Where to Stay in Cardiff Like a Local

Cardiff Castle is in the heart of the city and just a stone's throw away from some of Cardiff's best hotels
Cardiff Castle is in the heart of the city and just a stone's throw away from some of Cardiff's best hotels | © Tony French / Alamy Stock Photo
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Food Editor22 December 2020

Cardiff has so much to offer; it’s the centre of the Welsh government and home to a slew of museums, shops and restaurants. Baying crowds passionately cheer their sporting heroes at the Principality Stadium, while a more peaceful afternoon can be spent touring the many green spaces. Whatever your reason for coming, here’s where you should stay in the Welsh capital.

Indigo Cardiff

Chain Hotel
4.7/5 (802 Reviews)
Hotel Indigo
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From $110 Per night per room
You definitely know you’re in Cardiff when you check into the Indigo; bedroom themes represent the vibrant capital through a collection of local art, while many also come with city skyline views. Perhaps more enticing, however, are the vistas from the Marco Pierre White rooftop steakhouse. After a meal of locally sourced delights – and the odd cocktail – luxuriate under the rainfall shower in your room before gently falling asleep in the warm embrace of a cosy queen size bed.
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New House Country Hotel

4.3/5 (139 Reviews)
New House
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From $162 Per night per room
This Grade-II-listed house is lent a serene, romantic feel by its honey-coloured stone walls. The rooms benefit from ottoman beds, funky patterned wallpaper and Myddfai luxury toiletries. New House Country Hotel calls itself a countryside retreat with city views, and that’s exactly what it delivers – on a clear day, you can see across the waters to Devon, despite being just minutes from the centre of Cardiff.
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Voco St Davids Hotel

Spa Hotel
4.3/5 (967 Reviews)
Voco St Davids
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From $166 Per night per room
Enjoy a sea view with your morning coffee at this five-star hotel right by Cardiff Bay. The rooms are modern and sleek, designed in neutral shades with fun pops of colour. What really draws the eye, however, are the floor-length windows that look over the water. Head to the Marine Spa for an afternoon of utter indulgence. Massage yourself under the swan-neck fountains or book a treatment to put your relaxation in the hands of professionals.
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The Angel Hotel

4/5 (973 Reviews)
The Angel Hotel
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From $76 Per night per room
Opposite Cardiff Castle and just a short walk from the Principality Stadium, the Angel Hotel occupies an enviable address. Days can be spent traipsing the city centre or exploring the gardens of nearby Bute Park. But that’s only if you can pull yourself away from your room, where you’ll find comp slippers and the fluffiest of bathrobes. For dinner, head to Castell’s to try its seasonal menu of Welsh classics.
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Jolyon's Boutique Hotel

4.5/5 (54 Reviews)
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Starting at the bright pink front door, Jolyon’s is full of personality. It offers a boutique service, and to that end there are just seven rooms, all individually styled in a quirky way with statement wallpaper and decadent furnishings. The Georgian building of the hotel is right in the centre of Cardiff; and its history and charm is best displayed in the shared lounge, which is decorated with blue walls, velvet chairs, wooden accents and brightly coloured art.
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The Coal Exchange Hotel

4.1/5 (208 Reviews)
The Exchange Hotel
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This luxurious French-Renaissance-style hotel sits in the Glamorgan region, just 411m (1,348ft) from Cardiff Bay. The Grade-II-listed building is an architectural wonder, starting with a pale-cream limestone facade and the Jacobean-style entrance hall. Accommodations range from family-friendly rooms hosting six to the luminous Presidential room, which has a whirlpool bath and rainfall shower. Special mention must go to the beds; they’re all queen-sized and come with padded headboards that stretch to the ceiling.
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Old Post House

Bed and Breakfast
4.7/5 (44 Reviews)
Old Post House
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Found in St Fagans, a charming village only a 20-minute drive from Cardiff, the Old Post House is near the city buzz but also enjoys the peace and quiet of the country. The hotel is run by husband and wife Christopher and Faye Price, who have curated modern rooms decorated in soothing neutral tones with pops of colour. Their Sunday lunches are the talk of the town, all home-cooked with local ingredients – don’t forget to order their delicious Yorkshire puddings.
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  • Cathedral 73 Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.6/5 (104 Reviews)
    Cathedral 73 Hotel
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    A five-star guesthouse, Cathedral 73 is close to major sites in Cardiff such as the castle and Principality Stadium. With a terrace and a flower-filled garden, this hotel is particularly great during breaks in the famously prolific Welsh rain. The rooms feature sink-in-to-me furniture, Linea bed linen and luxurious toiletries. Room service is also top notch – we suggest ordering the club sandwich. Better yet, head to the cocktail and gin bar for a glass of something special to be enjoyed under a chandelier.
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    SACO Cardiff

    4.7/5 (60 Reviews)
    Saco Cardiff Cathedral
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    From $200 Per night per room
    Looking to stay in Pontcanna, one of Cardiff’s most stylish areas? The serviced apartments of Saco are ready for you. The restored Victorian property sits on a tree-lined, residential road and backs onto Sophia Gardens, the first public gardens in the capital and home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club. The interiors are airy and modern, while the apartments come with a homely living/dining room, kitchen and modern bathroom.
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    Number One Hundred

    Bed and Breakfast
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    Number One Hundred
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    Family run and owned, this B&B aims to be the kind of neighbourhood place where staff and customers are buddies. The modern service is complemented by the wooden beams and cutely old-fashioned look of the hotel. Rooms come with Netflix, allowing for late-night movie marathons. And just 15-minute walk from the city centre, Number One Hundred is close to the action without sacrificing a bit of peace and quiet.

    The Riverhouse

    Bed and Breakfast
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    If you’re after something low key, or travelling on a budget, the Riverhouse delivers. A grubber kick from the Principality Stadium, this simple yet elegant B&B is run by bro-and-sis duet Charlie and Abigail Prothero. The rooms are minimalist and clean, plus all guests receive a delicious continental breakfast. Should you wish to whip up your own meal, there’s a family-style kitchen. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on the house.
    These recommendations were updated on December 22, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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