Like the curate's egg, the Royal Hotel is 'good in parts'. I've stayed there several times over the last few years - and it's one of those places that I want to like, because I've got there on a very good price and because it's got its own individual style... but each time I do stay there, I've come away thinking it's not the place for me.
It has a clean, modern look and feel to it, and the rooms appear quite luxurious with sumptuous pillows, shiny floors and furniture and stylish fittings. However, the shiny floor is rather cold and hard, the shiny desk means that my laptop mouse doesn't work, and the sumptuous pillows and quilt are all feathered - which is no good for me with an allergy to feathers. All of these seem, and possibly are, rather niggly... but they added up to conspire against my comfort - as did the lack of a bath and the noisy street cleaner outside the window at 5am.
The Scott room is a lovely breakfast room with a good atmosphere. I forget each time I go that they play Jazz FM quite loudly though... and Jazz is not really my thing, especially over breakfast.
I really want to like this hotel, and I know others who stay often and are happy there - for me it's just got too many niggles for me to rate it any higher than I have done.
- 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