“ Address: Atlantic Wharf Leisure Park / Cardiff Bay / Cardiff / CF10 4JY / Wales „
I hate my job so like to get away for a weekend every month or so. This month, having recently seen far too much Torchwood I decided on Cardiff and spent two nights in the Travelodge Atlantic Wharf last week. I always pre-book my hotels as you can get them so much cheaper that way so I booked this break back in August. I paid £64 for two nights meaning it was £32 a night, not the cheapest but by no means expensive. To just turn up and stay I overheard the receptionist saying it was £59, always well worth pre-booking then! The Hotel The hotel is very new and is situated in a new purpose built building on the Atlantic Wharf entertainment complex. The Red Dragon Centre as it seems to also be known is a new entertainment complex which has an Odeon cinema, Hollywood bowl, numerous restaurants and a couple of bars. Cardiff Bay itself with all its bars, restaurants and shops is only a three/four minute walk away. There are so many restaurants a short stumble from the hotel I could have happily eaten out every night for a year without getting bored. Cardiff city centre is a 15 minute walk up a main road or 10 minutes through a less salubrious part of the city. The hotel is a five story building with all the guest rooms being on floors 1-5. The ground floor consists of reception, a small bar & restaurant and what I assume are all the kitchens and staff areas. Reception is large and airy with there being two automatic doors from either side of the building. One goes to the car park and Red Dragon Centre, the other to the street. There is ample free car parking on site. Check-in We arrived at 14:50, ten minutes before check-in time and the receptionist actually made us stand there and wait until 15:00 before she would check us in. Although she did this in a very friendly manner I still thought it was a little unnecessary. When she allowed us to check-in it was swift and easy. As I had already prepaid online the process was complete within a minute. All the communal areas were clean and tidy. The Room We were given a double room on the third floor overlooking the car park and Red Dragon Centre. The room was very minimalistic with all the furniture being built in. Being a brand new hotel I had high hopes but was slightly disappointed. The room consisted of a king size bed, a chair and a small desk for the tea and coffee making facilities which were well stocked but did not have biscuits or any hot chocolate. There were no bedside tables just a small cranny built within the headboard just large enough for a cup; my bottle of water would not even fit in it. The en-suite bathroom was actually just a shower room, it was very cramped and there was no bath. The room was so small if you were using the toilet you couldn't actually close the door. No toiletries were provided. The room and bathroom, sorry shower room, were both very clean and tidy. The bedding was clean and crisp white cotton. I would stay at this hotel again with it being so cheap and being in such a good location but I'd make sure I arrived after 3!