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Housekeeping3
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8.0

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Popular landmarks
Cardiff Queen Street Train Station 390 m
Toucan Club 430 m
Chilli's 540 m
Gallery Ten 590 m
Eglwys Dewi Sant Church 610 m
Martin Tinney Gallery 610 m
Club X 630 m
St. David's Cathedral 640 m
Exit Bar 650 m
Bar Icon 650 m
Nearby landmarks
National Museum Cardiff 850 m
Cardiff castle 1.07 km
Principality Stadium 1.36 km
Roath Park 2.23 km
Cardiff Bay Barrage 2.48 km
Bute Park 3.38 km
St. Fagans: National History Museum 7.71 km
Castell Coch 8.17 km
Nomad Backpacker

"I’ve stayed in a fair few hostels and am well aware of the basics they provide, and Nomad Backpackers on the surface was good."

Emma - December 2, 2019
Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room Nomad Backpacker
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Nomad Backpacker

11-15 Howard Gardens, Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom, CF240EF - See map
Property highlights
Front desk [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to National Museum Cardiff
Within 850 m of property
  • 400 meters to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

  • Garden

Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Cardiff in the last 24 hoursCompared to 485 Cardiff properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money7.8
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportCardiff Airport (CWL)
Distance to airport15.3 km

Rooms available at Nomad Backpacker

Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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Single Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 single bed
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Quadruple Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 4 single beds
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 3 single beds
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 2 single beds
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        Frequently asked questions

        What time is check-in and check-out at Nomad Backpacker?

        Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

        How do I get to Nomad Backpacker?

        For those who wish to drive their own cars, Nomad Backpacker has a car park that's close to the hostel. Parking is available for an additional charge.

        What is the smoking policy at Nomad Backpacker?

        Nomad Backpacker does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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        What people love about Nomad Backpacker

        • 8.8
          Excellent

          "The general presentation of this place is fantastic."

          Michael

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          March 15, 2019

        • 7.2
          Very good
          Location

          "Good facilities and good location overall."

          hatty

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          June 20, 2018

        • 10.0
          Exceptional
          Staff 

          "Very friendly and helpfull staff."

          Johannes

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          September 23, 2017

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        8.8/10
        Room comfort score
        6.9/10
        Value for money score
        7.8/10
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        99
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        Overall rating:
        7.5
        Very good
        84 reviews
        Cleanliness
        6.9
        Facilities
        6.9
        Location
        8.0
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        What travelers say they love:
        Staff were friendly, room was clean and warm - would stay ag...
        Sarah from United Kingdom
        Group
        More about Nomad Backpacker

        More about Nomad Backpacker

        Offering quality accommodations in the culture, shopping, sightseeing district of Cardiff, Nomad Backpacker is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

        The facilities and services provided by Nomad Backpacker ensure a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel provides facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, family room, laundry service to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

        In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide mirror, internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, heating, shared bathroom to please the most discerning guest. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Nomad Backpacker is a smart choice for travelers to Cardiff, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.

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        Most talked about facilities

        Breakfast
        3 mentions
        Housekeeping
        3 mentions

        What they offer

        7.2
        Very good
        Staff 

        "Staff friendly, pool table and lounge area good to chill in."

        Jennifer

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        August 16, 2019

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        Reviews of Nomad Backpacker from real guests

        Provided by verified guests of Agoda
        7.5
        /
        10
        Cleanliness6.9
        Facilities6.9
        Location8.0
        Room comfort and quality6.9
        Service8.1
        Value for money7.8
        High score for Cardiff
        Rating
        9+ Exceptional (12)
        8-9 Excellent (5)
        7-8 Very Good (13)
        6-7 Good (6)
        <6 Below Expectation (13)
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        9.7
        Exceptional
        Linda from United Kingdom
        Business traveler
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in June 2015

        Saved my bacon”

        Friendly staff, free breakfast, cleanliness

        Trust me to have to go to Cardiff on business on the same night as both One Direction and the Manic Street Preachers were playing! Thank goodness for the Nomad: it was great value, really friendly and so convenient on location.

        Reviewed June 07, 2015
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Joseph from United States
        Solo traveler
        Single Room
        Stayed 2 nights in November 2019

        Do it!”

