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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 ...
Leaving Party - Greville Smythe Park So thats it we've finished work, our cars are sold and we are all packed up and ready to hit the road to Rio! The only thing left for Loretta & I to do was to celebrate our departure with our family & friends. The weather held out long enough to BBQ the sausages and of course we had to sample a few British drinks before we left. It was Pimms ...
... birds I prey tied up, mostly owls. The biggest of them all looked very grumpy and would screech every minute (see video), just once. The guy in charge had a tiny owl on the protective glove and was letting people wear the glove so they could have the owl on their arm. Evelyn had a go and was a little freaked but then relaxed. The owl was very cute and very calm and we both patted it noticing how soft it's feathers were. After exploring all of the castle that we ...
Staying in the grounds of a stately (small) home for three nights. Nice walking in the park but Treacle has to be on the lead, rather frustrating for her as the place is crawling with squirrels. I spent my time learning to use my new GPS system onto which I have downloaded all the Ordnance Survey maps of the UK. It took me ages to work out how to use it but I think I am ...
... so that the other car could pass. We went through a lot of small towns and saw some breathtaking views. Two important places we visited were the Castell Carreg Cennen Castle and my great grandfathers house. The castle is no longer in use but it is high up on a hill and you can see for miles. As for my great grandfathers house, it is no longer in the family so we stopped on the side of the road and took pictures. Being able to see it ...
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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!!