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Wake up to Cardiff at the Clayton Hotel: review

If Cardiff were a person not only would they be incredibly friendly, good looking and slightly obsessed with Doctor Who (where can I meet this guy?), they’d be knocking at the door of the Clayton Hotel.


The Clayton Hotel, Cardiff, is situated such that it feel’s like it’s the city’s front door. You exit the hotel onto the historic and bustling St Mary Street, a pathway to delights both edible and not. And from here, can easily navigate the city’s all too many attractions.


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But don't think you have to run out-of-doors as soon as the sun’s up. A leisurely breakfast in The Restaurant & Bar is a must. And if, like us, you're travelling with kids and have to head back to the hotel for some respite, you’ll also find a great afternoon tea on offer here - though as you've likely stopped in at the very nearby markets and eateries selling their fresh Welsh cakes, you may have to hit the hotel’s gym before dinner.



Our room looks down St Mary Street and beyond, the floor to ceiling windows making an already large room bigger. With free and fast WiFi, we’re blessed with a temporary office that offers stunning views from every angle, which is both a blessing and a curse: you basically are watching the things you're missing out on.



The robe! If ever you're going to steal a hotel robe, make it this one. It’ll be worth the credit card charge. Or, you could try and buy one I guess…


The view! Sunset is spectacularly stunning from our room, but then again so is the early morning and late evening. We probably spent more time looking at this view than we did the fantastic artworks at the National Museum. 



The location! This hotel is like waking up on Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall if there were a castle at the end of it. Bustling and lively without the associated noise, you really do feel like you're in the heart of it all. Plus, you're super close to the train station, Principality Stadium and Welsh cakes.



Said awesome location means that the hotel does not have a car park, but for around £10 a day, you can park around the corner at the train station.



Like scones? You’ll love a Welsh cake and you’ll find the freshest on offer just a cake’s throw from the Clayton Hotel. So, so good!



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Traveltalk stayed at the Clayton Hotel, Cardiff courtesy of the hotel and Visit Wales.


We drove to Wales from London in a car we hired through DriveAway Holidays. DriveAway Holidays puts you on the road to freedom. The leading self-drive specialists since 1988, DriveAway Holidays offers domestic and international Car Hire, Motorhome Rentals, Motorcycle Tours and European Leasing with Peugeot & Renault, working with the most trusted suppliers worldwide such as Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty, Budget, and Avis. 


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 14 July 2017

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