Had a 0600 flight so decided to book in to lessen the impact of such an early flight, additionally we were returning from Amsterdam arriving in Cardiff at 2130 so decided to stay that night as well which meant we could enjoy the day without having to worry about driving home from the airport.
Check in was quick and easy and in no time had dropped bags in the room and was sitting in the bar area having ordered food. The menu is not the most extensive but there is something for everyone. Chips were chunky and very crisp, well cooked indeed really enjoyable. My partner had a pizza which was really generous (regretted the side of chips with it!) and I had the fish & chips - fish a little on the small size but nevertheless all good 'pub grub' type food.
Service was good, staff very pleasant & polite, there appears to be some regulars there, looked to be contractors so clearly consistent in their standard? The lounge area would benefit from more comfortable seating, when it is busy (as it was on a Thurs evening) we ended up staying at the table we ate at and then finishing up at the bar perched on a stool.
Plenty of car parking to be had. The hotel is just a short walk to the terminal, and I could kick myself having waited previously for a taxi to arrive from Barry to take me to the hotel!! The route is quick & easy and has street lighting, and well under a 10 minute walk! Even in the rain and with luggage I would not now wait for the minibus from the hotel (they send a taxi if their minibus is unavailable)!!
Breakfast the morning of the flight was basic, oats in a pot, some cakes and croissants, toast with tea/coffee/juice etc. Breakfast on our return was the same plus a hot option of sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, baked beans & toast. The sausage and bacon was really nice tasted like good quality meats!
Spent 2 very restful nights, very quiet indeed! There are no 13 amp plug outlets near the bed so if you want to charge your phone and use it as an alarm clock then its not very practical to rush across the room to silence your alarm!
The whole place is clean and in good order. My only gripe, like many hotels is where guests smoke which is at the front door so you have to walk through the smokers to get to the hotel!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just two minutes from Cardiff International Airport and 10 miles from the Cardiff City Centre, our clean modern hotel is all you need for your business or leisure needs. We offer an inclusive continental breakfast with three hot items as well as a free shuttle service to Cardiff Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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