• 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Bar
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Secure Paid Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Pool Table
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Washing machine

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53-59 Despenser Street,
Riverside, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 6AG

+44 (0) 2920 37 88 66



The cosy lounge is a great place to relax and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. Wonderfully snug with oversized beanbags, leather sofas and a hammock to swing in! We operate a “Book Swap” scheme so you can lighten your rucksack by leaving any books you’ve read here with us or swap them for something new to occupy your time on long bus journeys. We’ve a massive DVD library and a selection of board games available to borrow. This is a great spot to chill out, catch up on emails and plan your next activity while exchanging stories with other guests from all over the world.



With the city centre only a short walk away the choices for eating out are limitless but if you just fancy making yourself a little snack we have the facilities to aid you!

  • Full size fridge
  • Steamer
  • Microwave
  • Pizza Oven
  • George Foreman Grill
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Vending machine

Food is served in Tafarn all day until 9pm with discount available for all hostel guests.



Our lively bar is a great place to kick off your night, and the best place to meet other travellers. We have a huge selection of Welsh beers, ciders and spirits for you to sample while you get to grips with a bit of the local lingo with our regular customers. We run a popular open mic night on the last Wednesday of every month and also have Beer Festivals and live music regularly.

Our simple menu is available daily until 9pm and lets you sample delicious local produce at affordable prices.

Opening Times

Sunday - Thursday 12noon - 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday 12noon - 12:30am


Art Gallery

NosDa exhibits a fresh art collection every 3 months. The art is displayed in the bar and is free to come and view at any time. Art is provided by tactileBOSCH Gallery & Studios, who’s vision is to bring a selection of established international artists to the Welsh capitol as well as provide a platform for emerging local artists to showcase their practice. As an alternate gallery space, tactileBOSCH is adaptable, almost chameleonic in its nature. The vast, naturally lit space transforms to adopt the character of each show and puts no parameters on the placement of the work, giving the artists the opportunity to exhibit and experiment in a way that is not always possible within a more traditional gallery or theatre structure.



Tafarn has a large heated patio area which is undercover and due to our unique location we are the only licensed premises along the length of the River Taff, therefore Tafarn is THE place to be on any Millennium Stadium match day!


Internet Stations

Keep in touch with friends and family easily by using our free internet stations. Wi-Fi is also available free of charge to all guests.



Known as the “Underground Sound Lounge” this cosy, intimate venue is available for private hire. We can host Live Bands, Recording Sessions, Birthday Parties, Office Parties, Meetings etc. Contact us direct for further information.