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Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay
Ranked #14 of 73 Hotels in Cardiff
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Calgary, Canada
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Good breakfast, nice view”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

More affordable than typical hotels of the area. We feel we got our money's worth. Very clean, but somewhat spartan feel to the decor. The breakfast was great - and this is being critiqued by our sons who are young adult males - quality of food is very important to them. They also loved sitting out on the deck looking over the water in the evening. We all appreciated the convenience of location - about a 15 min walk to the castle. We have used many Holiday Inn Expresses in the past years - but always when traveling down to the States. This is our first experience using one in the UK. I say this up front, in case the fact there was no free coffee in the lobby (except at breakfast) and no free wifi is that this is standard for the UK. My husband and I didn't try the TV, but my sister and sons did and they said theirs came and went in terms of working. Besides lack of free coffee and wifi, (and if we had needed parking there was a fee for this as well), it was a great place to stay. Last but not least - the staff were great. Despite feeling nickled and dimed to death (should we see the US hotels as spoiling us rather than UK one being cheap?) - would stay there again.

Room Tip: We got turned around trying to find the hotel when walking from city centre. It is not readily visib...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Stayed prior to Bruce Springstein concert. Good location & we were able to walk to the stadium. Basic double room £167. £5 for car park. Breakfast basic help yourself. Juices horrible & no bacon,muesli or even prunes on offer. No shampoo or extras in room but had notice to request at reception items required. Staff helpful & friendly. Don't know if I would stay here again especially at the price we payed. Concert was absolutely brilliant so hotel didn't seem too bad.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Just had 3nights break at this hotel ,pleased with the staff on arrival very welcoming ,the room was clean ,new bed ,and good condition,the breakfast was a buffet and the food was was good.i thought the hotel was good value for money and would defiantly stay there again

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Jonathan B

Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel again soon!

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Karen Matthews
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kidderminster
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Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Rooms in need of a refurb' bathrooms and door key card systems definately need renewal' location pretty well perfect' staff very helpful and friendly. Pretty good price too.would recommend this hotel. Breakfast pretty good too.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Karen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear freighmate

Thank you so much for your review and I do hope that we have the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon!

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Burton on Trent
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We booked this hotel on the basis of rate and proximity to Cardiff City Centre. On that score the hotel was fine and no more than a 15 - 20 minute walk from St Mary Street. The location is not on the main Cardiff Bay but nonetheless is on the old Atlantic Wharf which having been renovated is now in desperate need of maintenance, the walkways having been neglected since renovation.

The rooms were as expected, basic. But with a very bouncy bed and an old and stained sofa bed it was clear that some investment is needed to bring the rooms up to the standard of some other Express Hotels we've stayed in.

Understandably the bar served only keg and bottled beers and our pint of Worthington Cream flow was served very cloudy. When asked the bar staff simply said "it always comes up like that". Not surprising if you do not pull off the stale beer in the pipe and clean the pipes regularly. Needless to say that was the only drink we had in the hotel.

Breakfast was fine albeit we arrived at the same time as everyone else in the hotel so it was a bit of a scrum but the kitchen staff tried hard to keep the food flowing so credit where it's due.

Cardiff is a beautiful city so we will probably come back. Would we stay here again - maybe!

Room Tip: The wharf side of the hotel offers views over the water
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Karen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear TerryC657

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We do value all feedback recieved, so that we can continue to offer a high level of service to all of our customers.

We are in the process of some refurbishment here at the hotel, which includes replacing sofa beds, bathroom floors, windows, bed bases and our lounge and restaurant area has recently had new carpets. I'm sure that you will appreciate this takes a little time, but we are seeing some progress with this.

I am concerned to read your comments with regards to pipe cleaning in the bar. Please be assured that this is done on a regular basis at the hotel.

Many of our guests during weekends and holiday periods especially choose a more leisurely stay which can sometimes mean a bit more of a challenge for us during breakfast - but I am glad to see that you enjoyed your start to the day.

Although we do not have any control over the local walk ways around the Atlantic Wharf Dock, I will certainly highlight your comments to the local council. I know that there is a lot of work done with the local residents and the Keep Wales Tidy organisation, which we all appreciate here to try and keep the area looking it's best and of course to look after the local wildlife.

Thank you once again for your valuable feedback and I do hope that you will consider using us again the next time you are planning a visit to Cardiff.

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Karen Matthews
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Birmingham,
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We decided on a last minute visit to Cardiff and the Holiday Inn Express didn't disappoint. Staff very friendly and helpful. Room spotless and although over looked the car park was very quiet. Breakfast was basic but hot and fresh where needed. We ate at the Whalf Inn over the footbridge which wa s very reasonable and good pub grub. Hotel was an easy 15 minute walk to the bay so very convenient.
Would definitely recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear madaboutthemaldives

Thank you so much for the fantastic review and we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon!

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Karen Matthews
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had a fantastic time. Staff greeted us with big smile. Our room was on the waterfront as requested. Hotel atbthe best location .we never used our car. We spent 3 nights , our first visit to Cardiff . Tracy at reception guided us, we will difinetely come back. Breakfast was bonus. One hiccup our coffee mug were of different sizes and one cup was was worn out . Pls look into it . Even if I was going somewhere else . My first choice will be holiday inn.

Room Tip: Away from lifts and facing water front
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Harpal D
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Karen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Harpal D

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of the hotel.

You will be pleased to read that we recently had some extra mugs delivered, so everything should be matching again! I'm really sorry that this wasn't the case during your stay.

I'm pleased to read that Holiday Inn hotels are your preferred choice and do hope that we have the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon!

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Property: Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay
Address: Longueil Close | Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4EE, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Cardiff
#18 Business Hotel in Cardiff
#19 Romantic Hotel in Cardiff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waterfront area of the old East Dock in Cardiff Bay is the prime position of the Express by Holiday Inn. Only 15 minutes walking distance from the centre of Cardiff makes a great place to stay, and to view the magnificent local shops and picturesque Arcades.Walking distance to Mermaid Quay and Millennium Centre. It is also situated in the heart of Cardiff's exciting Bay Development. With places of interest including Cardiff Castle, the home of the Welsh Assembly, the Millennium Stadium, The Millennium Centre, Techniquest the Children's Science Museum and the Museum of Welsh Life at St.Fagans, the Express by Holiday Inn Cardiff Bay is your one and only choice for accommodation in Cardiff. The Express by Holiday Inn is located just off M4 Motorway, which makes access very easy, and brings you around the city centre, showing you attractions like you have never seen before. There is ample onsite parking, which is charged at £6 per 24 hours. For your peace of mind, our car park is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV.Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information. ... more   less 
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