Room 203 – Cardiff Marriott Hotel

Room 203 – Cardiff Marriott Hotel

Another concert, another hotel. This time I was seeing Robbie Williams at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on what turned out to be the hottest June day in more than 40 years!

Robbie Williams at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Robbie Williams at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff

I was after something central (I’m not too keen to be wandering the streets of a city on my own at night!) and Cardiff Marriott Hotel fit the bill (though I have to admit to leaving the booking a little late). It was only a short walk from the hotel to the stadium and the shopping centre was practically on the doorstep too. I’d never stopped at a Marriott hotel before, but I was looking forward to my stay.

I booked the hotel room directly via their website (going through Quidco to get cashback) and I have to say they made a good impression before I’d even got there. The day before my stay, I received an email informing me of the planned road closures on the evening of my stay due to the concert. I was arriving by train, so the road closures wouldn’t affect me (apart from making walking to the stadium a lot easier!), but I still thought it was a nice touch and very useful for anyone who might be arriving by car.

I arrived at the hotel just before 3pm. There were 2 or 3 people in the queue ahead of me, but it only took a couple of minutes before I was at the desk and being checked in. The receptionist was lovely, bubbly and friendly, asking if I was going to the concert and to ask if there was anything I needed. I was checked in in no time at all and on my way up to my room.

I found Room 203 near the end of the corridor of the second floor. I opened the door to discover I’d been upgraded! I’d booked a “Deluxe” room (with 1 Queen bed), but walking in I discovered I’d got a “Superior” room (with 2 Double beds – all to myself!).

Room 203 at Cardiff Marriott Hotel
Room 203 at Cardiff Marriott Hotel
Look at the size of the TV!
Look at the size of the TV!

The room was a decent size with plenty of room. The beds were comfy (What? I had to try out both, just in case!), but I found the pillows way too soft for my liking. My head just sunk into them, but I like a bit of support due to a dodgy neck and shoulders.

Small table and armchair in Room 203
Small table and armchair in Room 203

Along with the two double beds, the room had a nice desk and leather chair (on wheels), a small table and armchair, a massive TV (far bigger than I’ve ever seen in a hotel room before!), a safe, plenty of storage, a hair dryer, ironing board and iron, trouser press, kettle, tea, coffee and even a couple of biscuits! I don’t actually drink tea or coffee, but I was impressed by the disposable take-away cups alongside the usual mugs, so guests could take a coffee out with them if they were in a rush. Basically, the hotel room had almost everything you could ever want in a hotel room (apart from the little fridge I’d had when I stopped at Novotel Birmingham Airport Hotel at the beginning of the month).

Tea and coffee machine facilities in Room 203
Tea and coffee machine facilities in Room 203

The en-suite bathroom was also a nice size. It had a deep, long bath and shower. However, I did struggle with the shower… I could get the bath running, the bath and the shower running, but not just the shower running on its own, so I ended up having a bath. I must admit, a nice long bath was very welcome though. The temperature was easy to control too.

Heated towel rail in Room 203
Heated towel rail in Room 203

The heated towel rail and floor were a nice touch. Not necessarily needed in this hot weather, but it’s nice not to have to walk on a cold tiled floor first thing in the morning at any time of the year!

Complimentary toiletries at Cardiff Marriott Hotel
Complimentary toiletries at Cardiff Marriott Hotel

Another nice touch was the 3 flannels, 3 hand towels and 3 bath towels (nice big ones, unlike a lot of towels at hotels), I’ve never had so many towels in a hotel room! I also loved the nice bar of soap (which left my skin feeling soft) and travel-sized hand wash, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner (I rarely see conditioner in hotels).

The only downside to the bathroom was the hair I found in the bath and one of the towels was stained.

I had a wonderful night of sleep, right up until I was woken by the woman in the room next door. There was a connecting door (locked) between our rooms which I think was letting sound through and she seemed to think that 4.30am was the perfect time to make a phone call for 20 minutes (at least, I couldn’t hear anyone talking in the room with her). I hadn’t gone to sleep until gone midnight, so I was less than impressed! (I should also point out you may hear music from local bars until around midnight).

I hadn’t noticed an option for breakfast when I was making my booking and it wasn’t mentioned at check-in either (a slight oversight, I thought), but I wasn’t too bothered as I’d arranged to meet an old friend for breakfast in the morning. However, there was a hanger in the room on which I could note down my breakfast order to be delivered to my room at a certain time in the morning, but at £16.50 for an English breakfast plus £4.50 tray charge, I thought this was a bit expensive.

Check-out was very swift and yet again they were very helpful in offering to arrange a taxi for me should I need one (I didn’t but was still grateful for the offer).

All in all, I really enjoyed my stay at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel and I’d definitely consider staying there again.

8 comments

  1. Kelly says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever stayed at a Marriott, but this certainly looks like a nice facility. I bet the heated floors and racks in the bathroom are great in cold weather!

    I can’t place any of his music, but at least I’ve heard of Robbie Williams. 🙂

  2. CherryPie says:

    It sounds like a nice hotel and your room looks excellent. I always make sure about breakfast when I am booking a place but luckily you didn’t need it 🙂

  3. Corinne says:

    It looks lovely! Those massive beds. Kind of reminds me of our room in Florida.

    I love that there’s loads of towels. There’s never enough in hotel rooms.

    Corinne x

  4. Kel says:

    There’s nothing I love as much as a hotel stay!
    And totally agree that conditioner is such a rare and underrated feature of hotel toiletries, but I know I could never wash my hair without it!

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