location a two minutes' walk from the main station
rooms come with flat-screen TVs and hairdryers
restaurant offers decent buffet breakfast (not included in the rates)
room has up-to-date equipment
patio available for smokers (a con for some)
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Elevators can get
Some rooms get noise from the trains
Rooms lack minibars
The Maldron Hotel
is a mid-range, Best Western chain property located overlooking a busy junction
in the center of Cardiff. The location is particularly convenient for accessing
most of the city's attractions on foot, and the train station is also nearby.
This, however, can result in some issues with noise in lower-level rooms and
the area generally experiences high volumes of traffic. Rooms, though, are bright
and comfortable with free Wi-Fi and clean modern bathrooms. Rates are average
for the area, though you might actually find a better deal at the more upscale Marriott
just around the corner.
This mid-range, modern property is the largest in the city center.
Opened in 2011,
the Maldron Hotel occupies a distinctive and imposing piece of modern
architecture characterized by a curving stone-and-glass facade and jovial
splashes of color. Stepping inside, guests find that the lobby is equally modern, decorated in a
palette of grays and black with contemporary design furnishings and low
lighting -- although it doesn't quite break free from chain hotel aesthetics. Cardiff’s
largest city-center hotel, this Best Western Plus has just one a pair of elevators -- which can get congested at
busy times -- that ferry guests to the 216 rooms spread over the property's 12 floors.
An inner courtyard with simple box chairs and tables provides guests with an
outdoor space -- where guests are allowed to smoke. Clientele are generally couples in town for the weekend, while during the week it tends to draw
mostly business travelers.
Set in the busy
and bustling heart of Cardiff two minutes from the main station
The hotel sits on a busy corner intersection of three main roads in the center of
Cardiff. The location is super-convenient for access to most of the city's
shopping and entertainment, with the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Central Market,
and St David’s shopping mall less than 10 minutes away on foot. Cardiff Central
Railway station is also just a two minutes' walk away, and right outside the hotel is heavy with both road and
pedestrian traffic. The many restaurants and bars of Cardiff's center are also
within easy walking distance, though visitors arriving by car might find
navigating the area's one-way system a little challenging.
rooms with free Wi-Fi -- though some noise issues
The hotel's 216
rooms are colorful and modern with smart contemporary furnishings, striped
carpets and curtains, and large windows that fill the space with lots of
natural light. Rooms are all air-conditioned with laptop-size safes, tea/coffee
facilities, and flat-screen TVs; Wi-Fi is also free of charge, but rooms lack minibars. Bathrooms are clean and modern with shower/tub combos and
wall-mounted soap and shampoo, while hairdryers can be found in the bedroom
areas. While higher-floor rooms are reasonably quiet, those on lower levels can
suffer from noise from the nearby railway.
breakfast, modern fitness room, and outdoor patio
The hotel's Stir
Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast of hot and cold items each morning --
including a full English option -- though it's not included in the rate. An
early-bird breakfast is also available and includes pastries, fruit, and
yogurt. Lunch and dinner are also available at the on-site eatery; the chef makes signature bread statues -- while the Stir Bar offers a decent
selection of drinks including cocktails. The fitness center is clean and bright
with up-to-date equipment.
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