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Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

From the airport it was very confusing how to call up a shuttle. I tried calling and couldn't get we ended up walking. Not a difficult walk but depending on luggage could be a nightmare. Confirm before you go with hotel about getting a shuttle and how! The airport employees told us there was no shuttle..Other than that it is very convenient to the airport. I would stay again. Also, I asked how early do we really need to get to airport for a 7am flight on a monday morning..I was told 2hrs ahead. Really there is nobody there...We could have easily arrived an hour before and that would have been plenty of time.I's a very small airport. Lessons learned.

This hotel was pretty standard. All the usual amenities and was clean. What impressed me most was that when we arrived the sofa bed was already set up for our 5 year old! Usually we need to ask for extra bedding and do it ourselves or wait for it to be done, so this was a nice surprise. It made us feel welcome!

After a week touring Wales we needed a hotel near the airport. The hotel provided a free shuttle to the airport even at 4 AM. The staff was very friendly and helpful. One downfall however, was the lack of electrical outlets. No outlets in the bathroom, no outlets near the hairdryer/mirror area for curling irons.

Although it is not a convenient and easy drive to Cardiff, the proximity---easily walkable---to the airport is great. I had mixed experiences with the staff, mainly efficient, but not exactly Disney-level friendly. One woman at the front desk was positively schoolmarmish. Clean, new, worth the price.

This is a *most* excellent and economical place to stay outside Cardiff if you want clean quiet comfort. The staff is very friendly and helpful, they have a snooker table and a bar, the rooms are quiet and very nice, the TV service in the room is great, the room fittings are high Modernist (sleek continental European type stuff), the double bed is great, and the free included breakfasts in this hotel are excellent. You can eat a lot for breakfast, skip lunch, and eat your dinner in Cardiff central (or back at the hotel--although we didn't try that). This hotel is in a beautiful rolling hills country and waterway view location. It seems to serve UK locals passing through the area on car trips and also serves overnight tripping businessmen flying in from various UK locations and from Holland. By staying here, you get to see what the true countryside and suburban life is like--to me, this is much better than being stuck in the Cardiff central city location which is, like any city, aimed at tourists who'll pay twice the price for each night. Still, access to Cardiff central for your tourism and business interests is quite easy--a free bus at ten minutes til each hour drives you from the hotel to the little Rhoose/Cardiff Airport train stop. Once on the little diesel train, you simply buy a low cost out and return ticket. In 20 minutes coastal ride, you arrive in Cardiff central train station and then can easily walk the whole city center from there. After spending all day in the city, you return via Platform 7 at the Cardiff central train station using the return ticket you bought prior--this 20 minute ride gets you back to the little Rhoose/Cardiff Airport train stop where the courtesy bus back to the hotel will be waiting for you. Easy to work out--no expensive car rentals and cab rides! Upon leaving entirely, this hotel is most convenient because it is *at* the airport--you get your free breakfast and then a courtesy shuttle takes you to your flight. Just talk the the hotel manager the night before about your morning flight and they'll set you up for a shuttle to make your flight. Our flight was early--610 am--and yet the breakfast service starts at 400 am so we had no trouble at all. I was in Cardiff on business for a few days with one colleague and this hotel was perfect to deal with that work, to see some of the pretty countryside and suburbs, and to access all the Cardiff city tourist sites. I highly recommend this hotel if you like quiet comfort and economy.

Port Road Barry Wales

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Brynhill Golf Club, Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport is within a 15-minute drive of Barry Island Beach. This 111-room, 3-star hotel has conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a free airport shuttle. It's near the airport and also close to Barry Island Pleasure Park.


Free full breakfast is served each morning from 6 AM to 9:30 AM. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge.


All 111 rooms provide coffee makers and desks. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

Guests of Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a free kid's club. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a computer station, express check-out, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Room, 1 Double Bed with Sofa bed, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room

Full 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 2