The hotel well designed, clean, attractive, but...5 or 10 minute walk to city centre? 15 to Cardiff Bay? I asked at the front desk, "Can I walk to the city centre from here?" Reply "No." I asked "is there any shopping or a grocery store nearby?" Reply "No." I asked "Can I walk to the bay from here, is it far?" Reply "you can walk there if you want." And with the wave of the hand I was dismissed. What the man at the desk should have said was "I recommend that you not go out alone at this time of day." But he didn't, so I headed down to the bay early in the am, got turned around, no signage for walkers, major highway to cross, not pedestrian friendly, the homeless camping out on the streets, I turned around and headed straight back to the hotel, never saw the bay area. AVOID the Atlantic wharf area at night and early morning. Later that day I found out that a couple in my tour group walked to the bay, took them 30 min. each way as not easily walkable and they got lost too. So as lovely as this hotel is, I wish my tour group had stayed at one closer to the city centre as all I saw of Cardiff was the castle and the homeless camping in the Atlantic wharf area. Which to be fair, the homeless did not bother me, but still not an area to be walking about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Cardiff Centre is a 4 star hotel perfect for your next break in Cardiff. Close to live sports action at the Principality Stadium, entertainment at the Motorpoint Arena and plenty of shops, restaurants and bars in the City Centre or Cardiff Bay. Enjoy our Restaurant and Bar, well equipped leisure facilities including; superb 15m indoor swimming pool, Resistance and Cardio gyms, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Guests will find free WiFi internet throughout the Hotel. For business needs, we have nine meeting rooms including The Warehouse function room, a fabulous venue for weddings and conferences alike. 120 Parking spaces at GBP 12 per day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Cardiff Centre Hotel Cardiff
- Hotel Accor Cardiff Centre
- Cardiff Novotel
- Novotel Cardiff Centre Wales