Travelodge Cardiff Central
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Today we were off and about early to go to Cardiff. We caught the 8.15am bus and arrived around 9.20am. Firstly we ventured to Millennium Stadium to book a time for a tour at 2pm. After the tour was booked we headed to Cardiff Castle. This castle is one of Wales' most famous castles, built upon original Roman foundations - these are still visible today in the walls surrounding the castle. We decided to get a guided tour around ...
It's winding down. Almost three weeks after I embarked on my adventure I have a quiet day in Cardiff before making my way to London Paddington and then Heathrow tomorrow. I said goodbye to Hoggy mid morning as he headed home to Leeds.
The wild weather with torrential rain continues to threaten my plans to get to Heathrow with major flooding affecting all modes of land based transport. So far the ...
... up the path and turn right, go through the industrial area etc etc. We walked to the end of the path but there was more then one option to continue onto. Luckily a nice Welsh man stopped to help us saying " you look lost". Indeed we were. So as he kindly helped us and me holding a sandwich in one hand and trying not to look at his mouth that had more missing teeth than not, I was kind of put off my lunch ha. Anyway we got the directions so we were on our way. ...
... also selected by the good doctor. There was a lot of catching up to do after fifteen years and we wasted no time. By the end of the night I was losing my voice. After talking very little over the past week, my vocal chords didn't know what had hit them ... This did not bode well for the workout to be inflicted upon them on Saturday night.
The weather outside was ramping up, the rain that is. And we made plans for the day. Once ...
The day before the big game. I awoke to a call from my darling daughter at 4:15 am, mummy needs to read my itinerary! I couldn't get back to sleep and just dozed. I switched on the TV to BBC1 and heard all about the storm that lashed the southwest coastline yesterday. I had heard such reports from the taxi driver the night before. The forecast is for fine weather today and then the storms return tomorrow, game day.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Travelodge Cardiff Central
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!!