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Cardiff Mercure

Our first mistake, as the photo shows there are at least 6 hotels within a 300 yd radius of cardiff central but we managed to pick on that was 20 mins walk away...not good when you are getting on a bit. Travelodge, Radison, Sleeperz, Marriot etc.

Not a particularly welcoming hotel though the staff were fine.....bland and bleak would be the description of the public areas with new paint smell pervading the building.
Rooms OK but no bath....and I like a bath not a shower. There was soap which trumps the Motel One and breakfast did have bacon/sausage etc. However the remote location for non car users loses a point so this gets 6/10.

The presence of a steel works marshalling rail yard doesn't save it trains for many a year.
Not too long a walk though, down to the Cardiff Bay area which was on the night surprisingly quiet compared to Plymouth's equivalent the night before.
Nice food in Wood's Brasserie. Engaging staff, good service an OK place 8/10

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