The Big Sleep Hotel

, Cardiff, United Kingdom
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The Big Sleep Hotel

, Cardiff
2 star

Rooms: 81

Bute Terrace - Cardiff - Wales - CF10 2F - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | (0 920)636363
340 Traveller

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2 star - you get what you pay for
Submitted by: Greg in 14/12/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The Big Sleep is central and has some parking, but don't expect luxury. You get what you pay for. It's OK but nothing special!

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Big Sleep Hotel

A glorified hostel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a hostel to say the least. Don't stay here.
Try IBIS up the road.
Blue dingy interior - not a nice hotel.

We stayed here for £58 per night . I don't usually write revews but had to after the ones on this place were so misleading.

I would not stay here again

Pretty Crap Hotel!!

from MarkS1975
My "Room with a view" turned out to be a view at the back of the hotel...the main railway runs directly down below! Freight trains kept trundling past all night long - very noisy.

The walls are paper thin. Next door room had TV on which was VERY loud, annoying when you trying to sleep at midnight and 1am!

Watch the checkout scam. 10:30am is the checkout time if you want to stay till 12pm it's an extra £10.

Heating terrible....Small electric fire which doesn't heat much!

Downstairs bar looks like a 70s flashback....not sure if it's supposed to be retro on purpose or just not materialised since the 70s!


from A TripAdvisor Member
when i pulled the covers back on the tightly tucked in sheets i found orange stains (from someone else's makeup) and hairs, the bedroom carpet was dirty and stained and the bathroom had a strong smell of fish. When i lifted the toilet seat up i found thick yellow stains. The floor was a mess and the shower curtain brown and green from mould. I was also rudely awoken by a chamber-maid standing in the doorway,of my bedroom which was quite embarrasing. I had a late checkout and was questioned numerous times about when i would be leaving. i would NEVER recommend this 'hotel' to anyone, it needs to clean up its act because at present it is simply a joke.

2* star hotel unless on 9th floor

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have just got back from my Hen Weekend staying at this hotel and contrary to what you might think we actually thought we had picked a nice 3* hotel that would be a pleasure to stay in.

The stained corridors and rooms are embarrassing if you organise this accommodation for a group of people so beware. The rooms seemed to range from boxes to open plan corner rooms but all had wet patches on the floor and just a small wall heater for the room.

The only thing that did not dissapoint us in this hotel was the breakfast which although not being a full english is a very good continental buffet.

My advice - if you're looking for somewhere nice don't stay here unless you pay for the nice new rooms on the 9th floor.

Cool hotel, good value

from HolidayHoney82
We have stayed at this hotel twice, once in summer and once in winter. It is in an excellent location, near to the city centre and other amenities.

The first time we stayed we had a room on the ninth floor overlooking the city - a fantastic veiw if you like urban scenery. The room was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. The only downside on that visit was the dirty scum line on the bath - yuk.

The last time we visited, which was this summer, we had a room at the back overlooking the railways, not as interesting as the city veiw but still quite cool. The bathroom appeared to be cleaner on this visit.

Also, we appreciated the cool drinking water available on each floor on those hot days.

I did notice that the carpets in the corridor could do with a bit of a clean but other than that the cleanliness of the hotel was good. The breakfast was buffet style so if you prefer to have a full-english brought to your table you'd better stay somewhere else.

One of the lifts makes a funny noise so use the stairs if you are wary of lifts!

Overall, we enjoyed both of our stays at The Big Sleep, good value for money. We would almost definately stay here again on our next visit to Cardiff. Highly recommended!!

I thought it was great

from stuartdNewburyUk
No this is not the greatest hotel in the world or probably indeed Cardiff but it is very reasonably priced and right in the centre of town.

The room was spacious clean and bright and the bed was really comfortable.

Breakfast was fine and the staff were pleasant. I recently stayed in the Copthorne Birmingham which was three times more expensive and save for some unnecessary frills was far worse.

