I've been staying in this hotel every summer for 5 years in a row, except for one summer where the hotel was fully booked. The hotel is excellent overall, and it felt strange not staying there for that one year in the middle. I have already booked for my stay this summer and I can't wait.
The hotel is just a 5-10 minute walk to Mermaid Quay and the surrounding area. The rooms are very well designed and comfortable. They are quite luxurious, and they feel classic and cozy yet fresh and modern. I like the closets/cupboards because they are spacious and lit, and the floor-to-ceiling windows that make up an entire wall of the room are very pleasant. They let lots of natural light in! The rooms do not have a small refrigerator, but if you require one, the staff will get you one. We usually inform the hotel beforehand.
The view, in my opinion, is what makes the entire hotel. We always get the rooms on the left side of the hotel's entrance, and they look up to Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay and the Millennium Center. It is ideal and there is always something nice to look at any time of the day, specially with the activity in the bay.
The breakfast is at a restaurant (Tempus at Tides) that is also combined with a bar/lounge. It has good food, featuring a variety of cereals, pastries and fruits as well as hot breakfast dishes. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The restaurant does get busy on weekends for breakfast (depending on the time you visit) but it wasn't an issue as it is very expected at such a hotel.
The spa area is very cool. I have not tried any of their treatments and have not visited the gym, but the pool area is really great. It has a very large jacuzzi with salt water, and a another pool with a little passage that leads you to some water shower-jets to sit/stand underneath. There used to be a room with massage chairs which I thought was a brilliant idea, but unfortunately it has been changed to a relaxing room and the massage chairs no longer exist. The room, which also happens to be right next to the spa treatment rooms, is still very nice and quiet to be in.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody who's visiting Cardiff. The location is ideal and although it's not very close to the city center, it is very close to Mermaid Quay which has very good restaurants. It may not be an ideal place for businessmen, but downtown Cardiff is just a short ride away and a healthy walk close.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St. David's Hotel is situated on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay. Dynamic and contemporary in style, the hotel incorporates an impressive floor-to-ceiling, glass-backed atrium that provides a vision of space and natural light. All bedrooms have private balconies and waterfront views. Just five minutes from the centre of Cardiff, St David's Hotel is adjacent to Mermaid Quay with a wide range of entertainment including The Wales Millennium Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. David`s Hotel Cardiff
- St Davids Hotel Cardiff
- Cardiff St Davids Hotel
- St Davids Cardiff
- The St. David's Hotel Cardiff, Wales