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Cardiff In Comfort
Angel Hotel (Cardiff)
Member Name: Ayesha-`
Angel Hotel (Cardiff)
Advantages: A comfortable stay that was good value for money
Disadvantages: Breakfast room a little frosty, rooms a bit hot
Earlier in the year, I decided to take a break in Cardiff and use the chance to see an old friend who had moved to Wales. I found a good deal of two nights for just under £120 on lastminute.com.
Arrival and check in
I realise now there are actually quite a few pictures of the building that I ought to have looked at before heading there. Instead I had a Google map to go on, but nonetheless found the place quite easily, positioned close to the railway station, castle, stadium and city centre. In fact it felt as though most places were around a ten minute walk away and during the stay I found shorter routes to the shops and restaurants.
To be honest I was worried as the street didn't smell great (like shallow drainage) and I was picturing a dingy entrance. Actually the building was on the end of the street and looked much nicer than the other buildings. The doorway was on the corner and the entrance was quite grand. Inside the reception was tucked away on the side, but they greeted us immediately. Check in was reasonably speedy. I noticed that the hotel had a bar but never intended to use this as there were shops nearby and I guessed the prices in hotels are always a lot more.
In contrast to wide, grand stairs, the lift was small and creaky, but at one point it did fit four people with luggage. I also felt that the floors were a little creaky in the corridors and that the walls were a bit thin.
Apprehensive because of having read a few bad reviews before we arrived, I was relieved to find that the room was very nice, spacious and clean, if a little dark. The bed was very comfortable, sufficiently firm and there were some spare blankets if needed. The room had a wide screen television, chairs and coffee table and large wardrobes. There was a much needed fan as the room did seem a bit hot, a hairdryer that took a while to dry the mop on my head, and also an iron although I didn't need this. There were the usual tea and coffee facilities, which were nice brands.
The hotel has WiFi access but you do have to pay to use it. Personally I think by now that most decent hotels ought to provide this for free.
The view from the window was not one of the castle views but was also not anything unsightly. I could hear street noises outside but it was not that busy so noise was not a problem for me. I do think if the hotel was busy or had loud guests staying on the same corridor as me then that might have been heard.
The en suite bathroom was a little small, but we had the usual complimentary toiletries of shampoo and shower gel, and nice large towels. The mirrors were also very good. The shower temperature was thankfully just right.
I felt that the atmosphere in the breakfast room was a little cold. However, we were offered tea and coffee so it was not lacking in service. I got the impression either the hotel was not very busy or not all bookings include breakfast as there were hardly many people at breakfast at all. I stuck with pastries and cereal, but there was a full cooked breakfast available for those who wanted it. Personally I don't have these often any more because they are a bit too on the oily side for me.
I do notice now, looking at their website, that the hotel offers free access to a nearby gym for guests, although I doubt if had known or if this was even the case at the time I would have bothered to visit. I prefer the comfort of being able to get straight back to the room to freshen up, but it is advertised as only being a 5 minute walk away so may be worthwhile for some.
Check out was swift and I was asked about my stay, which I did appreciate. I didn't have anything extra to pay and there were no surprises. If anything, I was sad to know my trip was over.
I found this to be a perfectly situated and fairly comfortable hotel and although I think 4 star is arguably generous, I don't really have reason to fault the hotel and would happily stay here again. I'm due to visit Wales next spring and this hotel will be on my shortlist.
Summary: I found this place to be relaxing and comfortable (albeit with a fan on)
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