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“Best hotel in Cardiff so far”
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Hilton Cardiff
Ranked #8 of 73 Hotels in Cardiff
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best hotel in Cardiff so far”
Reviewed 27 January 2009

We have stayed in a few hotels in Cardiff but I I can't fault the Hilton for quality, location and overall service. We had booked an Exec room through the Hilton site, but since we had just joined the Honours scheme we received an upgrade to a Junior Suite. For 65/night inc breakfast.

We have a young daughter, so we were given a corner room on the 4th (with a large sofa-bed), including use of the Exec lounge which has a great view of the park civic buildings, drinks, laid-back environment etc.

In short, the hotel is well located (side of the high street, opposite the park), very modern and clean but the best part was the room. Huge L-shape, lots of space with a soft King bed, large bathroom with bath and walk-in shower, LCD tv, mini bar, safe and 3 extensive windows.

In short, not much to detract from our stay; with some of the other marginal reviews I read on TripAdvisor about the Park Plaza etc., I wouldn't think twice about staying here again.

Good things:
. location: high street close, easy to find next to the ring road, close to the park and castle, close to Henry's (fave for cocktails)
. modern and clean, lovelly rooms, friendly staff (mostly)
. restaurant quality (hot breakfast range a little limited though)
. an exceptional place if you get a good deal on rates - if not, it is still worth the money!

Not so good things:
. parking - there is none, but valet is 15 pounds/day which is fine. Its a city centre hotel, so not unreasonable
. restaurant staff generally looked miserable - I don't work there, I was a guest so do I really mind?

  • Liked — Location, cleanliness, space
  • Disliked — Really nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Thank bloody.badger
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Reviewed 26 January 2009

Excellent Hotel
5 Star Service and 5 Star Rooms
Cannot make any complaints about this hotel

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — No complaints
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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athens,greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2009

I booked this hotel through the Hilton site as they were advertising a january sale with rooms up to 50 per cent off. I wasn't expecting much at a sale rate but boy was i surprised when I entered the room.It was a small suite on the 5th floor with views to the university and courthouse.A huge bathroom with separate shower and 2 flatscreen tv's.The Hilton is right next to the main shopping district and also cardiff castle.A buffet breakfast was also included in the price and it was really good with a hot and cold buffet bar and bread and sweet bat too-try the welsh cakes-the Hilton's are the best.I didn't use the pool or gym but they looked clean .The concierge was especially nice -helped us find a great chinese restuarant! I will definately come back!

  • Liked — everything!
  • Disliked — everything great
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank allgreek2me
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Reading, UK
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52 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2009

Neither a stranger to Cardiff nor the hotels there, I have stayed in the Hilton before. The Cardiff Hilton is far better than any other Hilton I have stayed in in the UK and the best hotel I have stayed in in Cardiff.

It's not the hippest but it's certainly the most comfortable and unlike other hotels in the area they don't charge extra for some cheese in your omelette.

Sadly the pool is in need of some TLC to make it shine.

The executive lounge is a nice feature that seems overused over weekends.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Condition of the pool area.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2009

I stayed at this hotel on 17 January for a night and that was enough. The check-in was a disater, initially given a twin instead of a double and then allocated a disabled room and eventually given the correct room which is split from the smoking section by a corridor. You can imagine the stench of smoke! Not 5* Having said that this wasnt our main concern as we both were not overly concerned about the room. However the carpets were stained, scratches everywhere. The pool and gym is a disgrace, filthy changing area with hair and visable dirt everywhere, there are also exposed elements in the steam room which look slightly alarming. I was incredibly dissapointed with the attitude of staff and the standards. It does not come close to the Hilton Tower Bridge which is 4* and superb!! Would avoid for anything near £100, will try St Davids Spa next time!

  • Liked — The breakfast
  • Disliked — The experience as a whole
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank traveller1983Bristol
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
30 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2009

My husband and I have stayed at the Hilton on a few occasions over the past year, the most recent stay being 24 Dec 08.

We have stayed in Executive rooms and Junior suites (and even had a free upgrade to the Presidential Suite on my husband's 40th birthday) mainly for the access to the Executive lounge, with it's great views over Cardiff Castle. These rooms are mostly on the 7th floor, so have great views. You can also eat breakfast in the lounge (it's a more limited menu), avoiding the queues we have seen for the main dining room.

We have always found the staff to be polite and helpful. We've never eaten in the restaurant, but have always enjoyed the food from room service.

The beds have been incredibly comfortable in all of the rooms and we've always had a great night's sleep.

This is a large, corporate hotel, so if you're after the more personal touches you get in smaller, boutique hotels, this isn't the hotel for you. For a peaceful break away from home, set right in the centre of town, it's great. As I said, we've stayed a few times and would happily stay again.

  • Liked — Comfortable beds
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank CardiffManc
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South East
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2008

We've stayed here before and the experience wasn't great, but this time, with expectations lowered, it was almost perfect.
We normally stay in the Park Plaza, but they have lost our business after some serious problems with service, so we plumped for an Exec room in the Hilton.
The room was great with a fantastic view over the castle, and it was just down from the Exec lounge. I have to say, Erin in the lounge provided the best service I have ever received in a hotel. Ever! But children should be banned from Exec lounges.
The massages we hd were sorely needed and very good, and if there is a downside to this stay it's the pool. It's very much in need of a deep clean! (oh, and children should be banned).

  • Liked — The great service in the Exec Lounge
  • Disliked — The mucky pool
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank binkydoodle
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Property: Hilton Cardiff
Address: Kingsway, Cardiff CF10 3HH, Wales
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Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Cardiff
#2 Spa Hotel in Cardiff
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cardiff
#11 Business Hotel in Cardiff
#12 Romantic Hotel in Cardiff
#13 Family Hotel in Cardiff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Cardiff 4*
Number of rooms: 197
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