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REDISCOVERING MY ROOTS After a week in Morocco, I spent the night in London and the following day I went to Paddington Station to catch a train to Cardiff. I'd been to Wales once before but it was only to the border town of Newport back in the days when I used to live in London. This time I was determined to see Wales properly. The train took only …
... luckily we were the only people on our tour! On the tour we learnt all about the history of the castle, what all the rooms were used for and the messages within the decorations. Many of the features of the rooms within the castle were purely for show - expressing the wealth and views of the third Marquess of Bute, John Patrick Chrichton-Stuart. Jonathans' favourite part was The Keep which is famously known for ...
... blowing across he bay as I watch some dinghies sailing well out in the bay. Given it is ten degrees standing on the shore, I can only imagine the sea spray and the wind chill must make it freezing out there, I can only assume they are well cocooned in wetsuits.
I settle on a popular French restaurant and wander in. A table for one is no problem. There are a number of large family ...
... anthem, a truly spectacular moment. To be there in the flesh to support the All Black on the other side of the world and even better was to see them win the game was a rare opportunity. We met some really nice Welsh people that were sitting in front of us and we all ended up having a few drinks together at a pub after the game. The weather unfortunately wasn't on our side and was pouring down. A few of us wanted to head to another pub but just before we made it ...
... When presented with the dessert menu, once again temptation overcame common sense, toffee pudding for the doctor and a coffee cream cake thing for me.
From there it was back in the car, key in the next obscure address into the sat nav and off we go down those typical one lane goat tracks that you see on English TV shows. The irony of it was that this goat track was quite inappropriately named Main Road. The sat nav struggled to ...
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Cardiff A Wonderful City- Great Hotel/Food/Sightseeing
We (2 adventurous almost senior ladies) had a wonderful 3 day trip from Saturday-Tuesday. I felt safe and people were helpful on the street, in stores, and the hotels.
Cardiff is a wonderful city for people of all ages. It has good public transportation which helps with your budget and if you can get lodging close to the City Center, you can walk to many places of interest.
We stayed at the well run Angel Hotel at a reduced rate through one of the links/TripAdvisor ads. The rooms were clean and well appointed. It is a beautiful hotel, nice dining room, buffet breakfast available with fruit, eggs, meats, breads, cereals, etc. Nice size bathroom including tub and shower. This hotel's location is ideal --across the street from the castle; five to ten minute walk from the City Center Shopping area which includes all kinds of shops. Two minutes from the bus stop for the bus to the Welsh Museum which is great for all ages. Check the schedule for this bus however, because it is more of an hourly schedule. You can also get this bus fron the Central bus Station.
There are also busses that go to the Millenium Bay and Center. If you like Thai/Cantonese, then eat at the Bay Restaurant. If you like Italian food, eat at Gios located at the Hayes (not far from the Marks and Spencer Store ) in the City Center.
The Wales Museum near the Hilton hotel is also a great place to visit for folk of all ages.
If you are traveling by train, Central Train Station is easy to reach and taxis are easy to get.
Also, please try the Brains Beer which is only available in Cardiff and a few towns nearby. The smooth was delightful and I am not a regular beer drinker.
This was a great visit and I am grateful to all of those who submitted reviews which is why I am submitting one in hopes that someone else will be able to plan their vacation. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!
Angel - Perhaps the staff but not the facilities.
This is the friendliest hotel I have ever stayed in, with extremely polite and efficient staff. However it is certainly not worth the money.
The car park is small and cramped with no linked entrance to reception. We had to walk with our luggage back on to the road and walk up stairs to gain access to the hotel.
Our room was cramped and extremely warm making a nights sleep impossible despite recently installing air conditioning and the most comfy bed I have ever laid in. The noise from the street was non stop.
Breakfast was adequate but again the heat in the hotel made an unpleasant start to the day. The choice was fair but not good enough for the price of the room.
The bathroom was clean but grubby and certainly needed up grading to justify £120 a night.
For half the price I would have been impressed instead I left feeling out of pocket, despite a most enjoyable weekend in Cardiff.
This hotel should be proud of it's staff because it couldn't survive without them.
An impressive entrance and a hard working team do not compensate for poor value.
