My father and I stayed here for five nights in May 2008 as part of a Shearings coach holiday. On checking in we noticed that the place had clearly seen better days - in its heyday the Marine Hotel must have been quite luxurious, but it was now looking decidedly tired and run-down.
Our rooms were fairly typical of those in hotels used by Shearings - basic but clean and comfortable. However, there was a very noticable bulge in the ceiling just behind my bedroom door and the plaster had cracked in a few places. On the afternoon of the second day there I returned to my room and found the door partially blocked by a pile of rubble - yes, the "bulge" had finally parted company with the rest of the ceiling!
When I complained I was immediately helped to move to another room, but this incident highlights the urgent need for renovation at the Marine Hotel. Elderly guests should also be warned about the VERY steep bottom step at the hotel entrance.
On the credit side the breakfasts and evening meals were excellent, some of the best I've had at Shearings hotels. The predominantly East European waiting staff do an excellent job despite being rushed off their feet (especially high-speed waitress Eva!)
Although there was room for improvement at the Marine Hotel, I enjoyed Llandudno - a pleasantly old-fashioned seaside resort with little of the litter, drunkenness and general chavviness that spoils so many of its English counterparts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the imposing Victorian style of the resort’s seafront, this handsome hotel boasts stunning views over the Irish Sea. Not only does it offer comfortable furnishings, friendly service and a swimming pool perfect for active moments, but also an ideal setting in the centre of the promenade, within easy walking distance of the town’s plentiful tourist attractions. Lazy days can be spent on the beach or pier, shopping for souvenirs, visiting the Alice in Wonderland Centre or taking a tram ride up The Great Orme, whilst numerous sporting pursuits are on offer locally. There is limited parking in the guest car park located behind the building but street parking is usually available nearby. For a break away discovering the very essence of North Wales - a region renowned for its beautiful coastline, Celtic heritage and the grandeur of Snowdonia - you could not be better placed than in Llandudno, at the Marine Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marine Hotel Llandudno
- Bay Marine Hotel Llandudno, Wales