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... 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 ...
... feed to line our stomachs as we knew it was going to be a pretty big night because we were going to watch the All Blacks play Wales. After painting our faces and putting all our NZ memorabilia on we caught a taxi into the city to meet up with Monique and a few of her friends. Walking into a pub that was a sea full of red we clearly stood out. We enjoyed a few drinks and a few laughs before all heading to the stadium. We were in ore of the Welsh singing ...
... 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 ...
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 Sandringham Hotel Cardiff
One of my little favourites!
I have to visit Cardiff for one night (work/conference) every 2 to 3 months and always stay over at the Sandringham. O.K. it is an old building etc. but it is so conveniently placed near the station, the shops, taxis etc. that I would not wish to go to one of the newer,'posher' hotels. The rates are good for a single room although the rooms tend to be a little gloomy but they have tea/coffee making facilities, television, room to do some written work and are en suite. The breakfast is O.K. - can be a little cold sometimes (especially the bacon!). I feel quite happy to walk into the Jazz Bar for an evening snack or a drink i.e. as a lone woman. Do not rely on the early morning call 'though. I have mentioned this at reception but the same happened again this last visit. Lucky I'd remembered to pack my little alarm clock! Very welcoming and friendly place in the middle of the city.
Good value for the area
Like most of the buildings in this area, the hotel is in an old building and, therefore, very creaky. The bathroom was also small. However, the location of this hotel is excellent. It is right on a main street with lots of shopping and restaurants. Parking can be an issue, though.
Excellent Service At A Bargain Price
Just arrived back from a 1 night stop over in Cardiff, was going to travel up and back in the same night for a concert but checked last minute hotel availability and worked out that a combination of taxi's and trains would have worked out more expensive so decided to stop over at the Sandringham. What a find! A lovely little hotel slap bang in the middle of the city, the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, and the room was immaculate. The hotel is an old building and so creaky floorboards and stairs are expected, the only issue being the lack of lifts, but again expected in a building of this age, luckily we were on the first floor so not far to go. Another excellent pro would be the Jazz bar, which although next door is part of the hotel and even on a monday night was pretty busy and great fun!
Now that I have found this little gem I will definately be staying there again, on a regular basis.
Friendly staff, good location, good value
I stayed at the Sandringham for 2 night earlier this week during my visit to Wales. I was looking for an affordable, friendly, affordable place within walking distance of Cardiff Central train station. The hotel is on the main commercial street in the heart of Cardiff. You can walk to Cardiff Castle, the national museum, etc.
There's no lift so be prepared. My room as small but clean, comfortable and comfortable. The price was great and included a full English breakfast.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. The young lady who served my breakfast was gushing with friendliness and enthusiasm. What a great way to start the day.
There's a good restaurant on the ground floor called Cafe Jazz. Unfortunately, I missed the entertainment.
Lovely staff, Lovely stay
We stayed at this hotel whilst visiting Cardiff for an Avril Lavigne concert (it was wicked!) we stayed in the front room of the hotel and it was great we could look out of the window and see everything going on which we loved. There were lots of nice bars up the street and we enjoyed Cardiff Castle. The staff were so friendly and the breakfast was lovely. We will definately be back next time we are in town for a concert. Excellent value and lovely spacious rooms.
Good Value, Good Location, Nice Place to Stay
My wife and I stayed at the Sandringham 8/31/2004 - 9/3/2004, after booking it through the British tourist office. We were looking for a nice place under £65 a night and convenient to the train station. The Sandringham definitely met those criteria - £45 a night for a double en suite room and located about 3 blocks from the Cardiff Central Station. But the Sandringham offers a lot for the price. The Sandringham is in Cardiff City Center, close to restaurants, shopping, clubs and to Cardiff Castle. The Jazz Café on the ground floor is a good place to hang out. Our room was a smallish but fairly standard hotel room, and looked like it had been decorated in the late 80's. It included a TV (with a couple of satellite channels), telephone, hot water pot for coffee and tea, and a trouser press. However, the mattress on the bed was rather hard and not particularly comfortable. The bathroom was clean and surprisingly spacious, with plenty of hot water. Since the hotel is in central Cardiff, there can be a bit of street noise (particularly on a Friday night), but not enough to be a problem if you close the window. A full breakfast is included in the price, and it was quite good. (The menu offers a larger breakfast for an extra £2, but I can't imagine needing that much more food). The staff was helpful and friendly, and called taxis for us several times. In short, good value, good location and a nice place to stay.
Good lodgings and location
We had 2 rooms here in July 2004. Like most hotels in the U.K. the rooms were small but the
bathrooms were surprisingly spacious. Breakfast
was served every morning by very friendly staff.
The hotel is on a busy street but our rooms were
quiet (did not face the street). This hotel is within
walking distance to the train and bus stations, Cardiff Castle, the National Museum of Wales, and
a large pedestrian mall/shopping area. We enjoyed
our visit to Cardiff.
Clean rooms, friendly service
We stayed at the Sandringham for one night in Mid-May 2004.
We were just passing through, but enjoyed the clean room and the cheerful service. It seems to be a family-run business. The daughter at the front desk was friendly as were the ladies who served our traditional and delicious Welsh breakfast. I believe the room price included breakfast.
They kept our luggage behind the front desk for us for a few hours after we checked out so that we could explore the town a bit.
We would stay here again.
Really Great Value
This is a really great value hotel. It is about 500 yeards from Cardiff Castlke and about 750 yeard from the bus station and the Airbus etc.
The rooms are clean, neat very tidy, the bathroom spotless and a great cooked breakfast, (a buffett breakfast is also available) The only problem is that it might not suit anyone disabled or have difficulty with stairs, as there is no lift, and the rooms are on the second and third floors. Buut aside from this, if you are looking for a central hotel with all facilities that is clean, neat, tidy and quiet. Then this is the place for you.
By the way, check out the Museum of Welsh Life, a short bus ride from Cardiff and the Museum of the Roman Legions at Newpart (again a short bus ride form Cardiff) Great Value.
Also check out the Arcades in Cardiff, great value for looking and eating.
Nice, Cheap and clean hotel. No Fussing, stayed there overnight no problems at all.