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... few weeks of getting my life sorted to take the trip as stress free as possible, not that I haven't been mentally stressed, it's just none of you have added to it. It's been lovely to see those I have and appreciate all your help in getting sorted including tips for travelling, lend of useful things, parting cards and gifts, giving me time off, storage of my belongings, cleaning and sorting my flat, buying my car, driving us to ...
... o'clock, Kronenbourg o'clock (ok so that one is not so British but you get the picture!) Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a special day especially those who travelled from so far with children in tow it was great to see you all. Special thanks to both our families just for being so great and to Jeremy for being the official photographer. Next stop Rio de Janeiro ...
... already full and the next one wasn't starting for another 25 minutes so I explored the shop for a bit. It didn't feel like long before the next group was lining up so I quickly joined them. I won't spoil the story in case any one was planning to go in the near future. We weren't allowed to take photos in the session at the start but I can say that we had to save the Doctor (Matt Smith) and we got to fly the TARDIS! Well, the kids got to fly the TARDIS. I was in ...
... Visited the city centre which isn't particularly memorable and spent a day walking the coastal path from Newport to Cardiff. It was nice to stride out in the sunshine and get a bit of exercise though it isn't the most inspiring part of the coastal path network. It runs alongside the Bristol Channel which is really muddy at low tide and the surrounding land is flat and ...
... with sugar on top it was pretty tasty! They are either fruit or chocolate chip so of course I got the chocolate chip one. After the markets we headed to the castle, the castle had huge stone walls around it and it was known for its great views from the viewing platform inside.
We went inside the castle grounds and we started by walking on the top of the stone walls, we were able to walk on the wall around the grounds and then we went down into ...
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Four of us decided to dine out at Salangers this week, we arrived early so decided to have a drink in the bar, my partner went to inform them we had arrived - he went to the desk where the manager ignored him for a good five minutes whilst he first dealt with paperwork, then left the desk twice, not once engaging eye contact or acknowledging my partner.
Two of us ordered the pate and had severe stomach upsets during the night.
Three of our party opted for the salad bar - minimalist and bland are the nicest things I can say about it- I opted for veg with my dinner - 2 small carrots and 1 small raw parsnip!!!
One of the orders was for steak - it arrived overcooked and not very appetising, my partner ordered side of tomatoes and mushrooms (one tomato and 2 dried up mushrooms were extremely overpriced at £1.50), two of us ordered duck and were not asked how we would like it , so also came overcooked.
On delivering our coffee no sugar was offered and had to be asked for (once we actually managed to catch the waiting staff's eye) , followed by another neck twisting 10 minutes to get the bill, we gave up and went to the desk to pay.
The Village has the monopoly on people eating at their restaurant because there isn't any nearby competition - it seems that they don't care it is run.
Staff training - from the manager down is needed - this is the first and only place I have ever known my partner to refuse to tip the staff.
The salad bar needs to be refilled regularly if it is to be offered as an option.
I could not recommend eating here.
Nice hotel but very busy
We stayed in this hotel recently, and after staying in the very stylish Park Plaza this felt a little more average.
However the hotel appeared very clean and modern, the bedrooms and bathroom were very well furnished and everything worked well.
The breakfast was very good. However the service in the evening was very slow. In fairness to the staff this was because the resturant was very busy.
The downside was the leisure area. The pool itself and the other facilities were great, it was just very busy. They run a health club and so non residents use the facilities which was a bit of a shame.If I had known this before booking I may not have decided to go ahead with the booking.
However if you are looking for a hotel near the motorway junction in Cardiff this is handy, although a little too far away for us for Cardiff centre.
I chose to stay at the Village hotel in Cardiff as I was familiar with a Village hotel in my home town. I was not disappointed with the Cardiff version!
My room was very clean, the bathroom had a decent shower and the bed was comfortable enough.
I ate at the Salingers restaurant and had a lovely two course meal for just under £6!(before 7pm weekdays I think). The restaurant was very tastefully decorated and had a nice atmosphere. Breakfast was also very nice with hot and cold options.
The front desk were extremely friendly and helpful.
The only downside with this hotel is that it is a fair distance from Cardiff town centre and therefore may be more suited to business travellers rather than someone looking for a weekend break in Cardiff.
Great Value !
My wife and I stayed at Village Hotel Cardiff for one night when we were attending a function nearby.
Our accomodation was very clean and comfortable. We only had breakfast which was very good but I can't comment on evening meals.
