Stayed 8th March to 10th March 2013 and found the staff to be very friendly, the location was very convenient with the main shopping district only a 10 minute walk away, safe parking and free wi-fi. Breakfast is not included and many of the rooms are not ensuite so both of these are extras. If you just want a safe place to sleep in the evenings with friendly staff and good location then stop reading here. What follows is a bit more of a critical review, which would be useful for couples who book a double room with ensuite.
My partner and I only stayed in this hotel as one of our friends found this place and as she was a single traveller it worked out to be quite a bargain for her. However, the amount that we paid for a double with ensuite was in the same ball park as a Premier Inn/Holiday Inn/Travel Lodge type of place - all solid 3 star hotels and all with greater attention to detail, hence my 2 star rating.
The double beds are quite small so if you or your partner fidget a lot in the night you may find this uncomfortable. That said, the mattresses and pillows were very comfortable. There was, or had been, a damp problem in our room probably originating from the skylight but it had left brown patches over the white paper on the ceiling and the wallpaper around the main window was peeling off. One of the down-lighters in the bathroom was hanging from the ceiling, the shower is not very powerful at all and the tiling hadn't all been grouted in. This may sound quite picky, but it's this lack of attention to detail that stops this hotel from reaching its potential and it's the type of thing that a Premier Inn would have covered.
Also, one of our towels was covered in foundation and mascara - it either hadn't been washed or was stained. Either way, it shouldn't have been in our room. Our friend found hairs, bugs and white stains in her bed and our bed sheet also had some stains on it. The walls were also very thin so we were disturbed by other guests partying. I returned from our trip more tired than when I went.
If you're a budget single traveller then this hotel is fine. If you aren't, then it isn't. For the money you pay for a double ensuite, just go to a Premier Inn/Travel Lodge type of place. For the same money you are guarenteed a better standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family run hotel operating in Cardiff for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on our welcome, quality and comfort. We have 21 bedrooms, a mixture of singles, doubles, twins and triples, some en-suite. All rooms are well furnished and centrally heated, they all have colour televisions, washbasins and tea and coffee making facilities. We have a lounge room and dining room for use by our guests, and ground floor rooms available for easy access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tanes Hotel Cardiff, Wales