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Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre
Ranked #31 of 73 Hotels in Cardiff
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Clean, small studio rooms but perfectly adequate for a short stay- don't get why some reviewers are complaining about the size as this is pretty obvious from the photo's and descriptions.

Window that opens is a bonus and air conditioning is a nice touch.

Separate toilet and pretty decent shower..

Found the bed and pillows fine, might be a tad firm for others.

Staff were polite and efficient, breakfasts was pretty good value - muffins, croissants, pastries, toast, cereal, fruit and yoghurt etc.

Could hear a few guests in the passageway at night, but other than that, pretty quiet.

Easy walks to either the city centre (10 min stroll) or Cardiff Bay (20 min stroll) and about a 10min walk to Cardiff Central station. Felt fairly safe walking around at night.

No tea or coffee facilities or toiletries but this was expected so brought our own kettle etc.

Wifi in room a bonus though couldn't always get it to work.

One plug point out of 2 available didn't work, but this was not really a problem for us.

All in all, really good value and enjoyed our stay, would recommend if you are looking for a decent budge stay in Cardiff.

Room Tip: Overlooked car park - seemed pretty quiet
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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IbisbudgetCardiff, Front Office Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to review your stay at the IBIS Budget Cardiff.
Thank you for your kind review and I do apolagise about the broken eletrical socket, if you had let us know we would have kindly fixed it for yourself.
The team look forward to welcoming you back to Cardiff,
Kind regards,

J.K Daniel
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Without doubt the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. The rooms were tiny and I couldn’t distinguish the difference between the bed and the wood floor, they both felt the same! Also as we got into our room I went to open the window and the handle fell off and wasnt repaired whilst we were there. For some reason they have door men at the hotel in the evening, these security/bouncers who had to let you in each night made you feel like you were naughty teenagers back at school...
Didnt bother with the breakfast as others in our group informed us to give it a miss, did have a coffee in the morning however, although it took me a while as out of about 15 cups I couldnt find a clean one.
If your looking for a budget hotel in Cardiff there are plenty of better alternatives. (You could even pitch a tent outside for a better experience)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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IbisbudgetCardiff, Front Office Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to review your stay at the IBIS Budget Cardiff,
I'm dissapointed to hear you didn't enjoy your stay with us.
We employ a security company to maintain peace in the hotel at night as many of the City center hotels do on the weekend and to also make sure it is just residents only staying in the hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you again to the hotel,
Kind regards,
J.K Daniel
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2013

I have just return from a friends stag do up in Cardiff and we were booked into the Ibis Budget as part of a package. It is without a doubt the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. The rooms were absolutely tiny and not very clean and the breakfast was awful. On the first night we had to leave the window open as the aircon was not working and got invaded by wasps in the middle of the night, which was a bit different. The staff were not particularly helpful. On the plus side the hotel is in easy walking distance of the city centre and Cardiff Bay. If you are looking for a cheap hotel I would go for a Travelodge or a Premier Inn both of which are far nicer. This hotel is absolute budget, it may be cheap but I would strongly recommend spending a little more in order to make your trip more enjoyable.

Room Tip: Look elsewhere
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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IbisbudgetCardiff, Front Office Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to review your recent stay at the IBIS Budget Cardiff,
I'm sorry to hear you were dissapointed with your stay here and didn't let any of the staff know about the air conditioning not working, as we would've kindly moved you to a differenent room or fixed the air conditioning.
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J.K Daniel
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2013

The room was well laid out and clean - there were no fancy bits and pieces like tea making facilities but for £18 we were very happy with our choice. Very clean, a comfortable bed and great shower. We would highly recommend staying in a Ibis Budget again - far better quality than many Travelodges we have frequented.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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IbisbudgetCardiff, Front Office Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to review your stay with us,
I'm very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and the team look forward to welcoming you back,
Kind regards,
J.K Daniel
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Rooms are small but do the job like all ibis hotels. Triple room has a double bed and single bunk bed (which is located above the pillow end of the double). The shower cubicle which you access directly from the bedroom (not in a closed off room) was suitable and had good pressure (you would want to be sharing with someone who your happy to see in your birthday suit as there wasn't space in the shower area to change comfortably.) There is a separate small toilet area. Flat screen tv and good working air conditioning. Good blockout curtains and you are able to open the window. Powerpoints were not in good areas so it was a bit hard to look in the mirror as your using the dryer (make sure you bring your own dryer as the ones you can hire at reception for a £10 deposit are useless). 10-15 minute walk from St Mary Street or £5-6 in a taxi late at night. Overall a good stay for the saturday night price of £72.00 for a triple (cheaper than a hostel).

Room Tip: At the end of a hallway with no passing foot traffic
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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IbisbudgetCardiff, Front Office Manager at Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to review your stay with us,
I'm very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and the team look forward to welcoming you back,
Kind regards,
J.K Daniel
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Property: Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre
Address: Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BE, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Cardiff
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Cardiff
#7 Green Hotel in Cardiff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre 2*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ibis budget Cardiff is a hotel in the City Centre of Cardiff with affordable prices. All rooms are en-suite, with double bed and a single bunk bed. TV with freeview channels. Snack are available at our 24 hrs reception and Continental Breakfast Buffet for only £5.50. On site car park for just £4/24hrs. Free WIFI access in all bedrooms and public areas. ... more   less 
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