Having not visited Cardiff before, I was excited to see new things and that was exactly what I did. I’ll briefly share some of the beautiful architecture of the City I seen but mostly we will talking about the Hotel in question, and yes it has a Spa!
(from top to bottom: Pierhead Building, Merchant Seaman’s Memorial, The Principal St Davids Hotel overlooking the harbour, Water Feature next to Roald Dahl Plass, Wales Millenium Centre)
If you’re like me and get excited over very little things, you will appreciate this Hotel. From arrival, the flamboyant entrance and glitz and glam aesthetics had me excited. Very efficient check in, fast and easy with a welcoming smile. Always a good start to setting any guest at ease. It’s known that the two most remembered experiences of a guests over-night stay, is the arrival and the departure. The arrival because as a new guest, you don’t know what to expect, perhaps even some slight apprehension, so to have this satisfied or even exceeded, is memorable for the guest. The departure because it is the last experience they will physically have as a guest of the said hotel.
The fixtures and fittings are very typical of your upscale corporate accommodation, you instantly get a feel of both luxury and business merged into one.
Consistency with the decor flowed through to the corridors leading off to our room. Modern bathrooms, excellent mirror and lighting for those needing to do their make up. The only negative with the bathroom suite was the bath towel. It wasn’t very generous, and you won’t find any extra towels in your cupboard either.
Beds are super comfortable for all you snooze lovers, very bouncy though so prepare yourself for mad pillow fights if you’re a little childish like me! I personally experienced no noise disturbances during the night which is always a bonus. The room consisted of a TV, desk and chair. Two armchairs, a luggage rack, tea and coffee condiments, a kettle, both still and sparkling water stocked fridge, a safe, hangers and a hair dryer.
The sun rises and the views across Cardiff City are beautifully welcoming through the large windows. I decided to use the spa nice and early, around 7:30am. There was 5 people in the spa at that time, they left by 8:00am and so I had it all to myself for a short while, absolute bliss.
Spa Naturel houses the spa facilities and accompanying treatments available. They use Decléor Paris products and treatments offering a wide range of extensive treatments from a DECLÉOR AROMA BLEND REFINE AND FIRM body shaping treatment for only £45 for 40 minutes to a DECLÉOR POWER PACKED VITAMIN SURGE FACIAL for radiance and vitality facial for just £62 for 55 minutes. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the treatments offered at Spa Naturel as we were short of time and unable to book any treatments on this occasion.
Breakfast at the Mercure Hotel is very well displayed and offers a vast selection depending on your dietary preference. From patisseries, to muesli, granola and of course, the famous Full English. Fab coffee machine ready to use, freshly squeezed juices, yogurt and fruit. So much to choose from, so don’t worry about going hungry! The nuisance toaster kept jamming the toast everytime so we had to go without. The staff helped out here but our cooked breakfast was getting cold so we just went without instead.
Check out was very swift. Being a 4* hotel they have checkout key boxes to make things quicker for those on-the-goers. For anyone passing through Cardiff, needing somewhere to rest their head, in a touch of luxury, call Mercure Hotels.