*This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. With thanks to Kacie Morgan of www.therarewelshbit.com for the invite.*
Hotel Indigo, Cardiff
A few days ago I had the honour of attending the launch party of Hotel Indigo in Cardiff a cute little boutique hotel in the heart of Cardiff city centre. I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the amount of attention to detail in this quirky hotel. At every turn, there are more little welsh quirks like lamps made from old mining helmets and mini-fridges stocked with local ales. Each room reflects the welsh culture and fits 1 of 3 themes – ‘Welsh industry’, ‘Welsh music’ and ‘made in Wales.’ All 3 themes were beautifully designed. I’d happily stay in any (or all) of them! Each room is spacious with luxury ensuite bathrooms fitted with waterfall showers and luxury products.
Hotel Indigo Cardiff – Launch Party
The event itself was absolutely fantastic. Again, the attention to detail was fantastic, from the red carpet arrival, ‘The little tipple van’ keeping us stocked up on prosecco, the live bands, pianists, singers and even entertainers on stilts! There was even a photo booth which we had great fun with!
Marco Pierre Steakhouse Bar & Grill
The ambient Marco Pierre restaurant within the hotel served delicious canapes and mini versions of their main meals on the menu for January 2018. I loved the mini fish and chips and the Shepherds pie (made with welsh lamb of course) was to die for! Don’t even get me started on the desserts – let’s just say I ate too much! Especially the creme brules! The delicious cocktails could be enjoyed on the balcony overlooking Cardiff city centre – though I may save that for the summer!
Cardiff itself is a great city. (There may be some bias as I’ve chosen to live here for the best part of 13 years!) It’s one of those places with all the big city amenities but with a small town feel. Everywhere is within an easy walking distance but there’s no shortage of bars, restaurants, cafes, theatres and museums. It’s a very ‘green’ city with so many beautiful parks and even it’s own Lake in Roath Park!
You will not be short of things to do. Catch a big rugby match at the Millenium stadium, stroll through the charming old Victorian shopping arcades, take a history lesson at Cardiff Castle or step back in time at St Fagans welsh culture museum! But the best thing about Cardiff, in my opinion, is the proximity to beautiful countryside. If rugged hills and mountains are your thing, you have the Brecon Beacons. Or maybe you’d prefer the beautiful beaches of the Gower Coast or the tranquil Forest of Dean? It’s all within a 1-hour drive of Cardiff city centre!
If you need any more convincing, I suggest you read my post Interview with a Local: Cardiff for plenty more recommendations for places to go, restaurants to eat in and bars to drink in!
Here are a few pictures that sum up my time at the Hotel Indigo launch party!