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expert-rated hotels in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

The trendiest bed & breakfast in the city, just 15 minutes walk from the centre.

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expert-rated hotels in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Pleasure, leisure and large functions all delivered on the doorstep of the city centre.

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Cardiff’s hotel repertoire is maturing with promise. Once home to a whole string of seedy b&bs and tatty city centre 50s throwbacks, it’s now armed with an array of tasteful independents and classier chain hotels. Compared to other capitals such as Edinburgh and Belfast there’s still a lot more potential in the boutique department, but there’s a great choice of funky budget hotels and really elegant traditional hotels, especially on the outskirts of the city.

Things to consider before booking

Here’s the good news: Cardiff hotels are highly affordable considering we’re in a capital city. Almost all of them come in at under £100, even the more plush establishments.

Here’s the bad news: that price skyrockets to double, if not more, on event weekends. The Millennium Stadium is one of the city’s finest assets, but it comes at a steep price for visitors. So if you’re planning a trip to the city that doesn’t involve a major event, then keep an eye on local events by checking my when to go section or consider mid-week visits.

Parking: the prices might not be capital city, but parking certainly is. Most central hotels have arrangements with multi-storey car parks nearby, some have limited space if you book early.

Inner city life: If you’re after the city’s main attractions, then opt for one of my central choices - the ones on the outskirts are beautiful and peaceful but they’re pretty quiet in the evening and approximately £10 or more in a cab.

Rates: watch out for WiFi tarrifs; most hotels are beginning to offer it for free but there are still a few who will charge you over £10 for 24-hour internet access. Breakfast should never be considered as part of the room rate; it’s about a 50/50 split between those who do include it and those who don’t.

Gyms: almost every hotel in the centre has a deal with Vitality Gym. Depending on the hotel’s location, it is either extremely convenient (The Parc Hotel is literally just opposite while Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre is the other side of town) or just a nice extra if you’re in need of that all important fitness boost.

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Years of professional travelling has given me a wealth of experience when it comes to hotels from budget to bonafide luxury. My top 20 recommended Cardiff hotels have been picked and judged fairly with my experiences in mind.

I’ve lived in Cardiff most my life, so until recently my knowledge of the city’s hotels has been based on recommendation and representation. For Simonseeks I’ve investigated all rumours and reputations and explored Cardiff’s every hotel option. I’ve personally visited and inspected each hotel, and enjoyed their services, scoring their strengths by the experience I’ve had in establishments across the world. If you don’t agree with my recommendations or observations, or have another hotel that’s worthy of note, please get in touch.

Location-wise, I’ve mainly picked centrally-based hotels because that’s where you’ll find most of the attractions. The ones indicated out of town such as Best Western New House Country Hotel and Sutton Mawr Farm are within 30 minutes' drive of the centre and have been picked for their more picturesque or luxurious aspects.

Hopefully my selection should have something to suit all needs and requirements for any type of stay in the city. From the groovy-on-a-budget vibes of The Big Sleep Hotel to the total luxury of Holm House, there’s something for everyone.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.