Good location and Price, thats it!

from A TripAdvisor Member
i have stayed at the Big Sleep twice now, i guess the second visit was to see if my first impressions were correct.
The hotel has got one thing right, it has a fantastic location to the major attractions in cardiff, including the CIA, Millenium Stadium and shopping centre's. The second thing its doing right is the cost.
The hotel used to be an old office block, i think it would have been a nicer hotel if they kept the offices and just put in beds.
The corridors and hallways are very narrow, still with the traditional office style carpets. the room are spacious with great views of the city, (just ask for a city view, as the other views are looking at railway tracks and a building site)! there are very uncomfortable beds, no furniture and a bathroom fit for a council tennant (sorry of that offends).....
there are absolutely zero leisure facilities available, and the bar and 'restaraunt' are not worth the mention. no irons are supplied to your rooms, there is a communal ironing section located on each floor. the hotel staff are obviously not had much experience in the hospitality sector (when i was checking in, one of the staff was slagging off previous guests who just left the reception area)...the best way to describe the manner of the staff is 'down to earth'.....expect no luxuries here, but i guess you get what you pay for these days.
so if you like a 'b&b style' hotel on a larger scale, this is the one for you.

good value for money, no frills attatched

from frequent_flyer77
Stayed at the Big Sleep for a conference. Yes the walls are a bit thin, yes the decor is bright and not to everyones taste, but this is only a two star hotel and one of the cheapest hotel in Cardiff, and in my opinion, offers good value for money, at £58.00 B&B for two of us.

I liked the decor, and the whole hotel is better than the normal 'budget' hotels offering

Breakfast is an eat your fill, help yourself buffet, all the staff we met were polite, and knew their jobs. Bar is okay, if a little quiet. Room was basic but clean, with some great views over the city.

If you are in Cardiff, on a limited budget, this beatsthe travelodge and Ibis hands down!!

be warned.....

from A TripAdvisor Member
Myself and some work colleagues saw a few glowing and positive reviews on this site and made the easy mistake of thinking The Big Sleep Hotel could not be too bad! The price is quite good after all and the central location opposite a cinema is actually OK.

THINK: Noisy, dayglo paint straight from Sesame Street, cramped & stained corridors, MDF fittings that look that they are cast-offs from a TV DIY show, the joy of 'floral' shower curtains straight from the sixties and simply the worst breakfast that could be imagined.

Other older guests and couples we saw at breakfast simply looked stunned and embarrased sitting on their plastic chairs in the bright orange chamber that pretends to be the breakfast room.

I am sure that is someone's idea of a "designer/minimalist hotel" - but it is not mine.

Nevertheless, it is perhaps ideal for drunk students and younger partygoers who will feel right at home with the vomit stained carpets, rooms reeking of stale smoke and humping sounds from rooms above and below and to the sides when they come to crash out.

It is not ideal for older couples looking for a quiet and romantic stay in Cardiff, families, your gran, people who wear suits or anyone who assumes a hotel is actually a place to sleep.

Nice building site and railway view BTW for those with a trainspotting or construction fetish.

I give it 1 star (since I can't actually give it zero) for the full multisensory memories of my student years it brought back and the complete joke of it all which is still so amusing to myself and my colleagues. So to sum up - We ultimately managed to have a great laugh about it... don't let it be a YOUR expense.


from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is excellent value for money, appearing to be one of the cheapest in the area. On my arrival there I found the place to be clean and tidy, with polite and friendly staff. The rooms are spacious and clean with a very minimalistic theme to them. The continental breakfast was lovely with a good selection of foods to chose from. Definately be going back there again when I next visit Cardiff.

Top Local Tips for Cardiff

Delicious Italian Dineros restaurant at Cardiff Bay, next to Pizza Express, near the carousel did us an absolutely fantastic lunch, best spag bol I have ever tasted (apart from my wife's of course...) and I will try to have an evening meal next time.Eat after you have tried the river bus trip that can take you from the castle park to the Bay (£5 return, £3 single).

Restaurant Good choice in Mill Lane, particularly Latin American Las Iguanas

Brewery Quarter! Head down St. Mary's street and visit the Brewery Quarter. Lots of great cheap places to eat there such as Nandos, Chiquitos etc. etc. Very lively and warm atmosphere there and no smoking in the outdoor courtyards! To avoid the breakfast at the hotel, eat at the Prince of Wales pub (also on St. Marys street) - a full English is £2.50!


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  • Address: Bute Terrace - Cardiff - Wales - CF10 2F - United Kingdom
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