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Novotel Cardiff Review

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August 20, 2015

Cardiff is a location I have been wanting to visit for some time as it is home to the Dr Who Experience and is where much of Dr Who and Torchwood were filmed, however the length of time to travel there from our home in Dorset meant that a day trip with the children would be too much. You can read my review of the attraction here.
We were invited to stay at a Novotel of our choice to promote Novotel’s partnership with Quinny which provides families with Quinny YEZZ buggies and make travelling with young children easier, so we chose Cardiff as our destination.
Situated in Cardiff City Centre the family-friendly 4-star hotel is a 15-minute stroll from the castle, Cardiff Bay, Millenium Stadium and the high street so is the perfect base to explore everything the city has to offer and also has plenty of onsite parking for a reasonable £10 for 24 hours for hotel residents.
Novotel Cardiff
As a larger than average family with 4 children in tow the family rooms are not big enough for us all, so we booked an extra interconnecting bedroom which meant we could all stay together and each child was given a gift on our arrival which was a lovely touch.
Each standard room had a Queen size bed, a sofa bed, work area, bluetooth speaker, TV with freeview as well as pay movies and that all important free wifi and a large space perfect for playing in.
Novotel Cardiff
Each room also had an en-suite complete with a bath / shower and some gorgeous Fair Trade Cane Sugar toiletries for us to use. Having two bathrooms certainly made getting organised in the morning much quicker than normal.
Novotel Cardiff
I was concerned that being in the City Centre would mean the hotel was noisy, but with the windows closed we didn’t hear any traffic noise at all and the air conditioning kept us cool and comfortable.
Novotel Cardiff
Novotel have really thought about making the hotel comfortable for both families and business people and their lobby is filled with gadgets and gizmo’s to keep the kids entertained for hours – in fact ours didn’t want to leave. This interactive table had games suitable for toddlers right through to teens and adults.
Novotel Cardiff
I did lose Hubby and Kian to spot of FIFA on the XBOX 360.
Novotel Cardiff
If you are there on business or you just fancy updating your facebook page there are also Apple Computers too.
Novotel Cardiff
If fitness is more your thing, Novotel Cardiff also has a Sauna, Jacuzzi, Fitness centre and an indoor heated pool which is open to families until 7pm. Thankfully I remembered our swimsuits and we spent over an hour splashing about in the pool after getting back from the Dr Who Experience.

We chose to eat outside the hotel the evening we arrived but breakfast was included in the price of our rooms. We had the choice of a buffet type breakfast with both hot and cold options of cereal, pastries, pancakes and the good old full english.
Novotel Cardiff
The hotel itself was spotlessly clean and well maintained throughout.  The rooms were all homed in the new glass fronted part of the building, and Sebby loved the glass lift as he could see everything going on outside and below.
Novotel Cardiff
Elements Restaurant is set in a beautiful old red bricked building which combines modern comfort with traditional looks.
Novotel Cardiff
The high ceilings and ornate windows let light flood in which gives a really warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Novotel Cardiff
The bar on the other hand is situated back in the modern glass building but looks well stocked and inviting.
Novotel Cardiff
We were really impressed with our visit to Novotel in Cardiff and with rooms costing from £72 per night, they are really competitive with the budget brands especially as you get free use of the facilities on site too.
My only grumble about the whole visit is that they didn’t have a buggy we could borrow, but thankfully I had brought our own with us anyway as we were going to need it the next day on a visit to Bristol.

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    August 20, 2015

    It sounds pretty reasonable, we stayed at Cardiff Bay when we wen tI think next time we’d like to stay in Cardiff itself so that we can explore Cardiff nightlife too 🙂

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    JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    August 20, 2015

    I always appreciate a swimming pool in hotels where we are taking the kids. We usually enjoy a Sunday morning swim after breakfast. Glad you enjoyed your stay.

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    August 20, 2015

    It looks like they really cater for families here – my lot would love it, especially the xBox x

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    August 20, 2015

    I’ve never been to Cardiff, this hotel looks lovely. Swimming pool is a definite bonus

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    August 20, 2015

    I love the idea of them loaning you a buggy and pow, there wasn’t one for you! I need to add Cardiff to our list of places we must visit

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    Sarah Bailey

    August 20, 2015

    Now that is a fantastic hotel stay – I love that they gave you little gifts and seem to have so much to do in your down time. x

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    Liz Burton

    August 20, 2015

    It looks like a great hotel. Love the idea of interconnecting rooms, but each with a bathroom. It takes us forever to all get showered and dressed in the morning and there’s only 3 of us!

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    Jess Howliston

    August 20, 2015

    wow what a great price for such a lovely looking hotel and that interactive table looks great! I will certainly be considering this hotel if we ever travel to Cardiff!! x

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    August 21, 2015

    I have not seen a hotel before who offer all that tech for the kids – my boys would love it. what a great price – especially with the pool and breakfast.

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    Sam Thurley

    August 21, 2015

    I am huge fan of Novotel, they are just so clean and efficient. Love the touch of the kids goody bags xx

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    August 21, 2015

    The pool does look quite spectacular, it is rare to find a hotel with a pool x

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    Erica Price

    August 21, 2015

    Pity about the buggy – that would be so useful for a lot of parents, but if you can’t count on it being available, then it isn’t good. Other than that it sounds like a great family friendly hotel.

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    August 24, 2015

    How nice of them to give you gifts! It looks like a lovely place to stay xx

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    Sonya Cisco

    August 24, 2015

    I love Cardiff – am a big Who fan so is always exciting – plus my kids have always enjoyed the hands on science place there too. Fab that they have interconnecting rooms – like you we have outgrown standard family rooms – and it can be tricky to find somewhere to suit 5 of us.

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    August 25, 2015

    Reasonable price as well for stay . I do love Novotels you know exactly what you are getting with them

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    Abi - Angel Eden Blog

    August 26, 2015

    It looks like they have quite a lot of facilities for keeping the kids entertained which is always appreciated 🙂

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    August 29, 2015

    Looks like a great place to stay as a family, love the little touches like the toys upon arrival and the game consoles downstairs. Great review, we will consider staying in Novotel if we ever find ourselves in that neck of the woods :-).xx

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