Hotel Indigo Cardiff: A Bold Boutique Hotel with an Inspired Restaurant

Monday 08th Jul 2024 |

Central Cardiff offers plenty of options for mid-range hotels, but few have as much style and panache as Hotel Indigo. Add to this a fantastic restaurant, gym, modern rooms and the coolest staff we’ve met and it’s easy to see why this joint is so popular. 

Located just 300 metres away from Cardiff Castle, it also happens to be slap bang in the heart of the city with all the best bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk. Tucked away inside the beautifully designed Dominion’s Arcade, it’s easy to miss the hotel, so make sure you turn on your Google Maps.

Once inside, we were greeted by one of the bubbliest receptionists we’ve ever met as we took in the colourful boutique decor. After giving us some tips on the best bars to catch the Euros, we were handed our key card and headed up to our room. 

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Like other hotels within the Hotel Indigo portfolio, care has been taken to pay homage to the local neighbourhood with bespoke features peppered throughout the rooms and public areas.

The themes present are ‘music’, ‘Welsh Industry’ and ‘Made in Wales’, which adds a nice touch for people like myself who are new to the city. 

Our twin room (Prices start from as little as £88 per night) was packed with character, with quirky light fixtures, bold feature walls and wall art depicting historic Welsh landmarks. There’s also fluffy bathrobes, a TV, coffee-making facilities and a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower and premium toiletries. It’s cool and contemporary, yet cosy and homely at the same time. 

The team had also taken time to write a welcome message on the mirror and left some sweet treats for us to enjoy, which was much appreciated. No sooner had we dropped our bags off, we were heading up to the sixth floor to check out the newly-opened Lefel 6 Restaurant & Bar. 

Boasting a terrace offering up stunning views of the Cardiff skyline, this vibrant restaurant has plenty of natural light and an electric vibe you simply don’t find in most hotel restaurants. Once again, the service was a cut-above the norm, with our Italian waiter taking time to chat about the menu, as well as his thoughts on the Euros. 

Much of the food on offer is locally-sourced and whilst the menu is on the small side, there’s plenty to tempt you in and some inspired dishes on display. We began with a round of Espresso Martinis, which perked us up after a day of walking followed by a mini pub crawl. 

For starters, we went with the Duck Parfait (£7.95) with hazelnuts, savoury Welsh cake and orange puree, which was delicious. The Prawn and Spinach Fritter with dill emulsion and pea puree blanc was great too, really light with lots of subtle flavours going on. 

For the main course, I enjoyed the succulent Pork Tenderloin served with pickled apple sauce, fondant potato and broccoli (£16.95), which was delightful. My companion went with the Fillet Steak (£28.95), which arrived with Portobello mushroom, fried scallions and chunky chips.

As someone who rarely orders steak from hotel restaurants, I was amazed how tender and juicy the fillet was – far better than many I’ve ordered in steak-centric restaurants. We washed our meal down with a bottle of the very moreish Don Jacobo Rioja Reserva, which packed a punch of dark fruits and spiced notes. 

We ended with the rich and salty Miso Chocolate & Coffee Ganache, which was delicious and also well-complimented by the Rioja. After dinner, we chilled out in the bar with a round of beers and the last few minutes of the football match before heading into town.

The following morning, we returned to Lefel 6 just in time to catch breakfast (which runs until 10am on weekends). As well as a pretty varied continental offering, there’s a good quality range of made-to-order hot dishes. We went with the Eggs Benedict, which were done just right with nice runny eggs. 

Final verdict

Hotel Indigo Cardiff is a smart choice for anyone looking for a mid-range hotel that delivers far more than the modest price-tag. Rooms are well-equipped and cosy, the staff are amazing and the restaurant is far better than it has any right to be. If you’re looking to explore Cardiff, this hotel has got everything you need and more. 

Hotel Indigo, Dominion’s Arcade, Queens Street, Cardiff, CF10 2AR. 
Reviewed by Fletch.

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