I found the hotel easily enough, and parked in what was a quite small and tight car park. Check in was straightforward – the receptionist was very welcoming, polite and efficient.
My room was in the “new wing”. It was nice and big, with a very sparkly and shiny bathroom, though Marriott’s corporate colours in the main bedroom felt quite outdated. It was clean though, with nice bedding, a big wardrobe, two armchairs, a coffee table, and a decent sized wardrobe.
The desk was ok – though the chair was a bit low for it. I plugged my laptop in, and then realised there was no other plug spare to plug in the kettle. I unplugged the trouser press, and boiled the kettle on the floor! The desk had a glass top, which meant that my light mouse didn’t work too well. There is no wireless internet in the rooms. Instead they provided cables and offered you “high speed” connection at £6 for 1 hour, £15 for 24 hours, or £75 for a week’s access. Why so much? I didn’t bother with this.
I ate in the restaurant in the evening. In my opinion, the food was pretty ordinary, and so really, the price was a bit high, for this quality. Breakfast again was nice enough, but expensive for what it was. Service though was great.
Checking out was straightforward.
In summary, the staff, and quality of the service here is excellent. The rooms are nice, but the food in the restaurants was just average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a blend of modern luxury and convenience at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel. Located on the seafront, our hotel is two miles north of the city centre and overlooks Seaburn's sandy beaches. A full-service hotel, we offer high quality accommodation for business and leisure travelers alike. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities - many enjoying sea views. The hotel also boasts three luxurious suite style rooms complete with a glazed rotunda overlooking the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Sunderland Hotel Sunderland
- Sunderland Marriott