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NosDa Hostel & Bar
Reviewed May 1, 2009

We have been traveling for 6 months and have stayed in dozens of hostels throughout the world and this was the one of the worst hostel experiences we have ever had.
This is just a typical run of the mill party hostel, obnoxious guests and overnight staff who seem to be more interested in having a good time then running a hotel. We were told by the night staff/bartender at 12:30am that the bar only stays open until 1:00am (the bar finally stopped at 6:30am). Some of our food that was in bags and labeled in the fridge was eaten by other hostel guests. The rest placed on the free food shelf in the fridge. When my wife went to the women’s washroom during the night she walked in on a drunk male, pants around his ankles, using the women’s toilet. The gym costs extra if you would like to use it. At the time we were there the washer and dryer were not hooked up. The only positive thing I can say is the day Assistant Mngr went out of her way to help us check (booked for 4 stayed one long sleepless night). When she found out that some of our food had been stolen she replaced some of it. If you are looking for a regular uninteresting hostel/bar for nothing but drinking, this is the perfect place. They even sell condoms in the kitchen vending machine if you are at stuck and in the mood. If you are looking for more of a “good night” after a long day, I would recommend finding another place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

I booked at NosDa as I was going to a cricket match in Cardiff. I tend to use backpackers and hostels for such trips, like concerts and sporting events as I'm usually on a budget and they're always fairly central.
Having read another review (not on TripAdvisor) about renovations that were going on, I emailed Nosda to ask how much, if any, inconvenience this may be. I received a reply very promptly telling me what part of the building they were renovating, so I was very happy with that.
I arrived at Nosda bang-on the 2 o'clock check-in time (bit mean of me I know, but the cricket was meant to start at 2.30!), and was checked in by a friendly girl who gave me a lot of information (I usually forget all of this information but hey). Downstairs at Nosda, ie the bar/restaurant/check-in bit has been refurbed and looks fantastic, as does outside - very modern and pretty chic.
I didn't eat at NosDa but did look at the menu and had a few drinks in the bar - no complaints whatsoever, and good to see the menu has a welsh version and they sell local drinks (even welsh whisky!)
The room was pretty basic, obviously, its a backpackers. One nice touch (though I don't know if it was deliberate) is that I had a 4-bed dorm all to myself - brilliant as I was staying there on my own and it was en-suite - and for less than £20 for the night thats pretty good! The room did badly need updating, but they have a plan of the refurb works in the bar - it's all getting refurbished, and when it does, in my opinion its going to be up there with the best backpackers in Europe!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 23, 2008

My overall impressions of NosDa were pretty good. They are undergoing extensive renovations at the moment. The downstairs bar and restaurant area were fully refurbished and provided a great place to start and end the day.

The service was very friendly with staff being particularly helpful in pointing out areas of interest and places to eat etc.

We stayed in a double room with ensuite. Our room was unrenovated (think 80's decor with a 70's bathroom), which is not necessarily a complaint given the very reasonable rate.

My only observation was that if you have a particular thing about the cleanliness of your bathroom, you may want to look elsewhere. Despite the cleaners best efforts, sometimes the only thing for 30 years of soap scum build-up is to simly re-tile!!

The views from our window were great (see photo), and the proximity of the hostel to all Cardiff's major attractions were fantastic.

Equally useful was the secure car-park at the rear of the property if you are driving.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2008

My wife and I arrived athe "NosDa" on Sunday 25th May. Our plan was to book into the Hilton, however, every hotel bed in Cardiff because of the big rugby match. Having walked around the town in the pouring rain for accommodation, we came across the NosDa Hotel. It looked very nice from the outside. They had one double room left, we took it for £60,which we thought was reasonable. However, once we walked into the hotel proper, not only was it the biggest dump we have ever seen, it was a death trap. There were firedoors without any glass in them obviously knocked out in a punch up, water was dripping from the ceiling onto electric cables then bouncing into the ice bucket provided by the staff. I took 40 photographs of the bates hotel on my phone, however i dont know how to download them onto my computer. If any one wishes to see them they can text us on [--]. Our room was a heap but that didnt matter as we didnt get any skleep, as the music went on til 3am!

Stayed: May 2008
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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Address: 53-59 Despenser Street | Riverside, Cardiff CF11 6AG, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Cardiff
Price Range: $22 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — NosDa Hostel & Bar 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NosDa has the best location for a hostel in the Welsh capital. On the River Taff, NosDa is opposite Wales’ most iconic building, the Millennium Stadium (Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Central Station are just a stone's throw away). NosDa means 'good night' in Welsh and that is exactly what we are promising. We are the only hostel on the River Taff with a licensed bar and not only that, NosDa is an established live music venue too. What better place to stay than a typically Welsh hostel with local bands, Welsh food & drinks, and local artists bringing you closer to the Welsh culture. We regularly organise beer festivals and Open Mic nights, and all Rugby World Cup and 6 Nations games are featured on our big screen. On a match day you can hear the crowd going wild at the Millennium Stadium, that's how close we are! Even though NosDa is one of the largest hostels in Cardiff, it is proud to have the reputation of being friendly and personal with well-travelled international and local staff on hand 24/7. We are also proud to be a member of Europe's Famous Hostels, which stands for quality and great customer service for an unbeatable price. We welcome international backpackers as well as Stag & Hen parties, rugby teams and school groups. NosDa is experienced in group accommodation and offers a variety of room types to suit all needs. We have a great communal kitchen and plenty of common space to chill out, watch TV, read a book or catch up on emails. Meet your fellow travellers whilst tasting some of our local ales and ciders! ... more   less 
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