The main hotel seems great, but we were stopping in the 'garden rooms', which are basically two rows of chalet-style rooms next to the hotel. They're large rooms, so if you're stopping as a group (we were 2 adults and 2 kids) you'll probably get booked into one of them. In theory you park your car right outside of your room, US motel style, but in practice there's not proper space for everyone to park there so cars get parked in assorted spaces (all to be fair close to the rooms). The rooms are not awful, but they (and the general area where they're sited) are in need of some basic upkeep. It's a 3-star hotel, but it's not a 3-star experience if you stop in the garden rooms, especially if it rains and you find yourself running from your room to the hotel like you're on a caravan site! I don't think anyone expects to get wet going down to breakfast in a hotel.
On the plus side, staff are very helpful, breakfast is excellent, the grounds are beautiful, and it's a perfect base from which to visit Cardiff and the surrounding areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful, traditional hotel set amongst secluded gardens, yet close to the centre of Cardiff, the St. Mellons Hotel was originally a large country house. With high standards of service and an emphasis on luxury, today the hotel comprises 41 en suite bedrooms, all stylishly furnished, as well as a wealth of leisure facilities including swimming pool, Spa Works beauty salon and rejuvenating spa amenities. Guests seeking the finest cuisine can indulge their curiosity at our Llanarthan Restaurant. Outside the hotel, guests can take a relaxing wander in the extensive hotel grounds or discover the sights and sounds of Cardiff only a short journey away. We acknowledge the gracious living of an earlier age, yet appreciate the contemporary desires of today's guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Cardiff
- Cardiff Best Western
- St. Mellons Hotel Cardiff, Wales