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  • Management Team appointed at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    L to R Aimie Beasley sales manager and Manny Baber general manager Sleeperz Dundee - online

    Sleeperz Hotels has appointed two experienced Scottish hospitality professionals to manage its newest property in Dundee.

    Manny Baber has been appointed general manager of Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Aimie Beasley joins as sales manager.

    The new team will oversee 45 staff members at the 120-bed concourse hotel, the group’s fourth UK property, which is located above Dundee Rail Station in the Central Waterfront District.

    The hotel is opposite the new £80m V&A Museum of Design Dundee and close to the historical ship RRS Discovery, in the heart of the city’s £1bn waterfront regeneration.

    Manny Baber, general manager at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee, said: “As a proud Scot, this is an absolute dream move for me. Dundee is undergoing a remarkable transformation.

    Massive inward investment is set to drive the city’s commercial, tourism and cultural sectors forward and redefine Dundee as one of Scotland’s must-visit destinations. I’m thrilled and honored to be joining Sleeperz Hotels and managing the companies newest property right across from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee.”

    Manny, originally from Glasgow, brings with him 20 years’ experience in hospitality, including a decade spent in senior roles with Hilton Hotels in the UK.

    He has worked overseas, on remote Scottish Islands and delivered high profile hosting operations during the London 2012 Olympics, The 2014 Ryder Cup and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

    Aimie, from Dunfermiline, has extensive sales, marketing and events experience and has been working in the full service sector as a sales and events manager with DoubleTree by Hilton.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “Sleeperz Hotels welcomes Manny and Aimie to the company and is excited to be part of this landmark period in Dundee’s history.

    The city is a perfect location for our fourth UK hotel. Sleeperz Hotels are design-led and architecturally bold while Dundee is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design.”

    Aimie will be responsible for developing the hotel’s profile with Dundee’s  business community and attracting bookings for meetings, conferences and business travel.

    “This is a great opportunity to further my career with a progressive and exciting hotel brand. Sleeperz Hotel Dundee enjoys an unrivalled location at the gateway to the city and will service both the leisure and business traveller,” said Aimie.

    The new Sleeperz Hotel Dundee website and booking engine is now live and accepting bookings from August 1, 2018.

    Rates start from £59 per night for stylish well designed bedrooms with underfloor heating, steam-proof mirrors and bespoke handmade Sleepeezee mattresses. Rates also include free super-fast Wi-Fi, latest TV technology and free local telephone calls.

    The company has further plans to expand and has earmarked major UK cities, including Chester, Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Manchester as potential venues for hotels in the next phase of development.

    For more about Sleeperz Hotel Dundee, visit

  • Sleeperz Hotel Dundee now taking bookings

    Architect's impression of Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    The weeks running up to opening a new hotel are thrilling.

    Eventually, you swap hi-vis vests, scaffolding and hard hats for guests, luggage and smiling faces.

    There’s no better feeling than opening the doors and welcoming your first guests.

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee – our fourth UK hotel – opens soon and everyone, from the chief executive to brand new members of the Dundee team, is feeling excited.

    Guess what? We are NOW taking bookings!

    As of today, you can book to stay at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee from August 1st onwards.

    Why Dundee?

    You may not know this, but something big is happening in Dundee.

    The city of “jute, jam and journalism,” is staging one of the most ambitious urban regeneration projects anywhere in the UK; a £1bn regeneration of the city’s former industrial waterfront.

    Working hand in hand with Dundee City Council, Sleeperz agreed to open its fourth hotel on top of the city’s redeveloped rail station.

    Sleeperz has reinvented the modern railway hotel and you’ll find our hotels within short walking distances of mainline rail stations in Newcastle, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

    In Dundee, where once there was heavy industry and a thriving port for the import of Jute – a coarse vegetable fibre brought from the Indian Subcontinent – now there are 240 hectares/8km of waterfront transformed into five districts and home to businesses, museums, hotels, a concert venue and a modern commercial port.

    Dundee is going places.

    The new Sleeperz Hotel Dundee is situated in the Central Waterfront District.

    Our new Dundee website,, is now live along with our booking engine.

    Click here to visit our website and see what’s available in our new 120-bed modern, stylish hotel.

    Dedicated to Design

    Sleeperz Hotel Dundee is lucky to be located at the gateway to Dundee. If you’re arriving by train, ours will be the first hotel you’ll see.

