Best hotels in Cardiff 2022: The Parkgate hotel, The Coal Exchange and more



Wales is a proud nation and with good reason: the Welsh capital has plenty of fine qualities. From its Victorian arcades filled with independent stores, to attractions like Cardiff Castle and St Fagans, Cardiff makes a cracking city-break with heaps on offer. Cross over the Severn Bridge (no more tolls, it’s free!) to the right side of the river, where the grass is greener and the locals are friendlier.

Here are the best hotels to book.

The best hotels in Cardiff are:

  • Best for location: The Angel Hotel, Booking.com
  • Best for film buffs: The Royal Hotel Cardiff, Booking.com
  • Best for spa: Mercure Holland House and spa, Booking.com
  • Best for party vibes: Hotel Indigo Cardiff, Booking.com
  • Best for families: Park Plaza Cardiff, Booking.com
  • Best for business travellers: Cardiff Marriott, Booking.com
  • Best for a history lesson: The Coal Exchange hotel, Booking.com
  • Best for waterfront views: Voco St. David’s, Booking.com
  • Best for Welsh family fun: Old post House, Hotels.com

Stay in the heart of the action at Angel Hotel

(Angel Hotel)

Neighborhood: city center

Only a rugby ball’s throw away from all the major sporting action and music events happening at the Millennium Stadium, the Grade II-listed Angel Hotel is smack bang in the center of town and has previously hosted the likes of Greta Garbo and The Beatles. It may not be as grand as when it first opened in the 18th century, but its historic Victorian elegance still has real appeal. With 102 traditional en-suite bedrooms and nine meeting and function rooms, the hotel now feels a little dated, but its friendly customer service and unrivaled central location more than make up for it.

Price: Rooms from £72

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Film buffs will love the movie-themed room at The Royal Hotel

(The Royal Hotel)

Neighborhood: City center

Rest your head at Cardiff’s oldest hotel. The Royal is a Grade II-listed hotel, which shows slight signs of wear and tear, but is still an attractive central stay with heaps of charm. Sixty newly revamped rooms feature modern decor and great city views, but the real draw is its unique cinema-themed room, which features starwars wallpaper, a 75-inch TV with surround sound, Netflix, Playstation 4, popcorn, chocolates and drinks. If you’re visiting at a weekend, arrive equipped with earplugs: The Royal Hotel’s location on the rowdy St Mary Street can sometimes mean a noisy night.

Price: Rooms from £88

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Slow down and steam up in Mercure Holland House’s spa

(Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa)

Neighbourhood: City centre/Plasnewydd

Located on the border between Cardiff city center and Plasnewydd, the Mercure Holland House is a go-to central base within walking distance from the shopping area on Queen Street and a short walk away from restaurants in the buzzy student area of ​​City Road. What it lacks in charm and character in the rooms is redeemed in the form of friendly hospitality and the hotel’s on-site leisure facilities. Whether you fancy chilling out in the 18-metre swimming pool, steam room and Jacuzzi, or tucking into traditional British fare such as Welsh lamb or fish and chips at the in-house Urban Bar & Kitchen, the Mercure Holland House is a reliable choice .

Price: Rooms from £71

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A superior ‘industry’ room at Hotel Indigo

(Hotel Indigo)

Neighborhood: City center

Hotel Indigo combines a Welsh aesthetic with modern colorful quirks. With 122 rooms, a fully equipped fitness suite, a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse restaurant serving a classic British menu, plus a rooftop terrace with killer views, it’s the ideal spot to get the party started or wind the evening down with a nightcap. Each boutique bedroom pays homage to Cardiff by using local art, natural materials and themes to illustrate Wales’ industry, craftsmanship and musical heritage. It’s also in a prime location for an evening out on the tiles in Cardiff’s lively nightlife area; it would be rude not to sing your heart out to The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ at the infamous Live Lounge nearby, which is open every night until 4am.

Price: Rooms from £93

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With everything under a single roof, the Park Plaza is perfect for families

(Park Plaza)

Neighborhood: City center

The Park Plaza is a guaranteed crowd pleaser of a hotel with everything you need under one roof. With 129 guest rooms and conference rooms, the Park Plaza has a 20-meter indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and fitness facilities. The Laguna Restaurant & Bar – which features local produces such as Welsh goats’ cheese and beef carpaccio – scooped the South Wales Echo Food and Drink Restaurant of the Year award. Leave room to sip its selection of afternoon teas, ranging from traditional scones with jam and clotted cream. Bedrooms are decked out in an earthy color scheme with dark throws and cushions, which can be a little bland (some may even call vanilla), but it does the job.

Price: Rooms from £95

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The Cardiff Marriott also features a pool and spa

(Cardiff Marriott)

Neighborhood: City center

Staying at a Marriott hotel can be a little predictable, which makes it ideal for business travelers. Its interiors have a corporate vibe, with some areas in need of a facelift, but it delivers on friendly service and good amenities, including a spa, pool and its all-day restaurant, Market Kitchen, which dishes up an eclectic variety of British classics. . The location is what makes this place really sing, sitting pretty between Cardiff Central train station and the lively St Mary Street and Mill Lane, ensuring guests are also close to the city’s nightlife.

Price: Rooms from £88

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Period features are par for the course at The Exchange

(The Exchange)

Neighborhood: Cardiff Bay

What was once the early 19th-century Grade II-listed building that housed the city’s old coal exchange is now Cardiff Bay’s shining jewel. Steeped in Welsh heritage, the hotel retains its original features, which combine elegant design and custom detailing. The rooms feature beautiful views of the bay through their giant windows, through which natural light floods in. The hotel’s bar and restaurant, Culley’s, is named after RP Culley, a local philanthropist, who secured the catering contract for the lavish Exchange Restaurant back in 1884. Today, the hotel serves up a mighty fine menu of Cefn Mawr rarebit burgers and smoked Glamorgan sausage bites.

Price: Rooms from £98

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A Deluxe Guestroom at Voco St. David’s Hotel & Spa

(Voco St David’s Hotel and Spa)

Neighborhood: Cardiff Bay

Get your slice of uninterrupted sea views from the comfort of your contemporary room (with the option to upgrade to your own private balcony or two if you wish). St David’s resides in the regenerated Cardiff Bay area, right next door to the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve, the Wales Millennium Center and the Welsh Assembly building. The in-house Admiral restaurant and bar offers a wide variety of flavors from around the world, but uses the best of seasonal Welsh produce. Book yourself in for some quality me time at the spa, where you can unwind in the hot tub, let off steam in the sauna or book a treatment with deluxe Ishga Organic Skincare products.

Price: Rooms from £140

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Discover the history of Wales in St Fagan’s

(Old Posthouse)

Neighbourhood: St Fagans

For those wanting to learn more about Wales’ rich history or fancy a change of scenery, St Fagans is the place to be: it’s just a short drive from the center of Cardiff but feels a world apart. The newly crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year has been awarded to the St Fagans National Museum of History, which recently underwent a massive £30 million renovation and expansion. Here, each generously sized room is themed on a different location in Wales and features king-size double beds, flat-screen TVs and en-suite shower rooms. Selected rooms even have direct access to a shared courtyard area, offering guests private outdoor space to escape from the noise.

Price: Rooms from £90

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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