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Cfab777
May 5th 2016
"Great location, high quality rooms and helpful front desk staff"

I stayed at the Park Plaza for just one night as part of a business trip but was very pleased with the choice. The hotel is centrally located and yet in what proved to be a quiet area. The room was modern and very well appointed with the usual amenities plus an iron and ironing board and free WiFi.


I had arrived early in the day but the front desk staff made no problem with allocating me a room and later in the morning they kindly printed off my boarding pass for my flight the following day.


The measure of a good hotel is "would you stay there again?" and the answer would be most certainly!

PucciAlice
Apr 25th 2016
"Family-friendly hotel loved by 3-year old daughter"

We selected this hotel for the location and the swimming pool. Really happy with all the services, from check-in to check out. All the staff are friendly and made us feel at home, especially for my 3-year old daughter. The best bit for my daughter was the swimming pool. We ended up with dining in the hotel restaurant & bar (Laguna) in all three evenings we stayed; fantastic food & service under the same roof! We got to know well with one of the kitchen staff, Norbert. Thanks to all the team for making our stay much special and memorable!

Jane M
Apr 6th 2016
"Great city centre hotel"

Cardiff is a great city on many different levels, shopping, culture, sport, having fun, eating and drinking. This hotel is the perfect base for all those wishing to enjoy Cardiff from a modern, clean, tidy hotel with great amenities. If you want to feel looked after then look no further than the Park Plaza.

Chessie M
Mar 5th 2016
"Lovely hotel, perfect location!"

I paid for my boyfriend and I to spend Valentine's night here as my treat to him, and I'm so glad I did. The hotel is in a highly convenient location, as you can walk right into the city centre within 5 minutes.

We had a brilliant welcome, no waiting time at all, and were offered directions to the restaurant we were attending later on that evening which was very helpful. Our room and ensuite were both very spacious, (the bed was blooming massive!!), and we also had a separate bath and shower which we got full use out of. The spa facilities were also on our floor which was a nice surprise. Swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam room facilities were very clean, including the locker room, and I could see staff monitoring the water (or whatever it is they do) which was nice to see.

After a very comfy and relaxing nights sleep, we managed to make it down for breakfast at 9:45 (15 minutes before close) where there was still a vast array of cooked breakfast to choose from, and very polite staff offering drinks and clearing tables. To sum up, I think this hotel is perfect for both leisurely and business trips, especially if you want to be able to have access to the busy city life as well.

The Plate Licked Clean
Feb 26th 2016
"Hendricks 'G'n'Tea' at The Park Plaza, Cardiff"

I didn't think I was going to like this.

Quietly, afternoon tea has very much become A Thing recently and most hotels now have their own slice of a lucrative market. Not my kind of Thing, though: in my mind it's musty and prissy. It's dainty-for-the-sake-of-it, finicky food. It's what my old Prof (he was describing Jane Austen, but it'll suffice) would term mimsy-pimsy. It's fussy little just-so portions: in short, many of the things I heartily dislike. One of my tea companions said she was surprised I was there- "Well, you're just such a bloke, aren't you?" she sighed, resignedly. 

Nevertheless, my interest was piqued. The lure of gin lends it a welcomely  raffish air: and daytime drinking beats nighttime hands down, in the decadence stakes, as any fule kno. Macbeth might well have praised sleep as the thing that 'knits up the ravelled sleave of care...sore labour's bath, balm of hurt minds', but gin does pretty much the same thing. And this is Scottish gin, no less: Hendrick's, which is never far away when the very best gins are discussed. Channelling the spirit of Withnail rather than my inner Aunt Mildred, I got stuck in.  ("We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here. And we want them now!")

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It's emblematically English, afternoon tea. 
 
