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Cardiff Central Travelodge (Cardiff)
Member Name: harveyspeed
Cardiff Central Travelodge (Cardiff)
Advantages: Fantastic location in the heart of Cardiff night life and shops
Disadvantages: Noisy all through the night, cleanliness could do with improvement.
Myself and my girlfriend stayed at the Cardiff Central Travelodge for 2 nights during one of the busiest weekends of the year - Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd December 2012. We were visiting the area for some friend's Wedding in nearby Penarth (about 4 miles away).
The hotel has a fantastic location in the heart of the city. The area is very popular with hotel companies, with many of the big names located within about a 400m radius. The Cardiff Central Travelodge is probably the least spectacular of the buildings, as it looks as though it has been converted into a hotel. The hotel sits upstairs of a Walkabout bar/club, so the street was very lively on our arrival on Friday evening, with many people out celebrating Christmas parties or the end of work for the year.
Check in was fairly straight forward, I provided my name and address and was handed a key card which was required to access the lobby with lifts and stairs and then once again to enter our room, which was located at the rear of the building on the 1st floor.
Our room was located down a higgledy corridor which seemed a bit run down, but we eventually went through another set of doors and it looked like your traditional hotel corridor again. On first inspection our room seemed OK, with a lovely view of the quaint looking Cardiff Central train station (About 2 minutes walk). We had tea and coffee making facilities, a nice clean bathroom and fresh bedsheets with 1 pillow each. I wanted an extra pillow each, as I really struggle with 1 pillow, which I'm sure most people would. We delayed the order of extra pillows until we passed through reception on our way out later in the evening.
We decided to have a cup of coffee, but was a bit disappointed to discover the cups and tea spoon were sticky and smelt like coffee. Either the cleaner had just rinsed them quickly under the tap or their dishwasher is rubbish. It wasn't a big deal for us, but it's not really acceptable at all is it?
On our way out of the hotel on the Friday evening, we requested 2 extra pillows, but the man on reception said they had a shortage due to some large numbers in the family rooms. Again, I wasn't too bothered, but once again it is simply unacceptable for a hotel to run out of pillows. Their fundamental purpose is to provide a good nights sleep and they were unable to provide us with 2 pillows each.
There was a restaurant/breakfast room on the 1st floor, which I popped my head in. It looked a little dated, but the chef was friendly and said Hello. Cannot comment on the food as we chose to have a McDonalds breakfast which was located 400m up the road.
Our 1st night in the hotel was poor, being above a Walkabout bar, we thought we had fell lucky with being given a room to the rear. However, we were so wrong! Every 30 minutes or so, we were woken by the clattering of glass bottles from the bar being emptied into a bin at the rear, right below our room. Later in the night/very early morning, a delivery lorry was reversing in the street at the rear of the hotel, which once again woke us up. I was quite tired the next day, but following the wedding on the Saturday night and following a good amount of ale, I slept very well and didn't wake once! The solution to a good nights sleep I guess!
Check out consisted of dropping our key through a letterbox and we were done.
A good hotel if your going to be drinking in the nearby bars. If not, I strongly suggest you ask for a room on a higher level (floor 2 or above) as hopefully the noise will have dissipated by the time it reaches your windows!
Summary: A great location in the heart of Cardiff, drink plenty of beer or horlicks to ensure a good sleep!