I’d won tickets from Heart North Wales to see Elvis Costello at Venue Cymru. His one man show ‘Detour’ was creative, quirky and engaging and his voice absolutely mesmerising. When he sang ‘She’ I literally couldn’t take my eyes off him and believed the emotion in every word. The performance felt like a personal insight into his life, with even a filmed guest appearance of his father singing If I Had a Hammer on the Royal Command Performace in the seventies.
We stayed at the Swn-Y-Mor small hotel which is literally only a few doors away from the venue. We’ve stayed here many times in the past, but it’s now in the hands of Chris and Steven, who are in the process of renovating the place into a more modern style. The downstairs is looking pretty swish (love the medieval style chandeliers) and the breakfast has improved too (fresh fruit, fresh tomatoes, fresh mushrooms). What hasn’t changed is the warm welcome and the great price. Our room was pretty much as it’s always been but I’m sure the new owners are working their way through the modernisation bit by bit. The old downstairs bar which used to be open for after theatre drinks is no longer used and the upstairs lounge closes at 10, so for a post concert nightcap we popped into the Hydro a couple of doors down. There is off street parking at the hotel and wifi – things which are important to Steve and I. I would definitely recommend this hotel for an overnight stay if you are visiting Venue Cymru.
As I said, the day was glorious, so we munched and drank our way round various teashops, taking in the stunning views of the Victorian esplanade. I like the new ice cream parlour, Fortes, and the new Troop Café community project tea shop which has opened quite close to the theatre. We indulged not only in ice cream, but a chippy tea!
An added bonus was these adorable newly hatched seagull chicks right outside our room. Who needs a sea view when you have wildlife watching.