Ibis sits on the western skirt of the city centre, seconds away from the new shopping and leisure complex St Davids 2 and milliseconds away from the Cardiff International Arena, home to regular headline music events, international conferences and high-profile comedian shows. It’s also five minutes' walking distance from the city’s central train and bus station.
Take your pick from the double, twin or family room that can sleep a child on the settee bed, as long as they’re under 12. The bathrooms are small but not so small you tie yourself in knots! Small workstations, coffee and tea facilities and flat screen TVs can be found in each room.The bedding is relatively cosy, but do bear in mind the super cheap price.
The vibrant bar strikes you the moment you enter and is by far the hotel’s most endearing asset. Cute red rotating bucket seats are dotted around tables, the bar is open 24 hours (serving alcohol until 2am) and, on sunny days, stretches outside underneath some well-placed palm trees.
Eating and drinking
Food is available all day, from Continental breakfast to daytime snacks and late night sandwiches. If you’re after a more memorable meal, take your pick of the city centre’s many restaurants nearby.
None, but Ibis can offer a discount on the leisure facilities in the local hotels the Novotel and Mecure Holland House, both less than 10 minutes' walk away.
The staff are generally relaxed and knowledgeable on local amenities.
Who stays there
Business travellers and music fans in the week and party goers during the weekend.
Prices go down if you book in advance. At £11.99 for 24 hours, WiFi does seem a little steep.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Stag / hen parties
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Convenient city centre location
- Vibrant bar with friendly atmosphere
- WiFi price
- Can get a little noisy in the weekends