Holland House looms over Newport Road, the main thoroughfare that leads into the city from the east. If you’re coming into Cardiff from England, you’re likely to drive right past it. I think its position just outside of the city centre does it well – it’s not too far from all the attractions but it’s not slap bang in the muddle of the centre. That said, Newport Road is a pretty busy, dirty road, so don’t expect to step out on to immediately beautiful views.
Like other office-conversions, Holland House has many a room with a view... Windows coat the entire building so you’re likely to get a great picture of the city, surrounding mountains or bay from most rooms. I was especially impressed by the beds; the hotel recognises the most important factor of any night’s stay and ensure maximum cosiness. Many of the bathrooms have separate shower cubicles as well as baths, and the suite rooms can be found on the corner of the building’s cross design, serving you with an even more bountiful view.
I like the way the hotel have split their corporate function facilities and the main hotel and leisure attractions from the very front entrance; their huge business side is autonomous and doesn’t affect your stay in any way. The main entrance lobby is spacious and attractive with settees so large they make you feel like a child, and some really tasteful coloured glass windows adding sharp shards of primary colour over the more neutral scheme of the hotel.
Eating and drinking
The bar on the first floor is fronted by the same huge windows that greet you as you enter. Naturally they provide a vast amount of light and offer a cool view as you perch over the nonstop too-ing and fro-ing of Newport Road. And if perching isn’t your game then I suggest you choose any number of their large easy chairs.
Holland House’s restaurant doesn’t offer the same grand outdoor view, but you will see the chefs eagerly cooking your grub in the open plan kitchen. Pay them a visit in the evening or Sunday afternoon and you’ll eat to the fine accompaniment of a live piano player... Which I thought was quite a nice addition to the ambience.
There aren’t too many hotels with pools in the centre. Between the Hilton, Novotel and Holland House, it’s difficult to choose which one is best, but I think this just pips it... Peek between the trees as the madness of Newport Road as you exercise or relax and the passers-by will never know. As with all of the front of the hotel, there’s great use of the natural light.
The hotel’s spa facilities are also worthy of note. Not only does it offer 13 different treatment rooms, it has its own private restaurant area for those who want to indulge in every single way.
The service I experienced at the Holland House was sharp and efficient with no messing around. Very professional.
Who stays there
The health spa packages seem to be a favourable attraction. The hotel’s large business centre fills a lot of the rooms too.
Breakfast is includeed in the rate, WiFi costs £9 for 24 hours.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Sporty types
- Stag / hen parties
Pros & Cons
- Very easy to get to
- Live music in the restaurant
- Great leisure facilities
- Expensive WiFi
- On a very busy road