Holiday Inn Express in Cardiff Airport – Review

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Written By The Bimblers

Rob and Bridget - The Bimblers are two of the UK's leading accessible travel bloggers. Their motto: Life is an adventure; let's make it accessible.

Holiday Inn Express at Cardiff Airport saved my bacon. As usual, I’d been messing about for ages trying to find an accessible hotel room, and also, as usual, I’d left it very late to book the room.

On this particular weekend, Cardiff city centre hotel rooms were extortionate, sorry I mean dictated by demand!

I’d searched every hotel booking site, contacted hotels directly, I even tried the Welsh tourist board and none of them came close to the deal I got on the Tripadvisor UK website.

The Holiday Inn was a real find so I feel it’s only fair to write a review as a thank you, we will definitely be looking at Holiday Inn Express on our future travels.

Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport

Hotel Location

We were attending a travel blogging conference at Cardiff City Football Club, the club is about 10 miles away from the hotel. We had the car with us and it took no more than 25 minutes to drive between the two.

Room Price

I managed to book two nights, including breakfast in an accessible room for less than £100. Every other hotel wanted over £100 a night for a non-accessible room. Granted, they were in the city centre but that didn’t matter to us.

Hotel Facilities

There were plenty of disabled parking spaces which you need in a busy hotel. Entrance to reception is through automatic doors and there are two lifts to take you to the upper floors.

The hub of the hotel is called The Great Room, what this means is everything is situated in one big room including a bar, dining area, entertainment area, facilities room and of course reception.

Breakfast was included in the price and consisted of croissants, muffins, cereals, fruits, yoghurts and bread. Cooked sausages, bacon, scrambled egg, baked beans and toast.

Hot drinks included tea, speciality teas, a range of coffees and there were a number of different fruit juices available.

As free breakfast go, this was a good selection and more than adequate to start the day.

Accessible Hotel Room

Accessible Hotel Room

Our room was spacious, modern and clean. All of the accessible rooms in the hotel have adjoining rooms should you need a carer to stay (additional cost) and emergency alarm cords in both the bedroom and bathroom.

We had an LCD TV, Freeview, workspace, free wifi which is important for bloggers and tea and coffee making facilities.

Spacious Hotel Room

The bed was comfortable, a decent height and the room considering it was next to the airport was well soundproofed.

Disabled Access Hotel Room

The bathroom was a full wet room and a pleasure to use. It had a low-level hand basin next to the toilet and another full basin in the opposite corner.

Wet Room in Hotel

Toilet with Grab Rails

If you need to use a portable hoist, check the dimensions with the hotel, there was certainly enough space on one side of the bed and the bathroom was large so maybe a hoist could be accommodated in there too.

For the best price, go directly to the Tripadvisor UK as we saved at least £50 a night compared to other hotels.

We’ll definitely be checking out more Holiday Inns on our travels (See Holiday Inn Express Hull City Centre). We’ve even joined the IHG rewards program to save more money and be the first to know about promotions.

If you found this review useful, check out our other budget hotel reviews.


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