    You’ll find us directly opposite the new £80m V&A Museum of Design Dundee – which opens on September 15 this year.

    This incredible building is the only Victoria & Albert Museum outside London and is dedicated to telling the story of design, technology and innovation.

    Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design and it was this passion for design which attracted Sleeperz to the city.

    We build design-led hotels that are affordable and stylish to stay in.

    We’ve won awards from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for the excellence of our buildings and we put the same energy into the interiors as we do our physical buildings.

    For Sleeperz Hotel Dundee, we worked with Space Solutions, an interior design firm from Edinburgh, on our reception, restaurant and lounge bar areas and believe that together we’ve created a welcoming place to arrive and relax in that reflects the modern design of the hotel.

    Here’s a sneak peak.

    Reception at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    lounge and lobby at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    Book a stay at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and you’ll fall asleep on a bespoke handmade Sleepeeze mattress and down-effect pillows, sit in pear drop chairs inspired by Denmark’s Arne Jacobsen and enjoy using our super-fast free WiFi or watching our new 40 inch smart TV’s.

    Our beautiful en-suite bathrooms are exceptional too, featuring Villeroy and Boch ceramics, Grohe shower fittings with both a rain dance shower and a pivoting precision wand, a heated mirror & bright LED lighting.

    Bedroom at Sleeperz Hotel Dundee

    We’ve gone the extra mile to make these rooms exceptional.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, says:

    “When you consider that our rates start from £59 per room per night, this level of comfort and quality of environment is difficult to match in other budget conscious hotels.”

    Sleeperz new Dundee rooms also feature:

    • 40 inch wall mounted flat screen smart TV
    • open wardrobes with in-built safe and drawers
    • Full length mirrors
    • mood lighting
    • reading lamps, super-fast fibre optic broadband, USB ports as standard

    Keep your eyes peeled for lots more news and blogs about Sleeperz Hotel Dundee in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you can come and see us in Scotland very soon.

  • The night Charlotte Church beamed a live brain onto a Sleeperz hotel

    Charlotte Church beams a live brain onto Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    Welsh singer Charlotte Church is no wallflower.

    She’s done some incredible things in her 30 something years on the planet.

    We’re thinking: exploding to fame as a child opera singer, morphing into a ‘Crazy Chick’ pop siren, marrying a Welsh rugby pin-up, outsmarting politicians on Twitter and raising children Ruby and Dexter.

    So, with a life story like that, you’d think it couldn’t get any more surreal and interesting?

    Except, it can, and did.

    One cold November night last year, Charlotte and a TV crew turned up at our Cardiff hotel and beamed a world first image of a live brain onto the side of the building.

    The giant bristly pink shape looked more like something David Attenborough would find in a coral reef than a human thought box.

    Charlotte Church beams a brain onto Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    What is that? It’s a world-first image of a real live brain, and , yes that’s Charlotte Church too…

    For several hours, the brain flickered and shimmered across our bedroom windows, causing gasps and inciting wonder among the passers-by traipsing to the rail station or heading into Cardiff.

    It was all part of a BBC TV documentary on mental health presented by Charlotte and exploring depression, mental illness and research into new cures.

    Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain

    Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain, aired on January 25th, 2018, on BBC One in Wales and followed her as she chatted to a host of amazing people, from neuro-scientists to military veterans afflicted by virtually incurable PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

    Sleeperz Cardiff Brain Image courtesy BBC Wales

    The programme also included a revealing and heartfelt exchange with Charlotte’s mum Maria, who has bi-polar disorder and has suffered with mental health issues for over 30 years.

    During filming, Charlotte popped in for a cup of tea in the hotel and filmed some scenes in our dining room. She was an absolute pleasure to serve and be around and her programme is a thought-provoking and worthwhile look at issues that affect so many people in today’s world.

    Charlotte Church at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    Charlotte Church filming at Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff, our award-winning design-led hotel, appears eight minutes into the programme with a stunning image of the world-first brain scan – referred to as a ‘road map’ – that shows the complex wiring and pathways of a living brain.

    The image was taken by Dr Chantal Tax from Cardiff University’s Brain Research Imaging Centre, using one of only three rare MRI scanners in the world.

