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Where to Stay in Cardiff – a neighbourhood guide

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Whether you want to wander a sprawling castle, shop in glass-clad shopping havens, or simply sit watching over wide open sea, you'll find it all in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. With lavish options complete with spas, saunas, and opulent service, to mid-range guesthouses and hotels designed with the business trip in mind, this is a city which has something to suit all tastes, requirements, and budgets.
Hotels in City Centre



There's a huge array of options ideal for city breaks, sporting trips, and business travellers - from well-known chains to more exclusive establishments that overlook the Millennium Stadium. Many are available with essentials like free WiFi, with added perks including swanky bars and indulgent spa facilities.


Cardiff Docks



Once a rather forbidding industrial district, the Cardiff docklands now feature some of the smartest and most desirable places to live, with chic apartments overlooking the revamped landscape. Visitors also have plenty to do, whether you're wandering by the sea or feasting on global grub in Mermaid Quay. There's also a good smattering of pubs and bars in the area – the outdoor seating is a must during the warmer months.


Hotels in Cardiff Docks



There's top-end luxury available in the docks – if you want to pamper yourself in a spa hotel featuring reinvigorating baths, tranquil swimming pools, and saunas, this is the district to choose. The docks also have a number of chic apartment rooms, equipped with their own kitchens, balconies, and free WiFi to make you feel right at home.





Just outside of the city centre and next to the idyllic green oasis of Cooper’s Field and the River Taff, Riverside somehow manages the feat of being a quieter area in which to stay – despite being a stone's throw from Queen Street and the hustle and bustle of the bars and restaurants. There's a big assortment of guesthouses and smaller hotels dotted around this area, and the chic district of Pontcanna is only a short amble away.


Hotels in Riverside



Expect to find quaint guesthouses and smaller hotels in this neck of the woods. Many are set within Victorian houses and, while they may not look all that modern on the outside, you can expect WiFi to be free and rooms to feature flat-screen TVs.





Llanedeyrn is on the outskirts of the city, conveniently close to Cardiff Airport and offers a more suburban setting for your stay. You won't find much in the way of big name stores and attractions here – it's a firmly residential district – but you'll be close to woods, rivers, and green fields, and it's only a short commute to both the centre of Cardiff and the airport.


Hotels in Llanedeyrn



Glitz and glamour isn't what you'll get here, but you can expect to find chain hotels offering smart, unpretentious guestrooms with free WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. On-site restaurants and bars can also be found in some accommodation.