Cardiff, as a city, has too many hotels and is believed to be one of the most under-performing cities in Europe with regard to “bums on beds”. One of the main attractions is the Principality Stadium, until recently known as The Millennium Stadium, which hosts all manner of events; it is not just the home of Welsh Rugby. Some famous bands and artists have appeared at sell out crowds there, and it has hosted some major concerts including the famous Tsunami Relief Concert in 2005 which sold out in 20 minutes in a bid to raise money for the victims of the dreadful disaster in Asia. Cardiff is also the leading business hub and capital city of Wales.
In, or very close to, the centre there is a diverse range of hotels to stay in ranging from simple bread and breakfast establishments right up to the prestigious, and the only five star hotel in Cardiff, The St. David’s Hotel and Spa situated overlooking Cardiff Bay. This hotel is Wales’ most prestigious business and pleasure break hotel offering luxury in contemporary surroundings. There are several hotels in the Cardiff Bay area serving many businesses that have relocated there during its expansion. Cardiff Bay is also home to the The Welsh Government building known as The Senedd.
The majority of B&Bs are situated on Cathedral Road, a 5 to 10 minute walk from the centre. On the eastern side of the city centre is Newport Road. There one may find a few B&Bs but they tend to have been occupied with DSS and asylum seekers, a little less down market. The hotels in Cathedral Road range from simple owner operated B&B premises to the boutique hotel, Jolyons (which has a sister hotel in Cardiff Bay). When Cardiff has a major event, these hotels fill up quickly because they (normally) provide very good value for money. There have been complaints, though, in the past, of scrupulous hoteliers racking up the rates when there is a major event being staged in Cardiff. This was particularly true during the World Cup Rugby 2015 when Cardiff hosted a handful of matches at the Millennium Stadium.
There are some hotels on the outskirts serving the M4 business traffic. The largest and most popular is the Village Hotel in Coryton, north Cardiff which is just off the M4 motorway and serves the A470 up to the Rhondda Valleys. It is a self contained hotel for anyone, with restaurants, bars, fitness facility and spa.
In summary, on a normal day, there is a great choice of hotels to be had in Cardiff. Make sure to check your diary, though, because if there is a major event happening, you may not get a booking or, if you are fortunate enough, you may have to pay well over the odds.