We were invited to take a sneak peek inside the new Tŷ Milford Waterfront hotel on St Davids Day. We have watched this new hotel being built from the development stages, so it was interesting to finally get to have a look around inside. The Tŷ Hotel Milford Waterfront is the latest addition to the expanding portfolio in The Celtic Collection and the Tŷ Hotels family, in partnership with the Port of Milford Haven.
Would you like a first glimpse at the new hotel in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire? Then, read on to see more preview photos:
Read about our stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront Hotel here.
Visiting Tŷ Milford Waterfront, Pembrokeshire
Tŷ Milford Waterfront can be found on Milford Marina, Milford Haven Pembrokeshire (postcode: SA73 3AF). When the hotel is open there will be parking across the road (just past Milford Haven Museum). For now, if you visit Milford Marina there is plenty of parking under Victoria Bridge, at Mackerel Quay, behind The Harbourmaster and in between Martha’s Vineyard and Spinnaker Cafe.
The hotel is still in its build phase so we popped on hard hats and hi vis for safety. These snaps offer a preview but remember the hotel will look even better when it’s complete and all the artwork, furniture and finishing touches are in place.
As it was St David’s Day, Tŷ Milford Waterfront was adorned with daffodils, the national flower of Wales,. These were supplied by Flowers and Fancies, a local flower and gift shop (located at 46 Charles Street, Milford Haven). Within the Celtic Collection, there is very much an emphasis on celebrating the local area and using local produce and suppliers (where they can) in each of their hotels.
Stylish hanging lights put the focus on the vibrant bar area. We relaxed here, sipping champagne, while waiting for our tour. The bar will be open to the public and as well as a wide selection of drinks will feature cocktails and bar meals (see the Sample Bar Menu here).
Fonz and The Poet
Entertainment was provided by Fonz and and the Poet, a South Wales band. They were great and made me want to sing and dance as they played Paradise by George Ezra. That’s one of the songs that Caitlyn and I learnt to play on the ukulele while she was in primary school so it brings back happy memories for me.
A Warm Welcome
We were given such a warm welcome to Tŷ Milford Waterfront from every member of the team. We also listened to Andy Jones, Chief Executive at the Port of Milford Haven say a few words:
“For many years we’ve firmly believed that Milford Haven was a hidden gem in Pembrokeshire’s crown, and it truly is a proud moment for our team to see this vision continue to become reality.
The arrival of Tŷ Hotel Milford Waterfront and our confidence in Milford Haven’s potential as a destination, which is shared by The Celtic Collection, is creating a ripple effect of prosperity locally, building on what’s already here and giving confidence to other investors that Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire offer opportunities for growth and employment.
We are very much looking forward to the opening of the hotel next month, to our continued partnership with The Celtic Collection, and to the ongoing success and development of Milford Waterfront.”
He stressed the importance of the culture of this local area.
Next, we heard from Ian Edwards, Chief Executive at The Celtic Collection, who said:
“The development of Milford Waterfront is a very exciting, ongoing project. The Tŷ Hotel will provide the perfect place for visitors to stay and enjoy this rejuvenated area of natural beauty. Today was a great opportunity to celebrate this stunning new location, its magnificent views and the hotel restaurant which will showcase the very best of Pembrokeshire’s produce and we know many more people are going to enjoy visiting the hotel when it opens next month.”
Dulse, The Waterfront, Milford Marina
We then went through to see the restaurant and private dining room, Dulse:
“An edible variety of seaweed that grows abundantly around the coast of Pembrokeshire, dulse is bursting with ‘umami’ flavour and can be eaten raw or dried, making it a versatile ingredient for our menu, as well as providing the inspiration for our restaurant’s unique name.”
Simon Crockford, former Wales National Chef of the Year and Executive Head Chef at Tŷ Hotel, was on hand to offer us a taste of the delicious dishes that will be available in this new restaurant which will use some of the best local produce Pembrokeshire has to offer.
The dining booths look lovely, I can imagine having a family meal or meal with a group of friends here. There will be artwork on the walls before opening.
Diners will be treated to a view of Milford Marina. As a local, it was nice to be able to see this familiar view again as of course the path has been closed during building work. It will be lovely to be able to walk this way again, once more.
