I didn't expect too much when I booked the Ibis Budget in Cardiff for £28 a night. I was pleasantly surprised. Check in staff were efficient and very friendly. The room was spotlessly clean, but was seriously "no frills". A comfortable bed, a decent shower when I figured out the controls, and a perfectly adequate but small toilet. I was staying with my husband, but if visiting with a friend the fact that the shower opens directly into the room, and is behind a frosted glass door might be a bit problematic. We stayed mid week, and all other guests were middle aged couples or families. We were not troubled by street noise, although there were a few clanking doors. I am sure the atmosphere is different at the weekend. The location is excellent- 5 minute walk to Cardiff city centre and the station, and a 15 minute stroll to Cardiff Bay. The buffet breakfast at £4.95 was good value. Fresh fruit, yogurt, croissants, toast, cold meats, cheese, jam and Nutella. The only reason I could not give it 5 stars was due to the small car park. There was no opportunity to reserve a disabled parking bay, and even if you had paid the £4 per day fee, your space was not guaranteed if you went out and returned later in the day. There is absolutely no on street parking anywhere nearby, and disabled bays in the car park were allowed to be used by all drivers. For wheelchair users this could be a serious set back. The car park was full when we visited. Spaces outside are all for office users and cars are clamped if parked in private car parks (quite rightly).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Etap Hotel Cardiff
- Etap Cardiff
- Hotel Ibis Budget Cardiff Centre Wales