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The best places to stay in South and Mid Wales are privately owned and full of personality, with excellent, good value food. Look out for local lamb, Black Beef and superb farm-produced cheeses.

Cross the Severn Bridge and you are soon in the Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk with the Brecon Beacons, where we have several recommendations, and also the Black Mountains.

Or drop down to the bustling capital, Cardiff, where there are some highly recommendable places to stay. If this doesn't take your fancy then try Swansea, or rather Penarth, an unlikely setting for an excellent boutique hotel and spa.

What Not To Miss

  • The Brecon Beacons National Park covers some 520 square miles and is a Mecca for walkers and cyclists. The landscape is stunning with old sandstone forming four distinct ranges of hills, interspersed with major river valleys.
  • Another huge draw is the Wye Valley. Stretching from mid Wales to Chepstow, it runs a picturesque course through typically British countryside. Obviously a must for keen walkers, the area also boasts great fishing and of course the only literary festival to be seen at - the Hay on Wye Festival.
  • It's definitely worth checking out the spectacular Tintern Abbey, whose ethereal ruins are well worth the trip.
  • Swansea is not the most beautiful city in Wales, but it is situated on Swansea Bay, a five-mile swathe of stunning beach. It also offers the National Waterfront Museum and for fans of "Under Milk Wood", the Dylan Thomas Centre.
  • Venture to the southern tip of Swansea Bay and you'll reach Mumbles. This pretty seaside village is often referred to as the gateway to the Gower Peninsula, (famous for gorgeous sandy beaches which are popular with surfers), and has a good range of boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

The Brecon Beacons

  • The Felin Fach Griffin is a top choice. This gastropub has a laidback atmosphere with squashy leather sofas surrounding a warming open fire, simple, stylish food and country style bedrooms with supremely comfy beds. Just what's required after a day in the hills!
  • Gliffaes Hotel is the perfect country escape, enjoying a lovely rural setting overlooking the River Usk. Offering large, classically decorated rooms, you'll love the ever-changing menu and beautiful grounds.
  • Glangrwyney Court is set in a Grade II listed Georgian Mansion by the Black Mountains. This beautiful 5* boasts elegantly traditional interiors amongst 33 acres of private parkland. A dreamy escape!
  • The Angel Hotel offers extremely chic and stylish accommodation on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Boasting a private cottage sleeping four as well as three restaurants and a private event space, it's a top choice for intimate weddings.
  • The Cawdor is a lovely spot in the village of Llandeilo, offering great value rooms mixing original features - think high ceilings and wooden beams - with contemporary touches. Wholesome, typically Welsh grub served up at the restaurant.

The Wye Valley

  • The Bell at Skenfrith is an old coaching inn featuring charming, cosy accommodation in the peaceful countryside (there's no phone signal!). A relaxed, family-friendly getaway.
  • Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms belies its rather basic facade with exceptional Michelin-starred dining and chic, contemporary accommodation. A great base from which to explore the valley.
  • The Georgian Brooks Country House expertly blends original features with contemporary touches to provide beautiful accommodation. With a sauna and top-notch food, what's not to love?
  • Wilton Court enjoys a gorgeous setting with sloping lawns leading down to the River Wye. Set in an historic Elizabethan property, they offer splendidly traditional rooms and award-winning grub.
  • Tudor Farmhouse boasts chic accommodation in serene countryside surroundings. Their Michelin noted restaurant served up quintessentially British classics - ideal to come back to after a day out hiking.
  • The 100-acre Three Choirs Vineyards is a splendid restaurant with rooms, offering accommodation boasting tremendous views and fantastic food. A lovely escape.