Tŷ Milford Waterfront Private Dining Area
Dulse’s private dining area also benefits from the scenic sea view. This space can be used as more restaurant space when needed or can be booked as a private dining room for events and celebrations. Get in touch with Tŷ Milford Waterfront for more details.
It’s a very modern, stylish space with colours that compliment the outdoor environment. I particularly love the dining chairs.
Dulse will be available for restaurant bookings from 8th April. Vegan options are available, including Pembrokeshire Salt and Chilli Cauliflower Wings, Vegan Sweetcorn and Asparagus Risotto and Chocolate Brownie. View Dulse menus and book a table here.
A Tour Around the Tŷ Milford Waterfront Hotel Rooms
We were then invited upstairs to view Tŷ Milford Waterfront’s hotel rooms. The lift isn’t up and running yet so we all made our way up the stairs to the fourth floor. This was worth it as everyone was excited about seeing the view from those Tŷ Milford Waterfront balconies.
The hotel rooms are gorgeous. They are the high standard you’d expect from Tŷ Hotel and the Celtic Collection. There are 100 hotel rooms and 86 of them offer a sea view- the windows look like beautiful maritime paintings. If you opt for a room without the sea view, you’ll still have an interesting view of Milford Haven and will get to soak in the coastal landscape during dining or while exploring Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire.
In addition to the comfortable bed, every room will feature:
- Air conditioning
- Desk and desk chair
- 43 Inch Samsung Interactive HD TV
- Complimentary WiFi
- Complimentary parking
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Iron/ironing board
I spy a rainfall shower, fluffy towels and Elemis toiletries in the en suite bathroom.
The mirrors “reflect” the Tŷ logo.
When the hotel is complete, there will be a table and chairs in this “room with a view”, so you can sit and work, sip wine or enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the sights.
Room with a View
The Superior Marina View Rooms all offer a guaranteed view of the marina as well as your very own balcony to watch the sunrise.
This is such a familiar view to me but from a different perspective.
The design of these corner balconies mean you get to see both sides of the marina, the leisure yachts and the working ships. To my left, I could see Dave’s business, Windjammer Marine. This old building sadly won’t be there much longer as in with the new can mean out with the old. It’s encouraging to see money is being spent to regenerate our local area. Projects, such as this hotel, bring lots of much needed jobs for local people and more opportunities for the town itself, but I hope the history of “Milford Haven Docks” will always be preserved and respected as that’s what gives Milford Marina and Milford Haven the charm and character it has today.
The marina view rooms without a balcony have an incredible view through the glass windows too, it looks like a moving painting.
They are such lovely rooms to relax in.
The full length hall way window provides a focal point on every hotel floor, and a great backdrop for photos.
Another Room, Another View
We viewed a selection of rooms on the fourth floor. There will be standard king rooms, family rooms (which accommodate up to two adults and two children), superior marina view rooms and accessible rooms available. Room prices start from £81 per night. View Tŷ Milford Waterfront rooms and book here.
Standard or Superior Marina View Rooms?
I think if you’re booking a stay at Tŷ Milford Waterfront for a treat or special occasion then a marina view balcony will enhance your stay and be a special experience to remember. If you’re not planning to spend much time in the hotel then you could save your pennies and opt for a standard king.
Other Facilities at Tŷ Milford Waterfront
In addition to the rooms, bar, restaurant and private dining area, there will also be an activity suite, aptly named, Activi-Tŷ Suite. The hotel will be ideal for both business and leisure guests.
It was clear while viewing the hotel that only the best quality materials had been used and there has been am excellent standard of workmanship used during the build. Well done to the builders for the hard work and long hours they have put into this building.
As you can see, it was hard to resist sitting on the comfortable beds and taking in the picturesque view.
We headed back down stairs and said goodbyes to our hosts for the afternoon. Dulse Head chef, Simon Crockford sent us on our way with a goody bag of handpicked local products to try- a taste of things to come. Thank you Simon and thank you Tŷ Milford Waterfront for inviting us to this sneak peek of the new hotel, we will be back soon!
Tŷ Milford Waterfront will open on April 8th, click here for more details:
Read our review of Tŷ Milford Waterfront Hotel.