Based in Pontcanna (Cardiff’s Chelsea, apparently) it’s about 10 minutes walk from the main centre, but what a walk that is! Take a left from the door, walk down a small street, through a gated wall and you’re faced with the city’s great expanse of park. Cross that and you’re in the centre of the action.
Every room is different, and they’re all pretty impressive. If you can, head for one of two rooms that boast a four poster bed. One bed in particular has a really low roof and great thick mattress; it’s a cosy nod to a Britain and fashions of a bygone age without seeming dusty or out of date. The real treat, however, is the penthouse suite in the attic. An open plan apartment suited for a family or two couples, it’s pretty special. With an open kitchen work space and modern appliances, it’s great for a weekend when you don’t want to rely on a restaurants all the time (it’s also so plush you’ll want to enjoy your time in it!)
The lounge has an inviting, relaxing air about it, not least during the colder months when the log fire is burning. The furniture and deep red colour scheme of the lounge has a really classic feel that flares out throughout the rest of the building in a tasteful understated way.
Eating and drinking
The dining room faces out onto leafy Cathedral Road. It’s home to a great range of breakfast dishes including a traditional Welsh dish with local produce and lava bread or salmon and scrambled egg. While there’s no dinner in the evening, the staff have a great knowledge of local restaurants so they can point your belly in any direction it wants to go. Meanwhile at the back of the building, the bar is small but snug, often plays host to high profile sports interviews and rewards well behaved guests who want a few late nightcaps.
The family who run the hotel are very friendly and welcoming but they take no nonsense, large single sex groups and parties need not apply.
Who stays there
Lincoln House seems really popular with international tourists looking for that traditional British charm. Businesses and sports fans are frequent guests too, and they appear to have their own following of regulars.
Parking and WiFi are free and breakfast is complimentary. Rates can be very affordable, book in advance though as there are only 23 rooms.
- High-Speed Internet
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Sporty types
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Free parking and WiFi
- Peaceful location that’s still pretty central
- Tasteful traditional decor
- No dinner
- It’s a little off the beaten track for instant city thrill seekers