Swansea, Mumbles and The Gower Peninsula

  • Morgans Hotel and its modernist annex, Morgans Townhouse are a boutique way to see Swansea, offering individually decorated rooms mixing traditional and contemporary styles. With a champagne bar and wonderful restaurant, they're a great base from which to explore the city.
  • King Arthur Hotel is situated beneath Cefn Bryn, the Gower Peninsula's highest point. Boasting nineteen unfussy yet chic rooms, there's also delicious home cooked food served up and a cosy log fire by which to enjoy a good book.
  • Patricks With Rooms is located just a short distance from the beach and offers views across Mumbles Bay. With contemporary rooms featuring a red and white colour scheme as well as great British cuisine (specialising in seafood), this is a top family coastal retreat.
  • Fairyhill is an upmarket country retreat set in wonderful grounds, providing tastefully decorated boutique rooms and an award-winning restaurant. Come back after a day out exploring to enjoy a tipple in the cosy bar.
  • Browns Hotel is a historic spot boasting elegantly refurbished rooms and a bar stocked with plenty of local ales. Originally a pub (that was frequented twice daily by Dylan Thomas!), you can learn more about his life at the nearby The Dylan Thomas Boathouse.
  • The Corran Resort & Spa is a converted 16th century dairy farm featuring luxurious accommodation - blending exposed brick walls, heavy beams and contemporary furnishings. With an award-winning restaurant and a spa, you'll fall in love with the place.
  • Coedllys Country House is an intimate three-bedroom B&B, offering traditional farmhouse style accommodation with lovely views. What's more, their animal sanctuary's home to sheep, cows, donkeys, lamas and more! Perfect for animal lovers.
  • Penally Abbey is set in an 18th Century Victorian home. Their classically chic rooms have been refurbished in a lovely style, featuring neutral palettes and original features, whilst local produce is served up at the restaurant.
  • Canaston Oaks provides a collection of smartly converted farm stables featuring flat-screen TVs and en suites. A lovely spot from which to explore the wonderful surrounding countryside.
  • Crug-Glas is a stunning rural retreat, set amidst 600 acres of farmland and just a short distance away from the coast. Offering seven luxurious rooms furnished in a traditional style and with home-cooked meals at the family run restaurant, it's a top-notch country getaway.

Cardiff And Penarth

  • Tranquilly situated on Penarth cliff tops, Holm House offers crisp, chic accommodation featuring plenty of light hues as well as boasting a lovely spa. Enjoy fine dining from the restaurant.
  • St David's Hotel & Spa is set in an iconic contemporary building, offering eclectically designed accommodation with splendid views of Cardiff Bay. Sit out on the restaurant's waterside terrace as you dine. A sleek stay.
  • Hotel One Hundred offers seven simple rooms bang smack in the centre of Cardiff - starting from just £49 per night. A great value base from which to explore the city.

Mid Wales

  • Gwesty Cymru is a boutique seaside property, boasting chic rooms with lovely views as well as a laidback restaurant.
  • The Old Vicarage is a small B&B situated a short distance from the Cambrian mountains. With lovely classical bedrooms and expert chefs on hand, it's a superb getaway at excellent value.

Travel Information

  • The climate in Wales is similar to England, albeit slightly wetter. So you're best off visiting in the summer, with the average temperature reaching around 17°C in July and August.
  • International visitors can fly into Cardiff Airport - located 12 miles outside the city. This is served daily by a number of both domestic and mainland European destinations, whilst the airport has good travel links to take you wherever you're going.
  • Alternatively, if you're heading to mid Wales then you could always fly into Birmingham Airport which is located just across the border. From here, you can take the train to your final destination.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

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Best Hotels in South and Mid Wales

  • Hotel One Hundred 7 rooms from $63

    Cardiff

    Hotel One Hundred is a family owned and managed bed and breakfast in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel has seven clean, simple, fully en-suite bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast each morning. Great value just a short walk from all of the shops and attractions of Cardiff city centre.

    Learning  -  Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.
    Sights nearby  -  The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of Wales
    Close to nightlife  -  In close proximity to Cardiff city centre
    Other Activities  -  Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
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  • The Cawdor 23 rooms from $85

    Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, South and Mid Wales

    A landmark building in the lovely village of Llandeilo. Large rooms mix contemporary design with a traditional feel. High ceilings with criss-crossing wooden beams. The large bar sells regional drinks and the restaurant serves up wholesome welsh food. An ideal base for exploring Wales.

    Country Escape  -  A cosy hotel with plenty of walking opportunities from the Brecon Beacon National Park to Pembrokeshire and Cardigan Bay.
    Great walks  -  Just outside the town find yourself in stunning countryside with endless walking options.
    Sights nearby  -  Nearby attractions include the medieval Dinefwr and Carreg Cennen castles.
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  • Morgans Townhouse 22 rooms from $85

    Swansea, South and Mid Wales

    Modernist annexe to Morgan's Hotel. Individually styled rooms with parquet floors, crisp white linen and flat screen TVs. The adjoining hotel provides style and entertainment with a slick Champagne Bar and smart yet laid backed dining. Ideally equipped for a both business and weekend getaway.

