Swansea Marriott Hotel
Historical Traveler Reviews The Birches Bed and Breakfast Amherst
Always a pleasure to stay
Am very biased of Swansea & surrounding areas because it is my home town. The Swansea Marriott is a great place to stay for business & pleasure. Have stayed many times over the last few years & is so pleasant to see the same staff time after time.
Fantastic views if you choose a seaview room, though the marina views are pretty good too. Great location for shopping, near the market and good for generally mooching around Swansea. Mumbles & Gower are close either by public transport or car.
Breakfast is always fabulous though last time there was no laverbread available :O(
Restaraunt ... service is always great. If you stay for longer than a few days the menu does tend to get a bit samey.
Facilities are great as are the staff. Great place for familes, sons' recommendation is a 'mint hotel'
My family stayed at the Swansea Marriott Hotel for 4 nights during Easter. We booked connecting rooms and got it. The hotel´s location is perfect with easy access from the mainroads and next to the citycenter. The staff was absolutely positive and helpful and always smiling!
Second stay at this hotel and had a great time yet again. We received a complimentary room upgrade and the room was brilliant, huge bed with excellent views of the marina and Swansea Bay. Found all the staff to be really helpful especially reception. Will definitely go back.
Hotel is just starting to show signs of tiredness, but the service by staff more than compensated. Good quality rooms, good location and good food.
There was even a hotel cat the welcomed you as you approached the hotel.
UK is often not the place to receive good quality service, but praise is certainly due to all the staff at the hotel
Great location, high standards
We stayed at this hotel in July, 2003. It was in a great location, next to the Marina. The amenities were plentiful, the room was very nice, quiet, clean and comfortable. The breakfast buffet was a nice touch. Definitely up to standards for the business traveler and also a great break for a holiday.
Would definetly return.
5 stars for the breakfast chef
The Tesco/Marriott points scheme is unbelievable value. For £30 worth of Tesco points we had £120 knocked off our 2 night £100 per night b & b bill.
Our room was on the top floor with a magnificent view of both the bay and the marina. Furthermore, because we had booked well in advance, our quality room was secured despite the hotel being fully booked with wedding guests and Irish rugby players. My wife approved of both!.
First things first. Breakfast at the Royal Bristol Marriott is still the boss -bigger tables, more space between the tables, linen tablecloths and generally a more sophisticted ambience. However, star of the Swansea show was definitely the breakfast chef who as part of the 'special daily chalk slate' offered smoked haddock and poached eggs, kippers and waffles with fresh strawberries. We went for the haddock option and feasted for over an hour before taking a stroll around the marina. As we greedily went on to the more traditional eggs and bacon option, our smiling chef enquired if we would prefer fried eggs as opposed to scrambled. Indeed all the waiting staff were charming and friendly.
Downsides: Chilli addiction clinic 1: No Tabasco sauce on our first breakfast. despite much searching, none was to be found. Ah! brekker without Tabasco! Call yourselves a serious hotel!?
The in town student caribbean influenced Mambo bar had a bottle of Encona on every table!
We bought a bottle to smuggle into breakfast for our second morning, but the problem had been resolved by a giant Tabasco bottle lording superiority over the red and brown sauces.
Now that's what I call service.
Gripe 2: Yes it's a gorgeously decadent luxurious sprawl to have 2 separate double beds, and a marriott feature, but this hotel has no king size options and my wife and I ended up sleeping separately as I er tend to spread out!
Kitsch police 3:The decor as always was marriott clashing pattern overkill but what really added to this style wanting cacophany was the pseudo walnut effect furniture that seemed to crash land out of an Austin Powers movie.
Detox 4: We use buckets of ice and on Sunday both ice machines had broken down on their respective landing corridors. A trek down to reception from our fifth floor ensured the refilling of our our parched ice bucket!
Athena posters retro breakfast sponsorship 5: utterly nasty 70s styled place mats with noisily distorted fruit images. Presumably placed there to detract attention from the orange (yes orange) mugs (where is the saucer my good man!?) that attempt to give colour to the impossibly weak tea that all hotels now seem to specialise in (we ordered 6 bags which only just cut the mustard!)
Love big hotels but hate the plastic 6: the Athernay restaurant is completely characterless despite the window view overlooking the marina (tip: look out not in!)
the george formby 7: bedroom view would have been enhanced by cleaner windows!
If you like Indian food then the best restaurant in town is Spices. (We went to the Monkey Bar to ascertain best places to eat) We had to wait for a table but it was definitely worth it - the place was buzzing with life and the kitchens were completely visible. £43 for 3 - all food and cold Kingfishers included.
Marriotts is an excellent deal, even without the slightly embarrassing Tesco vouchers. However I look forward to reviewing Morgans at some point before my daughter Lucy finishes college!
I feel mean not giving it a 5 star rating..it's nearly there!
A very nice hotel with clean rooms. The staff was very helpful with directions. Great breakfast buffet included in the price.
Arrived late for a mtg the next day. Staff could not be more helpful with room service and with a smile too. Very comfortable, clean and quiet. Would stay here again.
Stayed three nights in an attractive, clean, quiet room with pretty views of the marina. Friendly and helpful staff. Nice pool for the rainy afternoon. Easy walk to town center for shopping, restaurants, and excellent bus service. Lovely walk along bay with beautiful views. It would have been convenient and helpful if a computer was available for visitors (even if you had to sign in to use) - and I think the hotel price should have included continental breakfast. A good choice for our first visit to Wales.
Can't fault it
This must be the best hotel in Swansea. Right next to the marina and virtually on the spacious beach, but central (10-20 minutes' walk), well appointed rooms and a decent swimming pool. This is the only hotel I've stayed at that provides you with two hairdryers, thus reducing competition among partners in the post-shower rush to get ready. The breakfast was excellent and served in extremely pleasant surroundings. Wish I could have stayed longer. The only irritant was the minibar, which charges you not only for items consumed, but also for items moved around in the fridge: it's that kind of technology.
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