Travel: A Space in the City of CardiffBy Stuart White
March 15, 2011
Getting to Cardiff could not be much easier from Reading.
Stuart White spent the weekend exploring the Welsh capital:
So what's Cardiff like? Most people I asked who knew said it is like Reading, but bigger.
Walking through the centre of the capital of Wales you kind of get why somebody would call it a maxi-Reading.
You have John Lewis, the biggest outside London they are proud to say, Jamie’s Italian, a lot of the chain bars look familiar, and the high street names we know from Broad Street and The Oracle are dotted around Cardiff’s equivalent shopping streets and shiny St David’s centre.
Off the main strip, however, are a number of arcades which are packed with independent retailers, and are great to explore. Cardiff is definitely a city for shoppers.
It is here where the comparisons with Reading have to end, though. Let’s face it, we don’t have a massive, great castle in the centre of town, nor an international sporting arena like the Millennium Stadium, and that’s before I talk about Cardiff Bay.
The revamped waterfront is about a 15 minute walk from the central stadium.
Once the tidal approach to the world’s biggest coal exporting port, £2 billion later the region is a stylish, hip and happening destination in its own right.
It’s home to Mermaid Quay, which overlooks the bay and has a wide choice of restaurants and bars, and lovely cake shops, and a number of attractions.
Best for kids is the Doctor Who exhibition and Techniquest – an interactive science attraction that gets young and old thinking.
Also down by the water is the Wales Millennium Centre which dominates the skyline and the Norwegian church where author Roald Dahl was christened.
It really is just a nice place to take a stroll and I would imagine there is a real buzz down there when the sun comes out.
We were staying in one of the A Space In The City serviced apartments at Century Wharf half way in between the old centre and new bay.
This was a great location being able to walk left or right to each, even if the short walk itself was not all that pleasant.
The apartments are modern and fully furnished properties available for short stays.
On a par with a four star hotel, they are packed with luxuries and essentials – free broadband, big TVs, leisure facilities (gym, pool), dishwashers and washing machine. Plus you get to park your car for free.
The apartments come in six sizes, from studio to three bedroom – they really cater for all types of groups.
Perfect for families who want a bit more space than a hotel room and to be able to put the children to bed and cook in the evening, or couples or groups of couples who want the added freedom of being able to spread out during a weekend break.
A Space In The City claims to be 30 per cent cheaper than hotel prices on average so I would recommend seeing what you could save.
And Cardiff is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are one of those who thinks it is just a maxi-Reading.
Established in 2005, A Space in the City specialises in providing luxury serviced accommodation to both the corporate and leisure markets. The company is the largest provider of luxury apartments across Cardiff and Swansea.
For best booking rates and a list of all the properties available for rent visit www.aspaceinthecity.co.uk or call 08452 60 70 50.