        I booked a single room for my two-day stay in Cardiff. It’s located basically at the City Center. Extremely convenient if you wanna eat out, get cultured and go to cultural institutions (I recommend this!), [window] shopping, or just bar hop around the area. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The room, kitchen, showers, and lounge are very clean and well maintained. I loved it very much. Thank you for an amazing atmosphere! I will definitely come back here!

        Reviewed November 23, 2019
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Jiarong from China
        Solo traveler
        Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
        Stayed 1 night in August 2016

        excellent!”

        first time went to Cardiff!!!!! I love this hotel and this city with no doubt!!!! I really hope I can go to Cardiff again!!!!!!!!!!

        Reviewed September 12, 2016
        7.6
        Very good
        Emma from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2019

        Unhygienic in many areas”

        I’ve stayed in a fair few hostels and am well aware of the basics they provide, and Nomad Backpackers on the surface was good. Staff friendly and helpful. Decent facilities (tv room, and social areas with a pool table) however the overall cleanliness left A LOT to be desired. The toilet took about 8 tries to flush, as such, most didn’t bother. Not helped by the amount of hand towels put down to block it completely. The mould on the walls of the shower room/bathroom was extensive. The room was basic, and very cold. I moved the bed to be closer to a plug socket and it was clear under the bed had not been cleaned or swept for some considerable time. In the morning, breakfast was a little on the light side. Most of the bread and cereal had gone (there was a large party staying) and on looking in the cupboards for bread/cereal found more mould and extremely dirty interiors. Rather put me off eating, no staff around to keep an eye on lack of food or that others cleared up after themselves.

        Reviewed December 03, 2019
        6.0
        Mrs from United Kingdom
        Solo traveler
        Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2020

        Not very welcoming.”

        I only booked this place to save money, so I didn't expect much. The receptionist was nice and friendly but I found the facilities pretty bad, such as taps not working, no plugs in washbasins etc. My room was good because it had 2 single beds, so I was able to take the pillow off the spare bed, as I needed more than one pillow as they were so thin! The mattress was comfortable and the duvet was clean. I found the layout of the building confusing, so many corridors etc, so I kept getting lost! I left early without having breakfast., so I can't comment on that. I won't be coming to Nomad Backpacker again, I'd rather spend more and go to Travelodge instead.

        Reviewed March 04, 2020
        8.8
        Excellent
        Michael from United Kingdom
        Solo traveler
        Single Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2019

        Great place but important things need attention”

        The general presentation of this place is fantastic. Someone has done a really good job with all of the livery, lighting, comfort of the shared areas. But the rooms and especially the bathrooms/showers need urgent attention because they're dangerous, frankly. I was in a shower when the automatic energy-saver light went out leaving me in total darkness. Moving didnt turn it back on again so I was left feeling for the door which then wouldn't open! These things need urgent attention as they're foul of the law. Someone could get into serious difficulties with the problem I outlined.

        Reviewed March 15, 2019
        7.3
        Very good
        Jonathan from Philippines
        Solo traveler
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

        Satisfied with few unlikely incidents.”

        Breakfast included, wifi access in almost all areas including the rooms, friendly staff

        Checking In and Out is fast. Serves sufficient breakfast which consist of cereals and toast with a choice of coffee, tea or milk and 3 flavors of jam. Wifi access is available in almost all areas. There's a game room, a TV and internet area. Sufficient toilet & bath and shower rooms. The only thing not so good is when I checked in and went to my assigned room there's this unpleasant smell in the room. It seems to be a used wet towel or socks that has not been laundered for a long time. Which may have been caused by the occupants and not the lapses in sanitizing the rooms. It is also good to note that towels are not provided for and can be availed with a fee (£1). Also be careful in passing thru the side streets within the area of the hotel as I have encountered some teenage brats throwing hard candies and food at me while I was walking the streets, good thing none of it hit me. And before it does I stopped walking and tried to confront them but ran away.

        Reviewed December 26, 2013
        6.4
        Good
        Fabio from Australia
        Group
        Triple Room
        Stayed 1 night in September 2019

        The hostel is ok!”

        Actually a good hostel. Nice, friendly staff. Location is ok. But the furniture and hygiene of the shower and toilets are not in best condition. Basic breakfast, expect nothing more. In total the Hostel is quite good. For me, as a backpacker who just need a place to sleep it’s enough and I don’t expect anything more.

