We stayed here a couple of weeks ago for 3 nights, primarily to watch an Olympic Football match in the Millennium Stadium.
The start was a bit disappointing because we were told that check in was at 3pm, we arrived at about 1.30. I don't have a problem with the room not being ready until the appointed time but the receptionist didn't even check because "check in is at 3pm".
We stayed in a luxury room which was excellent, being large, spotlessly clean and with a huge flat screen TV. Extra benefits were a complimentary bottle of wine daily (me) and bottled water (wife). Again slightly let down because both were forgotten on our last day and had to be requested.
Breakfast was a bit odd really. On two mornings it was ordered from the menu, but on the middle one the restaurant was busier so we had the self service buffet, or, well it almost was. There was a waitress stood behind the buffet to dish out the goodies in case we were tempted to overdo it, how thoughtful. On the final day my order was forgotten, so I had to play catchup with my gloating wife. The food wasn't bad, but the selection of bread ranged all the way from cut white loaf to, well, cut brown loaf.
OK, I know I'm being picky, but the hotel is excellently located for the train station and for everything this vibrant city has to offer. A visit to Cardiff Bay is a must, it's a gentle 20-25 minute stroll from the hotel and the transformation of this area in recent years is amazing.
Staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful and I would recommend it, idiosyncracies and all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The closest hotel to the Millennium Stadium gates. The Royal Hotel is the oldest of all the Cardiff hotels and has been welcoming guests to our fantastic city since it first opened it's doors in 1866. Our rich history includes the Captain Scott Room, where Captain Scott and his expedition team held their final public banquet before setting sail to the South Pole. Home to the Barbarians for 25 years etc. etc. Recently refurbished throughout, we're working on the next stages including free WiFi now available in every bedroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Cardiff
- The Royal Hotel Cardiff, Wales