I would recommend looking elsewhere before booking.
NOT 4 STAR !!
My Husband and I booked direct with the hotel for a one night mid week stay. The car park was small and crowded but we did manage to get a space by arriving early. The nearest overflow car park was an NCP one which was very expensive. Reception was good with a helpful member of staff. Our room was small and clean but next to a gents toilet which was in constant use and quite noisy. The hotel is very old and it shows. The air conditioning didn't work in the room so we had to open the window. This didn't help much as it was still like an oven. We went out and reported the fault to reception along with a request for some more milk cartons. When we returned at 10 pm, the air con still didnt work and there was no milk. We rang down to reception and requested the loan of a fan. A short time later there was a knock on the room door and and a young male manager came in and checked the air con. He stated that We should have told them sooner about the problem as maintainance had now gone home. He then told me that no one else had complained and the fact that as the window was open, the air con wouldn't work ! So it was our fault all along !! We explained that the window was open because it was so hot and that the air con didn't work!! Obviously my experience as a hotel manager didn't enter into it !! He then left and a while later a helpful receptionist arrived carrying a fan and some milk !! So at last we got some sleep!! At breakfast the following day which was also poor, the other guests were overheard complaining about the heat they had endured during the night.
In short We were very disappointed. A very poor 4 star hotel that is too old and requires pulling down and starting again. We would not stay there again.
This is a very nice hotel, situated a short walk from the town centre and the Millenium stadium. The room was comfortable (if a little on the warm side) and the staff polite.
The buffet breakfast is excellent.
There is a small carpark at the rear of the hotel, but adequate alternative parking if the car park is full.
I stayed here on business, but the hotel would be ideal for a shopping or weekend break to the City. I would have no hesitation in staying here again.
Great location, helpful staff
I stayed at the Angel for three nights in late March. The Angel is situated within walking distance of the castle, shops, Millenium stadium and a superb art gallery. Reception, bar and restaurant staff were helpful and friendly. The room was clean and had been refurbished in a modern style. It faced the back of the hotel, so there was a constant background noise from kitchen ventilators, which could be drowned out by putting on the air-conditioning!
The food in the restaurant is variable, but good value and convenient. Good selection for breakfast, more fresh fruit would have suited my taste.
The staff and location make this hotel good value for money.
Loved it will return
Spent two nights in Feb 2005 at this hotel, lovely room, clean spacious and everything worked. Very cool bathroom.
Food excellent both breakfast and evening meal.
Staff very communicative and helpful.
Nice to have a car park for free on the premises.
Location good for town centre, sport and escaping if you need to.
Price very acceptable.
We will return and I would advise you all to try it. A very good town centre hotel with some history, bowed walls and not all chrome and glass.
I stayed here with my boyfriend for the New Years Eve special weekend and it was amazing. We upgraded to a suite which was spotless and really lovely, the bed was huge & very comfortable!
We had the usual dinner & breakfast buffets the first night/morning which we thought was delicious.
The New Years Eve five-course gala dinner & dance was FABULOUS. Gorgeous food & wine/champagne and a brilliant atmosphere. The hall and tables were beautifully decorated and the staff couldn't seem to do enough for us!
I really am shocked to read any bad reviews for this hotel because for us it was perfect and I would definitely go back.
Stayed here on a special deal the weekend of the Tsunami Appeal Concert in Millenium Stadium.- January 21/22. All hotels in Cardiff fully booked but wife and I had already booked the weekend.
Couldn't fault hotel in any way! Room was clean and very tastefully furnished, food excellent - Welsh choices on menu, staff very helpful. On return from concert at 11pm on the Saturday, a tray of sandwiches waiting in our room as we had missed dinner!!!!
Would definitely stay here again.
This hotel is just awful and not worth the money. Some of the rooms have been re-furnished but certainly not all of them. My room was dirty, the bathroom extremely shabby and stains on the covers. Give this one a miss, I spent £90 just for one night with NO breakfast included - give it a miss without a doubt!!!
Stayed there March 2004. Nice hotel, recently refurbished. We were upgraded to a larger room as we had a baby with us. The room itself was large, clean and tastefully furnished. Good breakfast, friendly, helpful staff.
Slightly pricey but worth it.