The Welsh capital saw an accelerated evolution during the industrial revolution, becoming a global giant in the exportation of coal. As the 20th century progressed, the city used this income and international platform to build on its arts and culture industries. At its heart lies a 2000-year-old castle with a fascinating history, along with Welsh heritage museums, theatres, concert venues, a Millenium Centre and top restaurants. Nowadays, Cardiff has morphed into being a popular tourist destination, with a host of excellent hotels and activities, providing easy access from across the UK.
The Parkgate Hotel
Said to be Cardiff’s finest new luxury hotel, the Parkgate Hotel exudes elegance and glamour. Located near to the Principality Stadium, Wales national sports and events stadium and just a short walk from the central railway station makes it a convenient base from which to enjoy all that Cardiff offers. As part of the exclusive Celtic Collection, the hotel offers guests a refined experience. Each bedroom and suite is individually designed seamlessly combine a chic blend of classic-meets- contemporary luxury whilst respecting the hotel’s historic architecture. What was once the old Post Office now sits The Sorting Room, the hotel’s refined restaurant. With twinkling chandeliers, plush furniture, this grand and glamorous space is the social spot to enjoy delicious dining, creative cocktails, Afternoon Tea or champagne at any o’clock. The spa and wellness centre is the ultimate place to unwind and the fitness centre comprises state of the art-equipment with exclusive use for hotel guests. If grandeur and glamour are on your wish-list this is the place for you.
voco St. David’s Cardiff, An IHG Hotel
Enjoy a bayside city break at voco. Rooms come with Antipodes toiletries and are dog-friendly for those travelling with a pooch in tow, while higher-grade suites offer one (or two) bay view balconies and comfy seating areas. Kids are made welcome too, with larger rooms to suit and menus for younger diners. The Admiral is the hotel’s all-day dining venue, serving exquisite courses such as Welsh rarebit crumpets, torched mackerel with pickled kohlrabi salad and kabocha pumpkin massaman curry. Those preferring something a little simpler can order a burger, sandwich or salad. A spa and pool area includes swan-neck fountains, a bubbling water bed and a hot tub.