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“Not suitable for families” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of International Youth Hostel

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International Youth Hostel
Ranked #14 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Cardiff
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not suitable for families”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

The hostel itself is looking tired and its location isn't particularly convenient, being some way outside the city centre. Buses back to the hostel in the evening run once an hour so you might want to consider taxis. Parking is tight, with limited spaces, after that it's roadside parking opposite. We were sleeping in a 14-bedded dormitory, didn't realise the YHA still has such large dormitories! Kitchen facilities are adequate. Nearby Roath Park is lovely and well worth a stroll. However.......

The old YHA concept of "front door locked, lights out and silence at 11pm" has long gone - but people returning late to the hostel are still expected to show some consideration for fellow hostellers who may have gone to bed earlier. Not so on our weekend at Cardiff YHA. Three large groups of people (the hen/stag variety) were booked in who were clearly out for a good time and didn't care who they inconvenienced. They returned, in their separate groups, at various times in the early hours, making a huge racket, banging doors, shouting etc. The warden was contacted by one hosteller but didn't want to do anything about it.

Next morning, we found leaflets strewn around the corridors (which we picked up), fast food and its packaging spread around the common room and a particularly unpleasant mess in one of the communal toilets. I spoke to the warden, whose attitude was one of "Well, what can you do?" It seems that the hostel makes very little money during the week and they're happy to accept anyone they can get at the weekends, just to bring in some revenue. The hostel has a table licence, so you're not allowed to bring in your own alcohol but judging by the number of bottles (different brands to that sold in the hostel) lined up along the window sills, this is another thing that the warden is prepared to overlook. Strangely, although it has a table licence, there are no evening meals.

If you bring young children here over a weekend (or if you just want an undisturbed night's sleep) you may be lucky and not have any "party" groups booked in - but you may not. Obviously a city hostel is going to be different from a country hostel - people aren't going to be "healthily tired" from day yomping on the hills and want an early night - but if the warden isn't prepared to step in and sort out rowdiness, then you're stuffed.

For this reason, I would not recommend that families stay here at weekends. Leave it to be the "party central" that the YHA obviously wants it to be.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

This is a very typical youth hostel. For 39 pounds, two friends and I booked a private room (sleeps four, not ensuite, all with the 3 pound YHA member discount) and despite being a little worn and janky (typical for YHA from what I've seen--not bad, just a bit tired), it was a good place to stay in itself. Big, clean kitchen and communal area and very friendly workers at reception. What you'd expect for 13 pounds each.
The problem is, this hostel is very far away from the city centre. It took us an hour to walk there (admittedly with luggage and not 100% sure where we were going) from Cardiff Central train station. When we tried to take the bus to get back to the city centre, we found that the bus schedule provided in the hostel was outdated and incorrect and ended up having to take a taxi instead--it will run you about 8 pounds. The next morning, by texting the bus company for their schedules, we were able to catch a bus and get all-day bus passes for only 3.40, which was a good deal.
Basically, if you're comfortable taking a taxi every time or being reliant on the buses (frequent during the day, less convenient after 6 pm or so), this will be a typical, perfectly acceptable youth hostel for you. However, if you're on a tight budget or want to be close to everything (and especially if you plan on going out at night), I would really try to find accommodation in the city centre instead. The location is very, very inconvenient.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank charlut
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Dartford, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

My friend and I visited this place during the Olympics, as we were going to watch the football at the Millennium Stadium.

The hostel is exactly that, a hostel. It isn't a first class service, but it works. They sell these good locks for £3 (which you can keep)...and pretty much everything else is normal and expected for your average hostel.

If you need a cheap place to stay in Cardiff, I'd strongly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: International Youth Hostel
Address: Two Wedal Road | Roath Park, Cardiff CF14 3QX, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Cardiff
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Ranked #14 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Cardiff
Number of rooms: 21
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