Had a 5 night stay in the studio apartment. Went prepared having read the previous reviews - so wasn't too shocked at the low standard of cleanliness in the apartment.
I put a pillow on the sofa while clearing something on the bed, and the pillow came away black/brown with dust/dirt!! So ended up laying newspapers on the back of and the seat of the sofa during our stay as I didnt want to get our clothes dirty too! The floor was unswept and was thick with dirt. The rug was a complete disgrace, it was caked with dust and dirt. The washbasin doesnt drain very well so had a lot of dried muck in it. Some of the towels had a layer of dust/dirt on them, maybe because they had not been replaced every time the apartment is turned over (i.e. probably the obviously used crumpled towels only get cleaned - any that have been left folded are probably kept untouched (but dirty!) for the next occupant). The bed linen didnt look too clean either, but we decided to ignore and make do with it as we werent sure if the replacements would be any cleaner.
Make sure you take enough loo roll (as they only leave a half used one to tide you over till you get your own).
However, apart from these cleanliness issues, the apartment itself is nicely laid out and furnished, has good facilities (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, cooker,oven, waste disposal etc), and is in a superb location. We werent disturbed by the noise of the trains because a) we kept the windows closed as it was cold anyway b) we were on the 7th floor c) we were on the Radisson Blu side rather than the side backing on to the tracks.
We found the reception was always manned (even on a Sunday evening) and the staff were generally quite friendly/helpful.
Parking- cheap parking can be found at the Pellet Street NCP car park, about 3-4 mins walk from the apartment.
If I were to stay here again, I would take my own towels (and supplies of loo roll), plenty of wet wipes to get rid of the dust caked on the furniture. Also be prepared to sweep the floor and clean the crockery and cutlery (run the dishwasher) before using them.
Apart from the very low standard of housekeeping, I would probably still stay there again, purely because of the great central location - but not before checking out the price of the competition (Radisson, the Marriott or other serviced apartments).
- Also Known As:
- Meridian Terrace Serviced Apartments Hotel Cardiff
- Meridian Terrace Serviced Apartments Cardiff, Wales