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A Stay At The Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

I was recently invited to review a hotel from the Clayton Hotel chain and as it tied in nicely with my son’s graduation (yes I don’t look that old!) I decided to review the Cardiff branch.

The Clayton Hotel in Cardiff is situated at the end of Mary Street, right in the city centre and only next door to the train station. This 4-star hotel has 216 guest bedrooms and facilities include free Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, conference facilities and a gym.

Check In & Rooms

Clayton Hotel Reception

Check in was swift and James the receptionist was pleasant and helpful – always a good start!

Our room was one of the refurbished executive rooms on the 10th floor. Nicely decorated the room was an average size and in muted shades of browns and creams. I thought the room looked smart.

Clayton Hotel Room 1

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Room 2

I liked the print of Cardiff Bay in the room, adding a nice local touch.

Clayton Hotel Bathroom

The bathroom was clean, and modern in appearance, with both a bath and shower, fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. So nice not to have scratchy towels for a change and the supersoft robes and slippers available to use were of a good quality too.

Bathroom Robe

In the room was a safe and iron and ironing board as well as a hairdryer. There were also plenty of USB chargers and plugs and a large mirror perfect to style your hair.

Tea Tray

The tea and coffee tray had some really tasty shortbread biscuits and a Nespresso coffee pod machine was also available to use, and which you don’t get everywhere. A flat-screen TV was on the wall and had all the usual channels.

Welcome chocolates were a lovely surprise too!

Welcome Chocolates

There were two seating areas in the room – a desk and chair, as well as a small seating area by the window. perfect to look at the view.

You pay a little extra to get an executive room, and as well as a refurbished room you get a fridge with Coke, water and a Kit Kat, This was a nice touch, however, another Kit Kat would have been nice, as if you have a chocolate fiend like Mr W, you don’t get to share.

Room service was available and prices on the room service menu were average for a four-star hotel, with a burger and pizza being £12.95.

All in all, I thought the room was a good quality, with the robes, slippers, and coffee pod machine being a nice touch and drinks in the fridge reflected it being an executive room in a 4-star hotel.  I would have liked a king bed however as the double seemed a little small. Maybe that’s because Mr W likes to spread out in bed!

We spent time in the room relaxing that afternoon and then after a shower (the pressure was great!) we went to the restaurant for a meal that evening.

The View Restaurant & Bar

The View restaurant is situated on the first floor with a view of Mary Street. Perfect for people watching. We were welcomed by James, the waiter and who was very personable. He gave us the wine and dinner menus and we sat and over a glass of wine, and decided what we would have.

Hotel Menu

The menu looked really good and consisted of steaks, a variety of fish dishes, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options. The way it was written made me think the food would be presented well, but little did I know I was in for a real treat.

Specials Menu

There was also a specials menu, with some interesting sounding dishes, what about the strawberries and watermelon?

First I ordered smoked tomato soup and Mr W the asparagus, black stick blue cheese and walnut salad.

Dinner Soup

The soup tasted light and fresh and was not creamy which I was pleased about. There was a smokey flavour but it wasn’t overpowering. Served with a hunk of bread and butter it was a good choice if you were hungry.

Asparagus Starter

The asparagus and cheese salad was very tasty, and I liked the strong flavour of the blue cheese with the crunch of the walnuts. It looked great too.

I was recommended the duck from the specials menu so I ordered that whilst Mr W ordered the chicken.

Duck Main Course

Chicken Main Course

The duck was served pink, on potato Anna, a thin potato cake. I thought the duck could have been a little pinker and wasn’t quite tender enough although it had great flavour. The potato cake was yummy though, crispy layers of potato added some texture to the dish. The jus was rich and delicious and the broad beans were a great accompaniment.

The chicken was very well cooked and the red wine jus very rich and delicious. Mr W commented he would have liked a little more jus as it was so good. The confit potatoes were roasted well, with a little colour and the Tenderstem broccoli wasn’t overcooked.

On to desserts.. well you have to don’t you?!

Lemon Tart

I thought the desserts were outstanding. The lemon tart was amazing, the crisp pastry shell held a smooth creamy lemon curd filling and the Chantilly cream was the perfect accompaniment. A smattering of granola added texture and all topped off with a lemon macaroon too.

Strawberry Dessert

The strawberry and watermelon dessert on the specials menu was also very well presented and tasted fabulous. A smooth strawberry mousse set on a vanilla sponge was presented in a small can and was accompanied by biscotti and watermelon cubes. It looked exceptional on the plate and Mr W really enjoyed it.

