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... But it wasnt until the 30th minute that I realised that there were signs, but on on the wall on that street. So, when a car is parked in front of the wall, you just walk straight past your destination. So instead of a 10 minute leasurely walk to the destination, it was 30minutes up a hill, then 20 minutes to the right street, and then the stupid architectural gem wasnt there!!!!
After much fuming, I bought ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Royal Hotel Cardiff
The Royal is ideally located for train or bus travellers, just a short walk from the station. Car parking facilities are in the NCP carpark nearby.
We have stayed at the Royal twice. I don't see the quirky entrance arrangements as a problem. The hotel is on St Mary's Street the main street for pubs and clubs and it buzzes with revellers at weekends. I find it comforting that the Royal has its ground floor as a buffer and the hotel itself is remarkably quiet given its city centre location.
The room we stayed in was very attractively furnished with a comfortable bed. Reception was fast and helpful. Breakfast was a bit of a scrum and continental only. The bar was souless and not manned a lot of the time. The entry from the street is off putting and the foyer cold and unwelcoming. Lift up from the reception very slow. We had a discounted rate which made the hotel very reasonable but at full price i think I would have felt a bit cheated.
We stayed there on a Saturday night before the Wales/Scotland rugby game. The hotel entrance is particularly badly designed - you have to be buzzed in by reception every time you want to enter the hotel. When you do go in, you have to go down some stairs, wait for a slow moving lift and then get that up two floors to reception. There are stairs, but there is no sign-post pointing them out. When we did arrive, reception was manned by only one member of staff and we had to wait over ten minutes to check in. We then had to get another slow lift up to our rooms as the lift to reception goes no higher. The lift to the rooms is also slow and there is only one for the entire hotel. The room we had booked was a 'junior suite', or 'quite large room' as it's more commonly known. It was perfectly adequate, although the television was too small, tucked in the corner and had a poor choice of channels. The beds were large and comfortable and the bathrooms high in size and quality. There is no mini-bar.
It's a lovely hotel but could do better.
Best in town!
Hotel has a great location in the middle of town, all amenities right on the doorstep. Warm and friendly welcome by staff, modern and funky style throughout hotel including the bedrooms, I loved the slate bathroom and huge comfy beds.
Brilliant value for money, I highly recommend this brand new hotel.
Hotel entrance bit of a nightmare, up steps, down steps, up in lift, check-in, then up in different lift to rooms. Rooms nicely furnished, black & red high gloss furniture (made a change from usual wood) Bathrobes and toiletries included. Shower leaked. TV balancing on unit in corner of room, poor picture and not very good choice of channels. Continental breakfast was ok. Having the entrance off St Marys Street not ideal, as doorway was being frequented by roudy drinkers on our return at 12.15am and you then have to contact reception using an intercom system to be let in to Hotel.
I stayed in this hotel for two nights while travelling on business. The fabulous king size bed with down duvet deserves a mention right away, as do the tasteful and modern decor, cleanliness of the hotel and friendliness of the staff. I did have a few minor problems though. First I was put in a small but luxurious room without a bath, but when I asked they moved me to a room with a bath, which was much better and far more spacious in general (so there's a tip for you). In this room, however, like the previous reviewer said, the TV was too far away from the bed. My dvd player didn't work (or am I just a bit of a klutz with technology?) but it didn't bother me too much. No satellite TV which was a bit disappointing. Lastly, a well-known football team were staying in the hotel, which, coupled with a broken lift for a few hours, must have been a nightmare for the staff and meant that they couldn't pay their other customers enough attention as a result. These are unusual circumstances though so I heartily recommend this hotel for business travellers in particular.
First time we stayed in The Royal Hotel, Cardiff. We have stayed in all the city centre hotels in the past due to business commitments with the Millennium Stadium. You cant get a better positioned hotel for access to the Mill Stad, train station and bars/nightlife - its all on the doorstep. Staff were very friendly. Only found minor faults; the lift up to reception(1st floor) took ages to open. Once inside the lift, you have a choice of pressing G or 2, the screen outside when waiting for the lift says floor 1 not 2 like inside. The airconditioning was effective but went off after 10 minutes and came on half an hour later-all the time.Im in paradise when sleeping in a cool breezy room. To flush the chain you have to pull the toilet seat down which is annoying when a male is doing a wee! But overall, very good. The beds were very comfy and high. The bathroom was spacious but the TV was too far away from the beds so you struggled to read teletext(and i have very good eyesight). I will stay with them again, im sure all these problems will be sorted in due course. It competes with the Marriott and Park Plaza so a pat on the back to everyone who works at The Royal Hotel Cardiff.
we were privileged to stay in this hotel on its opening night (13 aug 2005).the staff were absolutely fantastic and nothing was to much bother.the room we stayed in was amazing overlooking st mary street but dont worry about the noise there isnt any! the bed was perfect as was the continental (posh stuff!) breakfast.
brilliant hotel very close to the millenium stadium, will deffinetly be staying here again!