Staying in Cardiff City Centre with Aaron Wise Apartments

As a born and bred Cardiff girl, it is often hard to imagine the city from a visitor’s perspective. If I was travelling to Cardiff, where would I stay? What places would I go to? What would the city look like to me? Why is there a man playing drums on a bin? What would I make of chippy lane at 4am? These are the important questions. I have never spent a night in a hotel or apartment in my hometime but I would love to see what it was like?


Luckily I recently had the opportunity to spend a night in an Aaron Wise serviced apartment, this meant I got to stay right in the middle of Cardiff city centre, like some sort high flying city chick, just slap a power suit on me and call working girl. It’s been a busy few blogging weeks for me, so a night away in the town centre with neglected husband Luke was definitely a much-needed break.

As we arrived at our accommodation Luke asked ‘What is a serviced apartment?’ as he looked at the building quizzically. ‘It’s not like a hotel’ I confidently announced, whilst trying to slyly Google ‘what is a serviced apartment?’, without him noticing. The interwebs informed me that ‘Serviced Apartments’ offer facilities that are like a traditional hotel but with added space, amenities and offering guests the chance to live like a local.

The Aaron Wise serviced apartments are located across from the iconic Principality Stadium, offering some great views of our magnificent stadium from the window. You really do feel like you are right in the heart of Cardiff here, with all the bars and restaurants only a few minutes’ walk away.

Our first impression of our home for the night was that it was an uber modern and luxurious space. The apartments have clearly been designed with careful attention to detail.

There was an open plan living room and kitchen with a dining table next to the window, meaning you could look out on the city as you ate dinner.

There was also a fully-fitted kitchen should you wish to cook your own food. We decided to be particularly lazy that evening and order in some Sushi and curl up on the sofa.

There’s little features like a smart TV, self-proclaimed super-fast Wifi, spotlights and gorgeous lamps, giving ever such a classy ambience. It was incredibly stylish and as I wandered around I kept thinking ‘why doesn’t my house look like this?’ I want a Tassimo coffee machine, why is life so unfair?’

Luke poured me a glass of wine to soothe my envy and then helped me get online as I was hosting a Travel Twitter chat that night and it was imperative that the internet was super-fast, it was time to test it out. Thankfully the wifi in the apartment was super speedy and I was able to totally boss my Twitter Chat, like the blogging queen I am.

We decided to freshen up and go and explore Cardiff for a few hours, as we were so close to the centre, we may as well make the most of some of the fabulous bars that Cardiff has to offer. The independent bar and restaurant scene has exploded in Cardiff the last few years, there is all manner of amazing eateries, bars, pop ups and microbreweries to try in the City, you are frankly spoiled for choice. Whilst you are in Cardiff why not try and give the chain places you can go to at home a miss and support some of the innovative and brilliant independent and local venues the city has to offer?

There’s a huge array of choices but a few places in the City Centre I would recommend are:

Nine Yards – Prosecco, little cakes & Italian inspired eats

Meating Place – Amazing steaks and frankly incredible onion rings

The Hashery – Two for one on cocktails and the best mozzarella sticks around

Ten Mill Lane – Late night drinks, cool tunes and booths

Chai street – Lush Indian street food & great vibes

29 Park Place – awesome cocktails in lounge style surroundings

Grazing Shed – Bang tidy joint serving the best burgers in Wales,

City Arms – Proper boozer serving real ales in a buzzing atmosphere

Park Plaza – Stylish bar, fabulous afternoons teas and spa

Café Citta – Snug Italian place serving gorgeous, authentic pasta and pizza

We went to a few of our favourite venues for some drinks, before heading back to snuggle up in the apartment. As we were so centrally located, it was lovely to stroll through the city on a summer’s night without trying to work out bus timetables or flag a taxi in sideways rain.

After our pleasant walk back and decided to retire to bed. The bedroom in our apartment was also very sleek, there were spacious fitted wardrobes to hang your clothes, a flat screen TV, dressing gowns laid out on top of a very comfy bed complete with lovely linen to cuddle up in and watch some late night TV, obviously with a glass of fizz as a night cap.

We awoke the next morning refreshed and ready for breakfast with a stadium view. As I laid breakfast out I started to make us a ’posh coffee’ from the machine. This turned out trickier than I imagined. How does one use a coffee machine? Where do you put the pod? Where does the water go? Why is this so complicated? A full 20 minutes had passed and I realised I was now angrily asking an inanimate object if it was ‘taking the piss out of me?’. This is clearly why I do not have a Tassimo, it’s not for people like me. In the end, I had to watch a YouTube video on ‘How to use a Tassimo machine’, which was vaguely reassuring, as clearly other people cannot operate simple coffee machines.

Coffee now mercifully in hand and my inner balance restored, I reflected on our stay. Overall I enjoyed our experience staying in a serviced apartment. For me, it was the little touches that made it a pleasant experience, the luxury toiletries for use in the bathroom, the dressing gowns, the complicated coffee machine.

It also had a more ‘homelier’ vibe than a than a hotel. As a travel blogger, I stay in an awful lot of hotels and some of them can feel a bit nondescript if I’m honest.

