As with many others this was booked as a groupon deal with zoo tickets included a present from our family. We have been to the zoo many times and always wondered what the hotel opposite was really like. Arrived on Sunday afternoon and effortlessly booked into room 314 in the first lodge on the left on the upper floor. The room itself was spacious with a huge bed, tv and incidentals. The bathroom however was like stepping back to the 70's ( which is strange as the hotel was built in 1989) yes the shower had poor pressure and was disappointing. The leisure complex is nice yet a little small. We did have a swim,jacuzzi and a sauna. The only observation I would make was that the floors were somewhat slippy and there wasn't enough anti slip matting poolside. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming, from the girls who serviced the room each morning to Chris behind the bar to Ella the restaurant manageress and they all made our visit truly memorable. Yes it is in the middle of nowhere, there is no where to walk to apart from the zoo but that's exactly what we wanted. The beer in the bar is a little pricey and a limited choice. We ate in the restaurant and found the food excellent, flavoursome, well presented and reasonable priced. The cooked breakfast each morning was a real treat and set us up for the day. Overall we really enjoyed our 2 day stay and will most certainly be returning. The hotel celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and it is rumoured that there will be some refurbishment lets hope that they do start with those bathrooms and bring them up to scratch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marwell Hotel is based just outside Winchester, opposite Marwell Wildlife. Surrounded by woodlands, it really is a place for relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marwell Hotel Southampton