City breaks are becoming much more common, particularly thanks to bank holidays weekends, providing you with an additional 24hrs to get away.
I consider myself amongst the many who like doing this, and aim to be travelling at least once a month.
One of the main factors to consider when planning a trip is not only the destination, but the affordability of the accommodation.
This past weekend, I travelled to Cardiff in Wales and stayed at YHA in Cardiff Central (5 star rated by Visit Wales) as a base allowing me to be close to the city centre as well as the bay, approximately 15-20 minutes walk (north or south)
Upon arrival at YHA Cardiff Central the building looked more like a hotel than a hostel. As you walk into Hostel, you will be greeted by a light and bright reception area, with graffiti styled art work on the walls, were if you study enough you may just learn a bit of Welsh!
There are a variety of accommodation options available, catering for the traditional dorm style rooms to family rooms and some more private rooms.
I stayed in a private room, with my own bathroom and a comfortable double bed that I just sank into. The room came equipped with towels, body wash, hairdryer, safe as well as a TV. It was literally the perfect room for a weekend trip, and provided me with all luxuries that I needed.
YHA Cardiff Central boasts a range of different facilties including a manned 24/7 reception, bar and restaurant, as well as meeting rooms. There is also a large and secure car park on site, so if are planning to arrive by car, you can park up and head into town.
Food and Drink
One amazing aspect to YHA Cardiff Central is their bar and restaurant, which is open until late serving drinks including bottles of wine for less than £10 per bottle and beers from £2.75 – great for some pre drinks before a night on the town, or somethings to help you relax after a long day exploring.
Breakfast is served from 7am until 10am and extended until 11am on a weekend, and is just £6.25 for all you can eat cooked and continental options – a bargain, also a great way fuel up for the day. Of course I had to try it all, so had a full fry up, fruit and pastries.
I’ve stayed in a number of YHA hostels over the years and YHA Cardiff is definitely the most luxurious.
Reflecting back its great to see the evolution of the brand, I have previously stayed in bunkhouses and dormitories, and last year in a shipping container at the Eden project. YHA also own a range of other properties such as castles and manor house, So if you thought that the YHA brand was all about camping and shared dorms, then surprise yourself with a stay at YHA Cardiff Central, or any of the other hostels in the network.
I had a wonderful time exploring Cardiff and the YHA proved to be an ideal base, and I will definitely return.