Hilton Cardiff

Hilton Cardiff

The Portland stone side of the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, topped by a glass atrium
Location within Cardiff
General information
Location Kingsway, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°28′58″N 3°10′44″W / 51.48278°N 3.17889°W / 51.48278; -3.17889
Opening 1947
Redeveloped 1997-1999[1]
Owner Prudential Assurance Company
Management Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Design and construction
Architect Powell Dobson[2]
Other information
Number of rooms 197
Number of restaurants 3
Parking None, except via Concierge
Official website

Hilton Cardiff [3] is a Hilton hotel located in the centre of the City of Cardiff, capital of Wales. It is located just south of Cardiff City Hall, and overlooks Cardiff Castle.


The original steel-framed structure was built in 1947 as the regional headquarters of the Prudential Assurance Company, faced in Portland stone.[1] After the company moved to new premises in 1994, it was put up for sale, until the lease was purchased by Hilton Hotels in 1997.[1] Engaging architects Powell Dobson, much of the original stone façade of the rather squat building was retained, providing 197 bedrooms topped by a two-storey extension which houses both the Presidential Suite and the Executive Lounge.[2] The external and internal focal point is provided by being topped-out by a glass roof atrium, providing the access to the then-largest ballroom in the city.[2] The new hotel opened in 1999.[1]


Described by one reviewer as the "glitziest hotel in Cardiff",[4] as a four-star hotel it is outranked within the city by the St David's Hotel & Spa, the first five-star hotel in all of Wales.[5][6] Served by the Razzi restaurant, as it is located close to the Millennium Stadium, it has hosted some of the sports teams playing there, including the New Zealand All Blacks in 2007.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, Wales". Hotel Designs. 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 "Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, Wales". Powell Dobson. 1999. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  3. Nevez, Catherine Le; Parker, Mike; Whitfield, Paul (28 April 2009). The Rough Guide to Wales. Rough Guides. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-84836-050-1. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  4. Else, David (2007). Great Britain. Lonely Planet. p. 653. ISBN 978-1-74104-565-9. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  5. 1999 - the year of Cool Cymru BBC Wales News, 25 December 1999. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  6. Automobile Association rating
  7. Paul, Gregor (15 March 2010). Black Obsession: The All Blacks' Quest for World Cup Success. Exisle Publishing. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-877437-31-1. Retrieved 25 September 2011.

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