So I thought I was about time I reviewed another cheap hotel here on the blog. The hotel I decided to go for is the Barcelo Cardiff which is a 4 star AA attested hotel located on Castle road about half a mile from the city centre. The main reason I went for this hotel is the price with rooms at £65 during the week around £10 - £15 more during the weekend. There are cheaper rooms available across the city but I do feel that for a genuine 4 star place these prices are very reasonable, after all it’s about value for money too and not just price for me.
Another plus point for this hotel is the location as its situated right between the millennium stadium and Cardiff castle which are two of the most visited attractions in the Cardiff. The hotel itself is a Victorian building dating back to 1883 and it’s been restored to a very high standard, the outside of the building is particularly impressive. Also the hotel does seem to have quite a long list of facilities including:
- Free wifi
- Air con in all rooms (not sure how much you’ll need this in Cardiff!)
- Onsite car parking (not free though)
- Satellite TV
I suppose the above is really just to prove that it is a genuine 4 star place and not just one of those “self certified” hotels of dubious quality. It all brings me back to price though as I really think you will struggle to find the same facilities in Cardiff for less than £80 per night, so the weekday £65 rate seems like a real bargain.
On the subject of ratings I was thinking about reviewing somewhere else, the Regan Lodge on Cathedral road. Regan is actually a guesthouse and not a hotel plus even though its 4 star too its “self classified” which always makes me wonder. However for price it does seem hard to beat as it’s only around £40 a night so I thought it might be worth a mention.
So that’s it for the first review in a while, hopefully one of the two places will suit your needs. Personally I think the extra £20 a night for Barcelo compared to Regan is going to be worth it, you are on holiday after all! Come back soon as I have more hotel reviews on the way.