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Cocktails in the city

The fresh air blowing gently in the breeze, sitting by the beach on a crisp sunny day at the BEST WESTERN Aberavon Beach Hotel……oh and plenty of dogs running all over the place!

Now I find myself with a complete change of scenery visiting the sleek modern BEST WESTERN PLUS Maldron Hotel right in the middle of Cardiff.

The centre of Cardiff has changed so much over the last decade, and  in the bright sunshine the city truly took its place as a vibrant European capital. It’s not just a place to visit for its history. Massive investment in the Cardiff Bay area has brought many modern buildings to the city too, some of which lie behind sympathetically restored facades from the glory days of the past. One of the most interesting and controversial of the modern buildings is the Senedd, seat of Llywodraeth Cymru, the Welsh government.

The All Hands sculpture

The All Hands sculpture

The Maldron is just three years old and quite different to the many Best Westerns that are steeped in history.

Here the Best Western story continues, but its stars are its people. We met Mark the cocktail waiter who mixed so many delicious looking drinks for us during the afternoon – I must come back out of working hours to sample his fine wares. We also interviewed Vaz the chef who is not only a star of the kitchen, but he’s also known for his amazing food art and woodcarvings, winning Hotelympia’s ‘Salon Culinaire de Londres’ three times. Vaz started wood carving back in India as a boy as an outlet for his creative talents, and now might spend a few weeks building cultural scenes and even a Welsh dragon as a unique centrepiece for a BEST WESTERN PLUS Maldron buffet.

It’s not every working day that you get to enjoy such contrast, as well as such interesting places, and only Best Western could offer the wealth of stories we have already experienced today.

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