Anyone who has not been to Cardiff in the last few decades would hardly recognize it today. The city centre has undergone a thorough transformation that has seen the industrial hangover consigned to the past. Modern edifices such as the Millennium Stadium, which is used frequently for high-profile sporting events, sits alongside proud old structures such as the City Hall and Cardiff Castle.
Despite modern development rejuvenating the city, there has always been an appetite for a little luxury as far as visitors are concerned. Excellent hotels cater to business and leisure travellers and there are plenty of good options, the best five of which we present to you here. Our selection process involves taking on board a number of factors, including the value for money, location and each hotel’s facilities in-room and on the premises.
Privates from £114/ night
Located near Cardiff Docks, this luxury hotel offers great views in a modern and memorable building. Rooms and communal hotel areas are equally well-appointed, with top-notch amenities to match. Take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool or head for a swim. Relax in the Jacuzzi or sweat it out in the sauna. Rooms are equally well-equipped, offering floor-to-ceiling windows, a sitting area, flatscreen TV and some come with a private balcony that gives way to views over the bay. Each room is unique in design and outlay and equal in terms of comfort.
Privates from £94/ night
A chain like Radisson Blu comes with its own expectations and their Cardiff branch certainly lives up to them. The 21 storey hotel is in a great location, especially for those who are arriving or departing by train; Cardiff Central Station is moments away. The rooms are bright and pleasant. You’ll find a neat ensuite bathroom with a hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and a safety deposit box among other amenities inside the room. Within the hotel there is also a restaurant, bar and business centre.
Privates from £94/ night
The Exchange Hotel is located close to Cardiff Bay station, and indeed the Bay itself. There is a great à la carte restaurant and bar onsite and free wifi is provided throughout the hotel. But it is the ornate furniture and decoration of the rooms that lends this hotel a sense of luxury. The rooms are of a decent size and a safe, air conditioning, toiletries, and a tea and coffee maker are all provided. This hotel also has good facilities for guests with disabilities.
Privates from £145/ night
Located to the South of Cardiff, the Rooms, which belong to Restaurant James Sommerin are a hit with food lovers. They are also popular with those who prefer to stay away from the maelstrom of the inner city. Street parking is available for guests at the seafront hotel in the middle of a picturesque stretch of Cardiff’s coastline. Rooms are spacious and come with a flatscreen TV and free toiletries. This spot has been consistently popular with couples in the past.
Privates from £81/ night
Jolyons has good proximity to the Principality (aka Millennium) Stadium for those wishing to attend sporting events like rugby or football. That means it is also close to the city centre as well. Rooms are elegant and are individually styled for that more personal and unique stay. Furthermore they come equipped with an electric kettle, flatscreen TV and free toiletries. This luxury boutique hotel also has a bar and restaurant offering special diet menus, and a garden, which proves especially handy during warmer months.