    Sleeperz Hotel transformed into a giant brain

    Laura Peeroo, general manager at Sleeperz Cardiff, said: “We were thrilled to be asked to take part in ‘Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain.’

    We are located in one of the busiest footfall areas in Cardiff, on route to the rail station, and the living brain image really turned heads and got people talking; which is exactly what this important programme hopes to achieve.”

    Javeed Anwar, Head of Sales and Marketing for Sleeperz Hotels, said: “It’s normal to receive unusual requests in the hospitality industry, but, in over three decades working in hotels this is easily the most unusual thing I’ve ever been asked to do.

    We loved it and our guests were both intrigued and understanding about the bright lights, cameras and sight of Charlotte Church enjoying a cup of tea in the lounge bar.”

    Sleeperz Cardiff opened in 2008, opposite the then Millennium Stadium and under two minutes’ walk from Cardiff Rail Station.

    Its modern, minimalist look earned it a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award for architectural excellence in 2010.

    In 2017, Sleeperz gained planning consent to build an additional 21 rooms.

    Charlotte Church: Inside my Brain is available to watch on BBC I Player in the UK, click here to watch.

    You can see Sleeperz Cardiff eight minutes and 51 seconds into the show. Better still, you can stay with us in Cardiff whenever you fancy, just log onto and book direct for the best rates.

    Sleeperz Select, our loyalty program, can earn you 10% off your stay when you join.


  • Rough Guides say Newcastle is the world’s #1 place to visit in 2018


    Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading publishers of travel guidebooks, has revealed their annual list of the world’s best places to visit in 2018.

    Here at Sleeperz Hotels, we weren’t as surprised as some to read that Newcastle, England, beat off stiff competition from destinations such as Cuba, Malta and Malawi – to be named Rough Guides’ #1 place to visit in 2018.

    We’ve been blogging, tweeting and posting about Newcastle’s best-bits and city break credentials ever since we opened our 98-bedroom design-led hotel on Newcastle’s Westgate Road, back in 2012.

    Rough Guides says that 2018 is time for the Geordie Capital to take centre stage.

    The travel publisher told The Daily Express newspaper that:

     “Next summer the city – along with neighbouring Gateshead – will host the Great Exhibition of the North, a two-month jamboree that will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in. 

    “Expect live music, performance art and insightful exhibitions at some wonderful venues.”

    Newcastle also got the vote because of its famously friendly people and the fact that a visit to the city is easy on the wallet.


    A stay at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle starts from as little as £69.99, including a cooked breakfast, in the heart of the city – close to the nightlife – and cultural attractions including Newcastle Castle, Cathedral and The Stephenson Quarter – where ‘Rocket’ – a pioneering steam-powered locomotive was engineered by George Stephenson.

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Award winning architecture and unrivalled location have made Sleeperz Newcastle a success

    The Great Exhibition of the North is undoubtedly one of the major reasons why Newcastle has picked up this honour.

    The exhibition promises to be a fascinating two-month journey through the culture, heritage and art of the former industrial powerhouse of the United Kingdom.

    Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at destination marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative which is leading work to deliver Great Exhibition of the North 2018, said: “We’re delighted to feature at the top of such a prestigious list. Next year we’ll play host to England’s biggest event which will attract and engage audiences from across the UK and beyond, telling the story of Northern England through cutting-edge art and culture, design and innovation.

    “The Rough Guide also comments on the famous Geordie welcome, lively nightlife, burgeoning restaurant scene and wider cultural attractions and museums – all of which ensure that visitors for next year’s Exhibition, and indeed all year-round, will enjoy a fantastic experience in NewcastleGateshead.”

    Newcastle wasn’t the only spot in the UK to make the top 10, with Wales also coming in at number 5 for its UNESCO World Heritage sites and great outdoors.


    For visitors to Wales, you can’t beat basing yourself in Cardiff, the capital city. Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is only 500m from Cardiff Rail Station opposite the Principality Stadium – home of Wales Rugby.

    Other highly recommended places in the Rough Guides list included the Civil Rights Trail in the US, visiting sites such as Martin Luther King’s birthplace and Woolworth’s store in North Carolina where four black students sat in the “whites-only” seating area in the 60’s.


