Dart Marina Hotel and Spa
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... is from the English Channel to the south, with a deep-water channel to the west of the Plymouth Breakwater. There are two freshwater inlets: one, from the northwest, is from the River Tamar via the Hamoaze and Devonport Dockyard, the largest naval dockyard in western Europe. The other, at northeast, is from the River Plym leading into its narrow estuary, Cattewater harbour between Mount Batten and the Royal Citadel. In the centre of the Sound, midway ...
... the first decade of the 5th century, these fell into disrepair and were eventually lost due to silting up, and flooding. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle suggests the original Roman baths were destroyed in the 6th century. After wandering around in the Bath we gave a donation to go into the The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul commonly known as Bath Abbey, its an Anglican parish church and a former Benedictine monastery in Bath. Founded in the 7th ...
... of West African drumming and droning accordion, minimalist piano, songs speaking of despair, isolation, joy, the seasons, nature, water, fire.... so it seemed to me..... humour too.. Hungary's SONGORGO one of the most exciting and versatile bunch of multi instumentalIsts in Europe playing stupendously challenging music. The greatest new voice in West Africa, Mohammed Diaby and one of the best guitarists on that continent, Abdoulaye Traore,, known together ...
... a walk up 2 hills (Tors) and were rewarded by spectacular views of the surrounding area. The selfie is from the top of Cox Tor.
Dartmouth itself is quite quaint and has quite a historical seafaring legacy as a deep-water port for sailing vessels, Dartmouth has always been of strategic importance. As far back as 1147 and 1190 it was used as the sailing point for ...
... their main four lane highways.
We finally arrived at the hotel in Exeter, the Rougemont Thistle hotel tired and bone weary. It was extremely hot and they gave us a room that took more than ten stair steps to get to after using the elevator to get to the proper floor...lugging baggage with no assistance, room extremely hot and the furniture was garage sale quality and falling apart. We asked for another room and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dart Marina Hotel and Spa Dartmouth
Loved the splace
We stayed at the hotel in September, we had a nightmare of a journey, and turned up quite late, we were booked in by the night porter without any hasstle and shown to our room, nice touch that was we had a fresh pot of tea made for us by the chap and a pleasent conversation for half an hour, a credit to the company. The room was really nice very clean and well laid out with a comfy bed. The food was quite good and once again excellent service by the staff. They have a health spa was difficult to get a booking as they were full but we understood that as last minute triers so to speak we would struggle. A nice pool great gym and lovely staff once more. All in all i would say this place was A1 a real nice friendly and relaxing place in a great location thanks for all your help
This hotel is really worth visiting. The location is perfect - just overlooking the marina away from the main part of town but within an easy 5 minute walk from the centre. The Wildfire bistro is a must - amazing food and great big umbrellas with heaters so you can eat al fresco - and enjoy the views. Definitely get a room in the new part of the hotel - the old part (which you have to walk through to get to new bit) is really really dated and that's why I'm only giving it a 4 out of 5. The new rooms are superb - great decor and nice touches like fresh flowers, fudge (great) and bathrobes. Breakfast was superb and dining facilities lovely.
Couple of cons the reception staff, although really lovely do not seem to know a lot about the local area (couldn't recommend any walks to us that were longer than 20 minutes!). The SPA is really lovely, gym is small but amazing equipment and had it all to myself twice - but the pool can't even be called a pool! Great for kids to splash about in, but that's it. The thought of getting your goggles on for a decent swim is laughable. It's barely 10 metres long.
However, all this aside I would definitely go back there and I'm a very fussy hotel-stayer!!!
A GOOD HOTEL
We have just returned from a brief (one night) stay at the Dart Marina. The hotel has a stunning location overlooking the river and near the paddle car ferry. We stayed in a "traditional" room which was excellent, clean tidy and well equipped. The staff were also very friendly, polite and efficient. We stayed bed and breakfast and had booked a table at the Wildfire restaurant where you can eat outside and enjoy the scenery to the full. Typically for the first time in months it rained and we had to eat indoors at the hotel's river restaurant. The food was excellent but we felt the menu did not offer a great deal of choice and was a little expensive if not included in the dinner bed and breakfast rate. but that did not detract from the overall very enjoyable expereience. We will return!
An interesting place with great views.
