The Best Cheap Hotels in Cardiff, Wales

Find the best bargain base in Cardiff for your break
Find the best bargain base in Cardiff for your break | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
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17 November 2020

Heading on a weekend break to the capital city of Wales? Whether you’re going to be watching rugby, visiting Cardiff Castle or sightseeing at St Fagans Museum, your hotel doesn’t have to break the bank. Take a look at the best cheap hotels in Cardiff.

The Angel

Hotel
4/5 (944 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $67 per night
Taking the B&B up a notch, the Angel offers suites as well as standard and deluxe rooms. If you’re lucky, you’ll even be treated to views of Cardiff Castle from your room. It’s dog-friendly and close to Bute Garden, perfect for walking your two-legged pal. Cardiff’s shops and landmarks, such as the National Museum Wales and the Principality Stadium, are also nearby.
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Pontcanna Inn

Pubs with Rooms
4.3/5 (53 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $101 per night
Craft ale and cocktails are readily on hand at this pub with rooms in a buzzy suburb beloved by young professionals. An inspiring menu embraces vegetarians, too: try the chickpea, squash and lemongrass Thai curry. Its 10 rooms are boutique rather than standard – think bold and brassy wallpapers, window seats and glossy-white tiled bathrooms. Venture out into the hip hangout of Pontcanna for cosy coffee shops and inventive restaurants.
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Mrs Potts Backpackers

Hostel
4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
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Retro furniture and standout colours command this cosy-but-cool hostel, slap bang in the heart of the city centre. Wooden cabin bunk beds with curtains offer some welcome privacy in dormitories for four or six, while your own personal mains power point with USB socket is a big plus. A laundry room, common room and kitchen round off the must-have facilities available here for budget-conscious travellers.
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Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel
4.2/5 (941 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $106 per night
A swimming pool and gym await culture vultures at this four-star city centre hotel. Rooms are clean and comfortable, with tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms for your morning cuppa. Fans of contemporary art should head to g39 on nearby Oxford Street for its cutting-edge art exhibitions and talks. Also close by you’ll find the New Theatre, dating back to 1906 and offering a mix of family shows, comedy, drama and dance, while the Moon, a 15-minute walk away, is a heavenly hub for live music and club nights.
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Sleeperz Cardiff

Budget Hotel
4.1/5 (949 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $50 per night
A lofty position next to Cardiff Central train station makes this the go-to for car-free visitors on a budget. To trim down costs, rooms are compact but clever; offbeat bedding arrangements include small doubles and bunks. Bold strips of colour keep the furnishings fun, while less formal breakfast eaters can avoid the main restaurant and pull up a comfy fireside sofa in the lounge bar instead.
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  • Lincoln House Hotel

    Bed and Breakfast
    4.6/5 (243 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $115 per night
    This Victorian town house in a leafy Pontcanna street has been attentively restored into a bright and modern B&B with a clutch of awards under its cheery belt. For a taste of traditional Wales, try laver bread cakes at breakfast, made from the reddish edible seaweed found on the nearby coast. Later, pop into one of Pontcanna’s chic eateries – try the Smoke House for American barbecue belters. For a splash of decadence, book the four-poster suite or the four-person penthouse.
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    Copthorne Hotel Cardiff-Caerdydd

    Hotel
    4.1/5 (943 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $83 per night
    Between the city centre and Barry Island coast, this four-star gem is five minutes from the M4 and handy for Cardiff Airport. Pull up a chair in Raglans Restaurant or upgrade to an elegant club room for dreamy lake views. Also on offer is 24-hour room service, in case you need a late-night bite to eat. Furry friends are welcome – dogs are the norm, but ask about other pets too.
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    YHA Cardiff Central

    Hostel
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    A five-star experience entices guests to this unique youth hostel, the only one in the UK to have been bestowed with the highest rating. Handy for both the city and Cardiff Bay, it offers up private family rooms, en suites, doubles and premiums as well as four-person dorms. Cardiff’s Queen Street and Central stations are a 15-minute walk away.
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