We arrived as many families do, overnight as part of a break to Peppa Pig World/Paultons Park.
The car park was rammed at 5.30pm with golfers but the hotel check in was swift and efficient. Our room was on the ground floor with easy access for our buggy. The room was spacious, bright & clean with 2 double beds and plenty of room for the cot, buggy, cases and family paraphernalia.
The beds were very comfortable with lovely fresh linen.
Downsides to the room- the bathrooms were a little cramped, dated and needed a bit of a re-grout/freshen up. The chrome fittings were also rather tired looking which made it all appear dirty, even if it wasn't. Also no air-con. It was a warm evening & fine but if it was any hotter it would have been far too stuffy particularly for a family of 4 in one room.
We had to get room service (jacket spud for a hungry 1 year old) earlier than the rest of us were ready to eat, which came within 10 minutes and was wolfed down very quickly. Service = Excellent. Food = good.
The restaurant meal in the bar was fine and the nicer restaurant across the hall also looked lovely. Service was great as always, however the floor was filthy with the leftovers from the previous table occupants.
Breakfast was also very good with a great variety of foods (except for the powdered scrambled egg - yuk!). I liked the fact they provided sensible ikea high chairs, cutlery & crockery for the little ones - practical and appreciated :)
Unfortunately we didn't have time to explore the grounds or spa facilities properly but they looked very nice indeed and would make the time to do so in the future.
Tips for the hotel:
Your staff are an absolute credit to you in terms of service - polite, efficient, friendly. Keep them!
The cots have a thin padded base but these aren't really proper travel cot mattresses. For a small additional expense to the hotel, it would be better to provide a proper foam mattress for little ones as we have at home and would have brought with us had I not been advised they were included. These thin padded boards cannot be comfortable, as was evident in my daughters restlessness in the night.
Wifi - I appreciate its free in the public areas but there really is no need to charge for wifi in rooms nowadays as its so low cost to a business. I'd rather pay more on the room and get free wifi than have to set it up separately & pay by the hour. There is no 3G or mobile signal here so its essential to pay which was unfortunate...
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- Escape to the secluded Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club, unparalleled luxury accommodations nestled on 225 acres of stunning Southampton rolling countryside. Experience true tranquility at The Retreat our hotel's deluxe spa or enjoy a day on our 18-hole championship golf course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club Shedfield, Hampshire, UK