My boyfriend and I booked this hotel for the value. There's nothing special about it; it's a pretty standard hotel minus a few standard conveniences.
What they fail to make you aware of when you book (at least on the internet, that is) is their extreme eco-friendly policies. There are no toiletries in the bathrooms; the lights in the hallways are motion-sensored so you're pretty much in the dark for a few seconds as you walk down the hall. That being said, the beds are comfortable and our room was clean, so I have nothing much to complain about on that front.
The location of this hotel has both its advantages and disadvantages. It's adjacent to the train station, which was good for us because we arrived via rail and didn't have to waste our money on additional public transport. At night, the sound of trains rumbling by is pretty tough. Tolerable, but tough. Of course, this is not the fault of the hotel, nor is it an issue of customer service. It's just a thing to bear in mind if absolute quiet is an important factor to you.
The hotel's proximity to the train station also puts it in a sort of "scuzzy" area. We arrived at night and were quite uncomfortable walking around the neighborhood. Lots of young people stumbling out of bars and nightclubs-- raucous and loud, which is fine...except there were other "characters" that we had to be wary of. There were policemen every few blocks or so; nothing was particularly wrong...it was actually sort of alarming because patrolling these streets seemed to be part of their regular shift.
In the daytime, the area has less of a sinister vibe. If you walk a few blocks up towards the castle, you'll find yourself immersed in a high-traffic shopping area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff, in Cardiff city centre opened on the 16th May 2011. Principality Stadium is only a short walk from the hotel. The 12-story Clayton Hotel Cardiff comprises of 216 air-conditioned guest rooms as well as bar, restaurant and meeting rooms. Facilities at a glance: •216 air-conditioned guest rooms• FREE wireless internet access•Cardiff city centre Hotel•View Restaurant and Bar•Dedicated Business centre - 7 state-of-the-art Cardiff conference rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff Wales