20 Winks in Cardiff: The Alternative Guide to Where To Rest Your Head

On our blog, we introduced you to the wonderful arcades of Cardiff, within one of these lies Hotel Indigo. Nestled between a Michelin star chef’s restaurant and a vegan, cruelty-free perfumery, Hotel Indigo staff speak an impressive total of 8 languages between them. Head to Dominions Arcade on Queen Street to find this quirky establishment.

The Wonderful Mrs Potts Backpackers







For those who opt for those ‘posh’ tepees at Green Man, The Wonderful Mrs Potts Backpackers is your place to stay. Think vintage VW Camper Van vibes, wood-lined bunk beds, and your gran’s kitchen, all within a stones throw of Sŵn’s many gig venues. You can find Mrs Potts and her wonderful rooms at 109 St Mary’s Street.

Lodge on a Lake

For those who wish to wake up to silence and natural beauty (we all know a night of partying in the city means these words won’t apply to your own reflection), the Lodge On A Lake is the perfect option. Literally a lodge, on a lake, and just 15 minutes from the city centre, this stunning guest house will sweep those cobwebs away, readying you for another day of music discovery in our capital. Find the Lodge on a Lake at Michaelstone-y-fedw.

The Bugail Hut

Slightly further afield, but worth every extra mile, The Bugail Hut in St Donats, is a farmhouse squished into just a few square feet. You know that deep white farm sink you dreamed of having? Got one. And that centrepiece fireplace? Got one of those too. To top it all off, your cabin in a field is situated right on the coast. You’re welcome.


Finally, we bring you back to Cardiff’s answer to Barry Island. Cardiff Bay in the height of summer fills with sand, sweets and speed boats. Its here you’ll find Jolyons (formerly Jolyons) – a boutique hotel situated on Bute Crescent. With room names like ‘Enchanting Hideaway’, ‘Voyage of Discovery’ and ‘Fun Lovers’ Paradise’, who wouldn’t want to book a night or two?


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