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Gwesty'r Marine Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Prommenade, Aberystwyth SY23 2BX, Wales   |  
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Ranked #8 of 12 hotels in Aberystwyth
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for weekend food was excellent,especially the Sunday Cauvery. Some rooms on 3rd floor need updating. Appreciated free upgrade! Very helpful and attentive staff nothing was too much trouble even when they were very busy! Will definitely return.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The staff is so very friendly and the food is really great. Our first night we decided to eat in the dining room and ordered the chef's special (choice of meat). When it was served it included 3 vegetables, 2 potato dishes and bread ... more than enough for the 4 of us! The breakfast buffet is wonderful as well whether you want hot or cold dishes. Our deluxe room was lovely with a bay window facing the water. However, the 2 single sea view rooms requested for our friends had only a small window high in the wall ... one you had to literally step up on a stair to see out. Our room had a leak in the pipe to the sink which left a cold puddle overnight to greet you in the morning and at one point the electricity went out in the bathroom (apparently this occurred in several rooms at once so might have been a tripped breaker.) There is a lift which helps with luggage. Overall, I would stay here again but they do need to update some items.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Ok so the decor is a bit tired and it could do with a refurb, but it is clean, in a great position on he sea front and the breakfast excellent. Stayed just one night late August 2012, at £90 for the two of us, with parking, a sea view, four poster bed and jacuzzi bath it's got to be worth it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Have just stayed for the third time at the Marine hotel and find it a comfortable hotel if your stay is for a couple of nights. Ok, the rooms are small and the decor a little worse for wear but this comes with it being an old building. We found it clean and the beds comfortable, also if you stay on the front of the hotel the views are wonderful over the bay. We left the window open a little and went to sleep listening to the waves. The breakfast is buffet style, well cooked and plentiful. Next time we visit Aberystwth we will again be staying at the Marine.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We've stayed at the Marine Hotel every year for six or seven years. It's not the most elegant of places but it's friendly and comfortable, it offers excellent value for money, and it's in a fabulous position on Aberystwyth's sea front.

If you're looking for a good family holiday and have a penchant for hearty breakfasts and a relaxing time, the Marine is going to suit you down to the ground. If you want fine dining and show-home decor you'll be disappointed. We love the place, and would like to move in and stay forever. We'll be going back there again soon and I can hardly wait.

Room Tip: Remember to ask for a sea view; we've never been disturbed by late-night revellers, despite havi...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