    1. Newcastle

    2. Civil Rights Trail, USA

    3. Malawi

    4. Valletta, Malta

    5. Wales

    6. Cuba

    7. Russia

    8. New Orleans, USA

    9. Chile

    10. Sierra Leone

    You’ll find lots of great ideas for things to see and do in Newcastle in the pages of our blog, along with recommendations for family-friendly breaks, a guide to watching football in the Toon and some of the best day trips you can have for under £30 when you stay at our great value Newcastle hotel.

    Sign up today for our Sleeperz Select loyalty program at and receive 10% off your booking to stay at the Rough Guides #1


  • The best British cities for a New Year’s Eve Party

    Newcastle on New Year's Eve

    When the last cracker is pulled, left-over Turkey turned to soup and the wrapping and boxes consigned to the bin bag, the thoughts of many turn to a New Year and how to celebrate it.

    We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t share a round-up of some of the best events, gigs, parties and experiences that you can enjoy on NYE in three of Britain’s best party cities, Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh.


    Some parties become so big they take on a life of their own. Think Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

    Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is now one of those must-visit events and is now billed as ‘Scotland’s New Year Festival’ – three days of events and bands, with audiences from every corner of the globe.

    Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014 by Michael Curi creative commons

    Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014 by Michael Curi creative commons

    Our sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh is in the heart of Edinburgh’s trendy West End, near Waverley Station and Prince’s Street, and is a perfect base for your Hogmanay knees up.

    Edinburgh’s Hogmanany features the traditional Street Party and fireworks on December 31, but there’s always a host of other great stuff going on, including torch-lit processions, live music in Prince’s Street Gardens, street parties, ceilidhs and candlelit music recitals.

    For the truly hardy, you can finish off your New Year’s Eve Party by taking part in the Loony Dook, a fancy dress themed dip in the River Forth at South Queensferry at 11am on New Year’s Day.

    Most of the events are individually ticketed but some event packages are available for the entire festival.

    To check ticket availability visit the festival website and to check availability at Cityroomz, visit:


    A little further South of Edinburgh is Newcastle, the Geordie Capital, and recently voted the #1 place to visit in the world in 2018 by travel guide publisher Rough Guides.

    Newcastle’s New Year fireworks are often compared to those in London and Edinburgh, as the sight of colours bursting over the iconic Tyne Bridge and Quayside attracts huge crowds year on year.

    Newcastle on New Year's Eve

    So special is New Year in The Toon that the city has created its own mystical Winter Festival.

    There are huge numbers of events going on in the city and further afield in the North East and the best place to find out more is from NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the destination marketing agency for the city. Click here for a list of all the NYE events in the Newcastle Winter Festival.

    winter festival newcastle

    Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle is less than two minutes’ walk from Grey Street right in the heart of the city and perfectly located for The Diamond Strip, Bigg Market and Quayside night spots.


    The Welsh Capital is another super-cool place to say farewell to one year and welcome in another.

    For something a little different, head to the Civic Centre for an evening ice skating at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland before catching the Midnight Fireworks extravanganza. The Winter Wonderland is open from 10am on NYE, so it’s possible to make a real day of it if you’ve got the stamina.

    Christmas in Cardiff by Jon Candy - creative commons

    Winter Wonderland Cardiff by Jon Candy – creative commons

    Cardiff has a major music scene and most of the cities bars and clubs will be hosting themed NYE events. Missoula is hosting a Ministry of Sound NYE Takeover from 10:00pm to 06:00am – a party that will need some serious stamina. Tiger Tiger’s Champagne and Ciroc takeover is another all-ticketed event perfect for serious party goers.

    If you prefer a few gags to see in the New Year, then check out The Glee comedy night in Cardiff.

    Whether it’s glamour or guffaws you go for, New Year’s Eve in Cardiff is a night to remember.

    Our 74-bed Sleeperz Cardiff Hotel is less than 500m from Cardiff Rail Station and close to all major shopping, night spots and cultural attractions.

    Britain’s best New Year’s Eve Breaks

    So, there you have it, three of Britain’s best New Year’s Eve party cities that you can enjoy while staying at Sleeperz Hotels.

    Book direct through and receive 10% off your stay with the Sleeperz Select Loyalty program.

    Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!




  • Sleeperz unveils Princes Street expansion at Edinburgh Hotel

    43-rooms expansion now open at Cityroomz Edinburgh

    Sleeperz Hotels, the innovative UK budget hotel operator, has completed a 43-room expansion of its Cityroomz Edinburgh hotel with a new wing accessible via Princes Street.

