About this listing
I discovered Airbnb (Jan 2013) and am very happy to become a host.
***PLEASE READ MY LISTING DESCRIPTION AND "HOUSE RULES" BEFORE BOOKING***
***PLEASE CHECK THAT WHAT I AM OFFERING IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR***
Happy guests are very important to me. Before making a booking may I request guests to have a read through my description just to make sure that what I am offering matches your needs and requirements.
The apartment is in a brilliant location right in the heart of the city centre. It is surrounded by many popular restaurants and bars. It is less than 5 minutes walk from Cardiff Central train station and the main tourist attractions in the city such as Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium, museums, arcades, galleries, parks etc. It is a 10 minute walk from Cardiff University and a 15 minute walk from Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay, Dr Who Experience and the Millennium Centre. It is also conveniently located near to the central business district.
The apartment is on the 2nd floor of the building and there is elevator access.
I have 2 listings and let out 2 bedrooms to Airbnb guests.
**IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GUESTS WITH VEHICLES**
The apartment is right in the city centre. It is a pedestrianised zone. No private vehicles are permitted. There is no parking lot or on-street parking.
There are 3 main options for parking:
1)Paid parking is available 5 mins walk away on Westgate between the Millennium Stadium and Holiday Inn Hotel for £5/day
2)24 hour free on-street parking in nearby residential areas. I am aware of free parking in the streets around Despenser Place, Despenser Gardens area in Riverside which is a 10-15 minute walk from my apartment. There is also parking in the Pontcanna area, in some residential streets off Cathedral Road. This is an upscale neighbourhood but a bit further way from my apartment - up to 15- 20 mins walk or a short bus ride depending on where you manage to find parking.
3)Free parking between 6pm to 8am. There is parking in the area around the museum, Cathays Park and Cardiff University as well as near to the College of Music. However, as far as I know you must move your vehicle before 8am or you could be fined. This area is 5-10 mins walk from my apartment.
WHAT I OFFER
You will have exclusive access to the bedroom and ensuite bathroom.
You will have access to a great balcony which overlooks the Old Brewery Courtyard buzzing with restaurants and cafes.
The room contains a standard size double bed.
As it is my home, I do need a place to hang my clothes, I do keep some of my clothes in the wardrobe but there is some space and spare hangers in there for you also if you need to hang your clothes. - The wardrobe is NOT empty but there is space for your things too.
The room does NOT contain a TV or a fridge. There is also no kettle (I did previously offered one but tea and coffee stains appeared on the carpet so when I got a new carpet I had to remove it - sorry).
There is wifi access in the bedroom.
There is NO access to kitchen or living room (the kitchen is located through my bedroom/office area). This is reflected in the price of the room.
There are many cafes and restaurants within a 1-5 minute walk which cater to all budgets.
I am happy to do laundry for guests free of charge. If you leave a bag of clothes outside the bedroom door I will happily wash and dry it for you.
Interaction with Guests
Due to my personal and professional commitments I am RARELY at home. I am always available on the Airbnb message thread (preferable) or my mobile if you need anything. I am always happy to advise on places to visit and eat etc and will do my best to help you make the most of your trip. If I am home, I will try to meet you but please don't book with that expectation in mind. However, if you are using Airbnb for the purpose of having a social experience with a host/getting to know a local person etc, regrettably due to my schedule I will be unable to meet that expectation.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT HOME ALL THE TIME AND UNFORTUNATELY I DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET EVERY GUEST***
***IF YOU ARE WANTING TO MEET AND SOCIALISE WITH A HOST AND FEEL YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE HOST, THEN MY LISTING IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR YOU***
Agatha will meet you at check in to hand over the key and is on hand for you during your stay should you need anything.
Just to reiterate, essentially after check-in you will be left alone to do your own thing. Although both myself and Agatha are just a phone call away if you ever need anything, we are happy to hear from you so please do contact us and we will do our best to help you.
The neighbourhood has lots of great restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs, pubs. There is something thing for everyone within a short walking distance. It is located practically opposite the historic Cardiff Castle, picturesque Bute Park and River Taff.
As it is located right in the city centre, all central/tourist locations are within a reasonable walking distance,including train and bus stations which are a 5-10 minute walk away.
There is a boat jetty in Bute Park where you can take a boat ride to Cardiff Bay. Boats usually depart every hour on the hour from around 10:00 to 16:00.