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But this is afternoon tea with a difference. The china sets out its stall with quotations from Bram Stoker's Dracula, or Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow, or Robert Louis Stevenson. Mine had Satan's defiant boast, "Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven." (Paradise Lost book one, culture vultures), and is your remedy if your afternoons currently lack a literary frisson. The 'tea'pot is full of a Hendrick's cocktail- St. Germain elderflower and maraschino cherry liqueurs, all rounded off with soda and lemon juice. Hendrick's recommend you drink their gin with cucumber, and there are hints aplenty on the table.
 

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There's a sepia-tinted broadsheet newspaper on hand which introduces you to Hendricks' chief 'Cucumberists' (''We are baffled why we are not consulted on matters of national cucumber policy'); in short, the branding is brilliant.

The overall effect is quirky- whimsical, without any molar/grinding 'wackiness'; offbeat, without that air of forced zaniness which renders charity telethons unwatchable and makes you want to punch someone in the throat. And not in a good way. 

All of which means precisely nada if the food and drink itself itself isn't up to scratch. This passes muster with flags flying and metaphors mixed. The sandwiches are the usual smoked salmon and cream cheese/egg mayo/ham/cucumber suspects, all done faultlessly.

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There's a petite lime jelly which has a smack of mojito about it. The scones are fresh and light and at their best slathered and anointed, though the precise protocol for the jam and clotted cream application could be discussed at length.

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Pistachio macarons are delicate and are gone in a blink: a chocolate opera cake does its 'French spin on tiramisu' thing very well too. But really, it's all about the gin.
 
 
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Last time I was here it was to try the Chef's Table tasting menu, which had some superb peaks: the beef in that 'deconstructed' Wellington haunts me still. In the best possible way, naturally.

The advent of the Hendrick's G'n'Tea makes the Park Plaza one to watch: it has enough sly, eccentric wit- and damn tasty food- to make this well worth recommending.

Consider me a convert.
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ccjrapport
Feb 7th 2016
"A top place to stay."

We will definitely return.

We stayed just before Christmas, the atmosphere was great in the hotel, the decor, decorations we top notch. We had a lovely time in the bar after our gig at the Motorpoint arena. The room was lovely as was breakfast. We highly recommend.

Stayed December 2015, travelled as a couple

 
Wales_needs_sun
Feb 1st 2016
"Sunday spa package"

My husband & I stayed here on Sunday night spa package. On arrival, we were promptly checked in, found our room and was really impressed with the decor and fresh look. Tea & coffee facilities available, spacious room, lovely bathroom, good black out curtains (essential!) and a good TV. We went along to the Gym and found a good selection of equipment. We used the pool too. We found the pool to be salty, this is due to the stainless steel and less chlorine. Apart from the saltiness, it was nice not to have irritated eyes! The steam room was nice, also the jacuzzi was spacious. You weren't on top of each other. The ambience in the pool area was relaxing.

We went to Laguna kitchen for our 3 course evening meal. We were extremely happy with the food, sizing and staff. I am looking forward to going for a meal again. We had breakfast as part of our stay and again the staff were good, the food amazing. I liked the fresh fruit selection. The cooked breakfast was nice.

We had treatments the next day, the staff at the spa were helpful and attentive. I chose the facial and it was amazing! Very relaxing.

I would definitely stay here again!
Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple

 

Explore with Ed
Oct 2nd 2015
"The Chef's Table Menu at Laguna Kitchen & Bar"

Beef wellington, Laguna Kitchen & Bar, Chef's Table Menu, Park Plaza Cardiff

Once awarded 'Restaurant of the Year' in the South Wales Echo Food & Drinks Awards, Park Plaza Cardiff's Laguna Kitchen & Bar is a sumptuous restaurant with a spectacular, well-priced menu in the heart of Cardiff.

I was recently invited to sample the newly launched Chef's Table Menu with a few fellow food bloggers. It features six scrumptious courses with carefully selected wine.

Read on to see why Head Chef Justin Llewellyn's food is fit for even Royalty!

Laguna Kitchen & Bar, Chef's Table Menu, Park Plaza Cardiff


The Chef's Table Tasting Menu is a set selection of dishes that's changed and updated periodically.

