Thistle Cardiff City Centre, The Parc
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Sleep? why bother.
There are two really good things about this hotel.
1. They gave us a room early in the day which was great.
2. The taxi stand is really close by.
This place is not up to the quality of other Thistle hotels I have stayed in. The room was tiny, stuffy and not very well decorated. The beds were comfortable enough, but we requested a full and got two twins. We payed 95 GBP for the priveledge of staying here, without breakfast.
The bathroom was small and functional, having the shower curtain cling to me as I showered was disgusting. I am a petite person, so it wasn't a size issue. The water pressure was good as the towels were okay.
The room was on the back on the building, which we thought would be more quiet. Unfortunately, it was loud with Friday night partiers screaming until nearly 3 am. We had to sleep with the window open as the room is not air conditioned and the fan did not work. The room is also pretty dark, so it made for a dreary late evening.
The lobby is nice, but the hallways are filled with dingy carpets, the walls needed painting and the sight of a few bashed in doors were quite something. This place needs decorating in a big way.
This place may be better in the winter when you can sleep with the windows closed and during the week when folks aren't trying to drink themselves silly.
OK, but not a 4 star hotel
The lobby gives the impression of a grand hotel, but the rooms were really stuffy. It could have been we had a bad experience in Wales (it was all closed for the Bank Weekend), but we didn't really enjoy our stay. For a claimed four star hotel, I've begun to get used to having wireless internet access available, but no broadband was available to the room. Just one shared internet access point in the lobby. I don't think it was worth the money.
Not what I expect from a four star hotel
Visiting Cardiff for a weekend I chose the Thistle, for it's four star rating and reasonable rates. It's location is perfect, right in the heart of Cardiff. £85 per room per night, not incl. breakfast. On arrival the staff were very courteous and helpful. The lobby is a grand affair and promised great things. However once in the room things began to look a little less promising.
For a Superior Double room, it was on the small side. The mini bar was empty. On looking out of the window, I wish I hadn't bothered, I was greeted by the sight of a slate roof, approx 15 feet away.
On the plus side the bed was comfortable enough.
Tiles on the bathroom floor were cracked and I would advise anyone in room 405 to put a towel down, sliding your feet over them would almost certainly cause you to get some cuts.
Cleaning seems only to extend to head height, there were cobwebs (old one) all around the ceiling and insides of wall lights and lamp shades seem barely to have been touched.
Granted it is an old building, which adds to the grandeur from the outside, but some effort should go into keeping the rooms in line with this.
This hotel seems to be very popular with stag parties, two groups staying there the weekend I was there. this makes getting a seat in the bar nigh on impossible at times.
I can honestly say that if I visit cardiff in future then I will seek alternative accommodation.
Stayed at the Thistle for one night. 4 adults on weekend away and found it to be a clean, comfortable hotel in a great location. Unfortunately didn't sample breakfast but everything else was very good. Would recommend.
Fab room, service and breakfast
The rooms was spacious, the welcome warm, the bed very comfy and we had everything we needed. It was not chintzy as I feared but stylish in 30's decor. The buffet breakfast was brilliant. We would definately stay here again
Great central location
Stayed at the Thistle earlier this year for just one night. The rooms were very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. The location was great, the shopping centre is on the doorstep and the nearest bar is a few steps away. Breakfast was lovely - so much to choose from.
Will use this hotel again for short stays in Cardiff
Comfortable hotel, great location
We stayed here for one night in August 2004. The double room was clean, spacious and comfortable. We had a little sitting area with chairs and table facing out onto the pedestrian-only shopping street below (Queens Street). The bathroom had a large shower/bathtub. It's a nicely decorated hotel with all the amenities, except air-conditioning. The location is ideal -- it's walking distance to the train/bus stations (15 minutes), Cardiff Castle (10 minutes), and all the City Centre shops and restaurants. We did not try the restaurant or bar, so we cannot comment on that.
We had only two small complaints. First, the front desk staff were not particularly knowledgeable about local attractions. For example, they were unable to tell us how to get to Caerphilly Castle by public transit. (We figured it out for ourselves -- it's an easy 20 minute train ride from Cardiff Central Station.) Our other complaint was that the maid clearly entered our room and rearranged things while we were out and had put the "do not disturb" sign on the door. But overall, the hotel was very nice and a great deal at £55 per night including tax through lastminute.com.
Good Hotel, Good Location
Good Hotel, Good location for city centre and shopping. Rooms a little on the small side but perfectly adequate for a weekend stay and well maintained. Encountered no problems with bathroom or heating in room.
Reception staff could have been a little more professional but other staff in restaurant, bar and house keeping were extremely helpful.
Would stay there again. Excellent buffet breakfast (but watch out for the weak coffee).
Great location, crap hotel
While the hotel is well located, nothing else about it is great. We had rattling windows, the not-so-soothing hum of the vent system right outside the window, the room was freezing cold. A leak from the bath produced a wet, mucky carpet next to the bed. The room was really smokey when we arrived and the got our names wrong when we came in, always a bit frustrating, especially when we'd booked online and they had all our details.
If I'd paid rack rates, I would have been furious, but we did get a cheap deal, which tempered the disappointment a little.
Try somewhere different if you're in Cardiff. I've stayed in hostels which were better.
Great hotel deal right in the centre
We are very familiar with the city (of Cardiff) however staying at the Cardiff Thistle Hotel which is very central to all shops, theatre, etc. was amazing and the room rate was excellent - £65 per twin executive room per night, including English breakfast for the two of us.Cardiff is constantly changing and is a great place for all age groups.
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