I stayed at the Ibis Central for a few days while in Cardiff for a conference. The room was clean and spacious at a very reasonable price. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful - and I think that makes a real difference when you're travelling. I opted for the buffet breakfast and there was plenty of choice on offer. I could walk just about anywhere I needed to go from this location, so it was extremely convenient. On the downside, I was on Floor 2, so the train line was pretty much level with my window - a bit disconcerting! The towels could have been fresher. I had a stained one to begin with and they just smelt a bit musty. And on the weekend the hotel got a bit rowdy with a party crowd.
My biggest criticism is the lack of wifi. I was working, so I needed internet access. Thankfully, I brought my laptop and the reception staff gave me a cable to hook this up to the digital TV box, but this wasn't long enough to be near a powerpoint. At about £9 for 24 hours, this access isn't cheap either. If I'd only had my iPad with me, I would have been in big trouble.
I think this hotel is probably good for holiday accommodation, but for a work trip, this lack of wireless makes life pretty complicated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With free WI-FI throughout, a 24 hour reception, the Ibis Cardiff hotel boasts an ideal location in the centre of the capital of Wales. Only 500 m from the railway station and 20 km from the airport, the hotel is just a few minutes walk from Cardiff Castle, the shops of Saint Mary Street and the Millennium Stadium. In order to get the best car park rates, please make sure that you come to the reception first (there is a lay-by area where you can leave your car), so that you can do the check in and leave your bags. We will then explain you how to get to the car park we recommend, at £5 for 24 hours, and it's just 3 minute walk from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Cardiff Hotel Cardiff
- Cardiff Ibis
- Ibis Cardiff Wales