Hotel style accommodation at YHA Cardiff Central

City breaks are becoming much more common, particularly thanks to bank holidays weekends, providing you with an additional 24hrs to get away.

I consider myself amongst the many who like doing this, and aim to be travelling at least once a month.

One of the main factors to consider when planning a trip is not only the destination, but the affordability of the accommodation.

This past weekend, I travelled to Cardiff in Wales and stayed at  YHA in Cardiff Central (5 star rated by Visit Wales) as a base allowing me to be close to the city centre as well as the bay, approximately 15-20 minutes walk (north or south)

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Upon arrival at YHA Cardiff Central the building looked more like a hotel than a hostel. As you walk into Hostel, you will be greeted by a light and bright reception area, with graffiti styled art work on the walls, were if you study enough you may just learn a bit of Welsh!

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Accommodation

There are a variety of accommodation options available, catering for the traditional dorm style rooms to family rooms and some more private rooms.

I stayed in a private room, with my own bathroom and a comfortable double bed that I just sank into. The room came equipped with towels, body wash, hairdryer, safe as well as a TV. It was literally the perfect room for a weekend trip, and provided me with all luxuries that I needed.

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Facilities

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YHA Cardiff Central boasts a range of different facilties including a manned 24/7 reception, bar and restaurant, as well as meeting rooms. There is also a large and secure car park on site, so if are planning to arrive by car,  you can park up and head into town.

Food and Drink 

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One amazing aspect to YHA Cardiff Central is their bar and restaurant, which is open until late serving drinks including bottles of wine for less than £10 per bottle and beers from £2.75 – great for some pre drinks before a night on the town, or somethings to help you relax after a long day exploring.

Breakfast is served from 7am until 10am and extended until 11am on a weekend, and is just £6.25 for all you can eat cooked and continental options – a bargain, also a great way  fuel up for the day. Of course I had to try it all, so had a full fry up, fruit and pastries.

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I’ve stayed in a number of YHA hostels over the years and YHA Cardiff is definitely the most luxurious.

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Reflecting back its great to see the evolution of the brand, I have previously stayed in bunkhouses and dormitories, and last year in a shipping container at the Eden project. YHA also own a range of other properties such as castles and manor house, So if you thought that the YHA brand was all about camping and shared dorms, then surprise yourself with a stay at YHA Cardiff Central, or any of the other hostels in the network.

I had a wonderful time exploring Cardiff and the YHA proved to be an ideal base, and I will definitely return.

 

 

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