Surf Snowdonia Hotel
The 106-bed hotel will be built alongside the existing lagoon

Work starts on Wales’ first Hilton Garden Inn

The first Hilton Garden Inn to built in Wales is on course to open next year at Adventure Parc Snowdonia as part of a £16m investment.

Designed by architect Pozzoni, the four-storey hotel features 106 bedrooms alongside the existing lagoon at the park, which opened in 2015.

Contractor HH Smith & Sons has now started work on the scheme, which is due to welcome its first guests in 2020. The hotel was granted permission by Conwy Council in November last year, despite planning officers recommended it for refusal.

Elsewhere on the park, HH Smith is also delivering the Adrenaline Indoors building, an indoor climbing and adventure centre. This includes artificial caving, climbing walls, slides, ninja trail, and a zip line across the lagoon.

Further plans for the park also feature a wellness spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas, and conference facilities, are also planned.

The investment by the park’s owner, the Ainscough Group, is expected to create an additional 100 jobs, effectively doubling its current workforce. To date, the park has attracted 600,000 visitors and currently employs 140 jobs at peak times.

Graham Dodd, managing director, development, UK & Ireland, Hilton said: “Hilton operates hotels at many of the UK’s leading sporting venues including Wembley Stadium, the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground and Doncaster Racecourse.

“Adventure Parc Snowdonia is a one-of-a-kind experience and the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn hotel will help elevate the park’s offering and draw more visitors to the area.”

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I’m personally not a fan of that collection of ‘stuff’ that seems to have been chucked in front of the building to form the ‘public space’. The cube seats aren’t even parallel to the paving.

By Adam Ash

This is a superb additional development for the village of Dolgarrog that previously relied on the aluminium works to provide local jobs and which suffered greatly after closure. The existing development has revitalised and rejuvenated the area in a really positive way. It puts Wales firmly on the map as the destination in the UK for adventure/leisure activities. Something to be proud of.

By James Wynne