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Cardiff is a good place in general
Cardiff in General
Member Name: dan 2000
Cardiff in General
Date: 01/04/03, updated on 01/04/03 (2199 review reads)
Advantages: Good hotels and restaurants/bars, Good Shopping, Good Castle
Disadvantages: Bus service is awful, Cardiff is sometimes showy offy
Now, Cardiff is not the most brilliant of towns or citys but it is good. The History is not much but has a Castle which does, hotels are plentiful, restaurants are good in general and it is a quite pleasant town...
Now, there are lots of hotels to go to. Popular ones are like the St.Davids Hotel and Spa- a luxury hotel from Rocco Forte. There are 2 Holiday Inns- the Cardiff-City one(opposite the Millenium stadium), the Cardiff-North one in Pentwn(on the motorway in the suburbs) both used to be Posthouses but as Posthouse has been bought by Holiday Inn are now Holiday Inns There is the MoatHouse on the motorway, The Hilton in the centre is also a luxury hotel, opposite the castle like the Holiday Inn City CEntre, The Marriott- another luxury hotel. There are individual hotels like the Angel, there are budget ones like a few Travel Inns, Travelodges, The Big Sleep, Innkeepers Lodge, Express by Holiday Inn and more.
Eating out shouldn't be too much of a problem. There are plenty of highj street brands like burger King, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Bella Pasta, Upper Crust, Sizzling Pub co. restaurant/pubs(from Six Continent Retail), Toby Carvery, Harvester, Cafe Gardino and more. Most of these have a few in Cardiff in and in the suburbs of Cardiff. So eating and drinking isn't bad.
Food shopping is very good- choose from ASDA, Sainsburys, Tesco, Tesco Extra, Iceland, Marks and Spencer and lots more- too hard to think. These are well known brands so if you have one of these near to you and they are good- well they are a chain so they SHOULD(can't guarantee) be good. Tesco Extra is a kind of big or massive Tesco- there are 2.
CLOTHES AND OTHER(toiletries, toys, books, magazines ect) SHOPPING
You will find shops like Marks and Spencer, Primark, Peacocks, MotherCare, Debenhams, BHS(British Home stores) and in the Food Stores there are plenty of clothes and accessories like
toys, games, toiletries bla bla bla. So that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Looking to escape somewhere- well in Cardiff there are well known brands suich as Going Places/MyTravel, Lunn Poly, Bakers Dolphin, Thomas Cook you know. Also, in Cardiff Bay there is a Holiday Hypermarket(part of First Choice) with lots of brochures and desks aswell as a Cinema place which is set like a plane with a choice of videos- choose from Cruises from various companies, Holiday videos from a selection of places aswell as an Air 2000 Safety Video. You can view these on www.holidayhypermarket.com and go onto info and holiday videos(if this is not right, then tell me in the comments box and I will update). Oh, where are you everyone- I can't see you, oh right I see, you have gone to book a holiday- think I will do that too!
BUS SERVICE- CARDIFF BUS
Well oh well, the bus service is terribly rubbish! They are usually too late which results in you waiting for longer. Then they could always be too early which makes you miss the bus as when you leave it is already gone. Some stops have shelters, many have a screen telling you when the bus is due in. Step onto the bus and be greeted with nasty drivers- well usually, you can get one which is really nice and greets you with a hello. Most are impatient and rude. The buses are adopting a new livery of a dark blueish green with orange but some are not and all double deckers are still in the orange colour. Most buses are old and rattly. Some easyriders are just that- nice and smooth. There is a blue bus called airbus- a bus which takes you from the Centre to the Airport in Barry. A very infrequent service. So enjoy or endure a service. Sometimes when you are russhing aswell, they go slow but when you have all the time in the world then expect to be whizzed around the route as quickly as the can! None of the buses have seatbelts- well ones I have been on.
This has rece
ntly been done out- well not the platforms, and is ice with some shops, cafes and a few ticket desks with timetables of certain companies. If you want to go to the toilet then I reccomend you go to the ones in Upper Crust which are more modern- the ones on the platforms are horrible!
Now, I can't really say- oh Cardiff people are good or Cardiff people are bad. It is totally varied- you get your pleasant ones- you get your rough, sly or rude ones or maybe all the bad points put together. So, expect to find a varied number of standards of people.
In general this is a good town. If your looking for somewhere to live then you can go to the suburbs like Pontprennau- I live there so I can tell you that it is modern, Pentwyn, Llanederyn, Whitchurch, Cyncoed or choose the Inner City or the new Apartment blocks in Cardiff Bay or Town.
Cardiff is good- it has its bad points, it has its good. Also, if your visiting then maybe you may consider Cardiff Castle- dating from the Roman Times. also the town sometimes is a bit showy offy and bigheaded.
Well, I hope you found this useful. Please if possible could you leave a comment and rate. Thank you very much!