Despite some of the less favourable reviews on the Marwell, we booked a last minute break directly with the hotel, and received a welcome discount. We travelled with our five year old. We booked a Superior room as I had read that the rooms were tired, and we were certainly not disappointed. The room was very clean and spacious with a large double and a single bed. The bathroom was modern, with fresh towels and gels/shampoos etc. The idea of staying in an African themed hotel appealed to us, and that aspect of the hotel was appreciated by our child. We ate in the hotel on 2 nights, where we chose from the Bar Menu, and the Steaks were quite simply excellent and better than I have eaten in many more "fancy" restaurants.
There is also an excellent childrens menu, which is very reasonably priced, and was also very good quality. The main restaurant menu appeared quite expensive.
Breakfast was good, with a good choice of cereals, fruit etc, and a cooked breakfast cooked to order. Waitress service was very attentive at breakfast.
An all round very pleasant place to stay, especially for children.
One small criticism would be the addition of 5% servie charge to your bill, which transpires is completely optional, although it is added without first asking the guest.
On check-out however, this was pointed out to me by the receptionist, and it was then deleted without question, although it would be prudent to remember to ask for this to be deleted, rather than wait for it to be mentioned !
- 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