    Sleeperz has converted Princes House, a former three-storey office block, into a deluxe wing made up of superior double, family and cabin rooms; as well as ten suites with kitchenettes and lounges.

    David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “Sleeperz is excited to unveil an additional 43 high-quality hotel rooms, including our first-ever suites, right in the heart of Edinburgh.

    Cityroomz suite Princes Street

    New Cityroomz suite in the Princes Street Wing – opening September 2017

    Our guests can stay next door to one of the UK’s best shopping streets, in a world-famous Capital city, for a great-value price – a formula we’re confident will be successful – and deliver important growth in Edinburgh’s visitor economy.”

    The Cityroomz suites are the first to be introduced across Sleeperz’ portfolio of affordable design-led hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh and are aimed at attracting business travellers, families and couples seeking longer city breaks.

    Cityroomz Edinburgh family room

    A new family room in the Princes Street Wing

    The suite bathrooms feature flooring printed with a city street map of Edinburgh, showing landmarks and locations including Shandwick Place.

    The expansion increases bed-stock to 115 rooms at Cityroomz Edinburgh, which is located on Shandwick Place between Waverley and Haymarket stations and close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

    The development comes before Sleeperz Hotel open a new 120 room hotel above Dundee Railway Station, opposite the new V&A Museum, in 2018. The new hotel is part of a £1bn programme to regenerate Dundee waterfront.

    Cityroomz Expansion – STATS

    43 new rooms

    10 Suites (including kitchenettes, dining area, sofas and living space)

    22 Superior Double rooms

    6 Family rooms

    3 Accessible rooms (including 1 Family room)

    2 Cabin Twin rooms

    Suites you Edinburgh

    Cityroomz suites are fitted with kitchenettes, Smeg appliances, en-suite bathrooms, dining space, living area, sofas, wall-mounted flat screen TV’s, super-king and king-size beds, bespoke custom made Sleepeezee mattresses, laptop safes and tea and coffee facilities.

    Glasgow architects Maith Design was appointed to transform the disused office block into stylish and affordable living spaces.

    The expansion was delivered in partnership with Town Centre Securities PLC, a leading UK property and investment company.

    Colin Steele, acting on behalf of Town Centre Securities, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Sleeperz on this exciting project, the development of Princes House completes the regeneration of this part of Shandwick Place and will bring further footfall into the West End of Edinburgh.”

    Cityroomz Edinburgh opened in May 2013 with 72 rooms and a rooms-based limited service philosophy.

    Guests enjoy stylish interior design, custom made pocket sprung beds, free and fast Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast available daily.

    Occupancy at Cityroomz Edinburgh has consistently been above 85% with market leading RevPar performance (source STR).

    Sleeperz Hotels was advised by Jonathan Sutton of Lewis Sutton property consultants.

    For more about Sleeperz Hotels and its sister brand Cityroomz, visit: and Sleeperz
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  • Telegraph Travel praises Sleeperz Hotels for style on a budget

    Exterior shot Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle night

    A top travel expert from The Telegraph has heaped praise on Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle in a recent review of the ‘Best Budget Hotels in Newcastle Upon Tyne.’

    The newspaper sent a destination expert to the city to stay at and review the best affordable city centre hotels.

    They chose Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle as one of them and had lots of good things to say about their stay.

    Journalist Helen Pickles gave us a glowing 8/10 rating based on style, location, service, value for money, food and drink.

    Helen picked out lots of the things that make Sleeperz Hotels fun to stay in – from our colourful, vibrant rooms to our space saving furniture and funky extras like laptop safes in beds and open wardrobes.

    Stunning hotel room at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Colourful, vibrant, funky rooms with smart, space-saving design at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

    Our staff were delighted to have been given a special mention because we try hard to ensure that everyone is passionate about where they work and the cities our guests come to explore and enjoy.

    You can read her review of Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle here and ‘Best Budget Hotels in Newcastle Upon Tyne,’ feature here

    To get the best rates on a stay at Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle, book direct at:

    Sign up free for Sleeperz Select, our guest loyalty program, and save 10% on bookings at Sleeperz Hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

  • Sleeperz’ colour rush for Children’s Cancer Research

    Sleeperz Newcastle team at Color Rush Newcastle

    THREE managers from Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle completed the ‘world’s happiest 5k run’ last month to raise funds for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

    General manager Mark Armstrong, sales manager Deborah Parkinson and financial controller Carol Campbell all took on the quirky challenge of the Colour Obstacle Rush at Newcastle Racecourse to raise funds for NECCR.