    Value chic  -  Stylish contemporary hotel with smart bar and restaurant, at a reasonable price.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the stunning Clyde Gardens for a breath of fresh air and an exotic array of plants.
    Sights nearby  -  Near Gower Peninsular, Britain's first named Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.
    Surfing  -  Ideal conditions at Gower Peninsular beaches.
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  • The Old Vicarage 4 rooms from $91

    Powys

    A fantastic little B&B in mid Wales near the Cambrian mountains and not far from the stunning coastline. Elegant bedrooms and a highly rated restaurant with expert chefs. Plenty to do; walking, cycling, festivals etc. A gourmet spot, excellent value, lots of outdoor activities.

    Views  -  Breathtaking scenery.
    Active Holiday
    Sights nearby  -  Lake District of Wales is world famous Powis Castle & Gardens.
    Fishing  -  On the Severn River.
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  • Browns Hotel 14 rooms from $98

    Laugharne, South and Mid Wales

    Built in 1752 and forever linked to poet and writer Dylan Thomas, Brown's Hotel is now an iconic literary address. The rooms have been elegantly refurbished and the bar is stocked with plenty of Welsh ales. An ideal place to stay for any Thomas fans looking to relive and explore his past.

    Full of character  -  Was favourite watering hole of poet and writer Dylan Thomas
    Great walks  -  Follow the lovely two-mile 'Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk'
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent Laugharne Castle
    Birdwatching  -  Birdwatching at the Grist
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Morgans Hotel 42 rooms from $111

    Swansea

    Boutique chic comes to rejuvenated Swansea. Individually styled rooms perfectly mix traditional and contemporary styles. Some feature heavy four poster beds. Modern light and airy bathrooms. Swansea's only Champagne Bar and an excellent restaurant make this a stylish choice.

    Value chic  -  An upmarket boutique option, with fourposter beds, balconies and orginal wooden flooring- at a very reasonable price.
    Surfing  -  Beaches at Gower Peninsular have excellent surf conditions, plus the hotel provides packed lunches!
    Sights nearby  -  Just 13 miles away is Gower Peninsular, Britain's first named Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    Great walks  -  Stroll around Clyde Gardens and admire the exotic plants, a lovely way to pass the afternoon.
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  • Gwesty Cymru 8 rooms from $117

    Ceredigion, South and Mid Wales

    A boutique seaside hotel with a strong sense of Welsh identity and impressive sea views. Traditional stone walls sit alongside contemporary fittings. A laid backed restaurant serves up excellent local food. Perfectly situated to make the most of this corner of Wales.

    Local exploring  -  Chic hotel with local flare- Welsh handmade oak furniture, Welsh slate accents and bedrooms adorned with local oil paintings.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Aberystwyth’s 12th Century Castle, steeped in local history and folk lore.
    Great walks  -  Walk along the Wales Coastal Path to the sandy dunes of Ynyslas.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip from New Quay for some dolphin spotting.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Coedllys Country House 3 rooms from $130

    Carmarthenshire, South and Mid Wales

    Guests will fall in love with the animals and the owners of this charming B&B. Rooms are decorated in a traditional farmhouse style with brass beds, floral wallpaper and furnishings and stunning views of the Welsh countryside. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served. An animal enthusiasts dream!

    Sights nearby  -  The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, where the acclaimed writer spent the last years of his life is just a short drive away.
    Great walks  -  The Wales Coast Path traverses the rugged beauty of the welsh coastline.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over the age of 12 are permitted.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Holm House 12 rooms from $143

    Cardiff (Penarth)

    Located in a tranquil setting on the Penarth cliff tops, with stunning views of the Welsh coastline, Holm House Hotel is the perfect seaside escape. The hotel boasts a luxury spa, fine dining and lavishly decorated, individually designed bedrooms. A contemporary hotel with a warm heart.

    Learning  -  Visit the local Turner House Art Gallery
    Other Activities  -  Visit nearby Cosmeston Medieval Village
    Wildlife Area  -  Explore Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
    Golf  -  The Glamorganshire Golf Club
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  • Glangrwyney Court 9 rooms from $143

    Powys

    Grade II Listed Georgian mansion situated on a beautiful estate amongst the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Family run, five star bed and breakfast accommodation offers a warm and relaxed stay with 33 acres of private parkland to explore and enjoy. Perfect for a luxurious country retreat.

