Travelled from mid Bedfordshire Saturday morning for a one night stay. We knew the hotel was on the outskirts, but happy to travel into the centre. The reception staff were extremely polite, very welcoming and very smartly dressed. I got great bookings through www.olotels.com which I stumbled on accidentally (also very good service) double room for £41.00 for one night, with breakfast for 2 people, also a twin room with breakfast for 2 people for £40.00. Because others in the family were coming last minute, we had a name change on one room, but this was no problem.
We did notice the car park payment signs, but decided to ask at reception before buying a ticket and found out that if you're staying at the hotel you don't pay for car parking, they have a machine which you register your car details on so they can check on car parking.
The room (107) was lovely, spacious and exceptionally clean and tidy. Bathroom was the same, really sparkling. Initially I thought there were not enough towels for 2, but found extras in a drawer in the room. Plenty of tea, coffee, sugar etc.
After putting our bags in the room around 2.00pm, we went back down to see if we could get a bite to eat before going to meet the family members in the city. I have Coeliac disease and have to keep to a strictly gluten free diet and although I'd taken food with me, I decided to see if there was anything I could eat. Nothing on the menu so decided to ask the young lad who was looking after the dining space whether they could do something outside of the menu and explained why. I suggested perhaps a simple omelette and some green salad as this is easy to do. He said he would ask the chef. He came back to tell us it was no problem at all, so both my sister and I had a lovely omelette each.
My sister suggested we get a taxi into the centre as we knew we could get a lift back to the hotel with my other sister who arrived earlier and had gone into the city already. The man on reception said a taxi would be about £10 - £12 which we thought was OK as parking in the city would probably end up being more than that. They have a phone on the reception desk which you can use free of charge to call a taxi. Taxi arrived a few minutes later. So glad we got a taxi as the roads were so busy and we would have struggled to find parking on a Saturday afternoon.
Met up with family, cousin visiting from Canada and other Welsh cousins at the Maldron hotel in the centre. Had a fab time. Came back to the hotel to change for the evening. Went together in one car with both sisters to The Harvester in Cardiff Bay for a family meal together. That was all very good too. Back to the hotel to sleep. Had a cup of tea and a read before going to sleep. Only small problem was being woken in the night by noisy people in the corridors, but this isn't the fault of the hotel, just inconsiderate people.
In the morning, had a lovely shower. We went down to get some breakfast. The young man who served us yesterday afternoon greeted us at the dining room and much to my absolute surprise asked me would I like some gluten free toast with my breakfast. I felt this was extremely thoughtful and really didn't think he would even remember my sister and I given the amount of people who go through this hotel daily.
I accepted the offer of the toast, just asking him to check with the chef that the bread wasn't put through the same toasting process as other bread (thereby rendering it 'contaminated') he came back with 2 slices of gluten free toast for me. My sister and had a lovely breakfast. Buffet breakfast as much as you want, plenty of choice and lots of things I could eat too!
Checked out of our room shortly after this and headed back to Bedfordshire, but did ask the name of the young man who asked me about the toast and found out his name is James. So thank you to James for being extra thoughtful.
Sorry I can't comment on the spa or fitness suite as we didn't get time to use them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Cardiff hotel has amenities for business and leisure guests alikeA modern refuge near a historic city centre awaits. The hotel boasts modern fresh, comfortable guest rooms feature and guest enjoy complimentary access to the Leisure Suite, Free Wifi and car parking. Cardiff's historic city centre is only 6.4 kilometres from the hotel.Millennium Stadium and Wales Millennium Centre, and Cardiff Castle, Bay and International Arena are nearby, and the hotel is easily accessed from the motorway network.Light bar fare is served all day in the comfortable lounge area, and RBG Bar & Grill offers delicious evening meals.The complimentary Leisure Suite features a well-equipped fitness centre. ... more less
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