we had stayed at the Marine Hotel during the christmas period of 2009 and although we had experienced some problems with our stay we anticpated that those problems may have been resolved by now. We visited Aberystwyth on 11th August 2012 for the day and anticipated that we might find a room somewhere and tried a few places before finding a vacancy at the Marine Hotel. That in itself says something...So we were told that there was one small double available in the main hotel for £75 or a bigger double with a seaview in the annexe at the Atlantic hotel two doors away. We were given the key and went to look at the room, only checking the size of the room and that it had ensuite bathroom and was clean. It looked ok except for a few 'tired' looking features, so we accepted the room and checked in.
We did not get any sleep until at least 4am due to a group of people who lit a fire on th ebeach opposite the hotel ( so we had the smell of smoke drifting up as well as the sound of their raucous laughter, squealing, and shouting) and people kept congregating to chat and smoke in the tunnel that goes from the road at the front, beneath the hotel to the car park at the rear, and it echoes badly! We were on the second floor and were disturbed a number of times. The bed would have been comfortable, but there was a sheet of plywood beneath the mattress which stuck out on one side of the bed, but the mattress overhung the divan on the other side of the bed.
The duvet cover appeared clean but was ripped and had a hole in it, and the duvet was far too heavy for the middle of summer, even the cool days we've had. However the room was so hot we had no choice but to keep the windows open,(which opened dangerously with a huge drop to the street below!) and ended up discarding the duvet, sleeping under the cover.
The bedside lamps had shades that did not fit properly and fell off when nudged. The TV mains cable and the aerial cable( to an indoor aerial which hung inside the open closet which I imagine was meant to be a wardrobe,) were untidy and unsightly.
When we finally got up after very little sleep and in need of coffee in order to face a 2 hour plus drive home, we found there was only ONE sachet of coffee in the whole room but 10 packets of sugar!
The shower height adjuster was broken, and part of this lay in the shower base along with a rolled up yellowed rubber mat . The shower curtain was a nasty multicoloured fabric one which was stained along the bottom and as there was also a glass partition, I refused to use this along with the nasty rubber mat!
There was a rolled up and discarded shower gel sachet from the previous user still occupying the soap dish.
One of the hand towels had what looked suspiciously like a pooh stain on it from some previous usage!
There was no phone in the room with which to call the reception, no safety or fire evacuation information. Indeed, the fire extinguisher had been used to prop open a door clearly marked 'fire door keep closed' on the top floor!
Breakfast on sunday morning was a cattle market and we had to ask for coffee twice before anyone even noticed we didnt have any. I went to the cold buffet area to pour myself some orange juice but spilled it as someone bumped my elbow. I could find nothing with which to clean it off my clothes and foot and the waitress dealing with the area huffed at me and said she would have to clean the floor. I had to look for serviettes as there were NONE on any of the tables. We moved table twice to find one that was clean as they do not clear the tables in between occupants, just take away dirty plates. So many of the tables had dirty stained table cloths, and fortunately I carry sweeteners as the sugar was full of something I could not identify.
The food however was ok and as a help yourself buffet was fine, BUT there should be someone showing guests to tables ( in fact we could have walked in off the street and nobody would have noticed the difference!!!) and they should at least ask what drinks you want and explain how it works rather than the free for all canteen type environment it is.
When we checked out, I took the key to reception and announced that I would definately NOT be staying there again. The receptionist asked was there anything she could do or feedback she could pass on and she listened to my catalogue of errors as if it was the first time she had ever heard it. She said most of the issues were down to housekeeping and I countered this with the fact that it was more down to laziness in making a decent environment for guests and was mostly unacceptable. She said she was sure there were napkins on all tables as standard, that bathrooms are cleaned and that fans were available on request. Of course there was no phone to facilitate such request and no information as to the availability of such items in the room. I told her that during my sleepless hours, I googled the reviews for the hotel and found that there are more 'terrible' than excellent and was informed that the annexe lets them down 'a bit'.She smiled when she said this. We were offered a partial refund of £20 - the most that could be authorised without disturbing the manager. After no sleep, I was in danger of murdering the manager and we accepted this offer ( which seemed to be given very readily from a bag of cash as if it happened all the time, and for which we were not asked to sign any acknowledgement!) as we considered that the room was more of a £65 room after refund than the £85 we had initially been charged. I told the receptionist that I would be adding my honest review to tripadvisor and she said 'please do, we enjoy honest feedback'.
The sea views and sunsets from the sea front rooms are excellent and the sound of the sea washing the gravel beach would have been a real treat to fall asleep to. If the hotel had been comfortable and as one would expect of the price, we would have endured the noisy episodes from the people on the beach and beneath the window without too much complaint, but all of the niggly and disgusting bits just added up to a really bad stay.

The car park at the rear of the hotel is tiny - room for about 9 cars, BUT we watched a driver trying to manaoevre with great difficulty to exit the carpark space he was in and it took him about half an hour with two people directing him. He may have just had bad spatial awareness but we were glad we had parked our new car on the road at the front!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Very typical of a British sea front hotel. No onsite parking but was plenty available on street. Reception was ok, nothing modern with handwritten forms. Does the job though! As usual with these hotels theres no key cards and its a good old fashioned door key and fob. Room was a bit on the small side, and very pink! Bathroom was small as well with most of it taken by a whirlpool bath. Didnt try this so cant comment but seems a bit over the top when they could have fitted in a very good bath and left more space for the toilet etc. Another typical aspect of these old hotels are creaky floorboards, passageway mazes and steps in the middle of corridors! If you like modern then this isnt the place for you. They do have free wifi so that is a bonus. Didnt eat in the hotel at night so can only comment on breakfast which was average. I wasnt 100% after a bit of a late night but the selection was ok without being extended. Would I stay here again? Nothing really put me off so the answer would be yes but I would probably look to see if theres something bit better. Not sure if that hotel exists in Aberystwyth though!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gwesty'r Marine Hotel

Address: Prommenade, Aberystwyth SY23 2BX, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberystwyth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 hotels in Aberystwyth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Gwesty'r Marine Hotel 2*
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