The Best Hotels in Cardiff for Every Traveller

The picturesque Cardiff Bay is within walking distance of some of the city's best hotels
The picturesque Cardiff Bay is within walking distance of some of the city's best hotels | © Billy Stock / Alamy Stock Photo
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18 November 2020

From ancient castles to hip restaurants and art galleries, Cardiff has been transformed into a thriving capital city. Whether you’re a spa or museum lover, foodie or with family, history buff or art addict, the Welsh capital has you covered. Dip into our hand-picked selection and discover the best hotels in Cardiff, Wales for every traveller.

Voco St David’s Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel
4.3/5 (947 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $156 per night

Fabulous for foodies, this five-star hotel has an enviable position on Cardiff Bay’s waterfront, with an impressive full-glass front. Slide into a window table at the Admiral restaurant and enjoy a flat iron steak, aged for 21 days, or corn-fed chicken breast with wild mushrooms from chef Martyn Watkins’ innovative menu, composed from Wales’ best-of-season. Meanwhile Condé Nast Traveller named the hotel’s Marine Spa one of the UK’s best. With Ishga organic products, made from the purest Scottish Hebridean seaweed and healing spring water, it’s no surprise.

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New House Country Hotel

4.4/5 (144 Reviews)
New House
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Price Drop
Now from $175 per night

Love food but yearn for a quieter side to Cardiff’s buzz? Then head over to this Grade II-listed country retreat in nearby Thornhill. Built in the 1730s, New House is just five miles (8km) from the city centre but in an idyll of its own, with sublime views across the sea to North Devon. Indulge in exquisite, locally-sourced produce at Sequoias Restaurant; don’t miss the braised feather blade of Welsh beef or the roasted cauliflower risotto with Thornhill Farm poached duck egg.

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Park Plaza Hotel

4.4/5 (958 Reviews)
Park Plaza Cardiff
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Price Drop
Now from $106 per night

One for pampering devotees, this four-star hotel’s futuristic, 20m (66ft) swimming pool will ready you ahead of an indulgent treatment in one of Laguna Spa’s eight beauty rooms. Try a signature treatment, like the lava shells back massage or bamboo joint-release experience. If you need a break from all that me-time, the National Museum Cardiff, Bute Park and Cardiff Castle are all within a 10-minute walk.

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The Exchange

4.1/5 (208 Reviews)
The Exchange Hotel
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Die-hard romantics will fall in love with this Grade II-listed building, once the coal exchange when Cardiff was the world’s biggest coal exporter. Recently refurbished, its Grand Hall pays tribute to its past prestige with glowing candelabras and dark wood facades. Meanwhile, Cully’s Kitchen & Bar harks back to its industrial roots; tuck into a bowl of braised lamb shoulder pappardelle followed by the raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake. A five-minute walk brings you to Cardiff Bay landmarks, like the Millennium Centre arts hub and the buzzy eateries of Mermaid Quay.
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Jolyons Hotel

4.5/5 (54 Reviews)
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If you’re after romance, Jolyons’ seven personalised rooms are certain to fuel your mood. Choose an indulgent Moroccan-style stay, surrounded by vibrant tile-inspired wallpaper, or bed down amid Regency-style furnishings and a whirlpool bath. The retro sweets in each room are the perfect quirky touch. Once a captain’s house when it was built in 1840, this boutique hotel remains an elegant Georgian townhouse on the oldest terrace in vibrant Cardiff Bay.
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Hilton Cardiff

4.3/5 (945 Reviews)
Hilton Cardiff
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Price Drop
Now from $126 per night

Guaranteed to satisfy culture vultures, the largest Impressionist art collection in Wales is waiting to be drooled over at the nearby National Museum Wales. Hilton Cardiff is also close to Cardiff’s first pub theatre, the Other Room Theatre, a hub for modern plays from Welsh artists. Cardiff Castle lies just over the road and embraces an eye-widening 2,000-year history, including Victorian architect William Burges’ lavish interior transformation with extravagant murals, stained glass and rich gold gilding.

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  • Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa

    Spa Hotel
    4.2/5 (941 Reviews)
    Mercure Cardiff
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    Price Drop
    Now from $132 per night

    With modern rooms, a trendy bar and an 18m (59ft) swimming pool, Holland House is near the city centre. It’s also pet-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your dog at home. Catch a contemporary art exhibition at nearby g39 or book tickets for a comedy show in the 100-year-old New Theatre. Those looking to dance should head to the Moon for folk, reggae and hip-hop tunes.

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    The Angel

    4/5 (952 Reviews)
    The Angel Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $75 per night

    A budget option, the Angel packs a mighty punch with suites as well as standard and deluxe rooms. Downstairs, you’ll find Castell’s restaurant with simple burgers, alongside the Welsh menu, featuring Glamorgan sausages and Welsh cakes. It’s also a dog-friendly hotel, so you can bring your four-legged pal along for the trip. The National Museum Wales and the Principality Stadium – the proud home of Welsh rugby – are also close by.

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    Mrs Potts

    4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
    Mrs Potts Backpackers
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    This cool, quirky hostel invites backpackers and budget travellers alike to stay in its wooden cabin bunk beds. It’s right in the city centre – close to the Principality Stadium – and Cardiff’s charming Victorian shopping arcades. You can even hire a bike and cycle the coastal path to Penarth for an ice cream. Downstairs, you’ll find a kitchen, laundry room and common room to hang with friends or meet fellow travellers.

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    Holm House

    4.2/5 (46 Reviews)
    Holm House Hotel
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    Spa lovers can immerse themselves in opulence at this newly refurbished residence on Penarth’s Marine Parade, a 15-minute drive from Cardiff. Peel yourself away from postcard-pretty views across the Bristol Channel for luxurious pampering with Elemis products at Holm House Spa. The 12 rooms include a mixture of four-poster beds, sloping ceilings, kitchenettes or private sun terraces. Take your pick.

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