I would recommend staying in an Aaron Wise apartment if you are looking for something a bit different from a hotel. It’s more of a comprehensive accommodation and with all the extra amenities and home-like features, it would be great if you are looking to stay longer than a few days as well. I frankly wanted to move in after just one night!

Visit the Aaron Wise website for more information.

Aaron Wise very kindly provided me with accommodation for the evening but all views, as always, are my own.

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41 Comments

  1. August 19, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Cardiff looks like a place I’d like to visit one day. Thank you so much for sharing!! Loved your post!

    • August 20, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Thanks Joyce, it is a lovely city, I really recommend it. x

  2. needa
    August 19, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    thanks for sharing it! its really nice place with a lovely view, I would like to go here least once in my life

    • August 19, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Thank you, it was lovely. x

  3. August 19, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Where you have stayed is such a lovely apartment. I love how they were able to handle their guests and the place is clean. I would love to visit Cardiff city centre, if I get the chance. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • August 19, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      It was such a lovely place to stay x

  4. Rahat Arora
    August 19, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Really nice place to visit

  5. Madison
    August 19, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Looks beautiful! I need to go explore more castles…

  6. August 18, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Great informative post, the Aaron Wise serviced apartment looks fabulous especially being inn the centre of Cardiff. I will have to visit Cardiff again and do some exploring. Thanks for sharing lots of valuable information.

  7. August 18, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I always look forward for your blog post and travels.

    • August 18, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Awww that’s lovely to hear, thank you. x

  8. August 18, 2017 / 7:02 am

    OMG I always wanted to visit but now I must make it a reality! Looks so relaxing!

    • August 18, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Thank you, it was a really relaxing stay xx

  9. August 17, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    This is a great idea, Isn’t it weird how we travel the world but we wouldn’t see our home towns/cities as somebody else’s tourist destination. I might have to give it a go with my home town haha. I’ve actually never been down to Cardiff myself, I do know of the millennium stadium and student life. Reading through this post has made me want to hop over and get lost in the city 😀

  10. hannah
    August 17, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    The apartments look great. I do like the Grazing Shed for burgers

  11. Hra
    August 17, 2017 / 10:27 am

    What a lovely place to stay!! Its seems so comfortable and cute!! I would love to stay there

  12. August 17, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I have never been to Cardiff before. This is wonderful 🙂 I love it. I really now need to visit. The apartment looks lovely as well.

  13. August 17, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Wow the room looks lovely and super luxurious! Though the entire post was very nicely written the best part was your talking to the Tassimo coffee machine! I do that sometimes when i am too excited!

  14. August 17, 2017 / 9:40 am

    A staycation in your hometown always brings some new perspective. The apartment looks very chic, and the food delish!

    • August 17, 2017 / 10:21 am

      It was really good, it was from Sushi life in Cardiff xx

  15. August 16, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    the apartment looks nice! very cosy but also modern! I have recently started moving over to serviced apartments where possible… its just way more space than a hotel room

  16. August 16, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Really nice place – I will have a look into it when I plan my trip to Cardiff (I live in London but havent been to Wales yet).

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Cardiff is proper lush, i would really recommend a visit, let me know if you are planning to come as I can send you lots of tips 🙂

  17. August 16, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    These apartments are so conveniently located in the city centre and so close to a wide range of restaurants. Love how sleek and modern they are too. I’ll book into these apartments if I’m ever in Cardiff!

    • August 16, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      They are proper lovely, I do recommend them. xx

  18. August 16, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I love all these pictures !! I feel like its always hard as a native of a place to have an unbiased opinion. You don’t always think about people coming to visit and staying in the city you live in. Cardiff sounds like a beautiful place from what you have described and since wine is very popular I feel like that is the perfect place for me to visit !

    • August 16, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      It is proper lush, I really recommend coming to visit, let me know if you ever do and I can send you some tips. xx

  19. August 16, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    The appartment look pretty good, needed facilities are quite complete I guess it’s just a matter of personal prefences when it comes to getting an appartment or a hotel, but for me it doesn’t really matter as long as the place is good and its location as well.

    • August 16, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      The location was great here, right in the middle of the City Centre, so it was an ideal place to stay. x

  20. August 16, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    The apartment really looks amazing, I always prefer to stay at service apartment then staying at hotel, since it gives more flexibility and make you feel like home. 🙂

    • August 16, 2017 / 1:50 pm

      I had never stayed in a serviced apartment before, so it was great to experience a different type of stay. xx

    • August 16, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      It was such a lovely stay, I really like all the facilities and amenities on offer. I would really recommend it. x

  21. August 16, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I’ve never visited Cardiff but your photos and stories look amazing (and very romantic!) Loved your Liz Earle blog too, their skincare is my absolute favourite!! X

    • August 16, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks Shannon, it’s so nice to get lovely feedback. Yu should try and visit Cardiff, there are some lovely places here, drop me a line if you ever need recommendations. Also, I agree Liz Earle is amazing, I LOVE their products. xx

  22. August 16, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Wow, they look lovely and much better than a hotel room for sure! those burgers aswell, oh my look so yummy! great read guys, keep up the awesome work 😀

    • August 16, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks Lloyd, Grazing Shed burgers are literally the best in Cardiff! xx

  23. August 15, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    You two having your sushi and wine – I love it!
    The apartments do you look very sleek, nice view too!

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