        Reviewed September 23, 2019
        9.3
        Exceptional
        Martha from Mexico
        Solo traveler
        Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
        Stayed 1 night in June 2014

        Great :) ”

        Clean, quiet, safe (there were free lockers in each room), friendly staff, great location

        It was a very good experience, the hostel is very clean and well maintained. The staff is very friendly, the rooms are really nice and even the free breakfast was good :)

        Reviewed June 15, 2014
        9.3
        Exceptional
        Latoyaa from Trinidad & Tobago
        Solo traveler
        Single bed in 6 bed Female only Dormitory room
        Stayed 2 nights in July 2012

        very good hostel”

        10 mins walk from city centre, very clean, good wifi and internet service, good facilities including bar and games room, clean toilets, clean dorms, good internet, arranged tours

        will definitely stay there again. good place for great price.

        Reviewed August 02, 2012
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Sarah from United Kingdom
        Group
        Triple Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2020

        In Cardiff for a gig”

        Great location as it wasn't too far to walk to the Motorpoint Arena... staff were friendly, room was clean and warm - would stay again

        Reviewed March 12, 2020
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Johannes from Philippines
        Couple
        Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in April 2017

        Friendly and helpfull staff”

        Very friendly and helpfull staff. Large kitchen and common area. Private rooms are better choice!

        Reviewed September 23, 2017
        6.0
        Linda from Italy
        Solo traveler
        Single Room
        Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

        Don't stay over weekends if you want to sleep”

        I've stayed in a private room for two nights, I found it quite expensive for what I've got, very unconfortable and thin spring mattress, no blinds (as it's summer it means wake up at 5am), very hot during the day (no fan), no hooks, tables or any other support for wet towels etc.. just a single bed and a mirror. But my disappointment was more on my second night (Saturday) that I could not sleep as there is no silence policy at night and people where going out and coming back till 4am talking loudly and shouting outside reception (my room was just over it) and on the stairs. I also got twice someone trying to break in my room while looking for a free room so I guess they were not staying. I found it unbelivable as there is a 24 hours reception with two staff and no one did anything about it. I felt very unsafe.

        Reviewed July 02, 2019
        7.2
        Very good
        Jennifer from United Kingdom
        Family with young children
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in August 2019

        Basic and simple place to stay. Does the job nicely if your just looking a nights sleep”

        Staff friendly, pool table and lounge area good to chill in. Clean in all areas. Simple rooms with bunk beds, shared kitchen and bathrooms. Only downside was having no toilet and bathroom in own room

        Reviewed August 16, 2019
        8.0
        Excellent
        Jeremiah from Canada
        Couple
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 1 night in February 2014

        Perfect for one night and a place to lay your head”

        Cheap, Quiet, Good location

        We came to watch the six nations match in Wales and all we needed was a place to rest our heads for the night. Perfect budget hostel with good staff that were more than willing to hold on to our luggage, despite not being able to check in. Good trip

        Reviewed March 09, 2014
        7.6
        Very good
        Hiranmayi from India
        Solo traveler
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 1 night in March 2020

        Very good”

        cons: toilets were not clean. the cleaners only cleaned the room one day out of 3 days that I stayed. pros: common area

        Reviewed March 14, 2020
        8.4
        Excellent
        William from Brazil
        Couple
        Triple Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2016

        Good stay”

        Outstanding cleanliness! But the mattress are terrifying, never saw worst.

        Reviewed November 28, 2016
        8.3
        Excellent
        Naomi from United Kingdom
        Group
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in October 2015

        Good hotel”

        Polite staff, Clean rooms Great location

        It was a good stay but with the value for money for checking out at 10am I do feel was a bit much and when we was told it was free breakfast all that was offered was toast.

        Reviewed November 03, 2015
        8.3
        Excellent
        Tom from United Kingdom
        Group
        Quadruple Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2015

        Good Stay”

        close to town, clean, good staff

        Good stay, just what i needed and didnt disappoint, would stay there again.

        Reviewed March 16, 2015
        6.4
        Good
        Yannovisyam from Indonesia
        Solo traveler
        1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
        Stayed 1 night in August 2018

        Nice hostel actually but..”

        It was unusual for me as foreigner had to leave my passport as a key room guarantee. But after argue, they only asked £10 for deposit of key room (a real key room, not key card just like another hostel I’ve visited/only £2-5 deposit).

        Reviewed August 10, 2018
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