Stayed at St Davids Hotel and Spa and booked room 601 and am left with mixed feelings some very good while others disappointing.
On entring the hotel the foyer is spectacular and the reception very friendly and helpful. One young man, whose name I did not get, was helpful by parking out car and was very helpful at giving us advice on where to go for an afternoon walk around the stunning lake and sea front. He was at the entrance to the hotel on our return and enquired if we had enjoyed the walk (thank you whoever you are).
First impressions when entering the room were stunning due to the room being very spacious and being a corner room having views from both sides, it all felt very special. On inspection around the room I started to notice things looking a bit tired and not what you expect from a 5 star rating. The sofa had buttons missing which made it look scruffy, the chair to the desk had a torn arm where it had rubbed on the desk over time, a few crumbs on the floor under the desk, several places on the carpet were stained due to condensation dripping down from the very large windows (the windows are what I love about the room). The bed was very large and very comfortable. We called for a jug of milk when arrived promptly so top marks for all the staff in the hotel.
We made use of the spa which is an area of the hotel that really needs work. I could see brown marks in various places around the pools, due to age there are areas of the roof that are cracked and dripping. It just didn't have a clean feeling, but this is due to age not that it is not kept clean. The walk back to the ladies changing room is very slippery, even though there is a notice to warn you that it is slippy. I think a new surface needs to be put on the floors here for safety sake. The changing rooms are fine, with plenty of lockers, showers and products to wash and shampoo.
We ate in the dining room and the food was very good but not spectacular. The young man who served us was especially helpful.
Overall impressions were that some parts of the hotel are tired but staff are excellent. Not to put anyone off, the views are spectacular from the rooms, the rooms are spacious, the beds very comfortable, showers great, and the walks around the area are great. Right outside the hotel are protected wetlands with numbers of rare birds for those who like bird watching.
We enjoyed out stay!
- 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