Ibis Budget Cardiff Centre
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Rion and I are now in Cardiff.
This is one of our wishlist stops and is actually a bit out of the way for us.
It's as west as we go, and the salty smell of the wind carries traces of the Atlantic with it.
We have come with an objective, and it's thanks to the BBC. We've come for the Doctor Who Experience.
... us a room and trying to get us upgraded for our flight to rio. I will miss you all in person but please stay In touch through here and Facebook, whatsap, email, FaceTime, Skype, LinkedIn as we will be checking in when we can. Loads of love Loretta Update: we have arrived safe and sound in rio after a long but fairly comfortable flight (thanks Ben) having a couple of Caprinhas in our hostel before hitting the sack as been awake 22 hours ...
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 ...
... we walked around Cardiff for a while, bought some fruit at the market, and chatted. Evelyn talked about how much she didn't like Cardiff and I talked about how much I loved it, except for of course the girl who swore at me the day before. Back at the hostel, Evelyn worked on her assignment and I worked on my blog. We shared a pasta together so that I could finish the bag I had and I made oat pancakes for dessert. I worked on my blog until midnight and then went to bed very ...
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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ibis Budget Cardiff Centre
What a Bargain!
Booked 4 rooms at this hotel for a Saturday night in August.
We travelled to Cardiff for my stepson's 18th Birthday so this hotel was ideal for its bargain price and central location.
Have used Etap hotels previously on travelling through France so knew exactly what to expect....the chain is designed to provide clean and simple accomodation at very affordable prices and they do it brilliantly.
The rooms are spacious enough...the bed is a bit hard but i like it that way...the shower room is part of the bedroom and in previous reviews some have criticised this for lack of privacy!!! Come on! why are you sharing a hotel room then?!?
Cardiff is a great night out and the Etap is a great base to use...
its never going to have luxury facilities for £32 a night so don't expect them.....but it is clean and a good place to park your head for the night!
Was für ein Schnäppchen!
Wir buchten 4 Zimmer für einen Samstagabend im August in diesem Hotel.
Wir reisten nach Cardiff, um den 18. Geburtstag meines Stiefsohnes zu feiern, also war dieses Hotel
ideal aufgrund seines Schnäppchenpreises und seiner zentralen Lage.
Ich hatte vor kurzem einige Etap Hotels in Frankreich besucht, wusste also genau, was ich zu erwarten hatte... Die Kette ist darauf ausgerichtet, eine saubere und einfache Unterkunft zu erschwinglichen Preisen zu bieten, und das machen sie genial.
Die Zimmer sind geräumig genug..... Das Bett ist ein bisschen hart, aber ich mag es so... die Dusche ist mit im Schlafzimmer und in einigen vorigen Kritiken wurde das kritisiert wegen fehlender Privatsphäre!! Also! Warum teilt ihr dann ein Hotelzimmer miteinander?!?
Cardiff ist toll, um nachts auszugehen, und das Etap ist eine tolle Ausgangsstation dafür...
Es wird nie Luxuseinrichtungen dort geben für
32 Pfund die Nacht, also erwartet sie nicht.... aber es ist sauber und ein guter Ort zum Schlafen für die Nacht!
Weve just come back from the Etap hotel, and i must say, it was one of the best weekends ever! (Aug 2nd 2007)
Me and three friends went for my friends 18th, and only stopped at Etap the one night, as they were fully booked on the Friday night (so i suggest you book early to avoid dissapointment!). (We stayed at the Future Inn Hotel on Friday- which also is fantastic! - though £87 a night!) Ironically we preferred the atmosphere of Etap, simply as we met more people of our age!
From the previous reviews we were a little wary, it being budget cost and all. But i must say we were very pleasantly suprised.
The walls are thin, but you dont go to Etap to relax, you go to have fun! There were staff availabvle after 9pm, so i don't know if the previous reviews were being exaggerated, or if recently it has changed. The bunk bed is a little hard, but as teenagers, we were only in the room for a few hours anyway, so whats a hard mattress?! Location= about a good ten minute walk, however we did get a taxi as we went later on at night, which cost a little under a fiver, which i thought was okay.
Some reviews say how crammed the room was, with the 'clear' shower being situated terribly. However, this is not the case, so dont let it put you off! The shower is completely frosted, and the room was big enough for the 3 of us, and possibly a fourth person, even though it only fits three anyway.
The staff are friendly, and very helpful, Televisions are provided, and you do not need a remote to use it and leave a deposit as many reviews have stated, i presume this has recently been changed.
Our view overlooked the carpark - which is very safe and secure, and the window opened wide to let in fresh air- a huge benefit when coming in from a night out!
The rooms themselves are very clean and tidy, and they provide the basic towels and soap, and one toilet roll, which i presume they would top up if required.
