Express by Holiday Inn Cardiff Airport is located at Port Road, Rhoose just outside the entrance to Cardiff Wales Airport.
The hotel has 111 rooms, arranged over four floors. The hotel looked clean and fresh, having been renovated in 2005.
Express by Holiday Inn is part of the Six Continents Group, and generally these hotels are a little cheaper than standard Holiday Inns. Prices vary depending on the time of year, and usually range from £55.00 to £80.00 per room per night. Since the price is on a per room basis, they are obviously more cost effective if you stay as a family of four rather than on your own. I've actually stayed for as little as £35.00 as I was there at a quiet time of year.
You can get the price down by booking their Advance Purchase rates: the disadvantage is that these are pre-paid and you can't get a refund if you need to cancel [unless, of course, you've got separate insurance].
I feel that cost-wise, these are similar to Travelodges, but they usually have the feel of standard Holiday Inns.
One difference is in the breakfasts. A buffet breakfast is included in the price, and allows you to help yourself to cereals, toast, croissants, muffins and a range of drinks from a machine. This is not up to the full cooked breakfasts offered by Hiltons/Holiday Inns, but for the price I feel it's not too bad.
The area where breakfast is served doubles as a bar in the evening, with a few communal TVs, and there is a pool table.
As this is an airport hotel, they offer stay and fly packages. Depending on the time of you year, you can stay overnight and leave your car in the car park for 15 nights for about £105.00 [the hotel arranges a shuttle service to the airport].
The hotel is situated about 11 miles form the centre of Cardiff and so could, at a push, be used as a base to visit the city.
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