    Great walks  -  A wide range of walks, many straight from the front door.
    Garden  -  4 acres of inspirational gardens and 33 acres of parkland
    Self catering to rent  -  4 private cottages available for rental
    Bicycle hire  -  Both mountain and road bikes available.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Angel Hotel 35 rooms from $145

    Abergavenny, South and Mid Wales

    The family run Angel Hotel, located in the centre of Abergavenny offers stylish, well decorated rooms, fine dining and a fantastic base on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. A lovely wedding venue with private Castle Cottage and a 10min drive from partner Michelin-starred restaurant the Walnut Tree.

    Cycling  -  Cyclists are well catered for in both Blaenavon World Heritage Site and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
    Other Activities  -  Dozens of local gardens open as part of the National Garden Scheme.
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a whole day in Blaenavon World Heritage Site
    Great walks  -  On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Patricks with Rooms 16 rooms from $150

    Mumbles, South and Mid Wales

    Just a stones throw from the beach, Patricks with Rooms has wonderful views across Mumbles Bay. The restaurant serves modern British dishes with local seafood. The Lounge Bar offers afternoon teas and hearty full English breakfasts. A great base for the family looking to explore the Swansea coast.

    Golf  -  5 minutes from Clyne and Llangland Bay Golf Clubs
    Watersports  -  360 Beach and Watersports just 15mins away.
    Scuba course  -  Ocean Quest Scuba Club nearby
    Other Activities  -  Mumbles Amateur Rowing Club
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Canaston Oaks 7 rooms from $172

    Pembrokeshire, South and Mid Wales

    Set in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, Canaston Oaks has a collection of converted traditional farm stables. Each room has a flat-screen TV, en suite bathroom, an iPod docking station, and free Wi-Fi. Plenty of good walks and the charming local town of Narbeth is just 3 miles away.

    Sights nearby  -  13-mile hill range is dotted with its own prehistoric sites and enlivened by craggy outcrops.
    Local markets  -  Visit a range of great food shops on the high street of Narberth
    Other Activities  -  On the doorstep of Oakwood Theme Park
    Learning  -  Visit the local Caffle brewery
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Felin Fach Griffin 7 rooms from $176

    Powys

    An award winning gastro pub in an outstanding location. Ideally situated for all manner of country pursuits. Feather soft beds welcome weary walkers. The rooms are cosy and traditionally dressed. The restaurant serves up excellent food with locally sourced produced. A real winner.

    Exclusive offer  -  September Sleepover
    Foodies  -  Enjoy the award winning food, crafted from local produce and whatever comes out of their veggie garden- nothing better!
    Country Escape  -  Situated in the pristine landscapes of the Brecon Beacons, with roaring fires and a charming bar to welcome you.
    Great walks  -  Wedged between the Black Mountains and the Beacons makes for excellent walking options.
    Fishing  -  The hotel organises salmon and trout fishing.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays, Fodors
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  • Gliffaes Hotel 23 rooms from $185

    Powys

    Family-run fishing hotel overlooking the River Usk resting in the Brecon Beacons. Large, comfortable rooms with countryside views and cosy fireplaces. Seasonally inspired menu at the restaurant, matched by fine wines and a scenic atmosphere. Great for all the family and exploring the great outdoors

    Hideaway  -  Set on 33 acres of beautiful grounds, with extensive walking and fishing as well as gourmet food and a cosy bar.
    Foodies  -  The ever changing yummy menu revolves around organic, sustainable and fresh produce- plus an extensive winelist!
    Fishing  -  Overlooking the River Usk, fishing is the heart and soul of this family-run hotel.
    Great walks  -  Explore the magical Brecon Beacons National Park and the stunning Black Mountains.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Crug-Glas 7 rooms from $195

    Nr. St. Davids, South and Mid Wales

    A gorgeous country retreat, set in 600 acres of farmland on the Pembrokeshire coast. The luxurious 7 room boutique hotel boasts stunning views and fantastic home cooking in the family run restaurant. A gem for short stays, weddings and private parties.

