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Hostelz.com's Review
NosDa Studio Hostel is a really clean and modern hostel conveniently located in Cardiff close to the attractions and bars.

The Location

To get to NosDa from the Cardiff Central train and bus station, cross the bridge over the River Taff, turn rightm and follow along the river until you run straight into the hostel a little before the next bridge and across the river from the Millennium Stadium. Take note that the Megabus drops off somewhere different completely and these directions are useless.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms at this hostel are new, clean, and secure. You need a key card to enter the hostel from the bar area and again to enter some of the hallways and each of the rooms. The rooms themselves are spacious enough -- they have several bunk beds, a few chairs, and a sink and mirror. Not all of the rooms have in room lockers but there is a locker area where you can rent a key and store your valuables for a small deposit. There is also enough floor space to leave your suitcase and still be able to move about the room.

The bathrooms are single sex and located on the hall. They have a couple toilets, two sinks, and maybe three showers each. These bathrooms are actually clean. The shower cubicles have a small attached changing area with a curtain divider. The only major problem we found was that these are push button showers and the water is always so hot, it was impossible to actually get into the shower.

Common Spaces

The common areas in this hostel put many others to shame. There is the usual kitchen, lounge area, and bar but in addition to this there is also a gym you can use for a small fee and an attached nightclub. A basic hostel breakfast is available in the price of the room. There are also vending machines and the lounge area has plenty of comfy seating, Wi-Fi, games, a TV, and books. The bar is open to the general public and serves food in addition to drinks, there's a pool table and a couple of laptops for guest use. There is also an outdoor patio with a BBQ that the staff will occasionally cook out on. This hostel is pretty cool and has a chill atmosphere but it's not the most social. The staff are great and really friendly to a single traveler but fellow travelers mostly keep to themselves.

Summary

NosDa is a nice, new hostel awesomely located in Cardiff. The hostel's fun -- the city, not so much.

by tkiefs
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
October 2009

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NosDa Studio Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Good location and facilities Stayed two nights. Seven beds in room. Adequate showers and toilets, never had to wait. Staff is helpful. Good bar with enough distance from sleeping rooms so that open-mike noise was not an issue. Cereal and bread breakfast, nothing exciting. Cooking area roomy, clean, well stocked with utensils. Lots of card-swipe type locks, but most were not yet fully installed. Door to bunk room would not shut without a bit of wrestling. Felt secure. I rented a locker to be cautious with my stuff. Saggy bed frame, but adequate for the price.  , age 62, United States ()
5   Nothing to complain! Great location, tidy, clean, friendly staff, good breakfast, free wi-fi! Everything was just great!  , Finland ()
4   A very good hostel I've been in Nosda hostel for 4 nights. Positives include that The staff was very friendly; Pool table; Gym (I didn't use it, don't know what condition it is in); Serve good pizzas; Near the city centre (as everything is); Good common space; Serve breakfast until 10 am; Can check-out until 11 am; Free breakfast; Very quiet neighbourhood, if your roomies don't make to much noise; They lock the main doors between mid night and 1 am for security reasons (knock and they'll open it); The reception is open 24/7. Negatives include that I slept in a broken bed or with really bad springs (it sank in the middle); Narrow halls/staircase/bathroom/shower; I'm 1.80m and I almost hand my feet outside my bed; I saw an employee drinking alcohol and flirting with a guest, while wearing his/her uniform (could be a positive depending on what you expect from a hostel).  , Portugal ()

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