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Marwell Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Thompsons Lane | Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JY, England   |  
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Ranked #8 of 12 hotels in Winchester
seaford, east sussex
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5 hotel reviews
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“The actual hotel is lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

A very nice hotel, clean and welcoming. Loved the location, set in a beautiful rural area, making you feel like you are nestled in a forest.
The rooms are clean and bright and well maintained
Food is very good
A couple of things on the downside;
we stayed for a couple of nights, with a lot of members of our family, spread out throughout the hotel for my parents Golden wedding anniversary.
firstly, on the first morning, we were initially woken very early in the morning, by someone banging on the room next door, then stood in their door way talking loudly :/
then shortly after we arose (around 8.30am) without knocking on the door, the chamber maid just walked in (luckily we had something on) and then left when she saw us. (there had been no door handle notice available for 'do not disturb', although i asked them at reception for one, we never received one), so that night i made my own and hung it on the handle outside.
secondly, there is quite a mix of European nationalities working there and i found the british were very professional, polite, friendly and always smiling but the rest of the staff were just 'professional' , the main waitress in the morning, who saw us to our table, was positively brash and rude , a lot of work on their people skills wouldnt go amiss.
But i was determined it wouldnt ruin our stay there and it didnt, it is a lovely hotel

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Warsash
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My son turned 18 this year and we decided to throw a family party. However, once we had added up the number of uncles and aunts etc., we realised we needed somewhere bigger than our house, and settled on the Marwell Hotel.

From start to finish, the staff couldn't have been friendlier, or more helpful.

Check in early? Not a problem, but if the room isn't ready, why not let the kids use the pool or the play areas until it is.

The food was stunning. We ordered a beef wellington, which is a family favorite my mother makes. I was a bit worried about this, but need not have been. Very tender, and full of flavour.

Overall, great value for money, and we can't recommend it highly enough.

The bar stays open until you leave, (dangerous) and the breakfast the following morning is a bid buffet, with lovely local meats.

We really could not fault the stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I stayed for one night on my way to the Isle of Wight on business. It's in very remote location but having said that only 10 or 15 minutes from J11 of the M3 near Winchester. The building is set around a central reception with corridors running in different directions to remote cabins. The room was very clean if a little basic but the bathroom was well furnished and whilst the shower had piping hot water it was a little 'weak'. Free WiFi to the room which was good but no aircon so it was a bit warm. On arrival the welcome was warm and friendly however the highlight for me was the food. Being on my own I didn't want to eat in the restaurant so I ordered from the bar menu and had the beer battered cod, mushy peas, triple cooked chips and homemade tartar sauce - ten out of ten, unbelievably good for a remote, mid-sized hotel. The main menu had some really interesting dishes on it and if it was anything like my meal from the bar menu then it should be extremely good indeed. The hotel itself was a little old fashioned but was very busy. The room rate was £74 (including breakfast) and the food including a pint and a glass of wine was just under £20. Unfortunately I couldn't stay for breakfast as I had to leave before service began.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Stayed at the Marwell Hotel last Thursday night and dined in the restaurant.
A very unusual layout/constructed hotel but no complaints, staff great and very helpful
Dinner was exceptional, overseen and attended by the Maitre De (French) a very knowledgeable and attentive man. We were the first to dine and the last to leave as there was a wedding in progress in the function room
Full marks to all of the staff.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stayed for one night in 313 which was a good size with small Tv. The bathroom a bit dated with a dodgy shower. Nice and quiet which made for a good nights sleep. Overal a good hotel and a bit different staff very good. The highlight was definitely breakfast which was excellant. Would stay again and it's location is very good for Winchester.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Lovely Setting. Check in was smooth & we accessed our room around 2.30. The cleanliness of the room was brilliant. Comfiest beds and pillows EVER! The bathroom was a little dated so maybe a revamp required.

Swimming pool was lovely and warm. Speak to reception for pool towels (free). Lockers are £1.

Great wooden play area for the children.

All staff were lovely and polite.

We didn't try the food. We found a pub a few miles away called 'The Bridge'. BRILLIANT FOOD!

Overall fab stay. Would love to come back and visit the zoo too.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fareham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed at the hotel on 6th and 7th of September along with 30 of our family and friends for our wedding.
Having booked the hotel package my new wife and I cannot speak highly enough of Shellie our wedding co coordinator and the whole of the team involved who were pleasant, polite and very helpful and nothing was too much to ask for.
Some of the rooms were a little tired but we understand the hotel is in the process of an overhaul however our bridal suite was excellent.
All the rooms had really comfortable beds and the pool and leisure facilities were good.
Breakfast got full marks from everyone and little extras like dvd's being available and an x box with games which kept the children happy really helped.
As for the wedding - Again nothing was too much and Shellie and her team moved around quietly and efficiently and kept everything moving like clockwork.
The ceremony was in the Ashstead Room which was great followed by the meal and evening reception in the Maplethorpe Suite. Beautiful setting for photos.
Wedding breakfast food was superb along with a hog roast in the evening. Thank you kitchen team.
Last thing to say is if you are considering a wedding then look closely at this venue as there was constant communication from the beginning reducing the stress to the finishing touches in our room on our wedding night.
THANK YOU MARWELL - You made our day very special.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Thompsons Lane | Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Winchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 hotels in Winchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marwell Hotel 3*
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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Marwell Hotel Southampton

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