Travelodge Cardiff Central
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... a bit before calling it a night and heading back to the hostel for some much needed laundry time. Interesting facts: Love spoons are hand carved wooden gifts in the shape of a spoon that are given to loved ones. The different carvings represent different hopes and wishes of the giver and receiver. This is where the term spooning comes from! Afternoon tea is ...
Left Plymouth this morning for Glastonbury the site of the rock music festival, whilst a bit alternative it is a pretty little village, old buildings etc. Then drove through green English rolling countryside to Bath. Toured the famous Roman baths ( with a few thousand tourists) _ it is however a classic roman site and another attractive English city. Finally crossed the Severn into Wales and spent night at ...
Our trip up the western coast today led us to the coastal town of Weston-super-Mare. This holiday destination has a wonderful esplanade at the seashore with a Pirate Adventure land due to open next year, an aquarium and amusement pier and Ferris wheel. While we were there the tide was very low so the horses and wagons were taking passengers along the lower section of the beach.
We were fortunate today to find the annual Sand Sculpture Festival at ...
... to the train station- who knew you could make bread with squid ink and I am a sucker for Saffron Cake!
Bristol also boasts a magnificent cathedral, which is open to the public and is set in a public park which on this sunshine-y day was filled with live music and spontaneous jugglers.The inside of the cathedral will take your breath away, the organ reaches high into the heavens and the mini graveyard is ...
... after being restored by one of the later Bute Marquess's. A little over 60 years ago, the castle was sold to the city of Cardiff for the sum of 50 Pounds! We enjoyed our time wandering the castle grounds and getting some new history!
From here, it was back to the hotel for the night. After being up so early, it was a long day, so we decided to turn in early. Tomorrow, it's off to see the queen!! ...
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Walkabout Pub/Club Underneath
Fantastic location but so noisy ! If you do stay here ask for an allocated room at the back of the hotel. We thought our friend had drawn the short straw with a room overlooking the multi storey carpark at the rear (room 140) but she was the only one not disturbed by the music from the club underneath the rooms at the front.
Apart from this the hotel is brilliantly situated near to the train station, the fantastic shops and not far from The Old Brewery Quarter where there are loads of restaurants.
If you need to leave your luggage somewhere before you check in (no check in before 3pm at hotel) - you can leave it at the Visitors Centre, The Old Library, opposite St Davids Hall. Open 9.30- 5.30pm (on Saturday - not sure about any other day), @£3 per bag it was a godsend. They were brilliant.
Ideal for insomniacs and dirt fetischists!
I have stayed at Travelodges before and am used to their no frills approach - but this hotel really is the pits!
Our third floor room overlooked the Main Street so some noise was to be expected - but we did not expect to have to put up with the cacaphony emanating from the bars below us and across the road! They all had late licences and music boomed out until 3 in the morning - it was so loud the room was vibrating and this was on a Tuesday! Once the music had stopped we were treated to the noise of drunks shouting, screaming, vomiting and fighting and the soothing sound of police sirens. Then there were the street cleaning machines with their flashing lights and noisy pressure sprays and finally just as day broke the building site across the road came back to life! It was absolutely impossible to sleep - closing the windows made absolutely no difference - probably not helped by one of the panes being broken!
The room itself smelt stale, and the measly two towels they allocated between the two of us had not been washed properly. When you looked under the covers (wish we hadn't) the pillows and quilts were disgustingly discoloured.
The 'power shower' was powerful indeed, so much so it kept flooding the bathroom floor no matter how careful you were - and there was no bathmat so we had to use up one of our measly towels to mop up and avoid slipping. The shower smelt of drains
and the water took a while to drain away - call a plumber!
The public areas of the hotel - the lifts and stairs and hallways were stiflingly hot - so much so that we were drenched in sweat just getting to our rooms - oh and the keycard kept malfunctioning so we had the joy of having to trail all the way down to reception to get it sorted.
All in all a nightmare - avoid this place like the plague!
