Lincoln House Hotel
In the brave new world of modern Welsh hotel-keeping the line between a traditional hotel and an upscale B&B is blurring. What’s more, we think it’s about time. Lincoln House sits across that line with perfect results. If the recipe includes easy hospitality, well-thought out bedrooms, un-stuffy luxury and insightful attention to detail, then the finished dish has been worth the wait.
We’ve been searching for well-located Great Little Places in the capital city for years, and were delighted to discover one within a few minute’s walk of the centre with several coveted parking spaces under the new and dynamic stewardship of well-travelled Father and Daughter team, Carl and Julianne Kodurand. It must be said that ‘Little’ might be pushing it a bit as Lincoln House has a grand total of 21 lovely en-suite rooms, so there’s plenty of space for larger groups, and they even offer two sumptuous penthouse apartments for the little bit of extra independence and privacy. All have high speed wi-fi and some of the best in room tea and coffee we have tried.
We loved the wide range of room styles and types, the spacious Four poster has an airily high ceiling and dreamy bay window, choose a more contemporary super-king double with luxurious neutral tome satin-finish soft furnishings if you want to stretch out, or a Classic Double if you’re looking for a pied a Terre as the launch pad for a night on the town sampling Cardiff’s legendary nightlife. The Welsh National Opera’s base at the Wales Millennium Centre is a short water taxi ride away.
Sensibly, there are arrangements with many of the trendy gastropubs and neighbourhood restaurants in chic Pontcanna, a stroll from Lincoln House, but it’s great to see the comfortable bar has a real sense of place with its lineup of carefully curated and dangerously moreish Welsh beers and fortifying tipples. The Victorian heritage of this historic building is on show in the Drawing room, with its sink-in sofas and statement drapes.