I booked the Dart marina hotel as a birthday treat and also time for relaxation (dinner, bed and breakfast ) On arrival we were met by a friendly porter who kindly took our bags over to the reception area. Here we were effieciently booked it. Then we were offered a welcoming drink- al ocal liquer. We then went up to our room. We chose this hotel and room for the views. I have to admit the photos on the web site were not as we found the room. Although it was clean and had everything in it -the decor was somewhat dated and dark- not contempory and airy as seen on the web site.The bathroom was well equipped, superb toiletries and the bathrobes an added bonus.The room was also well equipped with bottled water, biscuits, a gift of fudge (very tasty) tea and coffee making facilities, magazines and tourist information etc.... The view from the room was excellent. It was nice to have a private balcony were we could sit out and enjoy the view. The restaurant
was very spacious with an acceptable menu. I have to say that if we had stayed for longer than 4 nights the menu would have become tedious. I did ask for something not on the menu one night for a starter and this was provided.The food and service was excellent.The hotel promotes the wildfire bistro and the floating bridge pub but unfortunately none of the dinners was transferrable-which seemed strange. The hotel prices were expensive but if one chooses to go to the other facilities then the value or similar should be transferrable not as in the case, you have to pay extra. This was dissappointing! (perhaps it could be made an option?)Although one night we did
go to the Floating Bridge Pub were the atmosphere, excellent staff and food went down a treat. The spa is excellent and staff very friendly-an added bonus. Yes I would definately stay there again. Having joined the newletter and mialing service up to date I havent received any news. Just keep using the web site!!!!!
Booked into this hotel after viewing it the website. The website gave examples of excellent, luxurious modern rooms. So without hesitation it seemed the natural choice. The hotel is set in one of most beautiful location you can image.
On checking into the hotel we were allocated our rooms, to my horror the room did not resemble the luxury, modern rooms proudly displayed on the Dart Marina's website. Frankly it was a blast from the 1930's and resembled a room you would expect to find in a very poor guesthouse! It would make a Travel lodge look like a five star hotel in comparison!
The websites boasts of luxurious bathrooms. Well mine consisted of a bathroom which floor sloped together with a shower control switch that came off in my hand! When we complained to the reception and asked to speak to the manager we were told that he had gone home and that there were no other rooms available.
The following morning we tracked down the manager who was polite and understanding - He gave us a guided tour. He conceded that the Website was misleading and we were able to view the rest of the hotel - which was excellent and impressive! In fairness, the new areas of the hotel were only in the process of being opened, however that does not excuse customers being misled or the price we were charged for our rooms.
I would suggest that any person making a booking at the Dart Marina hotel ensure that they are booking into the new rooms. Unless of course you are attending a 1930's guesthouse themed night!
Website referring to the rooms is misleading
Myself and a colleague booked to stay at the hotel, which had been recommended to us. Unfortunately upon being provided with our rooms they bore no resemblence to the contempary styled rooms in the brochure and wer completely dated, although clean.
This is slightly misleading as we would not have booked at the hotel if we knew we would have been provided with these rooms.
The manager of the hotel did apologise for the misleading way in which the website is shown and stated that they will be publishing a picture of the dated rooms on the website. He gave us a tour around of the other rooms which are superb, even though we had not been provided with one in the first instance.
The staff were friendly and courteous, the breakfast was average, however the rate of £100.00 per night for a dated room is way too pricey. When this hotel is finished it will be very nice as the location and area is superb.
Have just returned from the Dart Marina Hotel. All I have are good things to say about the place. Stopped in a Double Deluxe which was modern, clean and classy. Service was fantastic and staff very friendly. All in all a great couple of days in Dartmouth.
Great value break
was lucky to recieve e mail informing me of special offer price for the month of january. excellent value two nights dbb for only 168 POUNDS.
room was standard but with a great view.
food fantastic, staff helpfull and very friendly.
we were given a welcome drink on arrival and booked in by stuart who was of the old school, very efficent.
there is building work taking place very very near the hotel, but we were warned about this when we booked and it did not affect our wonderful weekend at all, would highly recommend this hotel.
Good location and service
Great hotel and service though the breakfast service was a shambles and let down the whole experience.
This is a super hotel
I stayed here after turning up without a booking. Initially the receptionist wanted £234 for bed and breakfast which I thought was too much. This was eventually lowered to £110 which I accepted. The room had recently been refurbished to a very high and contemporary standard. The soap had not been replaced, however the very friendly and helpful staff brought some straight away. Five minutes later the desk manager was at the door to apologise! The only shortcoming was that the room overlooked some building works of a new development next door, although this was quiet and did not spoil the fantastic view (This was room 51 on the 1st floor). The room was very quiet and had a small juliet style balcony.
We did not stay for dinner but had a few drinks on the terrace, overlooking the River Dart and then headed into town. On our return the night staff entusiastically served our nightcaps. Breakfast was terrific and we thought the staff were exceptionally helpful and polite. All the common rooms were kept tidy and were light and airy. It was nice to see that the hotel employed people who could actually speak english, which is not always the case in the UK.
All in all - superb.