The room also has air conditioning, which was a shock considering the price we paid for the room! Bargain i say.
We only stayed in the room for one night, and would consider staying for longer. I would recommend this to teenagers on a budget definitely, although the atmosphere at night, with some mild noise, may not suit elderly or more mature adults. But if you are up for a laugh, those in the rooms near you are too!
The nightlife in cardiff is brilliant. Walkabout Inn (club/bar) is amazing, definitely worth checking out, and the shops are also brilliant. So check out St Mary's Street!
We would without a doubt return to this, infact we are currently thinking about booking the hotel for a weekend to come!
When I first booked this Hotel I realised at this price not to expect the best due to the low cost. but overall I was pleasantly surprised.
Although the hotel was quite hard to find once you got there it wasn't too far out of town and within about 10 minutes walking distance into town. To be honest though I know Cardiff quite well someone who doesn't may find it a bit more difficult but there are loads of taxis around and you could easily get in there or ask for directions as long as you have the street name.
The room was very basic and even though three can share one was a double so it prob wouldn't be ideal for 3 friends who are not willing to share and don't like heights as one is a bunk. The place was clean though and the ensuite was even though basic has everything you needed there.
I would recommend this place for a one night stay when going out drinking with a friend or girlfriend/boyfriend the double bed was huge it was a bit hard but I prefer that anyway but for other people it may not be suitable and the bunk bed was also comfortable
Gem in Cardiff
Pleasantly surprised by this hotel. With £32 it's one of the cheapest in central cardiff, excluding travelodge when you can get a room for less. Plus it's brand new therefore still pristine.
It has all the basics for the single traveller, tourists upgrading from hostels, small families. Personnel is friendly and helpful, there are vending machines for water, drinks and food, there is a large breakfast area. Once you enter the room it's small, but essential, there is no "bathroom", you have a closed-door WC, the wash basin basically in front of the bed and a separate (big) shower with glass door that's so much better than the plastic tent. One small problem is the windows, overlooking the parking lot. You have to take down the curtain not to be seen from outside. There is also a small desk and a chair. There is TV set that you can turn on for £5 extra. As I said, everything is brand new and pristine and looks very modern. There is soap given as toiletteries. In spite of the fact that's located in every map portraying "central cardiff" it's located a little outside, but still 5 minutes walking from International Arena. The place is very silent despite being close to main roads. However walking to the main road that leads you to the castle is 10-15 minutes. Reaching the castle itself might be 20 minutes, a small minus.
Never Ever Again
Normally stay at the Travel-lodge by the station which I can not fault, but they were full, so tried etap, never ever again. Where do I start! If the web site says something then best presume the opposite! Location: Central Cardiff (its a good 15 min walk down some dodgey streets!), En Suite - A Tiny Shower next to the bed (with a glass door!) and a toilet which you reverse into!, 3 Adults - A Double Bed (well a slab of rock!!) with a bunk bed (and I kid you not) over your head. £5 for a remote control to work the TV, No Staff after 9pm, the thinest walls ever (At least we could agree with comments coming from the room next door, that was they thought they were in hell!!) I could go on and on and on,
Okay place; good deal
I agree with AlisonCI's review that this place is a bargain at £32 per room. Unless you can find one of those Travelodge's £15 a night deal, this is the next best thing.
We found the staff a little arrogant; but they were helpful nonetheless. The breakfast is a little sad -- there's not much to it. It's very, very basic. You don't have to pre-pay for your breakfast at check-in; if you change your mind to eat there, then just pay it when you go to eat. That's what we did.
The car park is in the back of the hotel. You have to get your ticket validated to leave it; but it's free. The etap website does not really give good directions to the hotel; we got really lost. I would suggest a GPS system if you're not familiar with the area.
Oh, about the television -- you have to pay a deposit of £5 to get the remote from the front desk. You get the money back when you return it to the front desk. I think it's also true of hair dryer and iron. The TV has a little power switch on the back. There is NO telephone in the room. There is a public pay phone in the reception area though.
The reception area also has a refrigerated area with some food for sale: pre-packaged sandwiches, drinks, bakery goods. If you need wireless connection, you can't get it in the rooms. Only in the reception area or the breakfast area.
All the rooms have bunk beds -- a double size on the bottom and a twin size on the top (sleeps 3). The rooms are small.
The shower is right there in the room -- with a frosted glass door. It might be a little uncomfortable for people who don't know each other that well to stay in a room together. Seriously ... the shower is right there in the bedroom area! It's not a bathroom that you go inside of with the shower inside a closed door. And there's no way inside the shower for you to hang your clothes or towels on. And the toilet ... OMG. it's about the size of an airplane toilet. And I mean economy class. At least the door's not glass. You get one roll of toilet paper and that's it. They don't change it unless it actually runs out. And towels .... you only get two.
