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"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."
400 meters to public transportation
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||7.8|
|Nearest airport||Cardiff Airport (CWL)|
|Distance to airport||15.3 km|
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.
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.
Nomad Backpacker does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.
"The general presentation of this place is fantastic."
March 15, 2019
"Good facilities and good location overall."
June 20, 2018
"Very friendly and helpfull staff."
September 23, 2017
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.
"Staff friendly, pool table and lounge area good to chill in."
August 16, 2019
Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Children 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Guests 2 years and older are considered as adults
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Extra beds, if available, are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.
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Saved my bacon”
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.
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!
first time went to Cardiff!!!!! I love this hotel and this city with no doubt!!!! I really hope I can go to Cardiff again!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
Satisfied with few unlikely incidents.”
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.
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.
Great :) ”
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 :)
very good hostel”
will definitely stay there again. good place for great price.
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
Friendly and helpfull staff”
Very friendly and helpfull staff. Large kitchen and common area. Private rooms are better choice!
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.
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
Perfect for one night and a place to lay your head”
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
cons: toilets were not clean. the cleaners only cleaned the room one day out of 3 days that I stayed. pros: common area
Outstanding cleanliness! But the mattress are terrifying, never saw worst.
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.
Good stay, just what i needed and didnt disappoint, would stay there again.
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).