    The trio ran 5km while being showered with coloured powder, navigated 20 different obstacles – most of them bouncy and inflatable – and partied in the event’s music zones.

    Mark, said: “I’ve run a lot of half and full marathons, but this was something else. It was a crazy, wacky, weird run but we loved it and are delighted to have raised funds for a brilliant regional charity.

    It did take days for all of the coloured powder to leave my beard, so goodness knows what our hotel guests made of me for days afterwards.”

    Mark, Deborah and Carol raised over £511.20 for NECCR, which has been matched by Sleeperz Hotels Ltd, giving Mark, Carol and Deborah a grand total of £1022.40.

    A Just Giving page is still open here if anyone reading this would like to donate.

    30 Million Reasons why NECCR deserves our help

    The North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund is a North East children’s charity formed in 1979 by a small group of parents whose lives had been changed forever by childhood cancer.

    Some parents had lost children, while others were grateful that their children had overcome disease.

    In the past 30 years, NECCR has raised over £30m to fund and support research into the prevention and cure of childhood cancer.

    That’s a truly remarkable achievement and inspired the team at Sleeperz Newcastle to do something to help this great organisation.

    You can find out more about its work here:

    Here’s a cool gallery of pics from Mark, Carol and Deborah’s colour obstacle rush!

    Well done to all of you.

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  • Meet the Little Guide to Cardiff 2017

    River Taff and Principality Stadium Wales

    Cardiff is the Welsh capital and home to the first-ever Sleeperz Hotel, a design-led budget hotel offering city centre rooms less than 500m from Cardiff Rail Station.

    So, you’re visiting Cardiff, maybe for a major sporting event – like the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final – or possibly International Rugby or an adrenaline-packed Speedway Grand Prix. Perhaps it’s for arts, culture, shopping or just entertainment, pure and simple.

    There’s no better guide to the city than the people who live here, so we’re grateful to the folks at We are Cardiff, a brilliant website compiled entirely by locals who write about all the best places to live, visit, eat and explore.

    WAC have kindly produced their Little Guide to Cardiff 2017, especially for visitors, taking you on a brilliant tour of this fascinating city, from Castles to Edwardian arcades and white water kayaking.

    Check out the Little Guide to Cardiff here:

    The inside track from Cardiff's best local writers and bloggers

    The inside track from Cardiff’s best local writers and bloggers

    Tempted to jump on a train to Cardiff for a fun-filled city break, check out the best deals on staying with Sleeperz Hotels by booking direct at:

  • A Rugby Fan’s Guide to Cardiff

    Rugby Fans Cardiff

    February and March means one thing for Rugby Fans in the UK – the Six Nations Championship.

    Every year, Europe’s six most powerful Rugby playing Nations play each other to discover who is best over 80-minutes of big hits, pacy runs and thunderous scrums.

    Along the way, historical scores are settled and ancient rivalries reignited with national pride running at fever pitch.

    With hotels in Cardiff and Edinburgh, two host venue cities for the 2017 RBS Six Nations Championship, Sleeperz Hotels is an ideal choice for fans looking for convenient quality accommodation and a good night’s sleep.

    Here is our essential Rugby Fan’s Guide to Cardiff

    The Principality Stadium – formerly the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

    Wales, surely one of the proudest of Rugby nations, plays its matches at The Principality Stadium in the centre of Cardiff – less than five minutes’ walk from Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff.

    With seating for 74,500, The Principality Stadium is one of the world’s truly great Rugby venues. It is also the second largest football stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof.

    Principality Stadium Cardiff

    Photo – David Roberts

    Sleeperz Cardiff is one of the nearest hotels to the Principality Stadium.

    Wales used to play at the historic Cardiff Arms Park, which still stands next door and is home to The Cardiff Rugby Football Club.

    The stadium is on Westgate Street, situated near major Cardiff attractions such as Cardiff Castle and The Motorpoint Arena. The stadium overlooks the River Taff.

