I have stayed in the Park Inn Cardiff City Centre hotel a few times and I recommend it. It is good value for the price you pay. A modern hotel right in the center of Cardiff it, it provides its guests with high quality food and very helpful staff.
Zero degrees is a new micro brewery - good beer (especially the dark lager) and it also serves pizza and mussels and other good things. Right opposite the millennium stadium. Fantastic.
The Cafe Europa opposite the castle has enormous cheap veggie food and serves beer too. It has an eclectic mix of seating and reading material to keep you happy.
Cardiff central station, Westgate Street for Zero Degrees and Duke Street opposite the castle for Cafe Europa.
This hotel, described on its website as 'super cheap but sexy-chic', was recently voted one of the 25 coolest hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. It’s certainly intriguing: an ugly converted 1960s office tower block right near the train line which was opened when the actor John Malkovich, one of its shareholders, got into bed with 300 Welsh secretaries on live television. Rooms cost £45 per night for a standard room, and £85 for a penthouse.
The Big Sleep Hotel, Bute Terrace, Cardiff 029 20 636363 www.thebigsleephotel.com/
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