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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
The River House is a city centre hostel in Cardiff near all the main attractions. This award winning Cardiff hostel has a selection of mixed shared room, female shared rooms, family rooms and private rooms. All guests get free wifi which is everywhere, a huge continental breakfast and a great central location. The hostel is run and owned by a local Cardiff family who can give advice about nearby attractions and help make your stay a welcome one. There is a bed and breakfast, homely feel which is helped by a fully equipped guest kitchen, a dining room, a lounge with hundreds of TV channels, board games and 150 DVDs you can watch for free. The River House has won many awards and has been voted the best hostel in Wales since 2008.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Breakfast Available
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Public Wifi
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Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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98Great for walkers
Grade: 98 out of 100
104Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
35Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
52Room tips
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Brilliant hostel, really close to city centre and it has super comfy beds. Everything was so clean the bathrooms were spotless!! Would 100% come back! Also the best hostel breakfast I have had in forever !
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I was very impressed with The River House & would highly recommend it to someone planning a trip to Cardiff. It’s located right along the river, and a short 5 minute walking distance from the Castle & City Centre. Although it’s not on the same side of the river as the City
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We were there during the game. Normally you're worried about noisy and drunk guests. No problems at all! Nice homely feel. Great breakfast and facilities. Beds could be a bit better. But overall an excellent hostel. I recommend the place to everybody.
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I stayed in The River House for 3 days with my sister and it was a great experience! The location is great, staff very friendly, the rooms and toilets are extremely clean, breakfast is good and it has a very nice vibe. I don’t really understand why other people left bad reviews
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I stayed here for a weekend in February 2019 and I can't fault them. The staff were friendly and welcoming from the moment I walked through the door to the moment I walked out to go back home. Rooms are modern and basic but in a good way. For a hostel, you don't expect hilton
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Our Kitchen
Clean and tidy kitchen
Private room
4-bed dorm
As I remember the walk from Sophia gardens is about 15-18 mins along the canal. The stadium is about 10mins. The place is in a really good location, right in the centre.
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Are there showers per dorm or are they in the communal areas?
There is a communal shower block . Don’t think any of the rooms have bathrooms . However they are nice little booths with a shower toilet and sink in them and they are nice and clean x
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Hello, Our lockers are for valuables then cases are kept under the beds. Large cases are not meant for keeping in our lockers. Kind regards
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"great breakfast"
"Private rooms on top floor are cosy!"
"Room 4 has bedside lamps for each bed and it's a twin room with one bunk only."
"Keep windows closed, bring ear plugs and perhaps an eye mask"
"Lots of floor, no lift"
US$19 - US$120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomWalesSouthern WalesCardiff
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