Let’s face it, if you’re here for the rugby, football, restaurants, nightlife, culture or clubs, you’re likely to be spending very little time in your room. And if you want that room to be nicer than an ok-bordering-on-grim B&B, and still affordable, the principality has lots of choice. Here are our recommendations for the best cheap hotels in Cardiff.
Cardiff's best cheap hotels
Cardiff’s oldest hotel, a Grade II-listed Victorian beauty, is a little past its former glory but still a great spot to rest your head, with 60 rooms feature modern décor. Some have great views (including the roof, but sadly not the pitch, of the nearby Millennium Stadium), and all have free wifi and Bee Kind toiletries – a nod to the hotel’s sixth-floor bee-hives. But it’s the price that’s the bee's-knees here – rooms start from £49.
This gay-friendly, stylish and laidback B&B is a real treat. It’s eight en suite rooms are nicely decorated in contemporary tones, and come with flatscreen TVs and DVD players, free wifi, tea- and coffee-making facilities and, for a very reasonable £5, a mammoth breakfast (including a Gower breakfast with crispy bacon, laverbread, cockles and poached eggs) served in a light-filled lovely dining room. There’s free parking as well as a lovely garden and patio too. Amazing value from around £45 a room.
A handsome Edwardian terraced house on busy Newport Road is the setting for this top notch B&B (with double rooms from £50), where seven individually-decorated en suite rooms feature period features (all have original fireplaces) but are modern and smart thanks to contemporary wallpapers and textiles. Wifi and a generous continental breakfast are free (there’s a small charge for cooked breakfast).
With its vibrant rooms, this centrally located RIBA Award-winning contemporary hotel has a youthful feel to it – 72 compact en suite rooms (from around £52) feature bright blocks of colour, wooden floors, small wetrooms and picture windows, and some have bunk beds. There’s free wifi, flatscreen TVs, and tea- and coffee-making facilities, plus a light-filled dining room and stylish lounge bar with a wood-burning fireplace.
A picturesque walk through Bute Park takes you straight to the city centre from this friendly Victorian townhouse B&B, which has rooms from £44. They’re smart, modern and comfortable, if a little bland, but if the decor’s not to your taste you can always adjourn to the downstairs pub. A continental breakfast is included in the rate, as is free off-street parking.
This end of terrace Victorian seaman’s lodge on Bute Crescent in Cardiff Bay doesn’t look all that from the outside, but behind its white exterior lie seven individually-styled en suite rooms (from around £68) that include sumptuous touches like sleigh or four-poster beds, wet rooms and even whirlpool baths. A complimentary Welsh breakfast, free wifi and a little bar serving light snacks are also on offer.
A friendly, traditional guesthouse with all the charm of an old-school B&B without its often attendant horrors; rooms are well appointed, comfortable, clean and nicely decorated, and the complimentary breakfast has pretty much everything you could want. The location, about a ten-minute walk through Bute Park into the city centre, is great too.
Centrally located, purpose-built and filled with up-to-the-minute amenities, this large YHA hostel is a gem. Its bright, colourful rooms are all en suite and span the gamut from doubles (from £40) to large dorms, and premium rooms come with TVs and beds instead of bunks. Added to that, there’s on-site parking, free wifi and a restaurant and bar serving local ales until 2am.
These individually-styled apartments in a row of handsome Victorian townhouses on Cathedral Road are perfect for anyone wanting to save on expenses like eating out. They’re amazing value too; a bright contemporary studio apartment with a full fitted kitchen (including washing machine) costs £50, and includes free wifi, a TV, a DVD player and a seating area – perfect for chilling out in. Check-in is automated and available from 2pm.
This former Best Western has been funked up with 216 contemporary rooms in a striking 12-storey block in the heart of the city on St Mary Street. Reds and purples dominate the colour scheme without going too Prince, thanks in part to floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms have free wifi and there’s a gym, restaurant and bar too. Prices run from a very reasonable £58.