At the moment, the meal begins with a seared sushi grade tuna - after an appetising nibble on some tomato bread and olive oil dip.

Tomato Bread and Dip, Laguna Kitchen & Bar
 
The tuna is complimented with a white wine from Patagonia in Argentina (Del Fin Del Mundo Extra Brut), and is used due to the strong Welsh link. The sparkling beverage also has a patriotic red/rosy tint.  
 
Patagonia White Wine, Argentina, Laguna Kitchen & Bar, Park Plaza Cardiff


I'm not a huge seafood lover, however I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour of the tuna with the sweet chilli and lime dressing and french salad.

Sushi Tuna, Laguna Kitchen & Bar, Chefs Table Menu
Laguna Kitchen & Bar Dinner, Park Plaza Cardiff
The popular Laguna Kitchen & Bar on a Thursday night is a testament to the fabulous food served here.

 

 
Duck and salad, Laguna Kitchen, Chef's Table Menu, Park Plaza Cardiff


The next course was a shredded smoked duck with an orange and watermelon salad. It was aromatic with a subtle oaky taste and was perfectly balanced by the watery fruit and smooth French wine.

French Wine, Laguna Kitchen & Bar
Chef's Table Menu, Laguna Kitchen & Bar
 
Before the "main event", a champagne sorbet follows to cleanse the palate. It was lightly fragranced and simply melts in your mouth!
 
Champagne Sorbet, Chef's Table Menu, Laguna Bar
Chamapagne Sorbet

 

 

The open fillet of beef wellington arrived to collective-woo's at it's fabulous presentation. This was soon followed by complete silence as everyone savoured each bite of this divine dish.

Deconstructed beef wellington, Laguna kitchen & bar
Open Fillet Beef Wellington, Chef's Table, Laguna Kitchen and bar


The course included confit shallots, wild mushrooms, fondant potatoes with a rioja jus. The 28-day aged beef was the showstopper - it was so juicy and tender and won plenty of praise from the table.

The dish was paired with a red wine (again from Patagonia), because the smooth tannings of the 'Postales del fin del mundo' Malbec goes beautifully with the beef.

Tonka Bean Panna Cotta, Laguna Bar, Park Plaza, Dessert


After a very filling course, the light texture of the 'Tonka Bean Panna Cotta' with marinated blackberries was really welcome.
Head Chef Justin Llewellyn, who has previously cooked for the Queen, brought out some tonka beans and explained its origins and vanilla-like aroma.

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Moscato Passitto accompanies the dessert and brings this very filling dining experience to a sweet close... almost!

There's a beautiful lounge area next to the restaurant with open fires and sofa chairs. We moved here to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after all that indulgence.

 
Tea, Park Plaza Cardiff Lounge


Though full, many of us couldn't resist a final tempting treat - handmade petit fours, the final course on the Chef's table menu.

 
Petit Fours, Tea, Chef's Table Tasting Menu


The Chef's Table Menu is £45pp and served 7-9:30pm Monday to Saturday, for parties six to twelve. I think this is really good value for the quality of food and four glasses of wine you receive.

Click here for more information.

Laguna Kitchen Dinner Cardiff


Located in a popular hotel on Greyfriars Road near Tiger Tiger and the New Theatre, many Cardiff shoppers, party-goers and the like may not realise what a gem they have in close reach.

It's an ideal spot for a refreshing lunch, after-work cocktails, or of course an indulgent dinner for any occasion.

Rugby World Cup Bars Cardiff, Drinks, Cocktail Bar


For the Rugby World Cup, the Laguna Bar is offering themed cocktails such as "Warbuton's Whiskey Sour" and the "Sin Bin Gin & Fizz" (above).

Do you love afternoon tea? Check out my G & Tea review in the Laguna Kitchen & Bar for a unique twist on this scrumptious British tradition.

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