Hotel Lounge

After our dinner, we sat and had coffee in the lounge area by the bar. The small lounge area was lovely and relaxing, and I even spotted a Banksy or two (prints, not originals I’m afraid).

Clayton Hotel Bar Cardiff

Banksy Art In The Bar

So we retired to bed, and yes Mr W did spread out that night leading to a bit of an uncomfortable night sleep. It was a warm night and the air conditioning was good though so a big thumbs up there.

Breakfast At The Clayton Hotel

The Breakfast Menu

The next morning we were really looking forward to breakfast. The breakfast consisted of a hot and cold buffet with a selection of pastries, cereals, fresh fruit and more. The cooked options included back bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, sauteed potatoes, mushrooms and baked beans. The bacon was crispy which was good, no soggy bacon here. I noticed the bread was particularly fresh and excellent for making doorstep bacon sandwiches!

Vitality Breakfast

They make a point of having a ‘vitality breakfast’ section too with lots of healthy options which included luxury granola, bio yoghurt, homemade porridge, seeds and nuts. If you have dietary requirements they appeared very accommodating as there was a good selection of gluten-free cereals for those avoiding gluten, and an allergy notice showing which foods contained potential allergens.

Clayton Hotel Breakfast

So what did I think of the hotel? I thought the Clayton hotel was in an excellent location in Cardiff city centre. The hotel was modern and the executive room was of a very good standard, with complimentary drinks, a Nespresso machine, and comfy robes and slippers. I personally thought that the bed could have been bigger. Staff were very well trained and personable and are a credit to the company. The food in The View restaurant was excellent, with the desserts being stand out dishes. Breakfast was very good and they are accommodating for dietary requirements.

Would I stay here again? Yes for certain. Recommended.

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  • noel
    July 15, 2018 at 7:23 am

    I love places that are pure comfort and western standards including nice rooms and amenities. The meals looks wonderful including the brunch and I would like to stay here if I end up visiting some day.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 15, 2018 at 8:55 am

      The position is good too, you can watch the high street from the restaurant above.

  • Drew
    July 15, 2018 at 8:53 am

    The Clayton Hotel looked really nice. I especially like what you ate. The View restaurant looks quite tasty, especially that duck and asparagus dish. It’s ideal to have a nice small lounge as well if you want to have a pre or post-dinner drink without having to find a place nearby. Great pick!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 15, 2018 at 8:56 am

      The food was really good, sometimes hotel food can miss the mark but this was spot on.

  • Shweta
    July 16, 2018 at 5:18 am

    A hotel with a smart room and clean bathroom is a must. I like the touch of nespresso machine. But your description of food (would love some of your smoked tomato soup please!) and the bar is what clinches the deal.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 17, 2018 at 7:20 am

      The food was very good, much better than most hotel restaurants.

  • Andi
    July 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    It looks like a lovely spot to stay, but the food is what sold me! Never thought of putting asparagus and cheese together like that in a salad! The duck loves delicious and I am a sucker for a hearty breakfast. All in all, my kind of hotel!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 17, 2018 at 7:21 am

      Hotel breakfasts are really nice, so much food!

  • Mar
    July 17, 2018 at 2:52 am

    You definitely don’t look that old!
    Looks like the Clayton was a pleasant hotel to stay at, the food looked quite yummy, I would say higher end of the range for a 4 star hotel and I like how you checked all the small details that make a hotel great (like the shower pressure!). Looks like a great choice for Cardiff

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 19, 2018 at 7:41 am

      It was a good hotel and right in the centre of the city which was a great location.

  • sherianne
    July 17, 2018 at 4:48 am

    I love how modern this property is, but, honestly, I was won over with the chocolates. Although that lemon tart looks amazing!

  • Indrani
    July 17, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I like it when the welcome is swift and hassle free 🙂
    You got a good welcome with those yumm chocolates. The food scene is too good and that makes me want to visit the place.

  • Vasu Devan
    July 17, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Lucky coincidence! The building looks quite modern and new too. I love the presentation of food especially the chocolates ( I am partial to that). The breakfast spread also looks pretty elaborate. With luxurious rooms and bathroom and well stocked bar , what else does a person need! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Kirstie Saldo
    July 17, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I usually check the bathrooms first, when checking in hotels, and this looks really nice and modern. However, the food you had seems really great, especially that watermelon and strawberry dessert!!

  • Jean
    July 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Oh that bed looks so comfy and dreamy. What a great spot for a sneaky get away. Big bed, good food and a bath 😀