This is a hotel in a lovely location, right by the sea. Actually across a road that is by a beach that is right by the sea, but the seaside rooms have a lovely view of the ocean.
The staff is all wonderfully nice...including housekeeping, front desk and the breakfast staff in the restaurant.
The breakfast is very good, well prepared and in a nice room.
The rooms are well appointed. This hotel is apparently the smallest full service Marriott Hotel in the world. It is also apparently the first Marriott hotel in the UK to have the "touch" room access keys, which work very well, incidentally.
Unfortunately, this hotel also earned another distinction, which is being the first Marriott Hotel I've ever checked into in 30 plus years that had a hair in the bathroom. Marriott's decades of "hair free" bathrooms record has been broken by this hotel.
The sea air is wonderful and I was enjoying it fully until just before leaving, when tobacco smoke came into our open window. As I went downstairs, I also smelled a lot of tobacco smoke in the hallways. Upon further investigation, I saw two workmen, with Marriott visitors badges on them that were smoking right outside one of the doorways. They had kept the doorway open so that they could get back in. They apparently didn't care about the fact that where they were causing smoke to go into the hotel both through the door they were keeping open and through the windows since they were smoking under them. They continued to leave the door open when it was brought to their attention, obviously not caring if their habit affected guests and hotel workers. Perhaps all people involved in the hotel in any way should observe the designated smoking area. It continues to amaze me that this is not caught on a regular basis. This hotel has wonderful sea air, a wonderful view, nice staff, and two problems which I hope they fix. Marriott has apparently been "smoke free" for over ten years, you'd think they would have it figured out by now. I do recommend the hotel but sincerely hope that these two issues are resolved in an otherwise perfect stay..
- 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