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“Second visit for Speedway” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre

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Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre
Ranked #30 of 76 Hotels in Cardiff
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Second visit for Speedway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

We booked 2 rooms @ £110 each for 2 nights last December aware that the price would be increased due to speedway, cricket and the Bank Holiday weekend. This was not a problem as we stayed last year and it was the same again this time. Basic rooms, but the main thing for me is that they are clean!
Breakfast was £4.25 all you can eat continental. My dad travelled with us and we were able to park at the hotel for free, as he has a "blue badge".

The staff were all very friendly and the hotel is only a ten minute walk into the City Centre. Yes, the beds are a bit hard but it was only for a couple of nights. I was not going to pay double the price for a better bed!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MichelleJoanne
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EtapCardiff, Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, 2 September 2012
Many thanks for the positive comments, I’m happy we were able to make your stay with us so enjoyable. We have refurbished all the bedrooms to improve standard and quality of services provided in our hotel however the beds are not going to be changed until next year.

We are looking forward to welcome you back in the future.

Kindest Regards

Michael Schmidt

Assistant General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

I have rated this hotel as 5* on the basis of the price paid for a city centre 'no frills' hotel. I paid £18 for a mid week room which was just over half the price I was being quoted by other hotel chains in the city. I am new to this chain and booked a double room, which although compact, was adequate for my needs - hanging space was limited. I found the room bright, quiet, very clean and modern. The double bed was firm, but I had a good nights sleep. The AC was an unexpected bonus for a room at this price, was quiet and worked well. The hotel is about a 10 min easy walk from the train/bus station - turn right as you exit the station, then head down any of the main roads to your right until you hit the major dual carriageway, turn left and stick to this road. The hotel is set slightly away from the shops and restaurants of the city centre, but they are within easy walking distance, as is the bay. The hotel served a very reasonably priced help yourself 'continental style' breakfast and there were a couple of vending machines in the foyer which stocked snacks, drinks, toiletries etc.

I liked:
1: Twelve O'Clock check in (and check out)
2: Free luggage storage
3: Very good coffee available from the breakfast bar
Disliked
1: Not a lot (for the price) although the cleaning staff were active very early in the morning, but I guess thats the price you pay for a check in time which is a good few hours earlier than most budget chains.
Families may struggle with the space available but I really can't fault my stay at the Etap in terms of value for money and would most certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank trishandambrose
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EtapCardiff, Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, 2 September 2012
I’m very grateful that you could take time to leave us your thoughts and write a review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We have refurbished all the bedrooms to improve standard and quality of services provided in our hotel. We are looking forward to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Michael Schmidt

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

Booked well on advance and paid £18 a night on a special offer.
Room is basic and clean, although it reminded us a bit of a hospital room!
Shower leads directly off the room, as does the toilet with the sink in the main part of the room.
Parking was cheap at £3 per day.
Breakfast is very expensive. If you have time go somewhere else. Help yourself to hot drinks, fruit juice, toast, cold croissants, cereal, muffins and fruit. Not worth it for £4.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Denise S
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EtapCardiff, Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, 2 September 2012
Thanks for leaving your thoughts here. The team and I are glad that you managed to express some very important points for us to improve, and we’ve taken note of your comments. Rest assured we will address them. At Ibis Budget we offer All you can eat continental buffet breakfast at £4.25 per person with a nice selection of hot drinks, fruit, french pastreis and other breakfast items. For residents who are looking for cooked breakfast we are always happy to advise where to go for Full English Breakfast.

We are looking forward to welcome you back on your next visit to Cardiff.

Kindest Regards

Michael Schmidt

Assistant General Manager
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

We were told this was in the red light district! never saw any suggestion of this during our 2 night stay, we walked back to the hotel very late on both nights and the area was very quiet.
10 mins steady walk to the city center.
The room was no frills, clean, practical, and everything we wanted ( a couple of nights in Cardif on the cheap) If you are XX Large you may have some fun turning around in the shower!! dont drop the soap (not supplied) you will flood the room trying to retrieve it!!
On the down side, charge £3 per night parking, but if you go out they will not guarantee you a space when you get back, at night the car park is solid bumper to bumper.
The bed was a BIT hard, and a BIT low down.
All in all we would go back at that price.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank iancbx
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EtapCardiff, Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, 2 September 2012
Thanks for leaving your thoughts here. The team and I are glad that you managed to express some very important points for us to improve, and we’ve taken note of your comments. Rest assured we will address them. We supply towels and soap as a basic standard in each bedroom. Please accept my sincere apologies if you lacked that in your room and I will investigate this with our housekepping team.

We are looking forward to welcome you back at Ibis Budget on your next visit in Cardiff.

Kindest Regards

Michael Schmidt
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Merthyr Tydfil
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108 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

Very BAsic, but very clean and comfortable hotel, with excellent rates. Stayed here in July 2012 a group of 10. Not a single complaint from our party (and some feal fussy one's in the group)

Ideally located to the centre of Cardiff. This hotel offers value for money. Book through Trevago and you can get better deals :)

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeff C
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EtapCardiff, Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, 2 September 2012
Many thanks for the positive comments, I’m happy we were able to make your stay with us so enjoyable. We have refurbished all the bedrooms to improve standard and quality of services provided in our hotel. We are looking forward to welcome you back on your next visit in Cardiff.

Kindest Regards

Michael Schmidt

Assistant General Manager
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Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

Four of us visited, myself 2 sons and son-in-law as we were going to the Olympic Bronze medal football game at the Millenium Stadium on a Friday night. Stayed at the Etap as we have stayed there before. Since our last visit the standard of the rooms have improved with better lighting and heating controls in the room. Bit disappointed that the prices were nearly treble what they normally are, but checking on other hotels in the area they had all done the same because of the Olympics, bit greedy, but then that is business I suppose. Car park for only £3 a stay is a good bonus. The location for the town could not be bettered.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank johnboy102
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EtapCardiff, Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, 2 September 2012
Thanks for leaving your thoughts here. The team and I are glad that you managed to express some very important points for us to improve, and we’ve taken note of your comments. Rest assured we will address them. We are looking forward to welcome you back on your next visit to Cardiff.

Kind Regards

Michael Schmidt

Assistant General Manager
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Property: Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre
Address: Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BE, Wales
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Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Cardiff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre 2*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ibis budget Cardiff is a hotel in the City Centre of Cardiff with affordable prices. All rooms are en-suite, with double bed and a single bunk bed. TV with freeview channels. Snack are available at our 24 hrs reception and Continental Breakfast Buffet for only £5.50. On site car park for just £4/24hrs. Free WIFI access in all bedrooms and public areas. ... more   less 
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