We were visiting Cardiff at the weekend (24-25/09) and decided to stay over night somewhere close to our destination.
We checked late rooms website and came across a lovely looking The Hollybush. Have to say £50/night compare to Cardiff prices made us very happy. On the arrival staff welcomed us very warmly and nicely showed our room, which was quiet spacious and had a big bathroom (we stayed in the room just next door to the main entrance to the pub). We didn't think it was the best looking room as it needs some more love but for that price we couldn’t complain....NOT YET We had fridge with milk, coffee, teas and cereals for breakfast as they don't do cooking breakfast which was fine. After quick unpack we fancied some coffee and than realised we had only 2 sachets which won’t be enough to go with our breakfast following morning, so decided to ask for more while dinning. We had a lovely 3 course dinner in the restaurant above the bar. Food was absolutely divine, we sent compliments to the chef (we do not do that very often haha).
After the dinner we asked if we can get some more coffees for our room as two were not enough. The young lady went to ask her boss/supervisor if that was OK. She came back and told us they don't put too many as people are stealing them … The question is how do they know they were stolen? Maybe they just love coffee like we do! Nobody gave us the coffee but we noticed extra 2 sachets in our room, which we didn't like the idea of somebody being in our room while we were still having a drink in the pub. Next thing we didn't like was we couldn’t open the window in our bedroom and bathroom when we exanimated closely was very unimpressive – dirty!!!!
In the bathroom you have a wet room rather than a shower, which was fine, but the owner should provide a mop at least as after 2 people having shower if you need to use a toilet after, you need your wellies!!!!! Very wet and slippery. My boyfriend had cereals in the morning and the second pack of weetabix the date was expired on it. And Wifii didn't work either....We couldn't complain about our concerns to anybody as there is not such a think as ‘check out’, you put the keys through the post box. To end up my little story somebody should take more care of this place :-)
I would like to give 5 stars for food and 2 for room cleanness, that's why is in the middle
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located between Newport and Cardiff, the Hollybush offers self contained luxury country pub accommodation, that is convenient for many major sporting events including the Ryder Cup and Rugby Internationals. Our rooms are furnished to an excellent standard together with a high standard of cleanliness. Our aim is to maintain this high standard of service and to accommodate you in a friendly and hospitable atmosphere. Rooms at the Hollybush are spacious giving you a place to relax and feel at home. We offer mini bar with complimentary Welsh water and food is available from the selection of Hollybush menus. All rooms have: en-suite bathrooms Coffee and tea maker Non-smoking room Iron and iron board Trouser press Flat screen TV Bed setee Deluxe bathroom amenities Hair dryer Mini fridge Writing desk Wireless internet access Safe rooms (dead lock, spy hole, door chain, well lit access) ... more less