert Fuller

Hopefully it will have a maze, snow tractor and a secret 1920’s ballroom!

By Johnny

Looks great. North Wales in general is in desperate need of more hotel rooms, particularly along the west coast in other places like Harlech / Barmouth.

By Mike