Whether you’re after an epic weekend of adventures or a music scene like no other, the Welsh capital is a quirky, creative haven brimming with energy and appeal. Nowhere is this vitality reflected more than in Cardiff’s eclectic range of hotels, which range from budget-friendly boutiques to newly-acquired architectural masterpieces. From my many visits, here are my favourite cool and unique hotels in Cardiff, Wales…
Holm House Hotel
Perched on a cliff in Penarth, one of my favorite places, Holm House is a charming 1926 property that exudes warmth. This former private residence, nestled amidst 19th-century industrialist architecture, instantly captivates with its coastal charm, individually styled rooms, and nautical prints.
While visiting, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the sophisticated heritage surrounding the place. Stepping through the gorgeous façade, I found myself immersed in a classy scene that extended seamlessly into the boutique spa and the cool restaurant bar.
My stay at Holm House revealed a perfect blend of tradition and contemporary elegance. The last decade brought a complete refurbishment, introducing modern design elements like low-slung lounge chairs and a manicured lawn that faced the sea. I love how these updates seamlessly complemented the historical essence of the property.
Stunning historic building and garden
Sea-facing spacious lawn
Indoor swimming pool and boutique spa
Onsite restaurant and bar and tasty daily breakfast
No rooms with balconies
Parking spaces are compact
One of my favorite places is Hotel Indigo, where classic Welsh heritage seamlessly blends with bespoke design. The boutique bedrooms, reflecting Cardiff’s lively spirit, became my cozy retreat. I love the scintillating skyline views and the vibrant, modern color palette that adorned my room. The locally influenced décor, bathed in natural light, added a touch of style to this eclectic hotel.
While visiting, I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the chants of passionate Welsh rugby fans as I strolled towards the fairy tale towers of the historic castle, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. The proximity to such an iconic landmark made my stay even more enchanting.
While staying at this remarkable place, I decided to treat my taste buds at the rooftop Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. I love this spot for offering the ultimate dining experience, featuring a mouth-watering British menu that left me craving for more.
Onsite hip bar and modern fitness
Chic Marco Pierre White restaurant
Appetizing fusion food
Limited bar timings
No swimming pool
Village Hotel Cardiff
Village Hotel is one of my favorite places, welcoming me to a chic, laid-back hospitality haven. I love the seamless blend of delectable food, trendy gym and pool facilities, and luxurious coworking spaces, all wrapped up in one glamorous package!
While visiting, I explored the 130 elegantly appointed guestrooms. What I truly enjoyed were the tech-forward touches like keyless entry and food service through the hotel app. The rooms also boasted Sky TV and an Alexa.
While staying at the Village, I tried out the Village Health & Wellness Club, which effortlessly drew me into a realm of serenity.
I experienced the convenience of having a Starbucks Coffee Shop on-site, a perfect spot to grab a coffee before embarking on a memorable day of adventures.
Outstanding gym and pool area
Cool co-working spaces
Relaxing serene surroundings
On-site Starbucks coffee shop and Full English breakfast
Parking is charged extra
No onsite spa
voco St. David’s Cardiff, an IHG Hotel
One of my favorite places, voco St. David’s, captured my heart with its enviable waterfront location, offering breathtaking views where the tides seamlessly seeped into my room adorned with bespoke colors and motifs.
Upon arrival, the central glass front of the white façade made a bold statement, setting the tone for my stay. I felt genuinely welcomed as I entered this cutting-edge architectural wonder, where Welsh cakes awaited me. Abstract art adorned the walls, infusing a creative flair into the iconic property.
The 142 rooms were a haven of water-inspired serenity, with seaside prints, deep blue cushions, and throws. The award-winning spa, a true gem, gave me the ultimate spot to unwind. It featured products by Ishga and a collection of bespoke treatments and therapies that rejuvenated me. The blissful hydro and swimming pools added the perfect finishing touch to my stay.