    River Taff and Principality Stadium Wales

    Photo – Ben Salter

    Getting to Cardiff


    Cardiff Central is the nearest rail station to the Stadium and operates mainline services from West Wales, the Midlands, the South Coast and London.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is the nearest hotel to Cardiff Station.

    Cardiff Central Station

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff in view left near Central Station

    Cardiff Queen Street Station is a 15 minute walk to the east of the Stadium and offers local rail services across Cardiff and from the South Wales Valleys.

    People usually have to queue at Cardiff Central Station after matches so please check the Arriva Trains website before travelling for further information.

    When arriving from Cardiff Central station passengers should bear left along Wood Street for Principality Stadium Gates 5, 6 and 7 or bear right along Wood Street to Westgate Street for Gates 4, 3, 2 continuing around to Gate 1 on Castle Street.


    You can travel to Cardiff by coach from most UK cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh. There are also with regular buses services between most town/cities in Wales if you staying outside of Cardiff.

    Cardiff Central Bus Station is a five minute walk from the stadium, passengers exit the bus station and bear left along Wood Street for Gates 5, 6 and 7 or bear right along Wood Street to Westgate Street for Gates 4, 3, 2 continuing around to Gate 1 on Castle Street.

    Coach parking on event days is usually located at Sophia Gardens which is just a five minute walk away, following the river.


    Principality Stadium is located within 30 minutes’ drive of Cardiff Airport and 45 minutes’ drive of Bristol Airport. An express bus service (T9) operates directly from the terminal to the City Centre.

    A short shuttle bus journey connects the Airport to the train station at Rhoose, which is a 30-minute rail journey to Cardiff Central Station.

    Best for Pre-Match Beers

    Nothing goes with Rugby quite like a pint, or several, of beer.

    These are our top Cardiff pubs for watching the Rugby or having pre-match beers before heading to the Stadium.

    The Old Arcade

    Locals call this Cardiff’s ultimate Rugby pub. On match day it’s heaving but what makes it so special is all the International and Club memorabilia that adorn its walls.

    It was all kindly donated by the Welsh Rugby Union and makes the pub feel like a holy place for Welsh Rugby lovers.

    The Old Arcade Pub Cardiff

    Image – We Are Cardiff

    There’s even a timeline of Welsh Rugby history from 1881 to the present day and press clippings galore.

    You can even get your picture up on its ‘Wall of Fame,’ by walking in with a Welsh jersey on and buying a pint.

    They’ll take your picture and put you on the wall, this has to be your first stop-off when coming to Cardiff for a rugby weekend.

    14 Church Street, Cardiff CF10 1BG, 029 2021 7999,

    The City Arms Cardiff

    One of Cardiff’s oldest and most celebrated pubs, The City Arms was built in the 1880’s, the same decade as the iconic Welsh Brewery Brains was founded.

    It’s a beer lover’s paradise where staff are trained in every aspect of sourcing, storing and serving delicious real ales and ciders. Voted Cardiff’s Pub of the Year in 2012 and Highly Commended in 2013 and 2014, it’s one of the best pubs close to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

    10-12 Quay St, Cardiff, CF10 1EA, Tel: 029 2064 1913,

    The Goat Major

    A classic small cask ale house located directly across from Cardiff Castle, The Goat Major is packed with character, history and quality ales.

    There has been a pub on this site since 1830 but it changed its name to The Goat Major in 1995 to celebrate its links to the Royal Regiment of Wales.

    The Goat Major Pub Cardiff

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    As well as being a short walk from Principality Stadium, it serves a menu consisting entirely of pies. What full-blooded Rugby fan wouldn’t like  pie and a pint before heading to the ground.

     High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1PU, Tel: 029 20337161,

    Stay at Sleeperz Cardiff for Rugby Weekends

    To make the most of your Rugby weekend in Cardiff, it’s best to stay overnight and spend as much time as possible in the city centre soaking up the atmosphere.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff is a funky budget hotel less than a minutes’ walk from Cardiff Rail Station and only five minutes from the Principality Stadium.

    There are 74 stylish rooms featuring en-suite bathroom pods, bespoke beds and mattresses, fast free wi-fi and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.

    Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

    With a choice of cooked or continental breakfast, there are few cooler and better value places to stay in Cardiff.

    Even better, book direct at and you’ll receive £5 to spend on food and drink in the hotel.