Carlton Hotel, 654-656 Mumbles Road, Mumbles, 1792-360-450, www.carltonmumbles.co.uk. I stayed in this hotel overlooking Swansea Bay. It has small, clean doubles for $125; $135 after Jan. 1.
Morgans, Somerset Place, Swansea; 1792-484-848, www.morganshotels.com, is a more upscale choice. It's near the Dylan Thomas Center and waterfront. Doubles begin at $193.
Norton House Hotel and Restaurant, Norton Road, Mumbles; 1792-404-891, www.nortonhousehotel.co.uk, in a dignified Georgian manor. Doubles begin at $164.
The Angel Hotel, 15 Cross St., Abergavenny; 1873-857-121, www.angelhotelabergavenny.com, is a valley away from Blaenavon's Big Pit museum. Doubles begin at $165.
The Great House Hotel, High Street, Laleston; 1656-657-644, www.great-house-laleston.co.uk, has handsomely decorated rooms in a restored building dating from the 16th century, about a 30-minute drive west of Cardiff. Doubles from $165.
St. David's Hotel and Spa, Havannah Street, Cardiff Bay; 2920-454-045, www.roccofortehotels.com. This luxurious hotel is an option that will be especially attractive to those attending events at the Wales Millennium Centre, just a short walk away. Doubles begin at $312.
WHERE TO EAT:
The above hotels have restaurants.
Pizzeria Vesuvio, 200 Neath Road, Swansea; 1792-648-346, for pizza and pasta. Prices from $5-$17.
Dylan's Books and Bites, a cafe and used bookstore in the Dylan Thomas Center, Swansea; 1792-463-980. Sandwiches and soups, and a bar menu. $4-$19.
Plymouth Arms, Crofty-Genau Road, St. Fagans; 2920-571-121, a traditional country pub near the Museum of Welsh Life. Steaks, pasta and vegetarian dishes; entrees $11.50-$27.
TO LEARN MORE:
Wales Tourist Board/VisitBritain; (800) 462-2748, www.visitwales.com.
The male choirs: A comprehensive listing of male choirs, with rehearsal dates and places, is available from the Wales Tourist Board (above) or at www.homecomingwales.com.
On the web: Listen to Welsh male choral music at www.latimes.com/welsh.