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Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel

Schooner Way Atlantic Wharf Longueil Close, Cardiff CF10 4EE Wales
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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#13 of 75 hotels in Cardiff
The Waterfront area of the old East Dock in Cardiff Bay is the prime position of the Express by Holiday Inn. Only 15 minutes walking distance from the centre of Cardiff makes a great place to stay, and to view the magnificent local shops and picturesque Arcades.Walking distance to Mermaid Quay and Millennium Centre. It is also situated in the heart of Cardiff's exciting Bay Development. With places of interest including Cardiff Castle, the home of the Welsh Assembly, the Millennium Stadium, The Millennium Centre, Techniquest the Children's Science Museum and the Museum of Welsh Life at St.Fagans, the Express by Holiday Inn Cardiff Bay is your one and only choice for accommodation in Cardiff. The Express by Holiday Inn is located just off M4 Motorway, which makes access very easy, and brings you around the city centre, showing you attractions like you have never seen before. There is ample onsite parking, which is charged at £6 per 24 hours. For your peace of mind, our car park is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV.Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Kid-friendly buffet
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Michael G wrote a review Dec 2021
SW England, United Kingdom12 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed at this hotel for two nights for a pre Christmas getaway and loved it. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, we had two twin rooms which were very clean and modern with a nice walk in shower. The breakfast was yummy and the hotel is in a nice area overlooking the water and only a 20 minute walk to Cardiff bay and the city centre. We would stay here again when coming to Cardiff.
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Date of stay: December 2021
SDDD wrote a review Dec 2021
Swindon, United Kingdom267 contributions109 helpful votes
Easy to check in and it's great to be able to do that at 2pm. And again great to have a midday check out. It's a real advantage for us which is a good reason to choose the hotel already. Additionally, the barrier operated car park has a charge for £10 a night, but this allows you to leave the car after check out and wander around the bay or city as it's an overnight charge. Again that saves hassle as you don't have to leave and re-park elsewhere. Good location for bay and city. The room was good as you would expect from this chain. Buffet Breakfast a bit mixed as had to find someone to get more plates and it wasn't particularly busy, then had to ask for more orange juice, then some bread for toast. If you don't eat meat you can ask for veggie sausages to be cooked, but we didn't know that as the little sign advertising that was hidden behind another. Would visit the hotel again though for the convenient check out and parking and good rooms (it's not our first visit).
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
susiemax12017 wrote a review Nov 2021
Leeds, United Kingdom15 contributions8 helpful votes
I had to change my booking several times due to COVID and COVID restrictions, each time I changed my dates the price increased dramatically, to the point where they wanted to charge £590 for 2 nights. It is a basic hotel with a hostel feel. On a positive note, it was clean and the breakfast was OK but I wouldn’t book there again.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from IHG Service, Owner at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel
Responded 16 Nov 2021
Hi susiemax12017, Thank you for taking the time to write us your thoughts on your most recent stay with us. We want to share the joys of travel with all. I'm sorry that your experience with us leaves something to be desired due to the room rate increase. Our room rate fluctuates, and certain factors may affect the room prices. I have shared your comments with the management team for their reference. I trust they'll use your feedback for improvement and ensure a better stay experience moving forward. I hope you will give us another chance by staying with us again to show you that your unsatisfactory stay was an exception. Regards, Virgil N. Case Manager IHGService
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Chris D wrote a review Oct 2021
Truro, United Kingdom8 contributions7 helpful votes
Clean and welcoming. Breakfasts very busy though with limited spaces. Also very limited parking on site. Bar open at evening which is handy Some background music and plants would improve public areas. Good views over the Wharf and some patio seating.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Chris A wrote a review Oct 2021
Birmingham, United Kingdom155 contributions44 helpful votes
Streets full of water, said a spurious dispatch from Venice - please advise. Now the streets where the Bute West Dock used to be are not full of water, but they have been turned into a suburb called Bute Town and finding your way through these to the Holiday Inn Express is perhaps the major inconvenient of this hotel. I imagine most people will come by car. But if they don't, what then? I would hope these streets are reasonably safe but they can be a bit of a labyrinth the first time. The East Dock meanwhile is still full of water and a home to water-birds, and this faces the hotel to the east. Sadly the opposite side is a busy road so it isn't as idyllic as it might be, but it's ok. Apart from that, the hotel is ideally situated between Cardiff Bay and Cardiff proper. It has the usual HiX decor that we will be used to by now - familiarity breeds a sense of settling back in, and as one who once lived for a month in a (different) HiX it is familiar indeed. Central Cardiff in one direction and Cardiff Bay in the other are within pleasant walking range. Room was clean and comfortable. Staff were nice - although I had a slight feeling there weren't enough of them, that October had caught the company slightly on the hop. Food was good although a lack of non-alcoholic beers was a tiny drawback. Food did take a while to come on two different occasions which is where the 'understaffed' feeling comes in. Check in and check out process was fine. Wifi was good. Felt safe and secure.
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Date of stay: October 2021
US$81 - US$211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Dead Canary (1.1 km), Lab 22 (1.0 km), and Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fresh the Baguette Bar, Love Peace and Cupcake, and Got No Beef.
Are any cleaning services offered at Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Insole Court (4.7 km), St Lythans Burial Chamber (7.6 km), and Mansion House (1.6 km).
Does Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, an IHG hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.