Instaworthy waterfront location and great views
modern and swimming pool
Bold cutting-edge architecture in Cardiff Bay location
Modern floors with floor-to-ceiling windows and great views
Pets are charged extra
Breakfast is charged extra
Parking is charged extra
The Coal Exchange Hotel
Nestled just 450 yards from Cardiff Bay, The Coal instantly became one of my favorite places, seamlessly weaving itself into Cardiff’s rich history. The Grade II* listed heritage building is a testament to the city’s evolution into a cosmopolitan hub, a transformation shaped by the locals.
During my stay at The Coal, I loved how it effortlessly merges Cardiff’s past with my present. The guestrooms, true to this mission, exuded a captivating blend of elegance and tradition that spoke volumes.
My room boasted contemporary amenities that heightened the overall experience. A large flat-screen TV offered entertainment, while the whirlpool bath provided a luxurious touch. Staying connected was a breeze with high-velocity Wi-Fi.
Culley’s Kitchen & Bar, became a focal point of my experience. The menu, centered around seasonal and local products, showcased a commitment to freshness. Paired with a comprehensive wine menu, the on-site dining experience was a culinary journey in itself.
Elegant boutique interiors
Housed in the historic Coal Exchange building
Outstanding on-site Culley’s Bar
Freshly crafted cocktails and great restaurant
No Air conditioners
No onsite parking area
Breakfast is charged extra
No 73 by CoffiCo
Nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Pontcanna, just moments from the Principality Stadium, No. 73 by CoffiCo quickly became one of my favorite places for a city getaway.
I love this spot for its diverse accommodation options, offering everything from luxurious rooms and suites to a charming 2-bedroom Coach House tucked away at the end of the stunning garden.
While staying at this remarkable place, I was delighted to find trendsetting espresso machines in each room, adding a touch of modern convenience to my stay.
One of my favorite moments was sipping a coffee on the ground floor, soaking in the unique charm of Cardiff. The experience reached new heights with an open-air cocktail at the eloquent restaurant and bar.
Gorgeous garden with seating
In-room espresso machines
Open-air cocktail bar and restaurant with vegan options
Swalec Stadium nearby
Dining room needs more lighting
No in-room hairdryers
Early breakfasts not provided
I recently stayed at this grand Victorian-style property, and it quickly became one of my favorite places. The boutique ambiance, coupled with nature-inspired wall paintings, offered a truly unique hospitality experience.
My accommodation consisted of one of the ten stunning en-suite rooms, each impeccably designed with an industrial touch. What I loved most was the individuality of each room, featuring soothing tones and bespoke embellishments.
I couldn’t resist exploring the downstairs bar area. The natural wood elements and thoughtfully appointed seating areas created a cozy atmosphere. The quirky outdoor beer garden served a delightful range from real ales to hand-crafted cocktails.
I particularly enjoyed catching up with friends and watching live sports in this vibrant setting. The barbeque, operational on most days, added a fantastic touch to the experience.
Unique wall art
Housed in a striking Victorian building
On-of-a-kind outdoor beer garden
Hand-crafted cocktails and ales
Costly onsite parking
No air-con in guest rooms
Some rooms are compact
Housed in a grand 1850 edifice, Cfeleven became one of my favorite places during my visit to Cardiff. The proud host to an eclectic gin bar, it boasts 14 minimalist guestrooms where functionality and comfort coexist seamlessly.
I love how the rooms are draped in light tones, creating a serene contrast with the elegant grey carpet. The opulent atmosphere truly offers a blissful sleeping environment.
The gin bar, a highlight for me, specializes in over 300 different gins worldwide, complemented by a comprehensive wine list. The sheer variety was impressive, and I tried a few unique blends during my stay.
I spent some delightful moments at the exquisite beer garden, especially with the 7m x 7m Jumbrella that kept me dry in the rain and cool in the summer.