Its about a £10 taxi ride out of the city centre (and about a £15 ride from the airport) but car parking at the hotel seemed plentiful and easy.
The main attraction however about this hotel is value for money - we paid £56 for the double room including breakfast which I considered excellent value for this quality of accomodation.
Like a previous reviewer, I thought the pool facilities etc looked great but didn't have time to use them as I was only staying for one night
Best cup final accommodation in Cardiff
Just returned from a 2 night stay here, before the Carling Cup final.
Firstly, how refreshing to have a proper pub in a hotel and not one that overcharges on drinks and food.
One of my main praises though, is the hotel's location. We got a train into Cardiff on the Saturday, Coryton station is less than half a mile from the hotel, £2 return and only 15 minutes into Central Station. Sunday for the final we bussed it in, which took about 15-20 mins and got a taxi after the game, £10. By the time we got back to the hotel and away in our car, we were miles ahead of the traffic and got back to Wigan for 8.30pm. Everyone else i've spoken to got home abround 11.30pm. So well worth us staying out of town.
Of the other facilities, the swimming pool etc looked very inviting, though I didn't go prepared.
All in all an excellent choice for all your Cardiff needs at a very good price. (Leisure break £79 per room per night inc breakfast)
I have been on holiday to the village a few times and I will keep visiting it. It's a great hotel
* Great food the restaurant is great, Last time I went I had rump steak, and it was very tasty.
* Nice relaxing lounge area where you can wait before or after a meal
* Nice clean bedrooms, with a fridge :-)
* Very clean swimming pool with relaxing jacuzis and saunas, very nice place
* Nice talking lift hehe
* Nice breakfast with buffet, great selection
* Expensive drinks in the bar and fairly expensive meals
* Bland rooms but by the end of August 2005 they will have refurbished the rooms!!
um...that's about it
I'll give the toilets about 8.5/10 in case you wondered
So I highly reccomend this hotel, great place if looking for a weekend in Cardiff
Good Value for a relaxing weekend
This must have been around my sixth visit to the Village in Cardiff and I have enjoyed every visit. There were 12 in our party and we had an excellent rate (the Village offers some brilliant deals so always ask before paying the 'set' rate).
The leisure and beauty facilities are good and the rooms always clean and comfortable.
There are two places to eat - the Village Tavern which serves pub style meals which are good value but the service can be slow especially during the weekends.
The main Restaurant has been re vamped since I was there last and we were very impressed by the choice of menu and the high standard of food. We actually stayed in a 5 star hotel not much further down the M4 the previous weekend and the food in the Village was far superior!
It's a busy hotel and there's usually a wedding or other large function on at the weekends but if you enjoy people watching and don't mind the hustle and bustle this all adds to the fun!
I stayed in this hotel on business but found it much better than other hotels of a similar cost. The leisure and pool facilities were wonderful and a great way of relaxing at the end of the day. With all the sauna, massage etc facilities you could easily spend a whole day here and all of this is free to hotel guests.
The restaurant does a 2 course early bird menu for £5.95 week days and £6.95 at weekends. This was excellent value and very filling. The salad bar is great with very fresh produce.
All in all a great hotel.
Average accomodation - terrible food
Stayed May 2005. A disappointing experience. Room was very small, no in room safe and unimpressive view of the roof of adjoining building (all rooms from the back of the hotel overlook this roof) - poor decor and shabby feel to it.
Positive points: Free parking, a restaurant and a pub, terrace outside which catches the setting sun (although the view is of the car park).
Food: The food in the pub was TERRIBLE. It really was very poor. They clearly do not use fresh produce. I had a steak which was tasteless and presented with luke warm chips and a very sad looking salad. My partner had sausages and mash and the mash was powdered!!!! Food should be well presented and tasty - this failed on every count. After 20 years of eating in restaurants this was simply the worst. Cannot comment on the restaurant (which looked expensive for what was on the menu) but if the pub food was a measure of quality - avoid the food!
Breakfast was included - average - and I have never seen so many staff who clearly did not want to be there. Very miserable lot - everything was too much trouble.
Leisure facilities looked ok.
Paid GBP55 and would suggest you pay no more. If a higher price is asked there are plenty of better quality hotels in the centre of Cardiff.
The person who posted the previous post must work for the company. You have been warned.............
This hotel has it all, a fabulous swimming pool and gym, the leisure centre as a whole was wonderful. The food was top quality, and the room and hotel were spotless clean. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. The location is a bit out of town but i would highly reccommend this as the city centre is only a 15/20 minute trip away by train.