The hotel seemed a bargain on Booking.com, so we decided to splash out on a suite. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake... The "suite" turned out to be 2 rooms with a connecting door. The seating area was comfortable enough with a large television, but not that big - it must have originally been a single bedroom. Decor-wise, it was a bit of a mish-mash, with a small Beko fridge that stuck out from its housing; the remainder of the furnishings looked like 1970s remnants. The bedroom itself was comfortable, but again with decor that would have looked more at home in the 1970s.
At check-in, despite being on their system at the reduced price we'd got through Booking.com, they firstly tried to charge full price (which would definitely not have been worth the money), until the reduced price was pointed out to them on the booking confirmation. After that, the staff were helpful enough.
The hotel itself is a cross between a Travelodge (i.e. a bit down at heel) and a Premier Inn, but frankly it was fine for one night. The bar area was clean and they had a good selection - but do note that they advertise themselves as a great venue for stag and hen parties in Cardiff Bay, which is not exactly what you'd want to experience after a night at the Welsh National Opera.
Breakfast was something of a feeding frenzy, partly understandable because it was so good, but this meant lengthy queues. They could have made a bit more space available in the bar for, say, the bread rolls and pastries (they use one bar counter for teas and coffee, but the other isn't used, which leads to the breakfast counter being overcrowded).
Parking was free (always a bonus) and access to the attractions of Cardiff Bay very easy. In fact, this would be a good place to stay if visiting Cardiff city centre as access by bus to the centre is also very easy.
All in all, would I stay there again ? Probably yes, because of its location and ease of access (and the breakfast) but I'd not make the mistake of booking a suite again, opting for just a standard room instead. Think of it as a cross between a Travelodge and a Premier Inn and you'll get the picture.
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- Future Hotel Cardiff Bay
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