Unique and creative boutique decor and vibe
Onsite bar with tasty creative cocktails
Located outside the city center
No onsite parking
The Angel Hotel
One of my favorite places, The Angel, is a classic Victorian building standing proudly in the heart of Cardiff city center, perfectly nestled between the Castle and the Principality Stadium.
While visiting this iconic landmark, I couldn’t help but appreciate its optimal location, providing the perfect base for exploring the charming countryside and beautiful beaches of South Wales. The opulent purple lobby floors instantly captured my attention, creating a unique atmosphere.
I climbed grand staircases that led me to the lavish guestrooms. What struck me the most was the functional style infused with quirky pops of bright color, creating a delightful and comfortable living space.
During my stay at The Angel, I loved spending time in the large, lavish dining areas that set the tone for a refined restaurant experience. The elegance seamlessly extended into the extravagant bar area, where I tried some exquisite drinks while soaking in the sophisticated ambiance.
Great central location near Cardiff Castle
Eclectically-designed opulent lobby
Beaches of South Wales nearby
Chic onsite bar with cocktails and fine dining
Breakfast is extra
Parking is extra
The Parkgate Hotel
One of my favorite places, The Parkgate Hotel, nestled near the Principality Stadium, is Cardiff’s newest gem for luxury seekers.
I love the seamless blend of elegance and sophistication that runs through this chic hotel, perfectly encapsulating its historic charm. As part of the exclusive Celtic Collection, the guestrooms beautifully marry classic and contemporary styles, staying true to the hotel’s rich architecture while offering modern amenities that I truly enjoyed.
While visiting, I couldn’t resist indulging in delightful afternoon teas, leisurely lunches, and exquisite fine dining evenings at the Parkgate.
During my stay, I experienced the epitome of relaxation at the on-site spa, renowned as one of Cardiff’s most exclusive wellness havens.
Fine and elegant luxury decor and vibe
Relaxing on-site spa
Onsite fine dining and bar
Very near Cardiff Central train station
No guest room fridges
No on-site car parking
Staying at Stalybridge Suites was a delight. One of my favorite places, these suites offer optimum home comforts with a touch of elegance. The softwoods and bespoke artwork create a bright, spacious ambiance that I love.
I experienced the convenience of having a fully equipped kitchen in my unit, making it perfect for both a short stay and an extended work project. The plush linens added a luxurious touch to the living space, making it a cozy retreat.
The bathrooms were elegant, and the nautical-inspired touches gave the property an authentic Cardiff vibe. What I particularly enjoyed was the elevated workout space in the on-site fitness center.
Situated between Cardiff Bay and the city center, the location was ideal. Exploring the eclectic range of quirky boutiques and high-end shopping zones became a delightful part of my daily walks down the waterfront.
Modern apartment with kitchens
Balconies and some with water views
daily breakfast with vegan and gluten-free options
Pet-friendly and on-site fitness center
Parking is extra
No spa or pool
The Royal Hotel Cardiff
One of my favorite places, The Royal Hotel, nestled in a majestic Grade II listed building, provides an elevated escape from the city’s hustle. With 60 elegantly furnished bedrooms, it caters to various guest preferences.
While visiting this historical gem, I fell in love with its rich legacy dating back to 1866. The seamless blend of tradition and modernity became apparent through thoughtful renovations.
During my stay, I experienced the charm of the lounge bar, offering an extensive array of drinks and snacks. The Captain Scott room, where Captain Robert Falcon Scott bid farewell before his Antarctic expedition in 1910, hosted a delightful and modern continental breakfast.
Tasty continental breakfast
Contemporary design and art
Located near Cardiff Central Station
Onsite chic restaurant and rooftop beehive
No onsite free parking
No spa or swimming pool
Number One Hundred Bed And Breakfast
One of my favorite places, this eclectic B&B embraces ‘Authenticity and Affordability,’ offering seven stunning guestrooms adorned with quirky patterns and luxurious linens.