I have stayed here on numerous occasions on work trips.
Clean and comfortable rooms in a central Cardiff location - as you would expect from Travelodge. No free parking but within five minutes easy walk of the central train station.
The noise from local nightclubs can be loud so come with earplugs, just in case. The in-house food is mediocre too. The last time I sayed there I didn't eat my evening meal because it was horrible. I took it back and got a refund. However, there are plenty of good local restaurants.
For a one night work stay, on my own, this is a reasonably priced adequate place to stay.
I've always stayed at the Ibis in Cardiff and never been happy there. For less than half the cost i booked rooms online at travelodge and it was just fine! No noisier than any city centre hotel, the rooms come with a proper bathroom including bath and are clean and well maintained. There's no air conditioning but the front desk is friendly and for £6 extra you get an excellent choice of movies.
Exactly what you expect
Me and my partner stayed there Sun 31st July 06 as we were going to see concert at the stadium. I was really concerned after reading some of the reviews but it was to late to change our booking. (glad i didn't) As travel lodges go it is exactly what you expect it was clean, tidy and staff were really polite and friendly managed to check in early and settle in for siesta. It is a 5min walk to stadium plenty of places to eat near by and is on the door step of the main train station. I slept like a log and heard no nosie what so ever through the night.
Worst hotel ever!
I stayed here for one night as we went to a concert at Cardiff Arena. If I had arrived earlier and had time to find alternative accommodation I would have.
I have stayed in Travelodges before and found them to be basic but clean and good value for a family - not the case in this one. Our room was just generally grubby if you banged the chair or sofa dust flew out and it gust felt really grubby. We pulled out the sofa bed and the sheet was covered in hair and sick. We asked to change rooms which we did and got one that was only very slightly better. The sofa bed was again filthy so we asked for a z bed and extra linen. There was sick in the corridoor which wasn't cleaned the whole time we stayed there. We had to keep the window open as the whole place stank of alchohol, smoke and sick but at night had to concede and shut it due to the noise (this was a Sunday night - god knows what it would be like on a Fri or Sat night!).
CERTAINLY DO NOT RECOMMEND!
Slept like a log
Out of a party of 10 in separate rooms, 9 of us slept like a log. The 10th sadly did not.
The secret is to ask for rooms on the 3rd floor at the back of the hotel- rooms 300 to 320 [not 322].
This is a basic no frills Travelodge, with reception staff extremely helpfull and efficient which is very centrally placed.
Its clean, with a true powershower [no hairdrier]and if you get the right room very peaceful.
We have just returned from cardiff. The worst thing was our room was above a night club and we were unable to get any sleep until. loud music til 3am and then the cleaners came in and though bottles in the bin out side and the the hooves came in and finished at 5am, Also the cold tap in the bathroom didn't work so we only had hot water. It was the worst place i have every stayed in and we were so happy to go home and get some sleep.
I arrived at 12.30 after a long journey and with heavy baggage to be
told by the staff at the Travelodge that I could not check in till 15.00,
nor could I leave my bags anywhere even though I had reserved a room!
Also the radiator fell off the wall during the night, a fact I alerted
staff at reception to but again, they weren't interested. I will never
stay here again. ?59 I was charged for this nightmare!!
Awful place to stay
I was a bit dubious when I checked in, but I was assured I would not be able to hear the noise form the bars and clubs on the ground floor in my room on 3rd floor. This was untrue. I went to recption to complain (as you cannot phone from your room) but I was told (to paraphrase) "tough". I asked to cancel my second night but apparently they could not do this!!! While I was complaining a young "couple" were checking in with no luggage and I got the distinct impression that this was aaplce where you could hire rooms by the hour!! I went abck upstairs and put mt earplugs in but could still hear the music. At about 1ppm someone appeared to turn the volume right up and by 11.25 pm I had checked out. I am still waiting for the refudn of my payment for my second night and am fighting to get back my first nights payment too. I WOULD recommend this hotel - to my worst enemy!!