Cardiff Hotels and Accommodation

(Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales, UK)

City centre viewThe Welsh capital of Cardiff has never been more popular and the resident accommodation scene certainly matches its year-round high visitor numbers. However, do bear in mind that when major sporting events take place in Cardiff, hotels quickly become scarce and available guest rooms very hard to come by.

Lodging rates rise during the summer holiday season, when tourism peaks and hotels in Cardiff enjoy their highest visitor numbers. Christmas time and New Year is also a busy time for the city, when accommodation is soon fully booked, both in the city centre and around the Bay.

Photo of the Bay waterfrontAlthough much of the city's central accommodation is fairly expensive, there are a number of budget options located on the outskirts of the city centre. A good selection of reliable Victorian townhouse hotels and cheap guest houses line much of the rather leafy Cathedral Road, being no more than a 20-minute walk from the shops and attractions lying within central Cardiff. Another good place to look for budget lodging is the Cathays area, where the city's YHA youth hostel can be found, on Wedal Road.

Well-placed alongside the Cardiff International Arena and located on Mary Ann Street, the Park Inn really does lie within the heart of the action and is understandably a popular choice. Also of note is the Holiday Inn on Castle Street, the Marriott Hotel on Mill Lane, and the surprisingly affordable five-star Hilton on Kingsway, which regularly boasts enticing discounts and weekend packages.

Rather more pricey and well-known for its luxury accommodation is the St. David's Hotel and Spa on Havannah Street, which overlooks the waterfront of Cardiff Bay and is part of the renowned Sir Rocco Forte group. Relatively close to the St. David's Hotel is the Techniquest science museum, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Millennium Stadium on Westgate Street, which can be reached by strolling along the scenic Tresillian Terrace.

Close to Cardiff, further hotels await patronage within Barry, Caerphilly and Penarth, while the city of Newport is a mere 25-minute drive away and comes with its very own extensive selection of accommodation opportunities.