Hotel Indigo, Cardiff

This will be a brief review, as I was only there for one night and didn’t take any photographs.

Hotel Indigo is part of the IHG chain (Holiday Inn etc), but as I type this, the Cardiff hotel is currently rated the #1 hotel in Cardiff on TripAdvisor. [Hotel’s website here.]

From Cardiff Central train station the hotel was about a 10 minute walk (not trailing any suitcases). The entry is quite well disguised in an arcade off Queen Street, which is in the pedestrianised shopping area in Cardiff, and within that the reception is quite small, just 2-3 desks in a cosy lobby, but the staff were friendly. There is a single lift (“elevator”) to the guest rooms and the hotel’s restaurant/bar — a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Bar. When I checked in we were offered a 15% discount voucher for the restaurant, but that is a limited time offer.

My room had frosted windows with no view, but the room and bathroom (with monsoon shower) were obviously relatively new and well-decorated. The hospitality tray had a selection of Welsh teas and coffees (as an aside, I grew up in Wales and don’t remember many tea tree and coffee plantations, but that must be global warming for you), and a small fridge.

A nice touch was the rocking chair with a “nos da” (“good night”) cushion, and Welsh decorations on the wall. A tea pot and tea cosy would have topped that image off to perfection!

The bed was firm, and quite high off the ground, which may or may not be to your preference. Whilst it was a busy weekend in Cardiff, and I could hear the occasional voice of someone walking down the corridor outside, it didn’t disturb my sleep.

All in all it was a nice hotel, in a very good location, and not too badly priced. Worth a shot.

A day at the rugby

I was lucky enough to go to the Wales v England warm-up match at the Principality Stadium last weekend. It wasn’t a pretty match, but the end result of that and the other matches on the weekend is that for the first time ever, heading into the Rugby World Cup starting next month in Japan, Wales just about top the World Rugby rankings. They’re not playing this coming weekend, but Ireland are (away at Twickenham), so I don’t know if they’ll stay there, but they’re there for now.

World Rugby rankings.

The stop/start nature of blogging

It has been a while since I blogged (how many blog entries start like that?), but I’m about to kick it off again, or so I hope.

The plan is to have a mix of travel (reviews, reports), tech (networking), and maybe something about my new home, Manchester.

My wife and I left Twickenham at the end of April 2019 and moved to Manchester on May 1st. After a couple of weeks in an AirBnB in Didsbury whilst the purchase of the new house completed, we now have a four bedroom house in Dane Bank, to the east of Manchester, just inside the M60.

I’ve traded the 10-car trains of South Western Railway with two (or if I’m lucky four) car pacers from the 1980s running on a track with no plans for electrification. All this just four miles from the Manchester city centre. I’ve started buying gardening gear as the previous owners of the house kept a lovely garden at both the front and rear. I’m still not certain what half the plants are, but the apples are tasting rather good.

My job is still the same, just in a different office.