The bed is okay. Not the most comfortable but what you pay for. Just be careful with the walls though. It's one of those rough ones that you usually see on ceilings, not walls. Speckled or whatever it's called. I actually scratched my elbow on the wall and it broke skin. So watch the kids!
Other than that, it's clean and again, very basic. Great if you're on a budget. I have no real complaints. For that price, I expected very little and got what I expected.
Wir waren dort 4 Nächte Ende April 07. Das Hotel entspricht genau der ausführlichen Beschreibung von AlisonCl vom 16.4.07. Es ist ganz neu, Preis sehr günstig, liegt gut zwischen Zentrum und Bay. Umgebung ist Industriebrache mit Neubauten. Das Personal war sehr freundlich, war bei Beschwerden allerdings wenig engagiert. Das Frühstück war einfach, aber ok. Negativ war vor allem der Lärm: Nachts viele schwer betrunkene junge Leute, die auf dem Flur randalierten, 2 mal während unseres Aufenthalts nachts gegen 02.00 Uhr falscher Feueralarm. Das Internet funktionierte nur an einem der 4 Tage, Beschwerden brachten keine Besserung. Reinigung von Waschbecken und Toilette mangelhaft. Parkplatz teilweise überfüllt. Umständlich war die Bedienung des Fahrstuhls mithilfe der Zimmercodekarte. Das Lesegerät akzeptierte die Karte oft erst nach 6-8 Versuchen.
Excellent budget hotel, clean and functionable, 5mins walk to city centre
I stayed at this hotel for one night in April and was little apprehensive about the accommodation just because of the low price of
£32 per night. On arrival at reception I was pleasantly surprised by the surroundings. It offered a good selection of snacks and soft drinks, which were not overpriced and perfect for the hangover morning!!! The room was basic, one double bed with a single bunk bed above. There was no shower gel/shampoo supplied or tea/coffee, but seriously for £32 per night, it was how I expected it to be!!
I won't go into detail as other reviews may do this...I would like to
recommend this hotel as basic, clean and budget accommodation. I would definately recommend this to a group of friends on a night out in Cardiff, but as the room is small but adequate it may seem a little cramped to get ready in together!! I would not suggest going to this hotel with a new partner as the toilet and washing facilities
will not give you any privacy at all!
It is an excellent price and in a good location, within 5 mins walk to the city centre.....just remember to pack shower gel/shampoo - the
kind of things that bump up other hotel prices!
Brand new bargain hotel
We stayed here for three days at Easter 2007, shortly after the hotel opened. We'd never stayed in an Etap before but this was about the only affordable hotel that had some availability on Easter Saturday when we booked (although it too was in the event).
At £32 a night for a room for 1 to 3 people, this is an amazing bargain. The room was comfortable and (rather to our surprise) had a television as well as module-type separate shower and loo plus a washbasin. The bed was a mattress on a board, which some people might find too hard but which suited us. A third person would have had to sleep on a bunk over the double bed so it would be good if they didn't have too much to drink as there could be a nasty accident if they forgot they were in a bunk. There wasn't a wardrobe but there was a rail for hanging clothes and enough room to store cases without falling over them.
One way this chain seems to cut costs is by not having too many staff - at certain times of the day/night I believe you have to check in by putting a credit card into a slot - but whenever we were there there were people around. The (predominantly French) staff were all polite and helpful. You pay on arrival so check out is very quick.
Self-service breakfast is available for an additional £2.95 per person. It consisted of croissants, bread which can be toasted, cereal, fruit juice, and coffee, tea or herb tea. There were apples on the first morning but I think that must have been an Easter special as they didn't seem to reappear. You may need to decide when you check in whether you're going to have breakfast as that is pre-paid too.
There's a car park at the back but it was full when we arrived on the Saturday. However there was parking space outside in the street and we got into the car park the next night, when the hotel was less busy.
It's in a sort of industrial area but only about 10 to 15 minutes' walk to the town centre, and also handy for the Central Station and for Cardiff Bay. Although it's a motel type hotel it would be perfectly feasible to stay there without a car.
I just had two minor gripes. One was that the Accor web site is a mite confusing when you try to check your booking: the original on-line booking appeared to show twice while an extra day booked by telephone didn't appear at all. However their call centre quickly sorted this out for me.
The second and more serious gripe is that it isn't that easy to contact reception from your room. On our second night it sounded as if a fight was breaking out in the corridor and I thought I would have to call the police on my mobile phone since there was no room phone and I didn't have a number for reception. Things quietened down fortunately but I'm not sure I'd like to stay there without a mobile. I'm writing to the hotel about this.