My husband and i stayed for 2 nights in one of the 'garden rooms' as we were there with our two dogs. (Dogs aren't allowed in the main building). I believe that there is an additional £10 per dog per night charge. However, the hotel forgot to charge this to us and needless to say we didn't point it out!!
After reading all the reviews I was a little anxious about what we were going to find, however, it was better than I'd expected!
The hotel is set away from the road about 1/2 mile down a country lane through a golf course. It's a nice quite location. We were attending a dog agility competition at Tredegar House, this hotel was perfectly located about 5 or 10 minutes drive away.
One of the first things you see is a disused tennis court with the concrete cracking and weeds growing through, not a great 1st impression! However, we parked and found the reception which was clean and inviting and the receptionist extremely friendly and helpful.
The garden rooms are arranged like an american motel building. Each has it's own door directly to outside - really handy when travelling with dogs. You can also park right outside the front door.
The room is more like a suite. it has an entrance hallway, modern bathroom with nice powerful shower and two sinks. All decorated and finished nicely except the old school -type window! The water pipes were exceptionally noisy after the toilet had been flushed, not a problem for us but i'm sure the people in the room next door found it annoying, especially as we were up and flushing the toilet very early each day!
The main bedroom had a double and single bed. I was a disappointed by this as I would expect a kingsize bed as standard these days, especially in a hotel rated 4*. This was the biggest issue for us.
Breakfast was served from 8am. We would have liked this to be a little earlier but it didnt cause a major drama. The hotel does offer a 24hour room service but i thought the extra £5 per person charge was a bit steep! The actual breakfast was very nice with an extensive menu. We had pastries and a cooked breakfast - everything was lovely and the service was fast and friendly.
We didnt use the restaurant, bar or leisure facilities so i cannot comment on these.
Overall, this hotel was good for the purpose we wanted it for, ie, a crash pad for us and the dogs. I plan to book again for next years agility show at Tregedar, however, i wouldn't recommend the 'garden rooms' as anywhere particularly special to spend a romantic weekend. As a base and crashpad, it does the trick!
i'm guessing the 4* rating applies to the rooms in the main building as I'd say the garden rooms were more like 3*.
- 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