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“A reliable option”
Review of NosDa Hostel & Bar

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NosDa Hostel & Bar
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“A reliable option”
Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

The place was clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. Well worth the price you pay. They have a fun bar with a pool table and tvs. Plus, free continental breakfast, basic but nice option. No wifi, they say they do but most people couldn't connect. Also, the mattresses were TERRIBLE. They were noisy, uncomfortable, and just crappy in every way. Also, just so you know, the bathrooms are coed with no division. I was there during a rugby game and so I was sharing it with a ton of large 50 yr old Frenchmen and this was my first time traveling alone. It was a bit unsettling. But the bathrooms were very clean and worked fine. All in all, a reliable and good hostel, I'd recommend it.

Stayed February 2014
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London
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

It's located really near the city centre, and is accessible to the usual sightseeing places, like cardiff castle, museums etc.

On top of that, the staff were really friendly, and never hesitated to help us with anything we need.

One thing to caution though, is that the walls/floors of this hostel are really thin, so you can practically hear anything going on downstairs/upstairs. We happened to stay in the room right above the bar, so the noise was quite apparent and loud. Would not recommend if you're looking for a quiet place to rest.

Other than that, this place is definitely worth the money, especially for its excellent excellent location!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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north wales
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

I've stayed here around 5 times and can't fault it, ideal location for the millennium stadium and night out, comfortable clean rooms, and the staff are always welcoming, Nia the manager is always verry helpfull when we phone up to book for our next Rugby weekend, will be coming back in march for the Wales v scots game, C'mon Cymru !!! Thank you from Nia's girls Penrhyn North Wales x

  • Stayed March 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

My partner and I have stayed at NosDa a couple of times - and loved it! First time we were just there as a couple, for a few days, and we felt so welcome - the bar is a *great* place to meet other travellers. I remember two of the staff randomly invited us around for burgers one night too, lol. The second time we came for New Years 2011 with a group of people - took the big room on the top floor for the 5 of us - and loved it again. We headed out to the Bay for actual new years, but when we got back to NosDa it was still going off and we stayed up partying the new year in.
We're at an age now where we don't want to go to hostels when we're lucky enough to travel - but we'll always come back to NosDa. Love you guys!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

The location is great and the staff are very nice and can help you with any questions about the city. I went during winter and the only problem was that the room was freezing during the night!!! There is no wofo in the rooms, but they have a nice common area

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Alton
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Stayed over New Year with some friends. The hostel has a good vibe from the minute you walk in from the friendly staff.
We had here on the last night, limited menu, but had what we wanted and was tasty.
The hostel felt clean and secure.
Will be back!!

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper as for one away from the bar
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

My bad review is solely based on the cost for what you got, nothing else. Its is like most hostels, nothing flash, you have to walk a bit to the toilets, which arn't great but you think oh well its cheap you get what you pay for however we paid $170 Australian for one night in a 3 bed dorm, that was $55 each a night for a crappy dorm that was a maze to get to with tiny bathrooms somewhere down the hall. Its location is no different to every other hostel in this city and it was not a special time of the year, the place was virtually empty. So biggest rip off i have come across through my back packing just wish i did the math before booking.

The staff however were friendly, had no problems with them at all.

Just understands its offers nothing for the higher price tag so save your money and go to the cheaper hostels in the area.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Additional Information about NosDa Hostel & Bar

Property: NosDa Hostel & Bar
Address: 53-59 Despenser Street | Riverside, Cardiff CF11 6AG, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 46 Speciality Lodging in Cardiff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — NosDa Hostel & Bar 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NosDa has the best location for a hostel in the Welsh capital. On the River Taff, NosDa is opposite Wales’ most iconic building, the Millennium Stadium (Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Central Station are just a stone's throw away). NosDa means 'good night' in Welsh and that is exactly what we are promising. We are the only hostel on the River Taff with a licensed bar and not only that, NosDa is an established live music venue too. What better place to stay than a typically Welsh hostel with local bands, Welsh food & drinks, and local artists bringing you closer to the Welsh culture. We regularly organise beer festivals and Open Mic nights, and all Rugby World Cup and 6 Nations games are featured on our big screen. On a match day you can hear the crowd going wild at the Millennium Stadium, that's how close we are! Even though NosDa is one of the largest hostels in Cardiff, it is proud to have the reputation of being friendly and personal with well-travelled international and local staff on hand 24/7. We are also proud to be a member of Europe's Famous Hostels, which stands for quality and great customer service for an unbeatable price. We welcome international backpackers as well as Stag & Hen parties, rugby teams and school groups. NosDa is experienced in group accommodation and offers a variety of room types to suit all needs. We have a great communal kitchen and plenty of common space to chill out, watch TV, read a book or catch up on emails. Meet your fellow travellers whilst tasting some of our local ales and ciders! ... more   less 
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