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The Royal Hotel
Ranked #13 of 74 Hotels in Cardiff
Reviewed December 11, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in this hotel and I have to say I had the best sleep in ages! The bed and especially the feather pillows were extremely comfortable. Unfortunately for the hotel, the lift was not working, but this didn't bother us at all. We didn't eat in the hotel because we had breakfast in our favourite place "Bill's". The only down side was a "huddle" of drunks outside of the entrance every morning and late one evening, when returning to our room, there was a strong smell of cigarette smoke in the corridor! Also, there was a lack of information in the room i.e breakfast choice and cost. In fact, there was no information in the room other than a room service menu. Although the bathroom had shower gel, there was no shower cap or additional bathroom accessories.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Recently stayed here with a group of friends for three nights over a weekend. A fabulous place, central for everything being right in the middle of the city.
Rooms were very modern and clean and standard was very high.
Staff were extremely helpful, pleasant and on hand for anything you needed or asked for.
Breakfast was excellent with a great choice and cooked to perfection.

Highly recommend a stay at this hotel and will without a doubt use it again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a concert room nice bed was massive and in a tidy location in Cardiff 2mins walk to the train station and 30secs. From the main shops in Cardiff centre you more less central to everything can't fault it we stayed before and we will stay here again

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

I've stayed here on several occasions. Cracking location for shops bars and restaurants. The castle is just up the road. Easy walking distance from the train station. Food is good and the rooms are comfy and clean. The staff are really nice and the service is good. It's not the marriott but it's not £100 quid a night either. Would recommend to friends.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Upon check-in the card machine somehow didn't accept my MasterCard. My friends Visa card was ok though. A nice room, pretty cold but the blankets were thick, the beds were short even for my 1,8 meters. Large bathroom but not the best shower.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for a night to watch the Wales V Australia game and the hotel was perfect!! We checked in early and was given a great deluxe room, had plenty of space and all nice and clean. We emailed before asking about an iron and they left one in our room which was lovely! We were on the 4th floor so could hear a tiny bit of noise but only early evening, certainly not loud enough to disturb you, and staying right in the centre your going to expect some noise when there's rugby on! The breakfast was great as well, lovely continental and full English buffet, defiantly one of the best!! Staff were all lovely and helpful, would recommend to anyone wanting to stay in Cardiff.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Overall I did enjoy my stay at The Royal Hotel but there were a few things that could have been better. To make it easier I will just list the pro's and cons below :)

Pro's
.Great décor both in the room and around the hotel
.Very comfy beds
.Nice extras included in the rooms.
.Polite Staff
.Breakfast tasted great
.Powerful Shower
.Great central location
.Lots of tourist info placed in your room to read
.Nice big TV

Cons
.Couldn't open the windows
.Room service of meals and cocktails ends early at 10.30
.Breakfast was more expensive than other hotels I've stayed at (£11.50 per person plus you have to pay for drinks separately)
.No sofa in our deluxe room :(

Would I stay again? Yes.

Room Tip: Get the deluxe room :) And higher floors have less noise from the street.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Royal Hotel

Address: 88 St. Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1DW, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 74 Hotels in Cardiff
Price Range: $57 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Royal Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The closest hotel to the Millennium Stadium gates. The Royal Hotel is the oldest of all the Cardiff hotels and has been welcoming guests to our fantastic city since it first opened it's doors in 1866. Our rich history includes the Captain Scott Room, where Captain Scott and his expedition team held their final public banquet before setting sail to the South Pole. Home to the Barbarians for 25 years etc. etc. Recently refurbished throughout, we're working on the next stages including free WiFi now available in every bedroom. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Royal Hotel Cardiff
The Royal Hotel Cardiff, Wales

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