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Where to Stay in Cardiff?
Cardiff Castle area is a tourist magnet since its proximity to the huge, leafy Bute Park, the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park and the High Street and shopping arcades make it a perfect place to base yourself. Of course, you also have the magnificent castle and its ground to wander around too.
Over in the St David’s Hall area of the city, visitors can potter around the 19th century Cardiff metropolitan cathedral, catch a gig at the Cardiff International Arena or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants in the Brewery Quarter.
Get a room in Cardiff Bay and you are within walking distance of the brilliant Dr Who Up Close exhibition at the Red Dragon Centre, the stately Senedd building where Welsh parliament debates and the Millennium Centre which plays host to musicals, ballet, opera and drama.
Cardiff Accommodation Options
Cardiff provides a range of hotels for every budget and just because you pay less it doesn’t mean you will be any further away from the big attractions. Guest houses and B&Bs are well-represented in the Welsh capital, as are most of the big chains.
For the budget traveller, there are a range of well-known cost-efficient chains such as Travelodge and Ibis but the more upmarket brands such as Marriott, Hilton and Copthorne properties are also present. You'll find these dotted around the city centre. Cardiff also offers a handful of boutique and high-end independent hotels such as St David’s Hotel and Spa and Holm House.
To get the best hotel deal, it is advisable to check that there are no major conferences, concerts or sporting events being held Cardiff, when room rates can rocket.
Cardiff Hotel Recommendations?
The innovative Big Sleep hotel in central Bute Terrace not far from St David’s Hall has won plaudits for its sleek design and low prices while the budget Etap Hotel in nearby Tyndall Street provides cheap hotel rooms close to the action. Sleeperz next to the city’s railway station also offers great value for money. At the other end of the scale, why not go for tea at the fabulous St David’s Hotel and Spa overlooking Cardiff Bay, not far from science centre Techniquest. Other five star options include the Cardiff Hilton which serves great modern Welsh food, the Park Plaza near the National Museum and the castle and the Cardiff Marriott on the doorstep of St David’s 2 Shopping Centre.
Transport in Cardiff
The city is 12 miles east of the airport. The Cardiff Bus runs regular coaches between the two or you can catch a train – both take around 30 minutes. The city has an exhaustive bus and local rail network although all the main sights are within walking distance of each other.