There are many reasons to choose an apartment when planning your next city break, from having extra space for the family to preparing meals just how you like them in your own kitchen. If you want to live like a local in Cardiff, take your pick from one of these five great apartments.

A Space in the City - Park Lane Aparthotel

Located between the city centre and the campus of Cardiff University, A Space in the City - Park Lane Aparthotel is across the street from the National Museum Cardiff and a short walk from Cardiff Queen Street station and Cardiff Castle.

The apartments are well-situated for the restaurants and bars on and around St Mary Street and Greyfriars Road, but if you want to cook for yourself they all come with a fully equipped kitchen, as well as flatscreen TV and free WiFi throughout.

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The main building of Cardiff University

SACO Cardiff - Cathedral Road

In a refurbished Victorian building in a quiet residential neighbourhood, the SACO Cardiff - Cathedral Road apartments offer a home away from home experience in the Welsh capital, close to Sophia Gardens and Bute Park. From the apartments it's also a short walk to the Principality Stadium, the Castle Quarter and all the attractions of the city centre.

You can choose between one- and two-bedroom apartments. They all come with a kitchen, living room, TV and free WiFi.

The Cardiff Apartment

Next door to Cardiff Queen Street station, The Cardiff Apartment is extremely well-located for all the attractions, shopping and nightlife of the city centre. It's less than a mile from the apartment to Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, the National Museum and Cardiff Castle, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

There is a one-bedroom and a three-bedroom apartment on offer - the latter is a good option if you're travelling with your family. The apartments come with kitchen, living/dining area and a private balcony with city views.

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By Million Moments - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3528133A Space in the City - Century Wharf

On the banks of the River Taff, A Space in the City - Century Wharf is between the city centre and Cardiff Bay, close to the Senedd and the Welsh National Opera, as well as bars and restaurants on the waterfront. Within Century Wharf itself, apartment guests can use the indoor pool and fitness centre, while families will enjoy the Techniquest science and discovery centre nearby.

You can stay in one- or two-bedroom apartments, or a studio, all apartments come with kitchen and separate living/dining area, free WiFi and some also have a balcony.

Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk

For a quiet stay that is still close to the city centre, look to the Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk. It offers a choice of accommodation in Roath, about 15 minutes' walk to Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium and the bars and restaurants of St Mary Street.

There are four apartments to choose from, all with space for up to four guests, with kitchen, separate living and dining area, free WiFi and LCD televisions.

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_St Mary Street - By Jon Candy - https://www.flickr.com/photos/joncandy/4713871733, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26561628_For more options to live like a local in the Welsh capital, check out our selection of Cardiff Apartments.