Fancy a slice of history with your bed and breakfast? Cardiff is a city steeped in history, spanning over 2000 years so take a step back in time with our recommendations of some of the best places to stay in the city

Historic Places to Stay

The Angel Hotel

If you’re after a city centre location you won’t get much better than The Angel Hotel. This beautiful Victorian landmark hotel is located at the very heart of Wales’ capital city, neatly positioned between the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle with fabulous views from many of the bedrooms.

This grand hotel has a long history dating back to the early 1880’s when the Marquis of Bute gave permission to build a large hotel to cater for Cardiff’s boom in visitors and trade when it became the largest coal port in the world.

Over the years a number of celebrities have graced the building, calling it home for a night or two:

  • Hollywood movie star, Gregory Peck, probably best known for his Oscar winning performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, stayed when filming Moby Dick in Wales in 1959.
  • The Beatles, stayed here in 1963 after playing a gig at Cardiff’s Capitol Cinema for which they were paid £100 (only about £1,400 in today’s money)
  • In 1973, Marlene Dietrich stayed in a suite while playing at the New Theatre. Allegedly, for a week’s stay she arrived with a maid and 12 monogrammed suitcases!

Room tip: For a room with a view, ask for a room on the castle side.

2. The Royal Hotel
This grade II listed Victorian building was built in 1866 and is Cardiff’s oldest hotel. The Royal Hotel hosted a fundraising dinner for Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic. A commemorative blue plaque to mark the event can be seen at the St Mary Street entrance to the hotel.

Regal rooms

  • Sleep like a King or Queen as all rooms boast Hypnos beds – the only luxury bed company to supply the British Royal Family.
  • Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for fantastic extras including a bottle of wine in a colour of your choice, bathrobes and mineral water – perfect for unwinding after a busy day in the city centre.
  • Triple Rooms and Deluxe Triple Rooms suited to accommodate groups of friends on their city break.

Room Tip: Located above a bar, the lower floors of this hotel are perfect if you want to be right in the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

3. The Old Post House
For something a little quieter, the Old Post House Bed and Breakfast is located in picturesque St Fagans, less than 15 minutes from Cardiff city centre. A grade II listed building, steeped in history. The converted village’s Post Office and Police Station now boasts six beautifully furnished bedrooms.

Best of both:

Room Tip: Sitting opposite St Fagan’s National History Museum, all rooms are conveniently located to visit one of Wales’ best attractions.

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