I love the individually designed interior, seamlessly preserving the charming Victoria-era features with bespoke furniture and soft, natural hues.
While visiting, I experienced the spacious dining area, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that provided a residential feel to the neighborhood outside.
Heading down a grand staircase in style, I found myself in the breakfast room, where a delightful blend of Welsh and continental cuisine awaited each morning. Thanks to the property’s superb location, a 15-minute walk led me directly into the vibrant heart of Cardiff Central.
Quirky-chic boutique style interiors
Individually designed rooms
Walking distance to Cardiff Central
Free parking and tasty daily breakfast
I found this fantastic bed and breakfast right in the heart of the city center. It’s earned several awards and glowing reviews, and I can see why—it quickly became one of my favorite places to stay.
The B&B is nestled in a terraced property on a charming residential street. Being so close to Cardiff’s main attractions made my visit incredibly convenient. What made it even more special was that it’s a family-operated place, and the owners’ insider tips really enhanced my city break.
What I love about this place is its eclectic selection of rooms, catering to travelers of all budget profiles. During my stay, I experienced the fully equipped guest kitchen, indulged in the opulence of the dining room, and relaxed in the lounge equipped with Netflix & Amazon Prime.
Great location located on River Taff in the City Centre
Tasty daily breakfast
and communal kitchen
Some rooms are dark
No air conditioning
Limited onsite facilities
New House Country Hotel
Arriving at this Grade II listed Georgian manor house was like stepping into one of my favorite places. The elevated hilltop position treated me to unparalleled views of the city and sweeping panoramas across the channel to the coast of Somerset on those clear days.
As I approached, an expansive gravel terrace welcomed me, adorned with tables and chairs arranged around a three-tiered fountain. It set the tone for what turned out to be an unforgettable stay.
Stepping inside, I was immediately captivated by the original period details that draped the interior. The picture windows were like frames, perfectly capturing the isolated rural idyll surrounding the manor.
My guestroom was a delightful blend of traditional heritage, featuring touches of old-school artistry and modern advancements of tech-savvy amenities.
Panoramic views of the city
Gorgeous surrounding gardens
Free onsite parking and uniquely decorated rooms
Onsite fine restaurant
No onsite spa
No onsite swimming pool
Located out of the city center
Best Hotels In Cardiff Compared
This table compares cool and unique hotels in Cardiff on different factors.
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attraction(km) Nearby Restaurants
Holm House Hotel Marine Parade $204-$288 Yes 0.1 9
Hotel Indigo - Cardiff, an IHG Hotel Dominions Arcade, $151-$290 Yes 0.1 14
Village Hotel Cardiff 29 Pendwyallt Road, Coryton $122-$230 Yes 0.3 7
voco St. David’s Cardiff, an IHG Hotel Havannah Street, Cardiff Bay, $169-$700 Yes 0.2 13
The Coal Exchange Hotel 4-5 Mount Stuart Square $122-$392 No 0.2 12
No 73 by CoffiCo 73 Cathedral Road $104-$687 No 0.2 7
Pontcanna Inn 36 Cathedral Road, $98-$109 No 0.1 14
Cfeleven 151 Cathedral road Pontcanna $84-$112 No 0.1 15
The Angel Hotel- Part of the Cairn Collection Castle Street $159-$287 No 0.2 13
The Parkgate Hotel Westgate Street $233-$609 Yes 0.2 14
Staybridge Suites – Cardiff, an IHG Hotel Longueil Close $185-$356 Yes 0.2 10
The Royal Hotel Cardiff 88 St Mary's St $102-$197 No 0.3 16
Number One Hundred Bed And Breakfast 100 Newport Road $173-$311 (2 nights) No 0.2 10
The Riverhouse 59 Fitzhamon Embankment $314-$400 (2 nights) No 0.2 7
New House Country Hotel Thornhill Road $171-$284 Yes 2 10
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