So, I'll begin with what The Marton is Getting Right: It seems to be well supported by locals.
They they have a terrific programme of entertainment and social gatherings which, probably, attract others from further away; and their Christmas List is outstanding, with a Pantomime on 23rd December!
It's a large building, standing in a good position in the "posh" part of Marton but..,but.., but.. this is where I start to get critical.The architecture doesn't quite "hit the mark", being not quite opulent enough-and tired-looking-at that.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't stay, so can't vouch for the rooms (which were reasonably priced) and I guess it's popular for weddings, given its size.
My impression was that it could be So Much More, with some imaginative additions around its exterior, and richer colours inside.
As to the staff, mixed reactions here. A couple I encountered were rather tardy in their responses, being engaged in private conversations, and lacking social skills; while others were very helpful.
As to the food, well I have no complaints, and the restaurant was very busy (which is a compliment in itself) so all is subjective!
When you look at some of the wonderfully designed buildings in the nearby Middlesbrough city centre there's a sense of disappointment that this hotel didn't emulate their example. I don't know when it was built, but I do know that our architectural heritage wasn't particularly well-served in some decades. And, let's face it, not everybody is going to be on the same page in these matters.
It's SO important, however, to get the welcome right, whatever the reason one is calling by, I wouldn't be saying these things unless I hadn't felt The Marton has a Good Heart. It just needs more cherishing.
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