    Great walks  -  The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is the only section of coastline in the UK to be designated a National Park.
    Birdwatching  -  Local walking routes weave along a rich marine haven for off-shore birds.
    Cycling  -  The 100-mile Tour of Pembrokeshire is fast becoming a must-do event.
    Wildlife Area  -  Pembrokeshire coast home to seals, birds, porpoises and dolphins.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Bell at Skenfrith 11 rooms from $208

    Monmouthshire, South and Mid Wales

    Monmouthshire old coaching inn turned stylish hideaway - perfect for the great outdoors. Charmingly quaint rooms with chic touches. Superb food straight from the organic kitchen garden. Relaxed atmosphere, family friendly and perfect for outdoorsy types.

    Foodies  -  The simple, uunpretentious menu hits the right note everytime thanks to the full flavours of locally sourced organic produce.
    Hideaway  -  With no mobile phone reception and a deep-black star-lit sky at night this truly a retreat from everyday life.
    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by beautiful lush gardens complete with fragrant orchard and superb kitchen garden.
    Great walks  -  Circular walks from the door. Special walking break packages available.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays, Johansens
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  • Penally Abbey 11 rooms from $208

    Pembrokeshire, South and Mid Wales

    18th Century Victorian home turned family-friendly boutique hotel with glorious views over Tenby's South beach. Having undergone an extensive refurb, rooms and suites are beautiful; classic luxury and elegance with plenty of original features. Fine dining offers the best of local produce.

    Full of character  -  The property has many original features including hand carved fireplaces, gothic style windows and much more
    Local markets  -  Wander the medieval streets of Tenby and find hidden local treasures in antique and craft stores.
    Fishing  -  Book a sea fishing trip from one of the many boats in Tenby Harbour.
    Great walks  -  Discover the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path come rain or shine.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors
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  • Fairyhill 8 rooms from $261

    Swansea, South and Mid Wales

    A handsome rural retreat, with an award winning restaurant. Contemporary rooms boasting stripped wallpaper, crisp linen and beamed ceilings. Set in well established and expansive grounds, placed in an exceptional corner of Wales. Friendly and attentive service. An ideal country escape.

    Country Escape  -  Stomp through the rugged country, return for a drink by the fire in the cosy bar, and finally retire to your plush bed.
    Foodies  -  A highly acclaimed Welsh restaurant serving beautifully crafted local delights and Wales' finest wines.
    Great walks  -  Pack your boots and head out on the Gower Peninsular, marked as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    Surfing  -  Some of the best surfing in Wales is along this stretch of coast.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Corran Resort & Spa 21 rooms from $272

    Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, South and Mid Wales

    Converted 16th century dairy farm in the depths of South West Wales. Exceptionally generously sized rooms and suites. Heavy wooden beams and exposed brick walls sit against contemporary furniture and fittings. Award winning restaurant serves Welsh cuisine. Extensive spa. An excellent choice.

    Back to Nature  -  A lovely country resort surrounded by the ocean, the Towy estuary, and acres of marshland.
    Total relaxation  -  Totally unwind with luxorious spa, hot tub, swimming pool and miles of lovely walking.
    Great walks  -  Bring your wellies and you pooch and head out to the surrounding marshlands for some scenic walking.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms 8 rooms from $290

    Nr Monmouth, South and Mid Wales

    Refined Michelin starred restaurant with rooms set in peaceful Welsh valley. Modern rooms with large comfortable beds and luxury bathrooms. Friendly service, understated setting and exceptional cuisine often using locally foraged produce. A real culinary treat.

    Foodies  -  A phenomanal Michelin starred restaurant serving up locally sourced seasonal produce, crafted to technical perfection.
    Local exploring  -  Ideal base for exploring Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. As well as local rambling through the woods.
    Great walks  -  Pack some wellies and walk directly from the hotel through St Margarets Wood.
    Sights nearby  -  Tintern Abbey and Raglan Castle are nearby, and worth checking out.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • St David's Hotel & Spa 142 rooms from $373

    Cardiff

    St. David's is set in an iconic, modern building with stunning views across Cardiff Bay. The Hotel features a restaurant with waterside terrace, a luxury spa and stylish bedrooms. Just 2 miles from the city centre the hotel is perfectly suited for short breaks, conferences, or weddings.

    Sights nearby  -  Explore Exquisite Architecture at Cathays Park
    Designer Shopping  -  Visit St. David’s or Capitol Shopping Centre
    Great walks  -  Take a Stroll Along the Beautiful Cardiff Bay
    Other Activities  -  Enjoy a Performance at the New Theatre
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