We stayed for one night when attending a special birthday party at a local golf club west of Cardiff. Although this 1980’s style hotel with its own lake is situated on a retail park right by a major road intersection, we don’t think this will be a problem for the majority of guests. We booked a lake view room. All lake rooms face north east and look through dense planting to the very busy Culverhouse X intersection. Quite amazing really, watching the water fowl on the lake through the closed window, you’d hardly believe you’re right next to such a busy road junction. Some of the end rooms may get a “better” view of the road and perhaps these would not be as quiet. The south west facing rooms on the other side of the hotel overlook the hotel entrance, car park and retail park a little distance away. As retail parks go we don’t think you’d get bothered with much noise if you stayed in one of these rooms and on bright days you’ll get lovely sunshine through your windows.
It’s true that the reasonable size bedrooms do look rather tired and dated. A lot of that is probably due to the choice of dark wood effect for furniture and doors, which could never lighten a room like pale coloured wood and easily shows scuffs etc built up over 20 years. The use of heavy patterned curtains also closes the room in on you. So the rooms could do with a make over to open up the interior space but this isn’t a top of the range hotel so you shouldn’t expect the best. That said, our room was clean, the shower was excellent, as was the lighting for the mirrored hairdryer corner and the bed, which felt too soft when we first sat on it, was actually very comfortable and supportive without being hard. We hope our memories are not playing tricks with us but we do remember being disappointed that in 2012 the room still had an old fashioned tube TV instead of a nice modern 32 inch LCD or LED TV that would probably cost a lot less now than the old TV did 10+ years ago.
As we were out late and planned to have a lie in we decided not to pay for breakfast. We had tea and biscuits when we got up but then had an early and excellent Sunday lunch in Raglans restaurant soon after we checked out at midday. We didn’t use any of the hotel facilities during our 20 hour stay so can’t comment about them but as self funding leisure guests, we would never consider paying a hotel a 24 hour fee for the half an hour’s internet access we would use.
If you don’t mind being about 5 miles west outside of the city centre and you get a room at the right price this hotel could be a reasonable choice for a visit to South East Wales.
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