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Gwesty'r Marine Hotel
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Aberystwyth
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Stayed in this hotel for business for one night. Pros: Amazing views,some really nice staff, good breakfast, free wifi. Cons: almost everything else.

Room, though big wasn't especially clean and had the most eccentric decor and range of furniture I've seen in a while. The bed was meant to be a double but was two large single beds inexpertly joined together and was pretty uncomfortable as a result. The beautiful view of the sea and the bay was available through a draughty bay window into which had been squeezed two leather armchairs and a tatty old table. The view was rather spoiled by the dirty windows and the cobwebs. Bathroom was a bizarre arrangement behind a 1960s style partitioned off section of the room. It had been cleaned but the grouting on the shower was really dirty. Ick.
My booking included dinner, which was mostly inedible, although the waitress was really lovely. I had all her full attention, mind you, as I was the only person in the large restaurant. Breakfast the next morning was much better and the lovely Phillipino waiter was a delight. The reception staff could do with a week at charm school, though.

I really wouldn't stay here again, which is a shame because quirky, independent hotels are a dying breed and with a bit of work and elbow grease this hotel would be vastly improved.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We stayed in one of the 2nd floor sea view rooms. The check in / out was ok.

We parked in the small parking space around the back of the hotel - it is small, probably not room for more than four cars. There are parking restrictions in the neighbourhood.

Room was clean. No problems with shower or other room fittings. The beds were a little springy for our liking but not sagging or anything like that. I would have prefered the option of sheets as is was a bit on the warm side and the duvets seem to be fairly high tog - but removing the duvet from its cover provided the necessary sheet!

The hotel was moderately busy but wasn't noisy.

Breakfast was plentiful and ok.

This is a traditional British seaside hotel and one that is in far better condition than many of them that I've visited.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

On Checking in we discovered that although a double had been booked we were given a twin room, I was aware the hotel was full this weekend but the room they gave us was up in the attic !!! There was a fan on the floor by the one single bed and was on high when we got in, we weren't to sure why until we removed our shoes and the carpet from window to bed was soaking wet !!! The whole room had a musty damp smell.

The bin under the desk was full of the previous guests dirty tissues and tea/ coffee packets.

We went down to complain and were offered a alternative room with no hot water but we could share a bathroom with someone else !!!

We kept our room as we had to be in south Wales by lunch time the next day so we needed to get up shower and leave..

On getting up we realised that we couldn't do this as there was no hot water!! We rang reception and were advised to run the taps as that sometime made it work !! We did this on and off for an hour before we had to leave.

We tried to complain to someone before we went but the manager was dealing with several other complaints, we waited as long as we could before leaving.

I have emailed several times since our return and am yet to have any correspondence acknowledged by this hotel.

Shoddy rooms and shoddy service AVOID unless you are guaranteed to get one of there refurbished rooms !!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

There are some very diverse reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor, and I think this is because it has some excellent features and some poorer ones also.

On the plus side: absolutely fantastic views from the large sea view windows of the sun setting over Bae Ceredigion. Very comfy beds (although quite small in the twin rooms). Great buffet-style full Welsh breakfast with very friendly restaurant staff. Great location in central Aberystwyth. Even though the hotel's small rear car park was full, there was ample free street parking available directly nearby.

Less so good: Very small room, smaller than you'd expect in a newly-built hotel (but perhaps what you might expect for a traditional Victorian seafront hotel). Except for the new flatscreen TV, the equipment in room (such as the iron/ironing board and hairdryer) were pretty old-fashioned. Because of its placement directly above the shower, the bathroom smoke alarm sounded whenever the shower was switched on and the bathroom door closed (pretty annoying at the time!)

Although this is a mixed review, with its fantastic view, comfortable beds and very good breakfast, I would still say that this hotel would be a good, safe choice for a stay in Aberystwyth.

Room Tip: Sea-facing rooms with a bay window will give a fantastic, open-window view of Bae Ceredigion over Ab...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

Quality of family room was awful. Promised when booked to have two ajoining rooms.The second room was no bigger than a box room barely fitting in the bed and small wardrobe. The toilet/shower room was tiny. There were not enough beds for my family to sleep in, the two children had to share a single bed. The overall standard of the accomodation was terrible and definately not worth the charge of £175.00!!!!. The staff at check didn't even ask how my stay had been and didn't comment when I complained the accomodation was over priced, says it all really. This is the worst hotel for value for money I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Jonathan W
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

The only thing good about this place is its location. We paid £80 for our room and it left me with a nasty cold. The room was smelly and very stuffy!! How can you possibly charge £80 for such service. It truly was a rip off!!

The breakfast was worse than school dinners it was just terrible. Based on their pictures on the website I was expecting star service and decide to ignore the other bad comments.. But my experience has left me with no choice but leave a such a comment.

I simply will not be coming back and would not recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We stayed here for business. The view was awesome and the property is facing the water. Our room was on the top floor and had one double bed, a single and bunk beds. The decor was nice and the room spacious. The bathroom was large with a separate walk in shower as well as a bath with a shower over it.

Definitely worth a look if you're on holiday; the room we ate breakfast in was comfortable and breakfast was great.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Gwesty'r Marine Hotel

Address: | Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth SY23 2BX, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberystwyth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Aberystwyth
Price Range: £84 - £238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gwesty'r Marine Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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Gwesty'r Marine Hotel Aberystwyth, Wales
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