For guests arriving to or leaving from Cardiff Airport, there is a bus running directly to/from there to Cardiff City Centre.
Airport to City Centre:
Mon - Sat 1st bus leaves at 05:00, the 2nd bus is at 06:00. The bus then and runs half hourly (30 and 00 minutes past each hour) thereafter until 21:00, then 22:00 and the last bus at 23:30
On Sunday the 1st bus is 06:00, 2nd bus at 07:00 and then half hourly until 21:00, the 22:00 and the last service at 23:30.
City Centre to Airport:
Mon - Sat 1st bus leaves at 04:10, the 2nd bus is at 05:10. The bus then and runs half hourly (at 40 and 10 minutes past each hour) thereafter until 20:10 then 21:10 and the last bus at 22:40.
On Sunday the 1st bus is 05:10, 2nd bus at 06:10 and then half hourly until 20:10 then 21:10 and the last bus at 22:40.
Megabus and National Express bus companies operate services to and from Cardiff to Central London and many other major cities in the UK.
National Express operates service from Cardiff City Centre to and from London Heathrow Airport
You can travel to and from Cardiff Central train station from London Paddington train station
Other Things to Note
The room is available for check-in between 3pm and 9pm only.
Check-in before 3pm is NOT possible even to drop bags as nobody is able to come to the property before then to give you access.
If you need to check-in after 9pm, please contact me BEFORE you make your travel plans as it may NOT always be possible, particularly if I am away.
If due to unforeseen circumstances you arrive after 9pm WITHOUT prior arrangement, I cannot absolutely guarantee to be able to give you access, particularly if I am away as Agatha does not live in the apartment and may not always be around later in the evening to come and let you in.
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU TO SECURE A BOOKING
-A profile photo - head shot is fine
-A mobile number which will work in the UK- an international number is fine
-A brief description of the purpose of your visit and who will be coming
TYPES OF BOOKINGS WHICH I DO NOT WANT:
- Guests coming to get drunk, rowdy, unable to control noise levels etc. I only want people in a coherent/reasonable/sober state of mind entering my home.
- Hook-ups. All guests in the booking party must already be known to each other. I do not want guests bringing people they have only just met into my home.
Be relaxed and have a great trip. You are most welcome and my place is relaxed and easygoing. These rules are not meant to sound tough or unwelcoming, it's simply based on prior experience and previous guest feedback to me I have felt it necessary to cover the following points.
***PLEASE READ MY LISTING DESCRIPTION BEFORE BOOKING***
***PLEASE CHECK THAT WHAT I AM OFFERING IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR***
***PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL ONLY BE GIVEN MY PRECISE ADDRESS (EXACT APARTMENT NUMBER) AFTER AN ARRIVAL TIME IS AGREED UPON --- THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO MISLEAD YOU. IT IS TO ENSURE THAT SOMEONE IS AT THE PROPERTY TO MEET YOU AT AN AGREED TIME, TO ENSURE YOUR SMOOTH ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN AND TO ENSURE THAT NO OTHER RESIDENTS OF THE BUILDING ARE DISTURBED IF GUESTS ARRIVE WITHOUT NOTICE AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE NOT AT THE APARTMENT***
-No loud music or shouting or any behaviour which can be heard outside the apartment or disturb neighbours. **Particularly no slamming doors.**
-Neighbours bells/buzzers must NOT be pressed under ANY circumstances.
- Any guests who cause a nuisance or disturbance to neighbours or other Airbnb guests will be required to leave the premises immediately irrespective of the time of day or night, without penalty to me.
-No food or drinks (which could cause stains) to be consumed in the bedroom
-No burning of candles or incense sticks
-It is essential for guests to provide me with an arrival time at least 2 days prior to their arrival.
-Only named guests agreed in the booking can come inside the apartment unless I agree otherwise. All guests in the booking party must already be known to each other.
-Please treat me, my home and belongings with respect.
-If you think something is broken, please tell us about it, do NOT attempt to fix it yourself. If you accidentally break or damage something, please don't worry but just inform us and don't try to fix it yourself.
-No smoking inside. There is a balcony where guests may smoke.
-If I feel unsafe or extremely uncomfortable in the presence of a guest, I reserve the right to ask the guest to leave and terminate the booking immediately without incurring any form of penalty.
-All guests must be in a coherent/rational/sober state whilst inside my home
-Do not bring anything illegal into my home